Samsung's New Galaxy Phone Doesn't Have TouchWiz

Carlo Alejandro Fernandez about 1 year ago
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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.

What Else You Need To Know

  • The Galaxy Discover was launched in Canada in December.
  • Samsung says that TouchWiz-free Galaxy Discover is able to access notifications and used apps, as well as do web browsing, faster because there won't be a "software overlay to slow you down."

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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  
The Verge
Samsung's Galaxy Discover omits TouchWiz in favor of stock Android, coming to Straight Talk  

[I]n this case, the omission of TouchWiz is likely attributable to low-end hardware inside the Discover.

OS News
Samsung Galaxy Discover  

Yes, this is Samsung advertising against its own TouchWiz nonsense.

Android Authority
Samsung Galaxy Discover heading to StraightTalk and Net10  

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.

Unwired View
Samsung Galaxy Discover for Net10 and Straight Talk comes without TouchWiz  

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.

Engadget
Samsung Galaxy Discover coming to the US through Net10 and Straight Talk  

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.

Android Community
Samsung to launch the Galaxy Discover without TouchWiz  

Lower-end specs aside, the one saving factor here could be the price. Well, the price and the carrier plans.

DroidDog
The Samsung Galaxy Discover Is Coming To Net10 And Straight Talk  

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.

Android Community
Samsung Galaxy Discover coming to Straight Talk and Net10  

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.

Phone Arena
Samsung Galaxy Discover to launch in U.S. sans TouchWiz  

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.

Samsung Hub
Galaxy Discover to launch in US without TouchWiz UI  

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.

 
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