Crazy rumor: Google to help Samsung optimize TouchWiz?

Samsung has made major strides this year in optimizing TouchWiz, its proprietary user interface seen on all of its Android smartphones and tablets. But has it done enough? Not exactly, with the biggest example of the fact that there is work to be done being the RAM management issues that continue to plague even the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, despite both phones featuring 4GB of RAM.

If a new rumor is to be believed, Google might also be thinking along the same lines. According to Samsung Viet, the internet giant is planning on working with Samsung in order to help the Korean manufacturer optimize TouchWiz. Google apparently wants to make sure the world’s most popular custom Android UX is as fast as it can possibly be, and also help Samsung overcome any bugs that might arise as a result of its customization.

This wouldn’t be the first time Google would be intervening in Samsung’s work. Almost two years ago, Samsung introduced the new Magazine UX on the Galaxy Tab Pro lineup, but this new UX was soon given the boot, and word around the rumor mill was that Google wasn’t happy with the major interface change brought about by the Magazine UX. But actually going so far as to help Samsung optimize its software? That sounds a little too far-fetched.

However, considering Samsung’s smartphones are synonymous with Android, anything wrong with TouchWiz means the OS itself gets a bad name as well. That’s a bad thing for Google, so maybe it’s not all that far-fetched to think Samsung’s future devices could come with optimization contributed directly by the maker of the little green robot. What do you think?


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1 year 4 months ago

It would be better if Google bought over the phone department at the Samsung company, since Samsung is doing such a terrible job anyway there would be no harm done. Google can fix Android all they want, the guys who design phones will be the same, and we will finally be happy.


1 year 4 months ago

Oh yeah….. Samsung is doing so bad at smartphones, that they are only #1 phone maker in the World for the last 5 years straight! lol…. mwahahaha….. Meanwhile the #2 smartphone maker is doing so great at being back at #2….. forever…. haha….. that Samsung is outselling them by an average 2 or 3 to 1 iPhone sold every year. Which includes the fact Apple is still selling iPhone 4 stockpiled in warehouses as their cheap phone to peasants in China, India, Brazil, etc in developing markets. In fact Apple is still selling new iPhone 4s in America and in every other so called prime market!

Reality is that Samsung isn’t just the #1 selling BRAND phone maker, they actually make all the parts in their own phones as well as most of the memory, ram, OEM batteries, and various other chips/parts in all their competitors phones. Google??? Yeah I think you’re joking haha…. They are just another software company and iTrinket Design House Only…. like Apple is. Neither actually design the majority of parts in their phones, let alone anything else they stamp their brand on only! :D Like Chromebooks, Chromecast and various other Trinkets and Baubles!

But at least Google doesn’t lie about it and at least they’ve had companies like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Lenovo, etc actually doing most of the design, manufacturing and supplying parts for them. Where they’ve they also let them Co-Brand their Trinket Designs….. unlike Apple who wants the World to believe they Invented the Universe and EVERYTHING in it, ages Before the Dawn of Time Immortal! …….while the truth is they are just Gypsy Circus Barkers, using their Shills to Sell their Snake Oil to their Religious Cult of the Rotting Bitten Apple Logo now! …….so I get your joke! lol….

Meanwhile share holders are freaked and have selling off over $160 Billion Dollars of their Market Cap at it’s highest. Hopefully Google is there to buy them out when they hit bottom! :D

1 year 5 months ago

I remember que a paragraph excuse as manufacturers update NOT YOUR devices was NOT que They would support For the memory RAM OR For the internal memory . WHAT IS THE EXCUSE AND TODAY ??? With a view to que most HAVE plenty of hardware devices ?

1 year 5 months ago

I like Touchwiz. However if Google decides to optimize it even further I suppose that would be good.

1 year 5 months ago

Let’s make Samsung promote customer service and support. Search for the page ”Android 6 for Note 3” on Facebook. There you will find great instructions to get what we deserve. DON’T GIVE UP!

1 year 4 months ago

Apple is only running at 65% of users upgrading to newest iOS9 and older than iPhone 6 that percentage has been cut to just 43% or less iDevice users have even bothered to try upgrading to latest iOS. Samsung users have never been so lame and stupid as Apple fans demanding their tiny incremental iOS upgrades and are happy with just getting bug fixes instead.

This reflects the dying “Just Gotta Keep Up w/ Our Neighbors the Jones”…… Elitist Club numbers!!!

I have a Note 2 I don’t use except as music player and remote for Samsung SmartTV and Chromecast. I also have Note 3 that basically is used for the same thing and actually is hanging in the Kitchen to jot notes for Shopping. That are shared across my Home Network and I could care less if it ever gets Android 6. In fact I’d rather see it get a Tizen OS Upgrade….. like my TV!!!

1 year 5 months ago

If Google is going to remove from Android code all flaws that plagues TouchWiz we would appreciate

1 year 5 months ago

Hope this does not hold any truth in it.

Google will perhaps remove the basic necessary functionality under the name minimalist UI.

No thanks. I’m good with touchwiz but with optimizations.

Android is extremely good in flexibility, features and comparability but when it comes to performance, it is just out numbered compared to other mobile OS (iOS, Tizen) ..

1 year 5 months ago

what basic functionality? maybe functionality like multi user support or ambient display? ops that’s samsung…

1 year 4 months ago

From the day Samsung started working on Samsung Linux Project in 2008 till today, they have been working on Touchwiz. Which is the only mobile UX (full Desktop Computer User Environment with full features) designed ground up with the most feature rich UX on a mobile device today. The only reason Touchwiz even needs any optimizations is in incorporating Google lame base mobile UX minus some of the most basic Desktop OS UX features.

If your UX is as capable as both Tizen Touchwiz UX (also based on Enlightenment SDK) and Samsung Touchwiz UX have always been, it just means we’ve always had greater choice of customizations and features over plain jane vanilla Android UX!!! ……with boat load of bloatware always in tow…. lagging it down. It’s why Tizen OS w/ Touchwiz blows vanilla flavored Android away in power and energy efficiency even with all Touchwiz features running!!!

No Google BLOATWARE….. always running in the background on it!!! :D

Alexander adams
1 year 5 months ago

Great news, I just wish that Samsung don’t ruin the OS and remove features like multi user.

1 year 5 months ago

Not sure.

Past history is that Google sacrifices features for speed. Not good.

Many stock touch wiz features including multiwindow still not there in stock android.

MAGAZINE uX was nice, and the only serious attempt at a tablet interface in Android. Got killed for uniformity.

So on balance, probably no thanks. Better for Samsung just to optimise Touch wiz than throw it out.

1 year 5 months ago

sure you’re right features like multiuser or ambient display was removed… hey wait a minute.. that’s samsung…

1 year 5 months ago

I’d love this but I just don’t want it to look like the others. I love Touchwiz and I am used to it. I just need if to get optimized.

1 year 5 months ago

Well, this sort of implies that Google Android s optimized out of the box and that Samsung essentially de-optimizes it through TouchWiz. I don’t think that’s the case. However, it’s possible that with new Marshmallow features like deep sleep, Google is helping OEMs get the most out of them based on its experience with this year’s Nexus phones.

1 year 5 months ago

That is a smart comment. I’m not seeing the ram issues on my new Note5. Or other issues either. Samsung optimized TouchWiz significantly. The problem I see with Samsung though is that as Google optimizes Android, Samsung doesn’t do the same very well with last generation devices. They must be able to though, somehow.

1 year 4 months ago

I think you and this writer miss the point entirely. It’s not Touchwiz that needs optimizing. It’s the Google Android bloatware running under Touchwiz that slows down Samsung devices running Touchwiz!!!

That’s been proved, because same devices running Tizen OS with Touchwiz UX….. do not suffer from overheating and overusing resources and save with far better energy efficiency. If you want an example….. that easy. Just look at Gear 1 before and after going from Android to Tizen OS!!! …..dramatically reduce power usage and runs far cooler even with added features Android does not offer!