One of the things that bothers me about tech and UIs – whether it’s a website or a mobile operating system – is the notion of being able to take several paths to achieve the same goal. For me, that’s not a good thing.
On that note (vaguely; I’m still on my first coffee), Samsung has given its own app store an overhaul, rebranding it Galaxy Apps (formerly Samsung Apps) and rolling out a new UI, reminding customers that they can download goodies like Asphalt 8 from two different sources on the one phone. Brilliant?
You’d be forgiven for wondering what the point in Galaxy Apps is; what purpose does it serve? WHAT IS IT?
Well, it has hundreds of exclusive apps for Galaxy users, and now it looks better than ever. Woohoo!
In Samsung’s own words, Galaxy Apps “features apps that will allow greater customization of mobile devices and will also function as a platform to offer various promotions and discounts.”
Galaxy Apps is split into three sections, namely Best Picks, Top and For Galaxy, with the latter further split into Galaxy Gifts, Galaxy Essentials, Apps for Professionals and Galaxy Specials.
Similarly, Galaxy devices also have their own Kindle for Samsung app, with 12 free books each year.
Ultimately, Samsung is left looking almost schizophrenic, with one personality working closely with Google/Android, and the other looking to go it alone. But hey, maybe that's something that's inherently problematic with Google's open source OS; beyond hardware, how does a manufacturer stand out?
via: Samsung Tomorrow