True to the motto "together, but not the same", each Android smartphone manufacturer has only the OS in common, as it always adds its own user interface features. Taking advantage of these differences, we decided to show some of the details of the new user interfaces launched in 2017. Ready?
Samsung is the most popular manufacturer among Google's Android development partners and continues to invest in TouchWiz and its design heirs. The company is investing in artificial intelligence (AI) with Bixby, which is still a project at the moment, but intends to compete directly with Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant.
Samsung offers in its upscale devices, as well as models of the series, the Game Launcher. This feature provides advanced gaming controls and background service savings to ensure the best gaming experience users can have. In addition, it features advanced performance modes that allow for great control over the system with the goal of delivering the best possible power autonomy to your owner's devices.
This feature, called Device Maintenance, is now available for other Galaxy line models through the Play Store. These are some of the exclusives of TouchWiz, also called Experience 8.1 in the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 +.
Huawei has chosen to remove the app drawer from its launcher. Models featuring the Leica camera offer an advanced professional mode, with a camera application unique to each of these models.
Integrated into Huawei devices, we have memory machine support for memory. Based on the use of the device's memory, the system often offers the quick start of applications. Thus, even after several months of use, the device seems as fast as at first.
However, Huawei does not provide updates as regularly as Samsung, which usually offers new features and system fixes.
HTC U11 has unique features of its user interface, such as Edge Sense. It offers the opportunity to configure up to two pressure gestures, which allow you to quickly run system resources.
Another interesting feature is Sense Companion, the AI wizard that, over time, learns from you and provides usage support for the device's system functions. However, it takes time to improve such a service.
HTC is continually providing software updates and new versions. Usually, updates do not necessarily introduce a new feature, but serve to correct system problems.
LG does not follow the line of pure software so much, it has many features and animations that often please users. The multi-screen mode was easily optimized and was one of the first UIs to bring such a feature to Android.
LG UI updates are usually made to introduce manufacturer features.
Google Pixel UI (Android O beta)
We no longer have pure Android as before. Google has Pixel smartphones with features that don't exist on Nexus devices, for example with a version of the exclusive software. Its features: Google Assistant that controls all features of the device. As well as an exclusive launcher, the Pixel Launcher.
An important feature of this device could be part of the Android O beta program, for example. In general, you get the experience with pure Android and exclusive software features from Google.
Sony Xperia UI
Sony has come to offer a very similar experience to what we have on Nexus devices for some time now. Among the manufacturer's exclusive features are Stamina mode to extend battery life, and improvements to the Android kernel. In addition, Sony offers the option of sharing the internal and external memory of its devices.
The manufacturer offers updates on a timely basis, and for the most part are more stable than most other companies that share the Android operating system.
As you can see from the videos above, some manufacturers keep close to the pure version of Android, while others carry their own impressions to users. While some offer advanced energy saving software options, others give users the chance to use memory in a way that suits users best.
Now with you: Which of the interfaces that came along with a 2017 release best suits your usage experience?
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