Everyone knows it’s what’s inside that counts.
We’ve all had a good long look at Android Oreo. A few have been using it for the life of the beta and are running it on their phone right now, but most of us are waiting and will continue to wait for a while. One universal truth is that when Orea comes to phones that sold well and we see millions of people getting it, we’ll hear how it looks the same and that makes it a disappointment.
To make this worse, all the phones from Samsung and LG and HTC and everyone who is not Google or Motorola probably won’t even resemble all the screenshots of Oreo you see here at Android Central and every other place on the internet that talks about Android.
I’m going to nip this one in the bud: none of that matters. It never did matter and it never will matter.
Android is old software. I don’t mean that in a bad way — it’s old as in finished and not being redesigned every six months. Expecting big changes to the interface was normal for the first few versions, but now you will see more refined and focused changes, like what we see in the updated notification shade. These changes are designed to give the user more information, give developers new ways to make the users happy, and be integrated into the user interface easily. The same goes for the other visual tweak in Oreo, the icons and notification dots. When you do something that supports an entire platform and can be pulled into any interface, you go slow.
The time for big changes to the interface has passed.
In other words, these visual changes were built in a way that Samsung and every other company making phones could use them and