Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Mar 2012 20:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A big day today for 20 million Android users out there: Samsung has started the process of updating the Galaxy SII to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sadly, only a few European countries and South Korea will get it this week, although you can flash the official ROM yourself if you so desire (like I did today). Sadlier sadly, its TouchWiz is virtually identical to that of Gingerbread. Update: This is what HTC is doing to Ice Cream Sandwich. And I thought TouchWiz was bad. Please... Just - stop. Stop it. Stop doing this. Go away.
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Truely sad
by unoengborg on Tue 13th Mar 2012 23:32 UTC
unoengborg
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Samsung have thrown almost all Google efforts to improve the Android GUI out the window, and what's worse they are not alone. HTC also tries hold on to old look and feel in their new Sense 4 for their ICS update.

Many people complain that custom manufacturer specific interfaces delay the release of new Android versions, but from what we see from these Samsung and HTC updates, the effect may be even worse. They remove improvements in the GUI introduced by Google to be able to keep their old look and feel.

If it only were minor changes it would be OK, but when menus, taskhandlers, and notifications look very different it will create problems for developers that try to create well integrated apps.

If I was a Samsung SII owner I would definitively go for some custom ROM that is more true to the vanilla ICS look.

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