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OUTLOOK: Android 2.1 Flan ported to the Motorola Droid - showing-off the new Android UI
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 15.12.09 - 19:29:46 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 17310x
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While Android 2.1 aka Flan has yet to be released to the public, some users at "Sholes" got their hands on a build which they have ported to a Motorola Droid. Engadget took the opportunity to have a look how Android 2.1/Flan - which is also expected to run on Google's own Nexus One smartphone (where this port most likely came from) - will look like and it seems Google has overhauled the Android user interface which stayed pretty unchanged since Android 1.1 was launched on the T-Mobile G1 last year. Most noticeable is the updated home screen with - as it looks - 5 pages as well as a quick-overview/switcher to the different home screen pages:

Also interesting is the weather and news hub while it's yet unclear if these applications will be standard programs of Android 2.1/Flan or not.

Furthermore it looks like the camera got another UI update as well as the programs menu seems to have received an update as well.

Google is expected to release Android 2.1/Eclair in early 2010. It's most likely that today's Android 2.0 smartphones will get offered an upgrade to Android 2.1. Also rumors hit the web that HTC skipped Hero's Android 2.0 development in favor of bringing Android 2.1 instead.

Nevertheless, Google's Mario Queiroz, Vice President, Product Management at Google, said in a recent blog posting that Google is constantly experimenting with new products and technologies and therefore often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements. Therefore it's not confirmed that the screenshots above will indeed represent how Android 2.1/Flan might looks in its final and commercial version.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Der Droid on 15.12.09 - 20:08:21

Looks good, way fresher than today's Android versions except HTC devices running Sense. But it's still not groundbreaking! I expected somewhat more from Google but UI design was never their strength! Look at their basic-looking web page! ;-)

Posted by Corey on 16.12.09 - 02:14:08

basic looking... and yet one of the most useful webpages on the internet. I'm quite glad it's not cluttered

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