Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Jan 2014 22:40 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In early January, while the rest of the consumer technology world at CES marveled at the sheer size of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy tablet, Google execs were dismayed by what they saw on the screen of the massive 12.1-inch slate - a fancy new user interface called Magazine UX.


Multiple sources familiar with the companies' thinking say the two technology giants began hammering out a series of broad agreements at CES that would bring Samsung's view of Android in line with Google's own. The results of the talks, which have only just begun dribbling out to the public, also underscore the extent to which Google is exerting more of its influence to control its destiny in the Android open source world.

Dilemma. I don't like Google exerting control in this manner, but, on the other hand, anything that - for the love of god - makes Samsung stop building its own software for phones is a good thing. Tough call. Then again, this deal may also simply be another aspect of the big patent deal, indicating that this deal is about much more than patents alone.

In any case, the recent renewed collaboration between Google and Samsung seems to indicate that Samsung has little to no intention to move away from Android, and with Samsung still shipping exactly zero Tizen devices, I have little hope we'll ever see that platform jump front and centre.

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RE: Yeah well...
by dragos.pop on Thu 30th Jan 2014 08:49 UTC in reply to "Yeah well..."
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I don't quite agree. Some of the software on my S4 I am not interested in (I don't like waving my hands or it following my eyes). I do use Knox and found it pretty useful for me.

On the Galaxy Tab I use a good deal of the built in the software there; especially anything to do with stylus. Better than any crap out of the Google play store.

I don't think that this is about specific Samsung features. Samsung will never agree to cut this.
The idea is to make touch-wiz look more like stock android.
The direction is to extend the stock android features, not to reimplement them.

Pen related functionality in Note tablet and phone will remain, as well as the wave/follow eyes... functions, or the dual apps views.

On the other side, the home screen, mail client... will look more like stock. And less Samsung Hub stuff.

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