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[WC] OEMs demanding more UI customization in Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has supposedly been urged by supporting Taiwanese manufacturers to allow them to modify apps and the Windows Phone UI to better differentiate their handsets from OEM competition on the platform, according to a report by DigiTimes.

http://www.wpcentral.com/manufacturers-requesting-more-options-microsoft-os-customisation

No one wants your touchjiz, sense or other bloatware on their Windows Phones. How about designing a phone that actually looks good and is not just an Android clone? There is a reason Nexus S is the best consumer device when it comes to usability, because it runs stock UI. OEM's definitely don't need the ability to customize the OS. The minute that's allowed than carriers start asking for the same and next thing you know, you can't uninstall carrier blaotware as well, unlike in WP7

Lots of great comments in that thread.
Edited by Kauke - 3/30/12 at 12:28am
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Lol, I was going to say that memes are not allowed in the news, but that is actually part of the article.

Anyway, I agree that customisation leads many times to the people perceiving the OS as being slow, when it's actually the added applications that are responsible for that. Having said that, if Microsoft wants to keep everybody happy, they can always reach a middle term. Allow a certain degree of customisation, as long as certain performance targets are reached AND, the user is allowed to uninstall them and the OS will still be functional, just like on pre-built desktops and laptops. There is the risk of the user being annoyed with having to uninstall lots of useless software though, so I can fully understand the problem. When you have Apple on one side, I doubt Microsoft is going to want to be perceived as having a bloated OS because of third parties.
 
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Lol, I was going to say that memes are not allowed in the news, but that is actually part of the article.
Anyway, I agree that customisation leads many times to the people perceiving the OS as being slow, when it's actually the added applications that are responsible for that. Having said that, if Microsoft wants to keep everybody happy, they can always reach a middle term. Allow a certain degree of customisation, as long as certain performance targets are reached AND, the user is allowed to uninstall them and the OS will still be functional, just like on pre-built desktops and laptops. There is the risk of the user being annoyed with having to uninstall lots of useless software though, so I can fully understand the problem. When you have Apple on one side, I doubt Microsoft is going to want to be perceived as having a bloated OS because of third parties.

I would like to think, a half way would be, let them customize but must make it simple to flash microsoft official rom (at the least, a semi-locked boot loader, let you switch from branded-oem to virgin-ms)

The whole thing with companies and android would be avoided if the right to use/customize wp7 forced the companies to provide customers with an untouched wp7 rom.
    
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I would like to think, a half way would be, let them customize but must make it simple to flash microsoft official rom (at the least, a semi-locked boot loader, let you switch from branded-oem to virgin-ms)
The whole thing with companies and android would be avoided if the right to use/customize wp7 forced the companies to provide customers with an untouched wp7 rom.

No!!! Why they feel they must load their bloated, ill conceived interfaces on top of an interface that has had so much thought and consistency put into it. This is what creates fragmentation and there is no way we should head to Android Model.
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I have to agreee with Kauke, I like my WP without all the OEM garbage. My Trophy runs super smooth and I want to keep it that way. The only thing I don't like about my Trophy is Verizon blocked the tethering feature and I still having found a way to get around it. Not MS fault though because it is buld in to the OS, it's just Verizon decided to block it.
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I am not at all surprised they are asking for this... now asking for it publically? That's news to me. The fact is that they all want their product to be unique(which unfortunately isn't limited to hardware). I hope microsoft doesn't budge here, they have every right to not allow it and their OS will be better off anyways tbh
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I am not at all surprised they are asking for this... now asking for it publically? That's news to me. The fact is that they all want their product to be unique(which unfortunately isn't limited to hardware). I hope microsoft doesn't budge here, they have every right to not allow it and their OS will be better off anyways tbh

Agree, rumors has it that WP8 will allow camera lenses, so HTC should be happy.

I was a freak when it came to customization, loaded dozens of different roms into my HD2, winmo, android, meego, sense, wiz, you name it.

After trying WP 7.5, I don't want any customization at all, it lost all appeal when it works so good... It just works now, no reboots, lag or anything.

I used to think that I am smarter and tech savy, because I loaded ROMS and such, but just because you can follow instructions on youtube or XDA, doesn't mean you are smart, it just means you can follow instructions. Hey, I can follow microwave instructions, I am an engineer.
Edited by Kauke - 3/30/12 at 12:34am
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If they don't let them add there bloat crap it will be the first thing I like about WP7. Number 1 reason I root my droid phones is to install a AOSP ROM.
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They should make it optional for the consumer. Tired of getting a new phone or laptop that's covered in rubbish and I'm not just talking about the bloatware they install (Norton etc) My friend brought her laptop around last night and even the log on screen had TOSHIBA blazened all over it. For me, it's an easy fix to get rid off, but for the average user it's just there. But like I say, it should be optional because some people quite like it all like that.
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