• Samsung Moving Away From 'TouchWiz'?

    http://gigaom.com/2014/01/29/report-...droid-devices/

    "A new report suggests that Samsung is planning to dial back on the tweaks, in favor of something closer to what Google has envisioned." Reports gigaom.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Moving Away From 'TouchWiz'? started by 503ducati View original post
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    1. fraydog's Avatar
      fraydog -
      Looks to me like Google forced their hand.
    1. Professor Lupen's Avatar
      Professor Lupen -
      Why can't companies like Samsung just put all their trash apps in the Google play store, sell the devices with a more vanilla android and let the user add to the phone what they want. It would make the user much happier.
      There are some apps that are needed because of some of the special dedicated hardware on some phones like the Galaxy S4. Those apps are understood.
      But touchwhize is a bloated UI and all the other bloatware that all the providers and manufacturers add to their phones only clutter, slow down and take up massive amounts of space on these phones that should be available to the customer. People don't buy 16 or 32 GB phones so that the manufacturers or service providers can add 10 or more gigs of BS to the phones and rob them of the memory they paid for.

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    1. digiblur's Avatar
      digiblur -
      What's funny is the ROMs I have made for Samsung devices are cut in half for the zip file size. Nice and clean without the bloat. I hate carrier bloat. The Nexus5 was such a breath of fresh air! I doubt I will go back.
    1. Professor Lupen's Avatar
      Professor Lupen -
      Quote Originally Posted by digiblur View Post
      What's funny is the ROMs I have made for Samsung devices are cut in half for the zip file size. Nice and clean without the bloat. I hate carrier bloat. The Nexus5 was such a breath of fresh air! I doubt I will go back.
      I understand. After years of Samsung devices. My Nexus 4 was so very different. Then I bought a Nexus 5. Had to try the Moto X when it came out and the Moto G. I thought maybe it was possible for a phone company to make a good phone without raping its customers.
      Now we learn that Google has sold its Motorola line to Lenovo. Google had Motorola just long enough to show the world how to do it right and then sold it before they could make a real profit.

      The X and G may be the only Moto products I buy that I really feel are worth paying for.
      Motorola did a fine job at destroying their own reputation. With their crappy products. And now after a great start under Googles guidance, Motorola ends up in Lenovos hands. I have not been impressed with lenovos computers , I doubt I will be impressed with what they do with the cell phone division.

      I wish I knew enough about installing new roms on phones to do it my self. I have had a interest in the Samsung Galaxy Express since it came out. It has always looked like a device with promise. Would be nice to pick one up and install one of your optimizes roms on it to see what a properly provisioned Samsung device might look and work like

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    1. schultzter's Avatar
      schultzter -
      Yeah, I just don't get it. I have stuff on my SGS3 that I'm never going to use but I can't get rid of it! I can't even disable some of it. Like who at Samsung decided SMemo was an essential app for everyone who bought an SGS3!? And just 'cuz they put a Gear app on my phone in no way entices me to put a Gear watch on my wrist - but there it sits, eating away at my memory and my battery.
    1. Sam73065's Avatar
      Sam73065 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Professor Lupen View Post
      Why can't companies like Samsung just put all their trash apps in the Google play store, sell the devices with a more vanilla android and let the user add to the phone what they want. It would make the user much happier.
      There are some apps that are needed because of some of the special dedicated hardware on some phones like the Galaxy S4. Those apps are understood.
      But touchwhize is a bloated UI and all the other bloatware that all the providers and manufacturers add to their phones only clutter, slow down and take up massive amounts of space on these phones that should be available to the customer. People don't buy 16 or 32 GB phones so that the manufacturers or service providers can add 10 or more gigs of BS to the phones and rob them of the memory they paid for.

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      I've no problem w/Samsung and even the carriers including as many crap apps as they wish. I just want the ability to remove the crap and detritus as soon as I am walking away from the counter. I always liked HTC's clock apps better than pure android and I prefer Samsung and HTC calendar interfaces over android. So I'm sure I would on occasion find useful apps, I just ask for the right to remove the manufacturer and carrier pre-loaded crap apps after the purchase.