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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RE[4]: Why do they even bother?
by unoengborg on Thu 15th Mar 2012 12:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why do they even bother?"
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It's not as simple as, if you prefer vanilla, you buy a Nexus.

When companies upgrade their products to Android 4 but remove features, or make major changes to their function it poses a problem to app developers. If some big brand deside to make notifikations or menus very different from the standard, developers will have to avoid features that use these features, and these features will then be absent not just on Samsung phones, but on all phones, just like features that clash with e.g. HTC sense will be absent on Samsung phones even if they had worked perfectly on Samsung. That way too much customization is a problem for all Android users, and buying a Nexus won't solve that problem.

I have no problem with Samsung making changes to their look and feel, but if they decide to do such changes it should be an addition to the standard behavior.

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