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Google wants Android interfaces to do this to you: "Enchant me. Simplify my life. Make me amazing."
That manifesto might sound like Left Coast flakiness, but it can also have actual meaning to the hard calls of interface design. In a 40-minute talk, managers Rachel Garb and Helena Roeber detailed how Google's tried to follow it in improving the Android experience (https://developers.google.com/events/io/sessions/326368573):
* Instead of flashing an alert if you reach the left or rightmost home screen, have the screen tilt and brighten.
* Edit "Use tactile feedback" to "Vibrate on touch."
* Condense an "Are you sure? [OK] [Cancel]" dialog to a confirmation of the action with an undo button.
This is basic stuff, but it's important to obsess over. And it comes as Apple's lost sight of its own first principles by binging on "skeuomorphic" interfaces that imitate real-world objects to the point of distraction.