Why Google Really Ditched The Classic Tablet UI; They Didn't Want Android To Become Windows 2.0.
There was a lot of hoopla regarding Google's decision to get rid of the classic tablet UI and go with a hybrid UI for tablets. Google themselves have said that it was to keep a consistent and familiar UI across all devices. While I think that was part of it, I don't think that was the only reason.
Windows has an infamous look, the classic taskbar at the bottom with the clock in the bottom right corner with tons of icons. The Honeycomb tablet UI instantly reminded people of windows. It had the clock in the bottom right, along with icons and options if that area is pressed. This wasn't a bad way to organize a tablet, however, it seemed less friendly and more legacy than Android needs to be. Earlier today I was trying to fix a friend's computer, and looking at their taskbar was sickening. Just hovering over the icons created a gigantic mess.
I believe Google wanted to create a cleaner aesthetic with Android than they had earlier. They now have a clean bar across the bottom, sure it only has three buttons, but that's the point. The top now houses the clocks and you pull down for notifications and settings. All the ugly stuff is hidden, just like it should be. We can even see MS moving away from the classic windows look. I think that whole UX ideology has become toxic.
Let me know what you guys think.