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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ideaman924
1 year 7 months ago
ideaman924

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.

Um…Right?

kronicle
1 year 6 months ago
kronicle
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… Read more »
SinvalPinheiro
1 year 7 months ago
SinvalPinheiro

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 ?

Issyman
1 year 7 months ago
Issyman

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

Hamed RIEUM
1 year 7 months ago
Hamed RIEUM

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!

kronicle
1 year 7 months ago
kronicle
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.… Read more »
jpd514
1 year 7 months ago
jpd514

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

XaErO_Xion
1 year 7 months ago
XaErO_Xion

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) ..

phate89
1 year 7 months ago
phate89

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

kronicle
1 year 7 months ago
kronicle
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… Read more »
Alexander adams
1 year 7 months ago
Alexander adams

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

arbit1002
1 year 7 months ago
arbit1002

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.

phate89
1 year 7 months ago
phate89

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

xednyl04
1 year 7 months ago
xednyl04

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.

Nine54
1 year 7 months ago
Nine54

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.

n900mixalot
1 year 7 months ago
n900mixalot

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.

kronicle
1 year 7 months ago
kronicle

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!

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