Fodder wrote:Source of the post the tab S2 is bloody fantastic as a piece of hardware, I also love Android. Unfortunately Samsung mutts it up with their apps and services which just duplicate (poorly IMHO) the ones hardwired into Android by Google. At least you can put the google now launcher on and get rid of that crap skin. Samsung need to dial their rebranding of Android down.
I think that's a fair point, I didn't like the Note 4 out of the box (particularly the stupid DPI and icon grid spacing as well as the large number of pointless apps) so it's got a custom DPI, a custom launcher (I'm a big fan of Nova Launcher, so much customisation) and the Samsung apps are out of the way so I can have the phone looking and behaving as I want without even rooting it unlike IOS which you do Apple's way or not at all. I think the original plan was for Samsung to develop all their own apps to eventually leave Google and move to AOSP and Tizen instead although despite a few imminent Tizen releases, aside from their smart watch I don't think they've ever released one.