Samsung is hard at work figuring out ways to bring Touchwiz, their custom Android UI overlay, to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. They appear to be pretty far down the road already and have released a 4-minute video demonstrating a Touchwiz-zed version of Android 4.0.1 running on a Galaxy S II device.
Though we certainly didn’t expect them to do so, we hoped Android 4.0 would be the release that would bring the platform together and that companies would start to use vanilla (or stock) Android in their devices instead of throwing their own custom UI overlays in there. Or, at the very least, that even if there were hints of OEM UI overlays in there, the beauty of Android 4.0 would be allowed to shine through more than it appears Samsung is willing to let it.
Ice Cream Sandwich was designed from the ground up at Google and was focused on greatly enhancing the user experience, which has been one of the drawbacks of Android over competitor offerings to date. Android 4.0 is the best version of Android yet, and we hate to see OEMs ruining it by completely skinning the software.
What do you guys think? Is Touchwiz for Android 4.0 improved enough for us to be okay with it on our devices? Or do you want to see more of a stock/vanilla version of Android 4.0 become more widely adopted by handset makers?