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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11 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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!

3. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

5. DonShock

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 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 :)

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

It will be a TIZEN exclusive then...lol

6. wilsong17 unregistered

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

9. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

10. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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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