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Samsung to Curb Android Tweaks at Google’s Request



Today some shocking new details have been revealed regarding how the future of Android will look on Samsung devices like the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, and the bundled apps. We know fragmentation is an issue, and Google looks to be trying to curb it with Android’s biggest success story.

We know the Samsung Galaxy S lineup is the most popular smartphone on the planet, and obviously in the Android market, but its continued to change and evolve into something that we barely recognize as Android. It’s called TouchWiz, Samsung’s “user experience” skin over stock Android, and apparently Google wants them to tone things down and stop making such drastic changes to the look and feel of Android, according to Re/code.

A new report has surfaced claiming that Samsung and Google have been working together to come up with a solution that will work for both sides, stop Android fragmentation, and keep Samsung’s extremely popular smartphones using Google’s services, instead of their own homegrown services and apps.

When we say services we mean the suite of Samsung Music and TV apps, ChatON messenger, and other tidbits. Not to mention all the changes to the user interface. Samsung’s software has advantages, but overall it looks and acts nothing like Android, and that’s more present than ever with the shocking new Magazine UX they debuted on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet.

Read: Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet Hands-On

Apparently at CES earlier this month when Samsung debuted the new interface changes, a “series of broad agreements” were started by both Samsung and Google to stop the strong interface changes, prevent more fragmentation, and align Samsung’s products closer to what Google imagines for Android.

Earlier this week Google and Samsung signed a global patent and licensing deal, which is a major aspect of this news in some way, where we’re assuming both sides agreed to certain changes. So far the details are quite light, but it sounds like Samsung’s upcoming smartphones and tablets will not be covered in as many S-Features, S-Apps, and custom skins over Android that look and feel different than the rest of the Android devices around.

While different options are a good thing, I think we can all agree that Google’s Music, Movies, App Store, and other services are better than Samsung’s, and this will ensure they’re here to stay with future Samsung products. Not to mention the Magazine UX shown in the video above looks more like Windows than Android.

It’s unknown if these changes will come in future updates or products, or if the launch of the new Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro lineup will be delayed for these changes to take effect. What we do know, is Samsung will likely still have their own user interface skin of some sort, it just won’t be so radical.



  1. Richard Yarrell

    01/29/2014 at 4:25 pm

    Samsung will always be Samsung that won’t change. Samsung will continue to cater to their users and customers needs

    At end of the day Samsung is doing just fine that’s why they are the Global market share leader and the leading android manufacturer with market share as well.

  2. ukandroid

    01/29/2014 at 5:56 pm

    Until the Note3 I was a big Samsung fan but things have started to get intrusive with the unremoveable apps and Knox. Touchwiz can be replaced by alternatives but Samsung may be going too far trying to modify Android. By all means bundle apps and features but they should be optionally removable for those of us who don’t want duplication of other apps/stores/desktops that we prefer.

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