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New Android Build at CTIA

By Adam Z. Lein April 8, 2008, 5:32 pm

PC Magazine has some photos of the latest build of Android shown at CTIA. Can someone tell me what’s so special about this operating system?

It doesn’t look good at all. It doesn’t look remotely usable. The icons on the programs screen are way too small compared to the guy’s thumb size. They’re definitely not going to be readable like that. Maybe there will be a market for magnifying glass attachments. There’s a ton of negative space that’s completely wasted there too.

Then look at Google Maps. All it is is a map. There appears to be no way to zoom, pan, access options, do a search, show traffic, get directions, etc. If I can’t see the controls and options, how am I supposed to figure out how to use them? Are there hardware buttons for controlling this? Who knows?! You won’t be able to figure it out by looking at the interface.

Same with the web browser. Where’s the URL? Where are my favorites? Does this browser simply not have any functionality? You would assume so judging by the lack of any type of recognizable interactivity method.

Now take a look at the phone dialer application. Who designed that? Are they serious?

Well, the good news is; it can play Quake and it has a clock.

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