Google presented Ice Cream Sandwich, the new user interface from Android 4. As usual, Google still does not show any experience in UI design, and then provides a minimalist one :
very simple, clean, tile-based interface. There are no rounded corners, no brushed metal textures, visual contrast is very high, and most of all, content is king.
Moreover it only uses stack principles from Hypercard…
Indeed Google seemed to have to give justifications for this lack of innovating, by slaming iOS UI design (and even Microsoft WP7’s one !) :
if you look at all of these applications that are designed in this real-objecty, faux wood paneling, faux brushed metal, faux jelly button kind of thing… if you step back and you really look at them, they look kind of juvenile.
Google however did only copied iOS user interface in previous versions of Android, in every details, wich explained why it took it years to just try to catch up with Apple. And finally the new Android interface took fare more less time to complete, as it simply does not feature graphical work nor real innovation.
The sole reason for this switch may be to avoid cases for copy cat, as Google indeed knows what it did.