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

Which major manufacturer's custom Android UI do you like most?
When personal computers first came to market, they were mostly about the hardware. It made sense at the time — after all, the ancestor to your gaming tower was often starved for operating resources. As time went by, however, and computer parts became more and more powerful, the focus eventually changed to software. Perhaps the biggest milestone was the invention of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) — or the interface you navigate through to get things done. It's standard to have one today, but it was a very big deal back then.

The phone industry went through much the same type of changes. At first, industry behemoths like Nokia and Motorola were almost exclusively dedicated to pumping out ever better and more efficient hardware, and in all kinds of form factors. On the software side, things were needlessly complicated and quite unintuitive. It was a secondary consideration. Fast-forward to today, and you have a much different picture — the user interface is at the heart of your smartphone.

Today, every major Android manufacturer has its own user interface — or GUI — and they all look and function quite differently from each other. Many among you should be somewhat familiar with what they offer, given how we spend considerable amounts of time and effort showcasing the differences to you, so we wanted to hear if you have a favorite — especially given how all of them have recently went through sizable updates.


Samsung's TouchWiz
HTC's Sense
Sony's Xperia UI
Motorola's stock-like UI
Google's stock Android



1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Where is "none"? Or the better question would be "hate the most"

2. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

It's right there, last option; Google's stock android.

28. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I would prefer the MIUI 6.

42. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I love STOCK from Google, cause with a Nexus 6 for instance you can root your device & install incredible custom ROMs that will do crazy awesome stuff. TouchWiz is GREAT for all the Samsung features you get with it. Sense is refined & uber slick looking. Motorola's is STOCK like with some VERY useful tweaks. LG's & Sony's are very minimal with some useful tweaks as well.

49. FluffyBled unregistered

Well ... if you root your Nexus 6 and install custom ROMs, don't you think that wouldn't be stock android anymore? However i agree to the post :P!

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2415; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

We know you want an iOS option. /eyeroll

19. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

With the right launcher, icon pack, and other mods, you can make an Android look like an iProduct if you want.

21. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Ya know, if you had brain damage or something....

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Bobby the builder still here? Wat you doin m8

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yup BobbyBuster, I can see why you want a "I am an Tim Cook/iOS bitch option"

43. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

hahahahahahahahaha lololololololololololololol +1 That was just too funny!

33. Shocky unregistered

I'm quite liking touchwiz now, performance is good and their notification menu and settings look a lot nicer than stock Android, also easier to navigate. There is too much white in the settings on lollipop and notification menu seems clunky and not that useful to be honest.

41. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Really? You hate an OS? Let me see, did this OS pick on you at the school recess yard? SMH

46. michaelny2001

Posts: 355; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i just switched from Samsung Galaxy S4 to an LG G2 for AT&T and i must say after being a samsung fan for the last 3 years, i find LG super smooth. the S4 was a bit sluggish, the LG feels like an iphone or a nexus device. I think i just became LG fan.

53. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Where's the no trolls option for you?

54. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I like how these die hard iFans put Android phones in their profile, as if we're stupid enough to think they'd actually own something they despise so much.

4. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

MIUI by Xiaomi

5. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

HTC sense is the fastest of all, even faster than stock, and iOS UI, it doesnt have any slow fancy animation like iOS

9. HarysViewty

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

Lg ux is faster

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Having both an HTC One M8 and an LG G3, I can say with certainty that HTC Sense is faster.

26. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The g3 is using a 2 screen so that could also be a reason for it to be slower. I personally can't find a difference in speed in htc's and sony's ui

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

None is perfect. Touchwiz is functional but lacks aesthetics, especially the icons and notification shade. LG's UI is also functional but it's even more uglier. Sense and stock look great but lack functionality. Simple tasks require far too many clicks and there is no split-screen multitasking. Xperia UI makes a right balance between the 2 aspects but doesn't excel in any.

30. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

You'd be kidding about Sense lack functionality, especially on too many clicks. just take example of Sense phone dialer. probably best cuz you've to use very few clicks(actually taps). only place I guess you would be saying is notification shortcuts. else touchwiz settings they are overwhelmed. have tabs but you've to click can't swipe. I guess same is with TW dialer, to change tabs have to click(tap) can't swipe. In my opinion tapping on a tab is hard than to swipe. cuz you don't have to stretch your fingers/hands to reach to top corner. But yes no split-screen Multitasking. I had note 4 but I couldn't able to get use to that type of multitasking. Thing is I've used HTC, Motorola and Samsung phone so no comment on LG UI or Xperia(apparently they don't look beautify )

31. TyrionLannister unregistered

Let me give you a small example. How do you fine tune brightness in Sense. And I'm not talking about the 3 way one in quick toggles. You have to go to settings. There are too many functionality that lacks in Sense. You can't configure home screen grid( 4X4 or 4X5 or 5X5). You can't save quick settings, you don't have a private mode and so on.. TW and LG UI have so many more features. You don't use those features, fine. Sense is perfect for you. But not for everyone.

36. massi

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Well it's not you're fault if you're a little thick... To get to the screen brightness menu you just push and hold on the 3-way in quick toggles... It litterally takes one two-finger down swipe and a klick...

44. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Man, harsh crowd today.

59. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Fine tuning is easy on sense though it need one extra step. You pull down quick settings and click on brightness three dots and there you are now fine tune it. Only difference is just one extra tap. Auto brightness works great for me on HTC phones, but after your comment I figured how easy it is. You just need to know how to do it. You are correct TW is perfect for you not for everyone. I don't think anything like perfect exists in smartphones. P.S: what you meant by can't save quick settings ? You can add remove items from quick settings or order then . what else comes in can't save quick settings?

60. TyrionLannister unregistered

I meant like Touchwiz you can set upto 9 quick settings which appear on the top.

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Now that Sony's theme engine is integrated in Stock Android, TouchWiz's even can be improved to be similar to stock http://forum.xda-developers.com/verizon-galaxy-s6/themes-apps/wip-material-design-theme-s6e-t3108155 To bad it seems like its not on Samsung's official theme

48. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Well said! I prefer TouchWiz 'cause I like having the functionality being well integrated in the OS. The looks, easily changed with a theme :)

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