A few months back, this wouldn’t be the sort of thing I would imagine someone writing about Android:
So for Ice Cream Sandwich, the UX team designed each building block to be as minimal as possible. Individual screens still use the elements, but it’s the overall layout that captures your attention, rather than the individual units.
It sounds like Android’s trying to come into its own in regards to design philosophy. Let’s see how well this pans out in the next year or so.