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FORBIDDEN: Google to OEMs - No Android 3.0 Honeycomb UI customization for now
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 23.03.11 - 19:16:12 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 8940x
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Now it's getting interesting! Was the "freedom of choice and customization" one of the major benefits of Android, it seems Google has changed its mind - for now. At the current Droidcon conference in Berlin, an LG spokesperson told German Golem.de that - for the time being - Google prohibits adjustments and changes of the Android 3.0 GUI but Google will accept user interface changes of Honeycomb later. According to LG, Google wants to achieve that Honeycomb can establish as a platform and therefore wants that all Honeycomb tablets looks the same. That's especially interesting because yesterday's (re-)announced Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets as well as the HTC Flyer are said to be either launched with Android 3.0 or to receive the update later.

And both - HTC as well as Samsung - made clear during their tablet presentations that they will launch their Android tablets with their own graphical user interfaces: TouchWiz from Samsung and Sense from HTC. This might be the reason why we see a delay of the Flyer as well as Galaxy Tabs.

Anyway, it's definitely an interesting change in Google's Android strategy. However, it's quite understandable since the Android platform faces 3 years after its launch a fragmentation as no other mobile platform before.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by Honeycomb_FTW on 23.03.11 - 19:27:19

From what I've gathered Samsung's Touchwiz 4.0 for Honeycomb is not a customized UI but a UE (user experience) and it can be added by the user and they can uninstall parts the don't like. In other words, they are just adding features via apps and widgets which, is what they all should be doing instead of screwing up the OS with their skins so it can't be updated quickly.

Posted by Arne Hess on 23.03.11 - 19:29:53

Well, the TouchWiz customization I saw went far deeper than just being a couple of widgets but it was Samsung's own layer - as also used on the Galaxy S. So IMHO Samsung will have a problem, like HTC.

Posted by John on 24.03.11 - 20:28:33

First, the HTC Flyer has nothing to do with Honeycomb, it runs Gingerbread. Second, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will ship with stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Samsung's Touchwiz 4.0 UI will be an optional download that you must choose to install on your Galaxy Tab after market.

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