Google Silver UI to Go against Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense: Google vs Samsung Interface
By Precious Silva | May 22, 2014 3:25 AM EST
Google's Silver program started making headlines after reports suggest that it will be replace the current Nexus setup. According to the recent information, the Android Silver devices will offer a more tailored Google experience. The software interface will offer features that can compete against custom UI's like Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense. What can people expect?
Google's Android 4.3 operating system, is displayed during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco, California, in this July 24, 2013 file photo. A U.S. appeals court on December 4, 2013 closely questioned Google's claim that Oracle does not enjoy copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming that Google had improperly incorporated parts of Oracle's Java programming language into the Android operating system. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/Files
According to Phandroid, the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices have focused on delivering "pure" Android experience. These programs run primarily through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The release of the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 KitKat signaled Google's shifting focus. These two programs provided Google's take on applications like the Google Now launcher and the Google Dialer. These also emphasized Google's intention on relaying its version of Android.
Under the Android Open Source Project, software and hardware partners across the globe work together to create the Android source code. Following this, the code becomes available to partners using it depending on what they see fit. They can opt for Google services or they can create their own similar to what Amazon or Nokia had done. OEMs can also tailor the Android system to create their own user experience and promote their services. This is where the fragmentation problem stems from.
Under the Android Silver program, Google will potentially display how it sees the Google Experience should be. According to Android Police, Google wants to revamp the Android interface completely. Some of the intended changes include the notification shade, home screen, recent as well as integration of Search and Chrome under Android. The Google Launcher will also be changed to focus on multitasking and working with other applications like Google Now.
More interestingly, Google also reportedly wants to provide a more convenient UI allowing user to dismiss applications with just one swipe. Google has not made official announcements about the UI. The company will be holding its I/O conference this June. It is possible that Google may shed more light on the matter during the event.
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