Why don't designers take Android seriously?(cennydd.co.uk)

over 6 years ago from Sanchit Gupta, User Experience Lead at MassMutual

  • Joshua SortinoJoshua Sortino, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )
    1. Fragmentation on Android makes it much easier to launch quickly and evaluate user interest on iOS.

    2. In my opinion, Android lacks polish. It has improved over time. Since iOS' inception, Apple has obsessed over the details which I think earned more designers' respect.

    3. Most designers already use Apple products. It keeps our lives simple.

    5 points
    • Marcel Wichmann Marcel Wichmann , over 6 years ago

      The second point is an important one for me. Your app just doesn't feel as polished as it does on iOS.

      I sure take Android seriously, I just don't like the outcome as much. Basic design decisions on Android bother me: Scroll behavior seems off, scrolling to top and/or bottom just results in a strange light that disperses from the corner...

      Don't get me wrong, I could easily switch to Android and my life would be pretty much the same. I just like my apps on iOS better.

      0 points
    • Jamie MartinJamie Martin, over 6 years ago

      The fragmentation thing isn't true.

      In theory there are 18 sub-versions of Android. In reality 6 different versions cover 98% of the Android user base. There are over 10,000 Android devices on the market, but only 3 different screen sizes for smartphones.

      You could do what Facebook did with Home and only support 6 or 8 devices initially and cover 90% of your userbase.

      More reading: http://blog.instabridge.com/post/57424346106/dealing-with-android-fragmentation-how-bad-is-it-for

      1 point
      • John FlynnJohn Flynn, over 6 years ago

        This is a good point in practice, until you start to get angry comments and death threats because you have bugs on/untested issues/don't support a vocal user's specific device, your page/site quickly flooded with petitions and 1-star reviews.

        3 points