UX Design War Continues to Rage On Between Android L vs IOS8
Samsung will definitely be the flag holder for Google’s Android L, which is the latest mobile os version of Android which will use “Material Design”, a new look that will marry the user experience design across Android, Chrome OS, the Chrome browser, and Android Wear. With the arrival of the 5.5 Phablet from Apple, the UX design battle may very well be moved on to the Operating Systems as the hardware becomes quite similar.
Aesthetics of UX
The minimalism of Android L looks a bit too bare and at times and the icons have been criticized for looking ridiculously small on high spec phones – but that is bound to happen when you are supporting such a highly dispersed system of devices. It includes dashes of sudden color, refreshed iconography, typography, and a more consistent interface hierarchy if you’re into bareness. Apple on the other hand simply set out to create the most natural experience with a very high emphasis on visual aesthetics – or interface handsomeness as some might call it. They improved on what the world already loved.
Developing for Platforms
Android L SDK boasts more than 5,000 new APIs whilst maintaining core language for developers to write apps. The iOS 8 SDK contains more than 4,000 new APIs for developers and has introduced a completely new programming language called Swift which in essence will make it easier for developers to take advantage and build more apps. For developers to completely learn a new language may be a good thing if that language allows them to do the same tasks faster and more efficiently and write more legible code. But the time to learn an new language and port apps across will be quite cumbersome in the least.
User Interface Design of Lock-screen Notifications
Both have added interactive notifications to the lock-screen with iOS 8 and made them less intrusive with pop-ups at the top of the screen in apps but Google has gone one step forward and its lock screen notifications can carry you through to the apps themselves and are now also newly ordered by relevance, based on your past activity patterns. Also, the User interface designs of both are very minimalist and have high clarity too.
User Experience of Security
Google introduced a new authentication system so when you hold your phone using location awareness and attached Bluetooth devices and unlock it automatically for you. Neat trick. Apple’s Touch ID is still extremely smooth and simply hard to beat. One can only imagine it will get better. The experience of creating a user ID has a better design on IOS8 than Android as well.
User Experience of Payments:
Google Wallet vs Apple Pay. With Apple pay you get to rapidly scan your credit cards and Apple adds them for linking to your App Store account. The way Apple designed the addition of new credit cards trumps Android by miles.
Usability with Wearable Device
Winner: Its a draw.
User Interface Design of Keyboard
Android L’s stock keyboard looks like Swype and IOS8’ keyboard looks more or less like that of IOS7. Somehow, the UI of Android L’s keyboard just looks far more attractive.
Winner: Android L.
User Interface Design of Caller Screen
If predictions are anything to go by, it looks like the user interface design of Android L will be very sparse with expanse spacing between keys whilst Apple’s IOS 8 will continue to have the same beautifully minimalist interface that iPhone users have come to love religiously.
The UX and UI Design Winner is IOS8! But… …the battle is not over yet! There are still tons of features that are still yet to reviewed once these two OS’s see the full glory of day. Key to a future review will be: * Message apps * Transition animations between home-screens. * Range of wallpaper types and animated screen savers. * Stock typography. * Icon drawer. * Transparency of overlaid windows. * Responsiveness.
Once we view these two OS’s in all their awesomeness, this review will be revised and re-syndicated. Be sure to stay in touch, you do not want to miss a thing and your views in the box below and we’ll chat a bit!