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Watch Matias Duarte talk flat design, his Android Wear watch, and the “death of mobile”

Matias Duarte is one of the most influential guiding figures of Android. Responsible for the creation of the polished, mature user experience we know and love in modern Android, Duarte is also deeply involved in guiding Android’s evolution in terms of functionality and integration with Google’s other products. Naturally, any occasion to hear him talk about design, Android, and Google should not be missed.

In the video above, Duarte talks to The Verge’s Josh Topolsky about a wide range of topics, from the definition of design, to the “death of mobile” as the focus for UI designers, to Android Wear, to why flat design should be balanced by tactile elements. The designer apparently drops hints at the rumored bridging of the user experience across Android and Chrome, though he takes the discussion further, extolling the importance of creating a unitary experience across devices, from smartwatches, to laptops, to big screen TVs.

Duarte briefly talks about the philosophy of Android Wear, which is to offer users just-in-time information, rather than a complete mobile UI cramped on a small screen. The designer admits he’s “dogfooding” an Android Wear watch, though he stops short of revealing it.

Asked about his views on the flat UI design trend, Matias Duarte explains how offering a sense of depth is a valuable tool for designers, hinting that future versions of Android will continue on the path opened with Ice Cream Sandwich.

About Google I/O (for which registration just started), Duarte says the conference will be more appealing to designers this year. I/O is mainly a developer conference, though in recent years, it turned in a sort of All things Google event.

For more insight on design and Android, we highly recommend watching the entire 35-minute interview.

Android Authority

T-Mobile distracts from AT&T earnings with Death Star press release

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T-Mobile is always happy to kick rival AT&T when it’s down, even when all signs point to AT&T coming out ahead.

The Un-carrier went full Onion tonight, releasing a satirical press release complete with fake quotes from AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega. The release thanks AT&T for dismantling the Death Star and joining the Un-carrier movement. Not because AT&T actually announced a switch to contract-less plans like T-Mobile, but because it’s willing to pay T-Mobile customers to switch to the second largest carrier in the U.S.

“I felt it was time to really stir things up and put the customer first for a change,” the fictional de la Vega said in the press release. “And by ‘customer’ I’m referring to our former customers who switch to T-Mobile, because our current customers don’t really qualify.” AT&T currently offers T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T up to 0 when they sign up for a Next plan and trade in their phone.

ATT Ad DeathstarIf you’re at all familiar with T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his Twitter account, you’re already familiar with the contents of the rest of the satirical press release. It’s a chance for T-Mobile to take a few shots at AT&T while touting its Un-carrier strategy of buying out contracts for switchers and the speed of its 4G LTE network.

“It’s kind of like that scene where Darth Vader’s lying there and Luke helps take off his helmet,” Legere said in the press release, “and you see that, okay, sure, Darth Vader’s pretty ugly, but he’s human after all.”

There’s even a few full-page ads that T-Mobile will run in papers like The New York Times mocking AT&T with quotes like “Thanks to AT&T, new you can test drive T-Mobile risk free. See, they are really nice.”

It’s all fun to watch, especially with a character like Legere who isn’t afraid to pull a few stunts most CEOs would balk at. It’s great to watch the carriers compete with one another, and T-Mobile is definitely making a lot of great changes for users. Stunts like this will start to feel old after a while, though. To some, this press release is already a step too far.

Still, it serves a good purpose, it gets us talking about T-Mobile on the same day that AT&T announced its quarterly earnings. Despite T-Mobile’s rhetoric that AT&T is losing customers left and right, the carrier actually gained 566,000 subscribers in the last quarter. T-Mobile added 869,000, though, so it’s growing faster. Maybe when T-Mobile gets out of the number four spot the antics will be toned down. Maybe.

For now, it looks like we have more silly press releases and plenty more trash talking to look forward to. Though if dropping a few f-bombs at press events means we get better deals on the phones we’re so addicted to, we can learn to ignore the antic that might bother us.

Do you think T-Mobile is pushing too far with satirical, arguably juvenile, press releases? Or are you still enjoying the Un-carrier’s spunky attitude?


Android Authority

Zombie Gunship hits Android: death from above

The classic and extremely addicting iOS game Zombie Gunship has launched on Android this week, so get ready to kill some zombies. A few apocalypse survivors must man the gunner seat of a heavily-armed AC-130 as you rain fire from above and save the remaining humans from infection.

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This game was massive amounts of fun on the old iPod Touch, and will be even better on my Nexus 7. This isn’t your average zombie game that isn’t worth your time. The entire game is death from above, as you fly around and strategically take out waves after waves of enemies running towards the survivors.

You’ll be blasting missiles and cannons out of an old AC-130 plane while protecting bunkers full of people needing rescue before the zombie apocalypse takes over. It’s actually a lot more fun than you’d think, and was quite addicting back in the day. Now that it’s available for Android we expect it to get popular all over again.

With 3D vision, white and black hot modes for vision, and tons of weapons you’ll be blasting your way through hordes of zombies. Your plane comes equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, a 40mm Bofors auto-cannon, and to get serious you can upgrade to a 105mm Howitzer cannon. The last one does some damage, so don’t accidentally kill civilians with your trigger finger.

This game doesn’t have the best graphics in the world, but it doesn’t need to with the casual night-vision top-down style of gameplay, and it still is loads of fun. Get it now for Android for just a buck.

VIA: Play Store

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