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Samsung said to downplay its own software, including some apps and Magazine UX, to focus on Google software

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 29, 2014.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
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Samsung's take on Android is a uniquely Samsung experience, particularly in the new user interface introduced in the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy TabPRO tablets. However, Samsung is reportedly backtracking on its major renovations and working on software more in line with the Android foundation. Recode has published a report saying that multiple sources state that the recent patent agreements between Samsung and Google also included talks for the company to change its software to de-emphasize its own apps and services in favor of those from Google.

According to Recode's sources, there's no definitive promises to make change, but Samsung might place a greater emphasis on Google apps rather than its own. In other words, Samsung's apps for purchasing books, movies, and apps would stop duplicating Google Play. There's even suggestion that the company might "consider dumping or altering the Magazine UX interface in future devices."

In the immediate future, this probably will not have any influence on the devices Samsung releases. The Magazine UX we saw at CES will be used with the next round of Galaxy tablets, but it could affect the way that Samsung treats its software in phones and tablets released later this year.

source: Recode

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