It seems that Samsung and LG are not the only companies that invest a lot of effort in customizing their user interface for the Android terminals their are producing. It was reported that Intel will have a similar approach, as the company has proposed a new interface for Tizen OS, and rumor has it that the same UI will make it on top of Android, as well.
The Intel user interface is codenamed Obsidian and it’s interesting to see how the US-based company will get involved, as, for the time being, there’s no Tizen OS smartphone powered by an Intel CPU. On the other hand, Samsung is one of the big players of the smartphone market that is backing up Tizen, and given the South Korean company’s recent collaboration with Intel for the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablet, the things are starting to make sense.
I’m guessing that Samsung doesn’t want its Tizen OS-powered smartphones to resemble Bada OS or Android, that’s the new interface is in the works, and the Intel software engineers are the ones handling the affairs.
The Obsidian interface is “flat” (Apple, you’re not the only one who can develop “flat” interfaces) and compact. The application icons are a bit too crowded for my tastes, while the phone area is somehow reminding me of Symbia. The contacts list is also a reminiscent of Nokia’s mobile operating system, unfortunately. It seems that the notifications will be indicated with icons that turn 45 degrees and that are transformed from a square in a rhombus.
It seems that we will find out more about Intel’s initiative next month, even though there are some voices saying that it will be delayed. Will the UI make it to Android as well? Is it good enough to compete against TouchWiz, Optimus UI, or Sense?