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New phones on display at MWC show Android's front end looking more fractured than ever.
Remember when every Android phone had the same four system buttons and organized apps in the same way? The altered interfaces on
many of the Android devices on display at Mobile World Congress suggest that manufacturers feel no nostalgia for those simpler times.
A revised lineup of system buttons has become almost standard--HTC, LG, Samsung and now Huawei have all elected to remove or replace the recent-apps button. Larger-screen models often incorporate some kind of secondary-window option unavailable with stock Android. And on Huawei's new Ascend P2, even the traditional app drawer is gone, supplanted by app folders (see in the photo above) like what Apple offers to iPhone users.
As somebody who has to write how-to tech advice, I'm now worried about how many different ways I will have to explain some common Android tasks if this trend continues.