Earlier today, we told you that three of Samsung’s new Android tablets using Magazine UX - Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, TabPRO 10.1 and NotePRO 12.2 - would be launched in the US starting February 13, while the fourth model, TabPRO 12.2, is expected to hit shelves in March.
According to Computerworld, which talked to a Samsung spokeswoman, users will not be able to “turn off” the new Magazine UX on any of these Galaxy tablets. Reportedly, Magazine UX screens can be deleted and added again, but “at least one Magazine UX screen must be present at all times.”
The Samsung spokeswoman was quoted as saying:
So it seems that the South Korean company is not ready to offer stock Android tablets and smartphones any time soon - except, of course, for eventual Google Play Edition devices, or new Nexus products (assuming we’ll ever see another new Nexus from Samsung).
Samsung’s Magazine UX, pictured on the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 above, is certainly not exuding an Android feel, as it’s more like a mix between Flipboard and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Metro UI. It doesn't look bad, of course, so for now we're welcoming it as a positive addition to Android.
Samsung could bring Magazine UX to some of its upcoming smartphones - but this is only a rumor for now.