In the land of Android, the proprietary user interface reigns supreme. While truly vanilla Android devices are what people usually want, the manufacturers out there have leaned on their proprietary software for as long as we can remember, and it doesn’t look like that is going to stop anytime soon. Thanks to a new video from SamMobile, we get to see what Samsung has been working on with Ice Cream Sandwich, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like the company is getting rid of TouchWiz UI anytime soon.
You’ll be able to tell right from the start that TouchWiz is front and center. The familiar unlock screen from the Galaxy Nexus is not there, and once you get into the phone, you’re immediately confronted with the TouchWiz UI widgets and icons. There’s no telling that this is an ICS-based device at all, unless you look at the notification bar, the battery meter and clock, and the ‘Settings’ icon inside the application drawer. Unfortunately, while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich looks amazing and is probably one of the first versions of vanilla Android that really doesn’t need a skin on top of it, it doesn’t look like the manufacturers are going to stop skinning it. You can see the video below.