Google’s done wonders with Android 4.0, turning what was once a bit of an ugly duckling into a polished mobile swan. Problem is, no one’s really paying attention to the Ice Cream Sandwich design sheet. Facebook’s the worst culprit, which is exactly why one Redditor has redesigned the app themselves. Is this how Facebook for Android should look?
Facebook’s stuck in its own design and UI ethos so tightly that when you enter the app on Android it feels jarring. There’s none of the Google-mandated symbols or horizontal swiping found in official ICS apps. What Facebook’s done is to try to make its Android app look exactly like the iPhone one, with dodgy results.
This mock-up design will no doubt seem far more pleasing to an Android user’s eye, then. Redditor ‘monkfishbandana’ has taken some design cues from Google+ and the Google Play Store to come up with a dream version of the app. “It saddens me to see how bad the [Facebook for Android] app is,” he said upon posting the designs, “but especially that we seem to be getting nowhere in encouraging or urging the developers to step up their game.”
To us, these screens are far more in line with how Facebook on Android should look. Will this kind of design ever come to be? Probably not to this extent – Facebook wants its symbols and buttons to be universally recognised – but looking at the Facebook app on Windows Phones shows that it is open to new ways of laying out the main screens.
Are you all over this? Or has Facebook done a decent job as it is? Let us know below.