Compare a recent Samsung and a Nexus smartphone and the difference between the vision both Google and Samsung have for the world’s most popular operating system is evidently different. Google’s Nexus crop delivers an authentic Android experience, whereas Samsung like many other manufacturers makes it own modifications to the user interface, user experience as well as bundles a bunch of its own applications that would otherwise not be found on any other device. Re/code reports that after being pushed by Google, Samsung is now going to cut back on the modifications it makes to Android on its future mobile devices.
Apparently both companies first started talking about the changes back at CES 2014, when Samsung showed off its 12.1 inch Galaxy tablet, which debuted the Magazine UX, Google executives present at the show reportedly weren’t too happy by what they saw on the screen. A source claims that Google and Samsung’s relationship has been through “a huge change, a sea change” over the past few weeks. There’s now the possibility that Samsung might dump Magazine UX altogether in its upcoming devices, and that the company will focus more on Google’s suite of applications as opposed to the ones it has developed, particularly those used for accessing content such as music and movies. It is unclear right now what Samsung is getting in return for spotlighting Google, one can presume that Mountain View has agreed to collaborate with Samsung on a Nexus device, but nothing is known for sure now.