Samsung may have an announcement at the 2015 Mobile World Conference (MWC) regarding TouchWiz, the proprietary user interface prominently featured in the Galaxy line of Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is rumored to feature a slimmed down version of TouchWiz that showcases a look and feel closer to stock Android. This comes from a statemt made by a source close to BusinessKorea.co: “We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simply our UI at the level of the Nexus 6.” The release of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0 lollipop shows Google’s attempt to unify and beautify its mobile device OS on devices with flagship specs. Along with expanding vendor relationships, the crew in Mountain View is getting closer to giving companies like Samsung little reason to install a bloated software stack on top of Android.
In the past vendor supplied UIs like TouchWiz were meant to differentiate brands in the emerging mobile device space. Custom software takes up valuable storage real estate and could cause a device to become slow and unresponsive. In other words, bloat is bad. A recent sampling of users at phonearnea.com showed that close to 45% of those polled felt that TouchWiz made their devices slower. Samsung seems to be moving in the right direction by addressing some issues in one of the most popular lines of Android based devices.