Exploring Aesthetics: Why Does Android Lack Visual Appeal?

Delving into the realm of technological innovations, we often consult the TUAW braintrust to gauge opinions on emerging trends.

Today, we’re focusing on Android and its design ethos compared to Apple’s iOS.

What is the reason behind Google’s apparent lesser focus on design in Android updates compared to Apple’s approach with iOS? Could the open-source nature of Android be detrimental to maintaining cohesive design standards? Or is there a bias among iOS users who dismiss Android design patterns, not fully appreciating their unique aesthetics?

A recent Business Insider article highlighted this disparity by comparing screenshots of apps from both platforms.

Apple’s meticulous control over elements like fonts and GUI design leads to a more polished look, whereas Android’s equivalents can sometimes appear outdated and less refined.

Is the lack of such standardized, high-quality design inherent to Android’s philosophy, or is it a consequence of its open nature allowing for third-party modifications? Perhaps, it’s Apple’s centralized control that makes the difference.

We invite you to share your thoughts.


Mark is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing insightful and engaging content to Apple enthusiasts around the world. With a deep understanding of Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, Mark’s articles offer readers valuable tips, news, and reviews. His expertise in the tech industry, combined with a knack for clear and concise writing, makes him a trusted voice in the Apple community. When he’s not writing, Mark enjoys exploring the latest apps and software updates, always staying ahead of the curve.