Fire? At discretion. One of the greatest references in the Android ecosystem has shot mercilessly against its everlasting enemy and has done so in one of the flanks where the user can find differences: the user interface. Matías Duarte did not cut his hair when described iOS as “heavy and uncomfortable” to the questions of the interviewer of Wired .
The well-known Google executive, who as you know holds the strategic position of design director, was asked about the future of interfaces and how users will manage all the growing information on their devices. The Chilean referred to the iPhone’s interface and said that from his perspective, is beginning to suffer from the passage of time and the most controversial sentence has been “the idea of the user organizing the icons in a panel by hand is beginning to be heavy and uncomfortable”.
Duarte thus refers to one of the criticisms that Android users frequently make of the iOS interface: It has been in place since its inception with minimal changes in its appearance and management, and although this is a point in Apple’s favor, since it saves its users the learning curve of the new versions, according to the manager, who does not go so far as to refer directly to Apple, there is a risk of “settling into sub-optimal systems. The manager suggests that Cupertino’s firm has accommodated itself in a design that does not exploit the full potential of the interfaces.
In an interview in which he has also not spared bullets how to describe the iPad Pro as “a laptop”, Duarte warns of the risk of stagnation after explaining that the current state of technology that “resembles an industrial revolution” And what about the future? Duarte has had the ability not to filter out a single detail of what his team is working on. However, he has been asked if he thinks that in ten years time the systems will still be based on the structure proposed by the iPhone, and his answer has been “I hope not, that would make me very sad”.