Which major manufacturer's custom Android UI do you like most? (poll results)

Which major manufacturer's custom Android UI do you like most? (poll results)
As much as you care about the hardware specifications of any given smartphone, the software that takes the reins of it is just as important. In fact, we'd argue that we've reached a point where the effects of diminishing returns to better, meaner hardware are undeniable, because even the cheaper stuff is already capable enough to drive just about every app there is, and do so well. Like the personal computer, the smartphone is becoming more and more about the software, and less and less about the hardware — integral as it is.

In Android world, however, there are tons of different solutions available to consumers, even though they're all based on the same core. We call them by many names — custom UIs, manufacturer skins, and so on. They all offer a different set of features, function in a particular manner, have a specific design language, and are quicker or slower relative to the rest. With such a mix of qualities, it's only natural that users would have their favorite. So we asked you at the beginning of the week to tell us which one it was. And you did. 

As some of you noticed, however, this isn't the first time we've asked you this question — we used the exact same format a year ago. Why? Because we were curious to see if the latest updates to all these impacted preferences.

They seem to have done just that. With a growth of 5.94% (from 14.75% to 20.69% today), the biggest winner was Samsung's TouchWiz UI, which recently went through significant optimizations and looks better than ever. On the other hand, if we agree that the two polls are completely comparable, HTC's Sense would appear to be the biggest loser, dropping from 24.62% in 2014 to 17.65% this year. But by far the most popular choice, and approval for it is seemingly unwavering, is Google's stock Android — it went from 27.41% down to 27.39%, or a measly, 0.03% drop. See the rest of the split and how it compares to the results from our identical 2014 survey below:

WHICH MAJOR MANUFACTURER'S CUSTOM ANDROID UI DO YOU LIKE MOST? (2015)

Samsung's TouchWiz
20.68%
HTC's Sense
17.64%
LG's UX
7.6%
Sony's Xperia UI
16.56%
Motorola's stock-like UI
10.11%
Google's stock Android
27.41%

Which major manufacturer's custom Android UI do you like most? (2014)

Samsung's TouchWiz
14.75%
HTC's Sense
24.62%
LG's Optimus UI
9.67%
Sony's Xperia UI
15.89%
Motorola's stock-like UI
7.66%
Google's stock Android
27.41%

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37 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Wait for android haters (bobby, patriot tard) and their backup (apple sauce aka sauce5) to start bashing and hating

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

they dont have a life, its understandable.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Does anyone else see that phonearena votes shrank by almost half since 2014. Maybe phonearena made to many click baits. Be nice to your audience phonearena and they will be nice to you.

29. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

How did touchwiz score so high? I like sense much better but didn't want the m9. Going from sense to touchwiz there are so many things I can't do. Also a lot of apps aren't working as well with my S6.

33. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You sure? Since Touchwiz has the most features than other UIs

37. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Perhaps they do but the way they implement these features could use improvement. & some basic features like being able to use colors I want for folders (the colors they force look awful with my black background) & there's not nearly enough widget or shortcut options. Like for instance Samsung doesn't even have a apps shortcut available so I can turn apps off when I need to without going thru a 12 step program. I have to keep reorganizing apps cause every time I put them in alphabetical order touchwiz decides to change my preferences. When I make a phone call every it starts out on speaker even though speaker is not on. Which is especially important since Google music launches several times a day on its own while I'm using other apps. A lot of the apps I've been using like SwiftKey are buggy now & make using the phone a chore sometimes. Even the dammed emoji suck. Why would they think it's a good idea to make the emoji look totally different on my screen then they do when sent to someone? I could go on for several paragraphs. Ik a lot of this might seem minor but it seriously degrades my using experience & makes something that I used to enjoy seem like a chore

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Sammy made a huge difference with the TW on S6 this time. I find stock Android way too boring but I also like HTC's skin as well.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

True, even TW on Lollipop is faster than stock. There was an XDA article about it

18. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Wait no longer, Bobby Buster has already left some words of wisdom!

21. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

6307 votes Vs 3224 votes . PhoneArena is the biggest loser.

32. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

50% loss :o

2. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

3000 less votes this year

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

This the first time hearing about this poll for me.

17. thegandalf

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I check PA daily but somehow I missed this vote

4. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

PA...add an option to vote from opera mini

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You can just go Desktop mode and then vote

8. carlemillward unregistered

Stock Android is more reliable when it comes to updates. Though I'm not bothered by skinned UI, as long as the UI is fluid. Which is one area iOS is good at.

10. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I am not surprised. However, Samsung still needs to fix the lag of My Magazine, or even slash that MM. Instead, build a simple one.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

As usual people just voted not their favourite interface, but their favourite brand. Otherwise I cannot explain Motorola's poor result which is basically stock Android.

16. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Nah. I'm a fan of all manufacturers, rooting for Sony actually to pull through but freakin' Xperia UI is ugly, man. So I voted for Touchwiz 'cause I find it more user-friendly than Stock and it's now way less cartoony than the good ol' Nature UX. EDIT: The results last year show otherwise.

12. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

They look all the same to me.

14. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

You need to get your eyes checked, boo.

20. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

YOu need to get your ignorance taken off, poo

27. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Same to you.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Say no more fam.

19. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

They look all classic to me. I mean they are damn boring. But the main concern for all android fans is they are still laggy and force close. ;)

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

23. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Hey, CAMBODIANPATRIOT! Ordinary gave you receipts now so maybe YOU need to get your ignorance taken off, poo.

26. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

A report from a bunch of android tards? no thanks

28. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

You are simply the most Android butthurt person I have seen in the internet.

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