Samsung's Magazine UX can't be "turned off" on the Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO

Last week, a pretty strange rumor had it that Samsung would ditch its brand new Magazine UX, following a global agreement (covering patents and not only) signed with Google. However, this is not true - at least not for now.

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.

source: Computerworld

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69 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm pretty interested in Samsung's new magazine UX, but I do feel that they could work on the design aspect a little more too.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Chameleon looks so much better and it has a similar design philosophy. They will learn the same lesson HTC learned with blink feed, no one wants you to break that which does not need fixing.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Blinkfeed was a good idea in theory, but it was way too limited in scope. Google did better with the Google Experience Launcher, although I'd like to be able to personalize the dedicated "Now" page a bit more as well.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Customization aside, the mandatory nature of the UX is what needs fixing. They should make it optional because not everyone will want it. To force it on people just means you have no faith in it being good and likewise, have to make them like it.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

.....What kinda travesty is this? Of course you can turn it off, this is Android not iOS or WP. You just wipe the fool and install a custom rom which will easily fix most problems. A different launcher might also fix that problem if it isn't too deeply engrained in the OS.

9. bigstrudel

Posts: 594; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Sure. For now. Until Root gets broken by the next major update. And there won't be any custom Roms if nobody buys this overpriced junk.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They don't usually break root and also, custom recoveries will inject it for you at every major update. Also, the custom roms have their own updates which hit much faster than OEM updates. Finally, I am assuming you don't actually know how that works so you won't get anything I just said (sounds like you think it is like jail-breaking).

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Exactly...

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why should something have to be rooted or modified? Shouldn't we expect for companies to make things right the first time?.. I mean what kind of products are we buying when they have to be "fixed" the day we get them? Honest question.

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The hell are you smoking, nothing is "right" for everyone, that is why Android is so popular with the majority of humanity. If I wanted to be made subservient to the tastes of someone else I would have an iOS or WP device (although you could also have an Android device and just force yourself to use the disliked UI like some kinda masochist).

45. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who said that you have to get a iOS, or WP?.. I didn't.. ........................ You sound like you have the mindset that you have to get iOS, or WP, to get something that's made right from the beginning.... That's your perception?

58. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Don't feed the ignorant troll.

60. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Actually,, we'd be the trolls... Lol❕❕

32. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I'm not a fan of Touchwiz at all and the first thing I do is install Nova Launcher on any Samsung device. Second, any interface starts to get boring after a while so launchers and rooting breathes new life into the device.

50. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Why? Because no device is perfect, and I like to modify a phone's software, which requires rooting (and unlocking the bootloader, in some cases).

67. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Are you envy because you can't do that?!?!

55. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

inspired by htc blinkfeed

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why would you turn off something that's actually, really is good? You still have icon rows and widget space if you like, or you may run a custom launcher to go back in time, but the point of the PRO series is the UI getting pro too (and God knows how much tabs need to break away from the superlarge phone concept). Cause you know... app drawer icons of the same apps, home screen icons of the same apps, homescreen widgets of the same apps, lockscreen widgets of the same apps... that's 300% too many of the same thing, and Samsung's idea is to make the 8-10-12" space actually USEFUL. But then again, Samsung is actually NOT stopping you to have menu icons, home screen icons, home screen widgets and lockscreen widgets all over the place, if you are some sort of weirdo...

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is all fine and great....it just shouldn't be mandatory.

27. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Makes as much sense as turning iOS off on an Apple device. That's Samsung's layout, deal with it. However it's also Android, so you may do whatever you want with it, say get a "normal" launcher and bloat the home screens with redundancy, if that's floats your boat.

28. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Well said mate. Normally people dont like changes in the beginning. But they will love it eventually. I cant wait to try it!

34. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I'm more of a minimalistic guy. The less the better. I won't be getting this device unless they release a Google Play edition.

46. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well said!!!! To many Android fans think that stuff needs to be changed just for the sake of changing something...

6. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

As long as it looks good (IMO, it looks very nice), I have nothing to bother about. Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, can't wait to get youuuu~!!! :D Wait a sec, Samsung will not kill Mag UX after all? GREAT.

7. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

But I really hope Samsung will kill most of it's bloatware...

14. bigstrudel

Posts: 594; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Unfortunately Samsung would prefer you to use their bloatware instead the Google Play suite.

15. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Awwwwwwww, that kind of sucks. But still, lets HoPe for the best. :

21. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Nope.. Magazine UX will be there. Quoted from today's press release: "All tablets in the Note Pro and Tab Pro series are outfitted with Magazine UX..." Source:http://samsungmobileuspress.com/2014/02/04/Samsung-Launches-World%E2%80%99s-First-12.2-inch-Widescreen-Tablets-in-U.S.:-Galaxy-Note-Pro-and-Tab-Pro-Series-Available-Feb.-13

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And so many people say the Metro design language is horrible.... It's good enough for it to be emulated by so many...

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ummm...nope

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