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    Default Would you like stock android on the S4?

    I'm not a big fan of touchwiz so........I think stock Android would be nice option on the S4
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    No. I wouldn't.

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    I wouldn't either because some of the Touchwiz features are what makes Galaxies so awesome and unique. I would however, love them to improve the "look" of Touchwiz. It can look a bit cartoonish at times.

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    Touchwiz, Sense, Motoblur etc are great mainstream consumer friendly UIs. Stock Android is really for purest which is minority and so a S4 with stock android would be going backwards for Samsung. Not to say I would not love the HTC M7 with stock android but no for majority and for sales would not be best. Stock android is for the Nexus line or Google's select devices.

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    At least have the option to do so would be nice
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    Default Re: Would you like stock android on the S4?

    This thread is going the opposite direction I anticipated...

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    Default Re: Would you like stock android on the S4?

    If it's not stock, it's not worth buying.
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    I'd like to see the stock look with all of Touchwiz's enhancements and additions. Call it out HoloWiz or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoYankees44 View Post
    This thread is going the opposite direction I anticipated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherDroid View Post
    If it's not stock, it's not worth buying.
    This is the exact attitude that confuses me so much. What is so bad about extra features? I wish I could get a non-nexus phone at a nexus price because they come with better features. Most of them are even hackable anyway if people are into that, so what would it matter that it wasn't a nexus? I suppose there are software updates, but it's not as if people not using the latest software have a miserable experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherDroid View Post
    If it's not stock, it's not worth buying.
    Sales numbers comparing Samsung Android devices vs. Nexus-branded devices beg to differ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    Sales numbers comparing Samsung Android devices vs. Nexus-branded devices beg to differ.
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    I think what many fail to realize is that to the OEMs, those custom UIs are part of their branding. Samsung doesn't care if you want an Android phone, they want you to want a Samsung phone. They use their custom UI to change the look and feel of the UI as well add their own special features (whether or not those features are actually useful are up for debate) -- it is what is meant to set their phones apart from the competition, whether that competition be Apple making iOS device or HTC making Android devices.

    Notice on the S3 commercials that ran so much recently, they focus almost exclusively on features that part of Touchwiz and things unique to the S3, but never really mention any common Android features at all (even if they are awesome).

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    I wouldn't either because some of the Touchwiz features are what makes Galaxies so awesome and unique. I would however, love them to improve the "look" of Touchwiz. It can look a bit cartoonish at times.

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    This quote above is a perfect example of my point -- a person who recognizes that the features of TouchWiz are exclusive to Samsung phones -- and a person who has a positive experience with one brand is more likely to buy that brand again.

    FWIW, I actually don't think that recent versions are TW are that "cartoonish" at all (since ICS), but I did feel that way about some their older iterations.

    I also used to think that Sense was by and large the best OEM UI out there...but since then it seems like HTC has gotten lazy and failed to really improve it at the rate of it's competitors, and could be a reason why they aren't the cream of the Android crop any more.

    Whether you like them, hate them, or are just willing to tolerate them, the custom UIs aren't going anywhere for a while, because the OEMs have no reason at all to want to get rid of them. I personally love Nexus devices and have owned a few of them; I also love my Galaxy S3 (it helps that I'm rooted and can do what I want with it). I'm not trying to argue whether stock Android is better or not, I'm just sharing my 2 on why I don't think it matters to the OEMs what we think.
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    Default Re: Would you like stock android on the S4?

    Samsung does a good job with what they do to it. But i do prefer stock its just clean and crisp!
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    Default Re: Would you like stock android on the S4?

    I have used a G1,Thunderbolt and currently have a G3 and Nexus 7. So I have experience with stock android when first came out and what it has become today. I have experience all the downsides with OEM IUs over stock android with the Thunderbolt. The downsides being delays on latest update and android slow because of the OEM UIs. Then I have currently the best example OEM UI with the GS3. Now with all that said love it it hate Android has become popular and grown because OEM UIs over stock android.



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    Quote Originally Posted by teerone View Post
    Samsung does a good job with what they do to it. But i do prefer stock its just clean and crisp!
    Then a Nexus device is for you.
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    Seriously, if the next Galaxy was running stock Android, what would be a single advantage it could have over a Nexus or any other stock Android device. As some reviewers are noting, gone are the days of buying phones based on their hardware, now phones have to sell themselves with software features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoYankees44 View Post
    This thread is going the opposite direction I anticipated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomsAndroid View Post
    Seriously, if the next Galaxy was running stock Android, what would be a single advantage it could have over a Nexus or any other stock Android device. As some reviewers are noting, gone are the days of buying phones based on their hardware, now phones have to sell themselves with software features.

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    Yup.

    example: a Galaxy S IV running stock Android wouldn't have S-Voice and multiview.

    If you really don't care for those features, you really shouldn't buy that device.
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    Stock Android is boring

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    Stock Android is boring

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    Then what's iOS?

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    Then what's iOS?

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    even more boring.

    want stock android ?simple

    get a nexus. or root and install a rom
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    Default Re: Would you like stock android on the S4?

    To answer the question:

    Of course I would! Or at least the option to switch to stock. But...

    Stock Android is really good and I personally prefer Nexus devices, but that is because I am an Android fan. Samsung's business model is to make people want Samsung phones - not Android phones. This has led to some cool stuff like the Note and split screen viewing on the Note and S3 that we wouldn't have otherwise. It is important to think of anything non-Nexus not as Google/Android phones but as part of the Android extended family. That is after all part of what makes the entire system so compelling.
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    For me even more boring until I jailbreak it.


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    Exactly. I was just saying that if someone thinks stock Android is boring, iOS must make them suicidal :-)

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