Google says no to custom skins on Android Wear, TV, and Auto

One of the biggest complaints throughout Android's history has been the inconsistency of the user interface depending on what manufacturer you choose. There have been fairly big differences between stock Android, TouchWiz, Sense, and others. But, Google is taking control and not allowing custom skins on Android Wear, TV, and Auto...
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37 Comments

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Google should also limit(not eliminate) Android L skins from OEMs.

23. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think allowing manufacturers to add some features to Android L but not changing the look of the UI would be fair...

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Now that's what I'm talking about. Spot On.

22. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Google did it right.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

GOOD. The last thing they need are manufacturers trying to muck around with the interface on smartwatches and Android Auto. For instance, I love Ford, but their Mytouch interface has been a perennial favorite for bashing because it's so awful, and singlehandedly lowers review scores for their cars. I would rather Google keep the design elements of the software under their control and leave the car and watch makers to do the hardware.

33. Reynolds1

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

About time... sick of the superior hardware always having the inferior software

37. ryanlockovich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

That was a pretty smart idea. I hate manufacturer skins. I am running Nova Launcher on my Galaxy S4.
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