On Google Play, there are around 3 million apps, some new and some that launched years ago and have never been updated. There are more useful and less useful and more beautiful and quite difficult to watch. Today we will talk about the latter.
In this list, we’ve compiled nine popular apps on Google Play that for some reason follow anchored in the past in terms of design refers to. We will focus in particular on apps that keep updating but still retain their looks from years ago, completely ignoring the hardware design and everything that looks like it.
The Renfe site has acquired a certain notoriety among Internet users and not for its advantages, and history repeats itself in its applications. We have chosen Renfe Ticket for our list, although the same can be extended to other apps like Renfe Cercanias, PlayRenfe or Renfe Timetables. Renfe Ticket has a Average Google Play rating of 2.1 stars.
The problem here is not so much the design, which reminds us of the best? times of Web 2.0, but errors are frequent. And by the way, these error messages are displayed with very Android 1.6 style dialogs.
WordReference is one of the reference pages for doing linguistic queries, although design has never been his strong point. The official Android app follows the same pattern, for better or for worse.
In this case, the app managed to get a good rating on Google Play, an average of 4.5, despite an uninspired design and an eyelash system that works regularly. It’s more or less the WordReference website tucked away in a container, and the problem is, the container doesn’t look like or add much to the mix.
English WordRef Dictionary
It is always appreciated that a government agency launches an app to be able to carry out the procedures from the mobile without having to fill out forms or travel in person. The application of the tax agency allows you, among other things, to issue the income statement.
The application has garnered a 4.0 rating on Google Play and it must be recognized that in which the design is not as bad as you might expect from a government application. Even so, its design might well pass for that of an app you would use in an LG Optimus 3D in 2011, and it works almost at the same speed as cellphones back then.
Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, or SELAE, has two apps published on Google Play. The first is LoteriasPro with a score of 2.7 and a slew of angry users in reviews and the second is Loterias Lite, with a score of 2.2, updated this year but still using the pre-Marshmallow permit system (Android M was released in 2015).
The application is functional and with it you can see the results of the latest gifts, provided that it does not close unexpectedly when opened, as reported by various users. Either way, the process is anything but a feast for the eyes, with low resolution images
State Lottery and betting results
Madrid official metro
For many years, Metro de Madrid did not have an official app on Android, until it finally did in 2013. Seven years later, the application remains largely the same, For the best or for the worst.
Again we have a working app, however its operation is far from optimal. Often times, the app blocks “update information” and the metro map, which should be one of the main functions, is basically a poorly displayed PDF.
Madrid official metro
CRTM – TP card
Without the intention of spilling blood on public transport in Madrid, the official transport card balance check app was last updated in March 2019, but its interface could be from 2009.
It’s not just the top bar with barely legible red letters, but the rest buttons and interface elements, disguised as an antediluvian Android, and in addition, several users report that the latest versions have issues when reading maps.
CRTM – TP card
Pixlr-o-matic is one of the few apps on our list that has more or less a reason for having such an outdated interface. Basically he wears frozen in time since 2012
Funny thing is that Pixlr-o-matic had its own interface at that time and that’s why aged better than other apps more modern but with an older look. Of course, when you open it on a modern mobile, you get a warning that “it may not work properly”.
The official application of the National Meteorological Agency renewed its interface in 2016, so it’s probably the one that comes out the best stop on our list, although without a doubt This is not the app to see the best weather that you will find in the Google Store.
The use of colors and graphics more reminiscent of Holo than Material Design and we defined them at the launch of their renewal as “acceptable, not excellent or really remarkable”. Four years later, and with new waves of Material Theming, the design is even harder to look at, even if it at least does its job well.
The application of the Andalusian public health system allows request medical appointments elementary schools of the Andalusian health service comfortably from your mobile. It has over a million downloads and an average score of 3.1 points on Google Play.
In functionality, good (when it doesn’t give any errors), but the design of the application itself a bit regular, not to say more worthy of a 1998 webpage. Not only is it the top bar with a wealth of information gathered and difficult to read, but it also stops working every now and then, as reported various users on Google Play.