Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jul 2013 16:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The worst thing about Android phones isn't the crapware, though. It's the 'skins' - the modifications that phone companies make to Android's most basic features, including the dialing app, contacts, email, the calendar, the notification system, and the layout of the home screen. If you get the Play edition of these phones, you'll see Google's version of each of these apps, and you'll come away impressed by Google's tasteful, restrained, utilitarian design sense. But if, like most people, you get your phone for $199 from a carrier, you'll find everything in it is a frightful mess." Android's biggest problem (lack of updates is part of this). I got my Oppo Find 5 yesterday, and after only a few hours with the official, skinned firmware, I ran crying to the officially supported CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2). Stock (CM is mostly stock) is such a beautiful and elegant operating system - OEM skins are like screaming kids eating popcicles in front of you on a line to a theme park ride. Whenever someone hands me a stock Samsung or HTC, I die a little inside. Those guys simply have zero clue about software.
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by kurkosdr on Thu 18th Jul 2013 21:06 UTC
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ouchwiz and sense are not carrier modifications, they are OEM modifications, made by Samsung and HTC, respectively.

Exactly. I got a SIM-free Galaxy SIII and it has a skin. Personally, I actually like Samsung's somewhat baroque aesthetic, and hence present myself for public shaming.

Anyway, OEMs will do anything to make the skins trend last as long as possible. They want to be able to differentiate, they don't want to become chip packagers and suffer the margin crush PC OEMs suffered in the 90s. It remains to be seen if the much awaited Moto X will run mostly stock androud and if the 99% prefers stock Android.

Edited 2013-07-18 21:07 UTC

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