Rumor says Google might help Samsung in optimizing TouchWiz

For the most part, the newest iteration of TouchWiz is snappier, more streamlined, and way more intuitive than its predecessors. Its gracing the company's 2015 high-end portfolio and we liked that it is Samsung's best effort in the UI department yet. In the performance department, the latest iteration of the UI has also scored numerous improvements and it's rather hard to deny these...
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47. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I really hope this is a thing

49. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

what an insult!

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

TouchWiz is never going to look boring and stale like Vanilla Android. But having a snappier more pleasing experience with some of the benefits of vanilla Android, are certainly welcomed. Samsung = Android. Samsung is the largest producer of Android devices both phone and tablet, and it is in Google's best interest to help not only Samsung; but really every OEM. But yes, Samsung first being the sales king. This will also put a pacifier in the mouth of all the TouchWiz haters who can't admit that even though TouchWiz isn't perfect, it brings revolutionary features to Android, that otherwise would not be possible, do to the lack of support API. Splitscreen, smart stay, smart pause, and more are all linked to TouchWiz which allowed their devices to support such capabilities when no one else could. No one can deny TW sets Samsung phones part from others and have contributed to his popularity.

58. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why don't they do what Motorola has done, stock with added features? They could also make Touchwiz a removable custom launcher. I don't want a phone that comes with the kitchen sink. I want a clean slate that I can customize myself. That's why I buy stock Android devices.

64. iushnt

Posts: 3066; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If Samsung went like Motorola, they may win you but would probably lose many others. Are you even familiar regarding POD and brand conditioning? When Horlicks changed their fonts in its package, the sales dropped.

59. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The only thing this probably does is give the Samsung haters less ammo. Because we all know no matter how fast and smooth touch wiz is, idiots like techandbeers will say it lags.

60. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

My last phone was a Galaxy S4, and before that a Moto Electrify, so I'm used to the bloated skins, but it felt reasonable to call it a skin as I moved back and forth to my Nexus 7. I got a OnePlus One a year ago and my dad got a Galaxy S6 a few months later and moving between the two was like night and day. They managed to make the settings menu nearly unusable for me compared to how it was on the GS4. While clever, I never really found any use to a large majority of the Samsung Touchwiz apps or features. The eye tracking thing never worked for me, S-voice was a joke, PageBuddy was a pain....all except Multiwindow. That was the sole reason to run Touchwiz for me on my GS4(other than the locked bootloader) but on newer Galaxies, I can't imagine rooting them and making all apps able to use Multiwindow is as easy as it once was. I just think for the value added, it would behoove Samsung to just run stock Android with a special launcher and do all the apps from the Samsung App store or Play Store. Special camera apk that uses some hooks into the camera drivers to do special tricks? Cool, added value. Terrible note taking app that can't be removed cause its a "system app"? No thanks.
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