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Samsung Hub is "going away" says company executive

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Samsung Hub, a mainstay of Samsung smartphones and tablets, could be on the way out. The purveyor of books, music, video and apps is a competitor to the Google Play Store, which also offers the same things. Some believe that Google has made a point of asking Samsung to tone things down with the gimmicky apps and Samsung Hub might be a casualty of this request. Philip Berne, marketing manager for technical media, says that "Samsung Hub is going away."

Supposedly, after Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and Samsung Galaxy TabPRO tablets, Google called Samsung into the principal's office and told the manufacturer to tone down the modifications to Google's mobile OS. It seems that the powers that be at Google were upset with Sammy's Magazine UI because of the Windows-esque look the UI offers. Additionally, the UI cannot be turned off by users.

Most owners of Samsung devices aren't interested in the company's bloatware, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 did not come with Samsung Hub installed out of the box. Berne, for his part, isn't sure when it will be officially killed off. Until that happens, users of future Samsung devices will probably have to download Hub on their phone or tablet, if they want it.

source: SamMobile via TechRadar

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posted on 15 May 2014, 19:05 2

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Maybe after a good spanking before they give in.

Good! less preinstall. I am ok if they provide it as an optional install instead.

posted on 15 May 2014, 19:15 1

2. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


"""It seems that the powers that be at Google were upset with Sammy's Magazine UI because of the Windows-esque look the UI offers. Additionally, the UI cannot be turned off by users.""

Has anyone seen the new "tiles" in the new Phone.apk for 4.4.x+? What about the leaked GMail beta redesign? Sure the GMail redesign might not look AS COPY/PASTE as the Phone UI, but it still stinks of the layout!

Firefox 29 going with the GOOGLE CHROME look... NO THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

When with the UI stupidity stop!

posted on 15 May 2014, 19:17 2

3. galanoth (Posts: 324; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Why is Google mad about Samsung customization on their Pro Tablets?
If people don't like it they don't have to buy it.
Samsung isn't violating any Google agreements or Google would not give them GMS on the devices.
Let any OEM customize as much as they want and let the consumer decide what's best for them.

posted on 15 May 2014, 19:59

5. DonShock (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


"If people don't like it they don't have to buy it" ...... That's exactly what I did last month. I've loved my Note1-S3Mini-Note3 purchases and had been excited about switching from a older notebook computer to the new 12 inch Pro Tablet. That is until I tried the Magazine UI. It was a total deal killer for me. In the end I went with a Venue11 even though it makes for a less consistent experience across devices. The inability to disable Magazine UI on the Pro Tablets was a deal killer.

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:44

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Magazine UI is just two screens of flip board screen same as My Magazine in Note 3.

Its also different from the windows 8 ui that I use daily. Bottomline is 80% is still touchwiz.

I really don't care whether they use it for future version of their UI because its nothing significant.

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:23 1

7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I agree with you, the UI cannot be turned off by the users. Samsung Hub "sucks", and as a consumer Samsung should, as you said "let the consumer decide what's best for them". I'm glad Google spanked Samsung. Hahaha :)

posted on 16 May 2014, 08:26

11. j2001m (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung hub is not on the gs5 and you can turn off magazine ui and the pre-installed apps are very limited

posted on 15 May 2014, 19:33

4. GreekGeek (Posts: 842; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


It will be a TIZEN exclusive then...lol

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:10 1

6. wilsong17 (Posts: 962; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


wasted of battery life,,, thank to dev i rooted my note 3 and deleted every samsung app and tmobile now i get amazing battery life

posted on 15 May 2014, 21:32

9. Blazers (Posts: 223; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It's an open OS, so technically Samsung can do whatever they want. They just showed respect to Google....nothing more.

Why doesn't Google harass Amazon and their heavily modified version of Android? At least Samsung offers Google's services.

posted on 16 May 2014, 01:57 1

10. DnB925Art (Posts: 290; Member since: 23 May 2013)


They cannot harass Amazon, as they do use a heavily modified (forked) version of AOSP, and since they do not install Google services and apps (such as Gmail, Chrome, Play Store, etc.), so Google has no say or control over what Amazon does.

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