Ask five different Android users what they think about the manufacturer skinning on their phones and you’re likely to get give different answers: maybe some love all the extra flourishes and navigation elements, while other crave a more sparse, stock-like Android experience. But for as much as those opinions may differ, there tend to be some common themes we see recur time and tie again, and top on that list has to be the performance hit these custom UIs can confer. Whether we’re talking about device slowdown, or just a negative impact on battery life, there are a lot of ways we wish some of these UIs were better optimized. Now a new rumor claims that one of the most prominent could be about to pick up some expert help in that department, as we hear that Samsung may work with Google in an effort to super-charge TouchWiz.
Samsung’s already made some big strides towards streamlining TouchWiz in modern releases, but this rumors suggests that it’s about to take that effort even further and go right to the Android-source in an effort to get things working even better.
It’s not clear from this report if Samsung is just interested in under-the-hood performance-related improvements from Google’s contributions, or if it also might be asking the company for its advice on how TouchWiz looks and works.
We also don’t get a lot of context for just where this rumor is coming from, so lacking further corroboration, we might want to stop short of completely buying into the theory. Google and Samsung are friendly enough, granted, but we’d still like to have a little more to go on here.