10 best features of manufacturers' custom Android UIs that should be on more phones

In order to differentiate their products from the ones offered by their rivals, pretty much every manufacturer on the planet adds his own touch on top of the existing Android base. That's right, even though your Samsung device looks markedly different from a Nexus one on the outside, they share the same core that is Google's mobile operating system. But it's not just about the skin (the overlay) -- the available feature set across Sony, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and LG devices differs. Sometimes significantly...
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23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The one handed mode is a ridiculous feature. Just start making smaller phones with flagship internals. Sony is the only one who gets this.

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sony is also offering Smart Stay! Wake up PA

34. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Also stamina mode (standby extension) was first on Sony not Sammy

27. Asa17

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Smart Stay sounds pretty stupid actually. Do people even use that feature? Knock On, Gloves Mode and One handed mode are probably the most useful.

38. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yes smart stay is useful when you're reading web pages for example. Great for the autoscreen off to be suspended while you're reading webpages, ebooks, things like that.

42. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I used it on my S3 and I use the LG version on my G3. It's a deal-breaker. Your phone is hobbled without it.

28. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

The so called gimmicky TW has more features in this list.. What a irony....

29. chrisaran

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

funny how samsung has more required features yet they are bashed

30. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

One-hand operation mode and screen calibration mode are not created by the thief. Chinese manufactures firstly introduced these features to the market.

32. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Custom roms had even before it... So who is thief now??

31. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I don't want 1.8gb ram to be used out of 3gb. Sorry I would skip these and later install custom kernel or xposed module.

35. amirlukmanhisyam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

Nokia N9 have the double tap to wake up the screen back in 2011 and the stadby screen in Symbian phones back in 2010... Nokia Lumia offer the gloves mode the earliest compare to the others

40. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

And private mode is already their in all WP devices as "Kids corner".

37. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung and LG's features are the best and the most intuitive. Loving their skin and feature set.

43. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Agreed. I've come from an S3 running 4.4.2 to a G3, and next to those my old HTC, the current iPhone and the OPO look positively archaic (including the OPO, what a piece of crap).

44. oborawatabinost

Posts: 45; Member since: May 18, 2014

There are some motorola features I really like that aren't on here but they "require" specific internal hardware to work as well as they do so I guess they don't count.

45. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

WP has at least 5 of those on ALL devices, also iOS... taht's why I don't like android

46. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

As far as #9 goes, that is useful, but nowhere near as useful as Blackberry's implementation of it, swipe from left to right instead. That is a much easier reach for your thumb honestly, and doesnt require any unsightly on screen buttons. Surprised this hasn't been a thing anywhere else.

47. kiniki

Posts: 5; Member since: May 31, 2014

One Handed (only for phablet) , Gloves Mode , Knock On , screen recorder , Private mode , and Custom Navigation (but only work for device with Navigation Bar On Screen)

48. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

another r one that I use in a constant basis is the volume control in my notifications pull down on my LG G2

49. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

The background wallpaper as in homescreen is really cool in TW compared to stock android/other UIs. The black back-screen lookgs too ugly IMHO. Also one hand operation of TW is epic cool found on larger devices. Other UIs don't have features like TW. Mostly they are stock-like. Also would like a dedicated home button and capacitive buttons like Galaxy line has. I dislike on-screen buttons they eat up the screen and lets more energy wasted and thus bigger handsets. You see Note4 is much smaller than Nexus 6 but due to on-screen buttons on N6 both look same screen-size (apart from videos etc.) Also Wifi-Direct should be std (like Samsung does) and their Multi-Window is also great innovation.

50. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Though not appropriate here but would also love to have a scroll up and translucent shortcuts like iOS 7 has :)

51. techtube

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

why leave out multi window and moto voice

52. Dranzer10

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

sony's small apps and samsung's multi window???

54. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

In EMUI3, you can shift keyboard to the left or to the right by tilting the phone left or right. Useful if you have small hands or in one-hand onscreen navigation.

55. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

what? no i dont like more than 6 of them and extera power saving now avilabale in all
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