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Samsung has tried to distinguish its Galaxy range from other Android phones by integrating a TouchWiz overlay. Samsung has silently launched in the U.S. a Galaxy handset that offers a pure Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience without carrier or Samsung overlays. The Galaxy Discover has specs of a basic smartphone: a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, an 800MHz processor, 1300mAh battery, and a 3-megapixel camera. The handset will be available in the U.S. with prepaid and less known carriers Straight Talk and Net10. Samsung hasn't provided details on pricing options and shipping dates.
Yes, this is Samsung advertising against its own TouchWiz nonsense.- Thom Holwerda, OS News
It’s a bad phone, but it should be appealing to the people who don’t care about mobile technology and just need a phone that can make calls and text.- Brian Sin , DroidDog
Although it will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung won’t plaster its customised user interface and will allow users to enjoy vanilla Android experience.
Yes, this is Samsung advertising against its own TouchWiz nonsense.
For those interested in stock Android but would prefer a phone with more meat om its bones, there is the Google Nexus 4, which is still listed as being in stock at the Google Play Store.
[I]n this case, the omission of TouchWiz is likely attributable to low-end hardware inside the Discover.
Given the details have been posted on the official Samsung website we suspect the carriers will have the Galaxy Discover listed as being available fairly soon.
The Galaxy Discover doesn’t have TouchWiz. No, really. No trace of it anywhere. This… we can’t really remember if this has ever happened before, but we’d vote for ‘No’. Not since the original Galaxy S at least.
The American model touts a slightly curvier frame, however. Its real stand-out remains the removal of TouchWiz in favor of pure Android 4.0; while not unique, it's still a rare break for a company that likes its custom UI layers.
It’s a bad phone, but it should be appealing to the people who don’t care about mobile technology and just need a phone that can make calls and text.
The Samsung Galaxy Discover is clearly not for those that want tons of power out of their device, but could be perfect for first-time smartphone users, teens and those who simply don’t want to spend any more than they have to.
Lower-end specs aside, the one saving factor here could be the price. Well, the price and the carrier plans.