Galaxy S5 powered by Android

New boot screen branding for Android on the GS5

Mobile World CongressBoot up the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you'll be presented with a new message below the usual boot-up logo. The Galaxy S5 isn't just a Galaxy S5 — it's "powered by Android," and that's exactly what you'll see at boot-up.

It's an interesting distinction for Android's biggest manufacturer, and not something we've witnessed in such a prominent place on any other handset. There's been much speculation recently surrounding developments in the relationship between Google and Samsung, and there's no doubt that an Android logo on the GS5's bootscreen will put Google's OS brand in front of a ton of eyeballs in the months ahead.

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on and initial review

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Your Galaxy S5 wants you to know it's powered by Android

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Well, that's unneeded and annoying as hell.
They should have gone simple like Google or Moto
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What exactly makes this annoying to you?
Moto X actually has a much more elaborate startup screen than a logo that says powered by android. Not intending to come off rude, just would like to know

I just find this to be unatractive and a bit to much.

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Haha, so, I guess you also sit and swear at that darned Windows logo every time you fire up that computer of yours...?

Some people just complains no matter what... :)

Yeah... The four seconds it takes for my machine to boot and log in is too quick to see the logo... I love Windows 8.1

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Haha, one of the best things about Windows 8.1: it boots so fast! I swear, you push the button, blink, and BAM! It's asking for my password to log in. Love it. :)

Go suck an egg. It amazes me the pointless things people will complain about as if it's the end of the world. Grow up!

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Oh come on now, have some compassion. These guys have been slapped in the face with one disappointment after another - no 4k screen to be found, not even an honest 2k (even though 1080p IS actually 2k), no 4 gigs of ram, no 64 bit processor, no impossible zero-bezel design, no, no, no.

I think it comes down to fatigue... they're so on edge they'll complain about anything. It's pretty funny, really, so just sit back and enjoy the show!

Why is it annoying? At least less tech savvy users will know that their Galaxy is an Android phone now. I would guess at least half of Galaxy users would say "no, I have a Galaxy" if you asked if they had an Android phone.

This is true. I've met plenty of people who don't really know what an OS is and how they differ. All they know is it's a Galaxy

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It'll probably cause even more confusion with the non tech crowd. "the new one is powered by ANDROID." I can see it now.

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this. absolutely this. because those non tech people will say HAH, my s5 is now powered by android when your s4, s3, etc etc are not.

Lmfao!!!!!! Thanks guys! I needed a good laugh today, I really did.

I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".

Same here, many of my friends only know it's a "Galaxy" or a "S3-4" and have little clue they have an android phone. Many people associate "android=droid=verizon motorola phone" and no other android phones.

I'll take this one step further, I've had multiple people over the years reference their smart phone as an iph*ne. The latest instance, the dude had a galaxy nexus...I didn't know what to do with myself. Doesn't matter what OS, the people who don't know really have no clue.

I tolerated that with the IPOD but there was no reasonable competition. You dont need to be a car person to know your toyota isn't a ferrari

you got a new phone? which one did you get? "I got a droid" (pulls it out of pocket to reveal a galaxy phone.)

That's a lie and you know it. Why do people lie just to make a point. General public know what android is. It's the same like saying people don't know what windows is they just think all computers are Dell

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I don't think its a lie at all. I've talked to quite a few middle-aged people looking at getting a new phone and very few new what Android meant.
And you'd be surprised to know how many non-text people don't know their Dell runs windows. Its just a Dell.

Sure it may not be the majority of non-savvy people that see the world this way but they do exists and aren't hiding.

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Don't believe it. Also when you ask a person what android mean and what is android as an os you should expect different answers. Context is the key especially when talking to people.

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Stop being naive... not everybody is a tech person. I have a friend who bought a Sony Experia phone... and when I asked her how she liked her Android phone she replied... "Actually it's a Sony!"

She had no clue it was an Android powered phone.

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That's a myth tech people like to spread to feel special. Like I said when banks advertise their apps on TV they say available for iOS and android.
Edit: She already knew that her phone is running android as it clearly state on the box.

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you are probably half right here. you used Dell and windows as a comparison before like this sony and android. I believe this women corrected him with "a sony phone." And if you asked her which operating system she was running, she would probably say, "sony," "google" or android but I bet she would not bet her life savings on the correct answer

It's definitely not a myth. I've run into people that have been using the same Galaxy Stratosphere (a repackaged Galaxy S) for two years, and not only do they not know it's running Android or how to install new apps, they didn't even know about the app drawer and how to find apps that weren't preinstalled on one of their home screens. I think you overestimate how much people read off the box. Lots of people get don't install apps that their bank advertizes on TV.

Believe me, I work for Verizon and all day long I find myself explaining to customers what android is. Many many people have no idea that android, galaxy, and droid are virtually the same thing.

Then how do these people download apps if they don't know what android is?

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Not sure what's so hard to grasp about all of this... I don't believe you're being serious... I think you're just being a naive jackass on purpose.

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The commercials normally say on the app store and Google play never is android mentioned

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Many don't download apps. I've had to help several people who not only didn't know how to install apps, they didn't know how to access the app drawer to get to programs that weren't on one of their home screens.

I love it when people say they have a Galaxy. I then proceed to ask which one and start listing off all the uncommon ones. Duos, Grand, ace, Express, Neo, star, core, y. So many phones and so much fun. I do know I shouldn't but I can't help it

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I've never come across someone who is that uninformed but I do know people who think that the Android on Samsung phones is the real Android and they don't understand when I tell them their phone has the TouchWiz skin on top of Android.

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Well said, people here have been hearing this myth for a long time and they now think it's true. It's funny I see so many people on these sites who think nexus is the real android

Hate this nonsense that aluminum is premium

Well that's what I said earlier people may think that touchwiz is the real android but they will never know what touchwiz is. The bottom line is that they know Samsung runs android

They already know that when they unbox the phone and also in those things they peel off the screen when they use the phone for the first time. People here really underestimate the general public.
What you may find is that people may not know what touchwiz is but they know what android is. Even when banks advertise their apps they say available for iOS, android and windows mobile

Hate this nonsense that aluminum is premium

What's wrong with that? It's probably your fault since you didn't ask the write question to beginning with. Have you tried to ask them if they know which os is running their phone. I'll bet my house that no one will say it runs galaxy

Hate this nonsense that aluminum is premium

You have no idea what you're talking about. You're trying to debunk a very common misconception, this isn't a conspiracy theory. You're giving the common casual user too much credit. Many people don't know the difference between a Windows, iPhone, or Android. Never mind which OS is running on what. My buddy thinks my GS3 is the same as his iPhone, just with a bigger screen.

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We see Android, iOS, Windows, they see :Samsung, Apple, Nokia, = shiny flat phone with a big color screen:

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Whenever someone sees the boot animation on my N5 they say that's awesome

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Who watches the boot animation? People who've just installed something via recovery! Is it soft bricked... :p

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I play with xposed a lot so i see my boot screen quite a lot

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That sucks you can't swap. I'm just kidding. :-P I understand it gets great battery but I still prefer a phone with great battery life and swappable.

its turning the start up screen.. you people are so ridiculously whiney. I've seen my start up screen for about 5 seconds of my life in the past 6 months. seriously you are a propaganda goofball and you only complain about stuff like this because its been the flavor of the month for a while now.

There are too many girls that go to my school that have white s4's because there pretty much a "bigger iPhone". I ask what phone they have and they say "uhhh galaxy? Its kind of like an iPhone" ;)

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Because they got Galaxy. You want them to say android? I think you know that they're different OEMS who make android phones.

Hate this nonsense that aluminum is premium

The key part of that is "it's kind of like an iPhone" ... which implies they clearly have no idea what they're using, nor do they care... many more people like this in the world than you realize ... stop being a total fucking argumentative jackass! And stop claiming to know about shit you couldn't possibly know about! You're not other people, you're you! That's all. Don't forget it. I've had several experiences with people who clearly don't know the phone they're using is an android phone. It's pretty fucking obvious. To try and discount these experiences and say I'm wrong and pretend to know for sure that since it's on the box they know what they are using, means you're either calling me an idiot or a liar, both of which I take offense to, and all of which makes you an even bigger jackass... So why don't you just give it a fucking rest and shut the fuck up.

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Don't try to be a smartass dickhead the key word is "galaxy" not "it's kind of like an iPhone", they clearly stated the name of the phone they are using. The part of "it's kind of like an iPhone" they try to show that the phone is a smartphone not a feature phone. The statement its like you ask a person what kind of a car they drive and they answer you by saying " Toyota Prius. It's kind of like a telsa" they know the car they're driving the reason they brought telsa up its to show you that it is an electric car. Damn you're really stupid but trying to act clever. Don't blame other people for your stupidity because you fail to grasp what they say to you.

"stop being a total fucking argumentative jackass! And stop claiming to know about shit you couldn't possibly know about! You're not other people, you're you! That's all. Don't forget it." The irony
"I've had several experiences with people who clearly don't know the phone they're using is an android phone. It's pretty fucking obvious." No that's not obvious jackass, that's not an evidence to show that the general public don't know what android is. I can say the same thing but the other way round like "I've never meet anyone who doesn't know they're using an android phone. It's pretty fucking obvious."
Now I'll call you an idiot and i don't care if you take offense to it. If you want to argue with me argue with fact not some BS you experienced and try to claim it as fact

I saw that reply coming a mile away. So you think calling someone a retard without refuting their statement makes your argument strong. Anyway go on a hating spree because stupid people like you can manage that, since it doesn't require thinking just repeating what other people say.

Not a troll. I just found it annoying. Geezz.

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All that this accomplished was making it seem like you desperately need a life, if something like this annoys you...

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Please. HTC, LG, Lenovo/Moto, etc, etc would LOVE for Samsung to try to ditch Android for TIZEN. It's a POS..still.

What?! It's about time Sammy shows some love and respect to Android (Google). You're the kind that likes to put the cart before the horse! Yes, otherwise I understand it's a VERY symbiotic relationship.

Selling droids is so annoying because most customers don't get that the galaxy and HTC devices are "droid" phones

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You mean to say that they are, in fact, what the misunderstanding customer believes to be a "droid" phone?

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They aren't Droid phones... They're Android phones. Motorola makes/made Droid phones, which are Android phones... Motorola being the only manufacturer that makes "droids"... not all Android phones are "droids"... maybe your customers don't understand the difference because you're not understanding/explaining it correctly? Just a thought.

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Motorola is not the only manufacturer of Droid phones. HTC made the Droid Eris, Droid Incredible & Droid DNA; Samsung made the Droid Charge. Verizon is the only carrier of 'Droid' phones, for which they paid Lucasfilms to use the trademark.

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Why so much Samsung hate? We are all android lover's why should we hate or own kind?

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It just the fact it is so huge In my opinion

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True.

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What if Samsung is planning on releasing an S5 with a different operating system and this startup screen is simply a differentiator between an S5 "powered by Android", and an S5 "powered by 'x'-operating system?" Of course I'm just being speculative at this point.

Maybe an S5 with windows phone since there is now loosened restrictions?

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That was actually my initial thought as to why they would include this. Differentiation.

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You mean you find that more likely than Google "asking" Samsung (and perhaps all OEMs) to include this little advert on the boot menu? You realize they can use Android for FREE otherwise, just like you and I can build from souce. Only GAPPs are proprietary.

How does this nail tizen into the grave exactly?

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Tizen is not "their" - it is an alliance driven effort, and Samsung is simply one of the participants, much like with Android.

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Other way around I think. They want Tizen to be the OS of choice for wearables. Then if people start asking, "why isn't my phone as smooth as my watch" they can bring a Tizen phone out. Only my speculation though.

BaAAH

Wow. I can't believe the S5 could possibly make me care about it less. 48 hours ago, it was going to be my next phone. Now I'd rather keep what I have than "upgrade" to it. No thanks.

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Yeah. Get the M8 or Z2. I think the S5 is underwhelming. I mean two years without a major redesign is ridiculous

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Those 2 phones are not getting a major overhaul on the outside either, so kind of a moot point. Getting them is fine, hating touchwiz is fine, but most, if not all the manufacturers have a "look" now.

BaAAH

I'm not really up for caring about the major overhaul of the external of smart phones. Keeping a design for a couple years really does make sense. But anyone who says the S5 stacks up in looks against the Z2 or leaked M8 photos is delusional. That's not what you're saying, of course, but many are.

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The Z2 looks fantastic. There's a high chance it will be my next phone. I'm also eyeing the M8, though.

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I'll probably get the Z2 in July when I have my next Jump!

Maybe the M8... Maybe

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I'm not really sure why my opinion would be "honest at it's dumbest." (By the way, that should have been "honesty" and "its"). Anyway, I doubt my position is very unique considering many have been underwhelmed by the S5. There's no need to pretend like the indifference doesn't exist.

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exactly what I was thinking.. I remember that exact logo from back when I had an android running Gingerbread.

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I'm starting to realize this site is full of HTC fan boys tmobile fan boys..Samsung haters and sprint haters...its sad

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whats wrong with that HTC is good and samsung is good, but you have to agree this time samsung disappointed everyone because of there stupid tizen keeping them busy.

Well, a ton of guys hate Samsung on this website, except for a guy named Richard Yarrell.

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Yeah. I don't hate Samsung. Samsung helped android become what it is today.

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Are you kidding? Most of the people commenting were waiting for something big from Samsung and are just underwhelmed.

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Well, that's just from my personal experience. Obviously, some of us here actually like Samsung for what it's doing.

Only thing are fanboys who try to defend Sammy in unrealistic ways and people just wanting to find an excuse to hate Samsung, since we apparently ran out of legit reasons to hate them.

These are the concessions that Samsung made, little gestures to keep Android visible. It really doesn't make much difference to me, since I'd never buy another Samsung product as long as they continue to use Touchwiz and myriad unneeded S features. I also have an utter lack of enthusiasm for their design cues and build quality, so whatever. What does matter to me is what Google may have given them in return. The sale of Motorola, maybe sooner than originally planned in their strategic roadmap? The killing off of Nexus handsets, as speculated by some? Those are the things that really bother me about this deal, and they're all opaque at this point.

There was no deal. Unless you can produce what they agreed upon, stop with the conspiracy theories

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It wasn't disclosed. It was disclosed, however, that Google and Sammy are sharing patents. That's a deal and like the guy above you with a brain metioned, this is very likely the type of concessions Google required Sammy to make. We're not talking about f*cking alien or moon conspiracy theories...

I agree, i think it looks nice. I think it's important for people to see that the phone is powered by Android. Like I've said countless times before people think that Galaxy and Android are two different things.

"How'd you get the beans above the frank?"

And replace it with a few more Verizon logos including the one probably that's going to be on the home button.

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I think its great because they are representing Google and not just their brand anymore!!!! Go Samsung!! Love the New Ui!! Now if you could make a great mid-rang galaxy around $100. By the way you did horrible with the Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy Ring!!!!!! :(

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I've had real android experience since 2.1 to 4.3. I'm just saying it looks a little better than before also I really love stock android I'm running 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on my ZTE Awe on Virgin Mobile waiting for the new desire 810 and 610 to come to VM and if its in my price rang I'll get it!! And Samsung builds horrible mid range phones such and the Galaxy Ring ( always lagged and horrible battery life always got hot) and the Galaxy Ventura which my mother has she hates it (slow data Verizon and always freezes up)!!! So all I'm saying is the ui looks kinda better.

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Where can I get this real android phone because even nexus is not real android. You just hate Samsung because it's an in thing but you got no clue what you're talking about.

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I didn't mean it like that. Anyways I do love some Samsung devices and products just not all of them and I like the look of the new Touchwiz that's what I was trying to say.

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I wasn't replying to you, sorry if it came out like that. I was replying to David Horgan. People like Horgan make me laugh. You just know that they are followers

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I have a 2013 nexus 7 and I gotta say I'm glad I have TouchWiz on my note3, granted I like pure Android on my Tablet, it wouldn't work for me on my phone.

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I want the HTC Desire 810 or 610 please come to Virgin Mobile!!!! Also the Desire 601 on Virgin Mobile is getting KitKat 4.4!!!!!! Woo!!! Its it the development process.

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Haha so true. This phone even has MORE bloatware than the S4 with STILL only 2gb of RAM. I'm interested to see how this thing will really run.

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I feel that the S5 will handle it phenomenally, I get stutters and freezes on my note 3 occasionally with it's 3GB of RAM, never once did I stutter on my S4

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Probably to distinguish it from "powered by Tizen" that they release later on

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What scares me are the millions of people who think that Samsung's Galaxy line isn't powered by Android. I met a girl in class who said she liked her Galaxy S3 because she said she liked Android better than her Nexus 4, not realizing that they're both actually Android and that the Galaxy series have a modified version of Android. Lots of ignorant people out there.

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The average user doesn't care what's under the hood, they just want the best user experience they can have. As long as they can run their social network apps and text without a hitch, they're happy.

Despite the complexity and chaos of several competing phone and tablet makers. Clustered around a central Software [sorry SEARCH] Company {with its own diverse or covert needs} maintaining an open source OS project like Android. This mass of contradictions does have real benefits over the rigid vertical silo at Cupertino.

As long as Samsung, HTC, Sony and many others feeding at the Google-Android trough - are FORCED to cooperate to a degree; and thus survive. The more natural ecosystem of Android, generates more positive public ideas in a given time period. That is why I think Rene (at iMore) may be wrong about the resultant path of development.

Apple has just as much chaos; but its all internal. We only ever see the single winner; not the interesting options that NEVER made it passed Johnny Ives desk. Apple remains a dictatorial monoculture; competing with a diversified wild rain forest. Many assume that makes Apple stronger; I think the rain forest is the more supple and adaptable competitor.

Patience folks my spider sense is picking up on a variant lol perhaps the S5 prime built with you in mind lol

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I think Google will have Samsung remove this use of Android because it doesn't conform to use guidelines and Google doesn't want Touchwiz confused as Android.

Quite obviously Sammy was bullied by a frightened and desperate Google trying to quash innovation by rolling back the "O" in AOSP.

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How the hell do you think the largest Android manufacturer was bullied by Google? Samsung wouldn't make half the money they do in the mobile space if it wasn't for Android.

Un-smartperson, the same way Google bullies the rest of the OEMs by threatening to remove their Android certification thus leaving them disqualified for Google Play Services on their devices.

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1. Didn't Samsung & Google sign an agreement that would probably preclude having Samsung's certification removed?
2. If Google did remove Samsung's Android certification, they'd switch to Tizen and/or Windows Phone - Android would potentially drop to the number 3 or 4 phone OS.

People don't disappoint drakssilva he was expecting some thumbs up for hating on Samsung.

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Photoshopped. AC you guys played with this phone for days. Did you not look at the boot up and instead rely on some "tip" to get this "information?"

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Yeah, they want to remind you because it's the last flagship that will have android lol Tizen is Samsung's baby, and they want everyone to know it.

Do us all a favor and Google Tizen....it's certainly NOT what you and quite a few others on a "tech" site think it is...and it's not just Samsung's baby.

Haven't seen the Android name in the font logo in awhile.

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People get wrapped up in the dumbest things. Put a stylus on a brick with a touch screen and I would buy it.

I buy for function, judge on function.

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Then I would see you owning a Nexus device... I'm a programmer and I'll let you in on something... Nexus=does everything... My nexus tablet dual boots linux, and I have the Samsung S-pen API in my grasps and right now am building a custom kernal for nexus to support the s-pen feature. Biggest myth in the world, s-pen is hardware driven... Nope, Samsung just patented the software which Google just signed a patent deal with samsung so they can release it to developers. My point, Nexus is vanilla Android meaning it is the Godfather of compatibility and functionality, you start out with a clean slate and add whatever you want.

Nexogen

Rovex, that's the point. Programmers can add their own features to that "cheap ass crap", whereas with a Samsung phone, you're expected to accept whatever Samsung put on their phone and live with it.

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So that helped me how in the last 2 years? I coulda had a nexus note2? Still dont want it thanks.....this is why samsung has fans.....they had it way before the godfather. Then it fell off the back of a truck......

You're damn right MJ...but don't bother trying to educate the troll(s). You don't need to be a programmer either, just an enthusiast with the ability to read and follow instructions lol.

Actually, I see exactly what this means, Samsung wants to remind the user that, even though you can't recognize Android with all the touchwiz and adware 3.0...the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still "powered" by Android.

Nexogen

So we ran out of “legitimate” reasons to hate on Samsung and now we are just digging for crap. Every announcement out of MWC (mostly positive reporting for a change, well done), concerning Samsung was met by a group hate-fest by the same tired hacks spouting the same garbage "touchwiz- boo, plastic-boo, physical button-boo". Mobile Nations needs to just start a F’k Samsung group and move on. Samsung had a 25% market share in Q3 and 29% in Q4, more than the next 3 manufacturers combined, they don't need YOU to buy their phone, people, so suck on it.

That's one way to look at it, or you can realize that so many like myself love the Samsung brand and love Android, so I myself was dying to find out if Samsung was going to give us a new refined S5 sporting a more traditional Android, that would be the phone of my dreams. And yes, I've complained, because I feel like my favorite OEM and Android is going through a divorce and it sucks! And I think a lot of others feel the same way. Im not talking about the people who are blasting them for not having a higher resolution screen... That's stupid, the display is just fine! And all the physical hardware is just fine. Samsung is serious quality, and many know this, but many like myself aren't going to ditch the traditional android experience for a super quality build. Unfortunately you are right, the tech savvy is the minority and Samsung is going to cater to where the money is. Their smart actually, they have a unique style and software that once used to, many won't leave, kind of like isheep will never leave their iOS. Samsung managed to take Android and make their own version while still staying compatible with the android ecosystem of apps. So Samsung is genius for this! And fortunately for guys like me... There's Nexus or Google play editions, and luckily I know how to root a phone and even build custom Roms, so in all reality I can take any Samsung handset and touchwiz is removed. All I'm saying is you're correct, but I'm trying to enlighten you as to why so many are complaining! They want Samsung but with a more stock android, like the galaxy s my first Android phone and that phone was incredible, I wish Samsung would have stayed that path, but they wouldn't be the beasts they are today if they did.

Nexogen

Most of the people dogging the S5 (having never touched one, by the way) and Samsung in general are just hating for whatever demented satisfaction they gain by being part of the mob. That said, your expectations are unrealistic, especially given Samsung's progression with the Galaxy series from S2-S4. You can't expect Honda to turn the Accord into a Ferrari overnight. Incremental improvements while maintaining brand integrity are a proven formula for success. The S5 is targeted at S3 owners whose 2 year contract is nearing its end, and thus is a substantial upgrade for the vast majority who own that phone.

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They need to put 'Powered by Android' because otherwise you might not know with touchwiz and all the bloatware on board.

Impossible. The Galaxy name is for devices with Android.

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Annnnd sales drop to 5 million at best. Not in a million years will they do that. You will see Tizen but not on Sammy's flagship phones. They've invested WAY too much in the Galaxy brand...and that's Android.

Guys, have you noticed that many of us were expecting something amazing so we can upgrade from S4? Anyone remember how we felt when S4 launched? If anything, S4 - S5 is looking like a bigger difference than S3-S4, and most of us who took this leap last year haven't regretted moving up. Like many of you, I was at first very underwhelmed, then I compared features and watched the launch and realized just how much new stuff we do have on the practical front.

Plus, who knows what other UI changes have occured? I'm waiting on longer hands on reviews, but personally, the modifications they did mean they listened to the issues we had with s4 and s3, and the waterproofness without downgrading(read: only reason I didn't get S4 Active) is a BIG deal. I say let's remember how the last transition first felt and how it ended up. When you have the best design for the most popular phone and brand line, is it logical to overhaul it just because Techies like new designs? I think the amount of overhaul was reasonable and more than s4 was, and features added are good and useful. Would've proffered nicer res and more memory but I'm still gonna aim for an S5 in April.

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Although I enjoyed reading your post, there are a couple thing missing:
-you didnt complain about touchwiz/bloat
-you didnt say how much better the nexus or moto x/g is
-or how bad the new back looks
-and that tizen blah blah blah

Thanks for the most positive post in this thread!

I understand why they did this. First Google probably asked them to do this and I hear people people saying "Galaxies are better than Androids!" And I tell them that the Galaxies are Androids and they are baffled.

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Good cuz I'll need the reminder. With all that touchwiz in all of its bloated glory it'll be hard to recognize it as an Android device

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Well this does one of two things; either they killed off Tizen or they want you to know which OS it's booting to because at some point you're going to be given a choice at time of purchase.... I wonder if it could be the latter? I know Google doesn't want Samsung to fork Android... But I can't imagine that there aren't any Tizen Samsung 5 testbeds out there already with Samsung having a variant of Google's app store and so many apps and services.

Lol you guys are really reaching. I must say I kind of predicted this poopstorm on AC after Samsung's Unpacked 5. Carry on, I have more popcorn.

I think it's cool. Amazing that anybody would have a possible with this. Seems like certain people just love to complain. Grow up!

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Well, or it could be preparation for putting these samsung devices on alternate operating systems I suppose (unlikely). Labelling at the startup could make sense at that point.