Skinning Android, to make it look, feel and behave differently than Google’s Android software and other versions of Android is something OEMs have been doing ever since the inception of Android in 2008. It is part of the Android culture now, a tradition of sorts. One of the widely known skins is Samsung’s Touchwiz UI which has probably received the most flak and ridicule by Android enthusiasts and stock Android lovers.
Touchwiz has been more than just a skin though, it is an experience you’d expect from a Samsung device, whether you think it is good or bad depends on you. But Samsung seems to have officially hung TouchWiz out to dry in the latest Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7.
There’s a new update to the Android 7.0 Nougat beta Samsung is testing on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and in the settings, The latest update quietly rebrands the user interface so TouchWiz will henceforth be known as Samsung Experience.
Touchwiz, in fact, is a name last used on the Galaxy S2 when it was at version 4.0. Since then, Samsung has phased out the name in favour of Nature UX but the name Touchwiz stuck around. It wouldn’t be surprising if it still does but the software info page on that beta update to the Galaxy S7 now lists a Samsung Experience version number, reflecting the new refined UI that borrows heavily from the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
In this new menu item there’s simple “SE 8” indicating a Samsung Experience version 8. It is not yet known if Samsung Experience is a Nougat only interface update or will it make an appearance on other Galaxy devices not expected to receive Nougat.
An official name change makes sense considering Samsung’s new commitment towards the software aspect. Given that the update is getting close to being final now, it is likely this name change is to stick as we go into the future of Samsung devices, and with the Galaxy S8 launching during next year’s Mobile World Congress in February, we should know a lot more about the future of Samsung Experience.
What do you think of the new name and the other various interface changes?
Via : SamMobile