Oh custom UI’s, won’t you ever just stop? Apparently not. In a world of intense competition, manufacturers are increasing – not decreasing – the amount of resources they chuck their custom UI development teams. Why do they do this, you may ask? They are simply trying to define and differentiate themselves, and can you blame them? Remember – competition breeds excellence, and diversity brings choice. Both are good things!

Last week, Samsung officially announced what we already knew was coming: their first tablet sporting Honeycomb, with their TouchWiz upgrade landing later. Knowing how crazy you are about Android, we thought it’d be nice for you to have a preview of what to expect. Without further adieu, here’s what Samsung’s TouchWiz UI will look and play like.

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Thoughts

Certainly, the most interesting features include a control bar, brightness slider and mini apps tray. The control bar itself has all of the useful toggles right in the notification area. Additionally, you will find the brightness slider in what looks to be the “right place”. These features should enable you to save yourself at least one finger tap, or so.

World's thinnest tablets? Yes please!

The Mini Apps Tray is always available, and can be pulled up anytime by swiping from the bottom of the screen. We’re all for it as long as Samsung doesn’t lock down the apps that can be added to it, then it could prove to be quite useful, actually. Furthermore, there’s live panels that let you resize your widgets. In our tests, we found it be slightly (read: barely) sluggish, but still useful and attractive.

Where do you stand: manufacturer custom UI or raw, unadulterated Android?

Image Credit: BGR

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
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