You know what I really like about Huawei? Despite being a definite up-and-comer in the Android world (in Europe and Asia, anyway – here they keep getting the shaft) they’ve left Android alone for the most part. Even on their high-end devices like the Acend P1 S, you’ll find an interface that is mostly stock – and with Ice Cream Sandwich, what more do you need? Yes, Huawei is truly an example of what an Android manufacturer should be: a hardware vendor that lets Google’s software shine on its own.
…oh, for cryin’ out loud.
In case you Chinese is rusty, the image above says that Huawei will unveil its own custom interface, dubbed “Emotion UI”, in a press conference on June 9th. Phones released in July and after will sport this new interface, though Huawei hasn’t said if it will be updating current phones and tablets to bring in the new UI. The announcement above doesn’t actually show off the changes – the Ascend P1 S looks like it’s running stock Ice Cream Sandwich,
as God intended.
Huawei says it’s listened to its customers while developing the new interface. They haven’t been listening to us, because as indicated above, we think that clean Android is the best Android. With the update to Ice Cream Sandwich, we don’t see why anyone needs a customized interface (we’re looking at you, HTC. And Samsung. And Motorola. And Sony.) The reason given by most analysts is “differentiation”, adding something to your phone that your competitors don’t have. Well Huawei, congratulations: you’re set to add needless resource hogging, extra steps for simple processes, and a complete lack of enthusiasm from yours truly.