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The Android Experiment

March 24, 2014

So, I bought an Android phone. Yes, I'm shocked too.

After being a hardcore iOS user ever since the iPhone came out and only acknowledging the existence of Android to make fun of it, I decided it was time to finally check it out.

Two reasons have led me to take on this challenge: I have been getting a lot of requests to work on Android projects and the Moto X was the very first Android device that didn't make me want to puke when I held it.

I feel the only way I can design native applications properly is by walking in the user's shoes, getting to know the day-to-day usage quirks of the system, its strong suits and weaknesses. That's why I can pretty much design an iOS app with my eyes closed nowadays. Studying the guidelines will only take me so far and I feel I have gone as far as I could without getting my hands dirty.

I have done this same experiment with a Windows Phone a few years ago and it worked out great. I managed to stay with it as my primary phone for about a year before going back to an iPhone and I learned a lot about using it and designing for it.

It has been two days since my new Android phone arrived and I can already see things I like and things I don't like. However, this isn't about me as a user, it's about me as a designer. The current project I'm working on right now is going to benefit from this change as things I thought were considered native behavior don't really translate that well into what an Android user would expect as native. That alone tells me this experience is worth it.


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I love creating. Interfaces, layouts, applications, campaigns, games, posts, videos, you name it.

I'm actively looking for opportunities to work alongside people that share my passion for doing great work and being proud of what they do.

When I'm not working you might find me playing basketball, slaying demons in Diablo III or updating Planeta Blizzard, my very own Blizzard fansite.

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