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Samsung likely will tone down Android skin following Google pressure

Reportedly will promote Google services on future devices
Thu Jan 30 2014, 11:21
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Android 4.4 Kitkat

KOREAN SMARTPHONE SKINNER Samsung reportedly will tone down its custom user interface(s) for Android, following increased pressure from Google.

That's according to Recode, which claims that talks between the two companies began shortly after CES, with Google executives reportedly dismayed by Samsung's overbearing Magazine UX that debuted on the firm's Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro tablets in Las Vegas.

The talks between the two firms will likely "bring Samsung's view of Android in line with Google's own," hinting that the Korean smartphone maker will simplify its custom Magazine UX and Touchwiz user interfaces.

One source told the website that the relationship between Google and Samsung has gone through "a huge change, a sea change in the last few weeks".

It's unclear what exactly Samsung will do to cut down its user interfaces, but the report claims that the Korean firm will consider "dumping or altering" its Magazine UX. The company reportedly will also put Google services at the forefront of its future tablets and smartphone devices, rather than pushing its own apps suite.

Samsung declined to comment on the rumours, instead saying, "To continue our momentum of delivering great user experiences and bringing greater value to people's lives, Samsung will continue to identify and provide differentiated and innovative service and content offerings on our mobile devices."

If the rumour is to be believed, this report shows Google taking on more control of the Android ecosystem, which Recode credits to the growing popularity of mobile devices shipping without Google services in other countries, in particular China.

Google has yet to comment on the report. µ


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