What Google can learn from TouchWiz?: Although TouchWiz has always relatively criticized by incorporating many features (many of them of little use) and the slight lag that causes many branded devices Samsung, everything is negative in this layer of software, or much less. In fact, especially in the case of Samsung Galaxy S8, has several features that even Google itself should “copy” in future versions of Android oreo.These are the main ones:
I do not disturb mode
The present version of TouchWiz on Samsung Galaxy S8 features a lock mode incoming notifications, allowing us to avoid any notification for a period. Something similar to the “do not disturb” Apple. And although there are applications that do this function in the Google Play Store, which would not hurt Google’s incorporated in future versions of Android, because it is beneficial (for example, when we go to bed or are in a meeting).
Several Samsung Galaxy, if you hold down the “back” a menu that allows us to run two applications split screen on our device appears. At first, it may seem a bit absurd function, but when you start to use it, there is a moment in which it becomes almost essential. Especially in tablets and phablets, allowing to take advantage of the more significant screen.
Hub is default applications
On Android applications can choose what we want to set as the default for some actions. However, if you ever want to undo this work, we have to navigate through menus to find long action (usually Settings> Applications> All> application in question> Clear defaults). Samsung, however, offers a kind of hub where you can delete these default more straightforward and faster values.
Battery saving modes
Though the battery problem is getting close to disappearing due to the energy efficiency of processors and large capacity batteries, energy saving modes always useful on specific occasions. So, it would not hurt that Google can incorporate some of them in future versions of Android, allowing to optimize the energy use of the device according to the situation we find ourselves.
Customize shortcuts in the notification bar
With Android 4.2, Google incorporated the Quick settings toggles in the notification bar, which appear by sliding two fingers from the top. But alas, these are not quick, customizable settings, limiting ourselves only to that Google has decided to incorporate. Instead, Samsung lets you choose which ones we want to have there, something that should also include Google in version stock Android.
The TouchWiz camera application is precisely the opposite of Google: one is full of opportunities, and other is somewhat scarce. So Google should copy some of the options that Samsung includes in its camera application and that smartphones with advanced sensors are essential.
Probably these are not the only functions that can learn from Google and Samsung TouchWiz, in the same way, that other layers of personalization as HTC Sense also have much to teach Google. However, this shows that, although the customization layers have criticized in many ways, do not always are useless, because in many cases (such as the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5) add value without compromising user experience in other aspects such as speed and autonomy.