Earlier today, we told you how Matias Duarte defended Android’s user interface during a panel at Mobile First CrunchUp. Well, it seems Android’s Director of User Interface was far from done. At the end of the talk, Duarte gave us yet another goodie to report on.
During the Q & A session, American rapper Chamillionaire took a moment to express his discontent with current smartphones, saying, “I’ve used all these different devices—they suck.” He then asked for Duarte’s recommendation as to which phone he should buy. 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 would suggest he was talking about the Nexus 3.
In that interpretation, the Nexus 3 is coming soon and Duarte hopes 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. And according to Duarte’s response, that’s something they’re clearly focused on.