One of the latest developments in the world of Samsung’s Android devices is a little something called Magazine UX, which ironically looks a lot more Windows Metro than what we’ve come to expect from Android.
Oddly, having debuted just a few weeks ago alongside Sammo’s gigantic 12.2in tablets, Magazine UX could be one of several Samsung thingies to get the chop after intimate talks with Google.
That’s the word according to recode.net, with credit going to “Multiple sources familiar with the companies’ thinking”.
The sources say Google and Samsung sat down at CES 2014 to begin “hammering out a series of broad agreements that would bring Samsung’s view of Android in line with Google’s own”.
Specifically, we’re told that Magazine UX will be dropped, or at least altered, while Samsung’s home grown apps will get the chop, with Sammo devices instead spotlighting Google’s suite of services.
Samsung would say only: “To continue our momentum of delivering great user experiences and bringing greater value to people’s lives, Samsung will continue to identify and provide differentiated and innovative service and content offerings on our mobile devices.”
Which is a very fancy way of saying nothing much at all.
The question is: what’s in it for Samsung? A Nexus device, perhaps? Surely Google wouldn’t want to risk irking its big player unless it had something to sweeten the deal?
In the interest of competition, we’d like to think this was all an indication of Samsung and Google struggling to get on the same page, but of course the pair has recently ironed out a 10-year patent deal, so we can probably look forward to Google and Samsung working closely – and staying on top – for some time to come.