Earlier today, we told you how Matias Duarte defended Android’s user interface during a panel at Mobile First CrunchUp. By saying that the choice between Android and iOS is just a matter of preference. Well, it seems Android’s Director of User Interface was far from done. Because at the end of the talk, Duarte gave us yet another goodie to report on.
During the Q/A session of the talk, American rapper, Chamillionaire took a moment to express his discontent with current smartphones, saying: “I’ve used all these different devices — they suck.” After saying that, he asked for Duarte’s recommendation on which phone he should buy. To which Duarte responded: “I’m hoping that pretty soon we’re going to have an Android phone you’re going to love.”
The key word here is “we”. Duarte could very well be talking about “we” as in “we the Android community”. In which case, he was just talking about upcoming Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S. On the other hand, he could be referring to “we” as in “Google”. Which we would mean he was talking about the Nexus 3.
In that case, the Nexus 3 is coming soon and Duarte hopes that people like Chamillionaire will love it. But what could Duarte and Google possibly do to make the Nexus 3 appealing to Chamillionaire — or the average person for that matter? Four words come to mind: Simplicity, reliability, elegance and responsiveness. I know I’m going to get a lot of hateful comments for this, but here it goes. The Nexus 3 needs to be easy to use, easy to look at, reliable and very responsive. That is, if Google wants people like Chamillionaire to love it. Which according to Duarte’s response, is something they’re clearly focused on.