Gripes about UI/UX of Android phones/tablets and so called "openness" that is nonsense to consumers.

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    The new LinkedIn app proves it again - apps on Androids look worse than on iPhone

    The new LinkedIn app proves it again that apps from the same company look worse on Android than on iPhone.

    Let’s take a look at the landing page first.

    First, the layout of buttons in the iPhone version is consistent with the layout in many other iPhone apps. The layout of the buttons in the Android version is random, and not in a good way. They look unnecessarily sparse. The blue-on-dark theme doesn’t make it look like an app for professionals.

    Second, I have to ask this question: how many search buttons do people really need? In the Android version, there are three search buttons in just one interface - one small button on the right corner, one big button in the middle, and don’t forget, every Android device has a hardware search botton (don’t get me start on that). I guess what probably happened is that the Android app team could only come up with five buttons, but in order to to make the layout look better, they had to put one more. Then the search button was the choice since they didn’t have to add any new functionalities.

    Third, the invitation button shows the number of pending invitations in the iPhone version, but not in the Android version.

    Forth, the “News” and “In Person” (making connection through bluetooth) are also missing in the Android version.

    Fifth, the iPhone version has a “Themes” button with which you can switch color themes. I don’t really care about it. The Android version doesn’t have one. But I remember Android’s philosophy is to give users more choices. Maybe developers didn’t quite get this message.

    Next is the profile page.

    The difference on layout and font/size is obvious. The iPhone version looks cleaner and easier to read. The profile picture is bigger. The name and the title are highlighted and eye-catching. On the other hand, the Android version looks crowded and unorganized. It is really a bad idea to combine narrow font, tiny line spacing and almost no margin space around the content.

    Moreover, the iPhone version puts the “Invite to connect” and “More” in the bottom bar, so they are always accessible even if the user scrolls down. This is useful. For example, usually the user scrolls down to read more about this person and then decides whether to invite him/her. With the Android version, you will have the scroll all the way up to the top if you want to do so.

    Here is another example to show the text in the Android version is hard to read:

    I don’t think I need to say more.

    Last but not the least, if you close the app and open it again, the iPhone version brings you to where you left, while the Android version always brings you to the landing page.

    This is yet another unpolished app for Android users. You need to compare with the iPhone counterpart to truly feel the difference.

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