TouchWiz Changes Look and Feel Of ICS
With the desire to get Android 4.0 on the Samsung Galaxy S II because of how great it looks, some may be disappointed in the end result. That will be due to the visibility of the Galaxy Nexus and how a clean view of the screen and menus has been seen and presented as what ICS actually is. But if that is what your expectation is for the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S2 or any other Galaxy device, you are going to be disappointed by what you actually end up getting. ComputerWorld has taken a look at the screens from the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S2 with ICS and compared the two together for differences.
In baking its proprietary TouchWiz skin into the software, Samsung has watered down the Ice Cream Sandwich experience and delivered a UI that’s barely different from what you have now.
It seems that Samsung’s desire to include their menus and interface, known as TouchWiz, has really impacted how things look. You only have to look at the differences below and you will immediately see that they are not the same The one on the left from the Galaxy Nexus looks clean and crisp including the hologram background which is clearly visible. You compare that to the one on the right which is ICS on the Galaxy S2 and you lose much of the richness of Android 4.0.
If Samsung wants to water down Ice Cream Sandwich in such an extreme manner, it should at least have the decency to give its users the choice to revert to a more stock-like ICS experience.
Samsung is not providing any options for Galaxy owners at this point to be able to change the interface so that it can show more of the rich features of ICS and at this point, it looks like that is how it is going to be. That is not to say that there is nothing else valuable in ICS, because there are many more features which you can take advantage of. But one of the big things that has been talked about for a long time is the interface, so to bury that underneath the TouchWiz interface is a disappointment.
Since it should be rolling out to the US withing the next few weeks, it would be interesting to hear your comments about layering TouchWiz on top of ICS.