Google locking down UI of Android Wear, TV, Auto

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  1. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Lights out for Android to come maybe? No customization :eek:

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  2. Robstevo macrumors 6502

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    For those types of services it makes perfect sense to be honest. They now have the pull to make it happen. Were as before when releasing Android mobile they didn't really.
     
  3. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    This makes sense. No one wants TouchWiz on their watch. This isn't the same as no customisation on Android period, it's just Google's rules for OEMs on their licensing program. If you as a customer want to customise your product I'm sure xda will work out something.
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The UI is perfect without the Samsung/LG/and HTC stuff.
     
  5. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

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    I have no interest in Android Wear, TV or Auto, but even if I did, this wouldn't bother me at all..

    I'm glad to see Google draw the line somewhere. I wish they could do something about Touchwiz so I could actually begin to consider a Samsung device..
     
  6. Ddyracer thread starter macrumors 68000

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    While I do agree i have no desire to customize my tv/watch and my Android auto ui, I am rather troubled to where Android is going.

    Will it be locked down eventually? No root, roms etc?
     
  7. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    I remember there was talk of the next version being more difficult to root compared to current versions, but from what we know of Android L so far I don't think that's true, at least not yet (unless I missed something).

    Google may make stock Android, and by association, the versions of Android used by OEMs, more locked down to get more enterprise customers on board with using it, but will they put a stop to open ROMs? I highly doubt it. Google has always supported the Android ROM scene with its own Nexus phones. I'm sure due to the open source nature of Android it will always be possible to create an open rooted ROM even if stock does become locked down.

    This article is nothing to do with the openness of Android though. It's about Google's OEM program. There's no evidence the OS itself will be any more locked down than Android normally is. I give it a week max before one of those watches is rooted by someone on xda.
     
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  9. Ddyracer thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What about the fact that aosp gets the the door shut when it comes to Gapps? If google keeps bundling up everything in the play store android will be more locked down.
     
  10. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    This is true, but CM is already writing more and more open source replacements for these apps. They have their own dialer, their own music app, probably gonna make their own version of everything else Google is making proprietary too. I hope they do their own gallery. Definitely not using the Google+ Photos app, that thing is a crock of ****.
     
  11. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Last thing we need is Touch wiz overlays and ui with a smart watch. People want a universal experience for wearables.
     
  12. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Yeah i dont see a reason to worry. If Android locks everything down, they will lose a ton of customers. Its what draws most to Android on their phones and Tablets. I completely understand why they would do it on the TV and Auto. Completely different animals we are talking about here.
     
  13. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a

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    In my eyes this is good.

    Too many manufacturers put their crap on the phones which slow it down.
     
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    It will be interesting to see their policy on Android Silver devices.
     

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