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Arne Hess

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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.

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#2

Honeycomb_FTW

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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.


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Arne Hess

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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.


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#4

John

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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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