It's two years (just two years?) into Android's life cycle, and dozens upon dozens of phones have used the mobile OS, but the basic core interface hasn't changed. Google is tackling that issue in its next update.
Android is a fine operating system. It is easy to navigate and find apps. However, with more and more creative people meddling around in the system, more innovative interfaces have come around for Android - like Motorola's Motoblur or HTC's Sense.
These individual phone manufacturers were uninspired by the typical Android shell so they created their own. Google doesn't like being one-upped like that, so it's dedicated to changing the "user experience" in the next Android update, code-named "Gingerbread."
According to Tech Crunch, Google is happy with the back-end of Android. It has all the functionality it wants at this point, so now its focus is on the actual display that users see when they turn on the phone.
Google wants the Motoblurs and the Senses out there to become irrelevant, as it will create the ultimate Android interface, or at least that's what its goal is.
Of course, these third-party "skins" are unavoidable, and Motorola seems very happy with its Motoblur software, something it obviously invested a lot of resources into. But for those with a Droid or other standard Android phone, this promise for the next update is a welcome addition. Bring on the Gingerbread!
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