The Android interface has drastically changed over the last six years. Few of us care to recall the days of Gingerbread, where the operating system was accented with two contrasting colors – neon orange and green – and an uninspired interface. Dare we think back to FroYo and beyond, where the notification shade was an odd shade of light gray (slightly 0ff-white) and the app drawer was literally a drawer that had to be opened by a upward finger swipe.
Matias Duarte, Google’s Director of Android User Experience, has worked his magic with Android. Since he joined the ranks, the interface has experienced a major overhaul. What you now see in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean is a far cry from Android of years past. But up-and-coming platforms – such as Ubuntu Phone OS, BlackBerry 10 and Jolla’s Sailfish OS – implement the gesture navigation Android is lacking. Fortunately, there are some applications that can give you that sweet, sweet gesture control … and much more in the Play Store. Check out the video below to see for yourself.