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Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung's Galaxy S5: here's how it looks like

Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung's Galaxy S5: here's how it looks like
While Nexus devices have already started receiving the latest of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, the devices that are actually most popular among users, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, are still waiting for the update to arrive.

While it will likely still take a few weeks (and maybe even months) until we get to see Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5, SamMobile has gotten an early look at how Samsung has refashioned 5.0 Lollipop under TouchWiz, with a full-on preview of the update.

Luckily, Samsung does adopt a lot of the great elements of Lollipop - things like the card-based actionable notifications, but also it does seem to skip on some of the material design changes like the profound use of shadows to convey depth. Overall, it seems like a mixture of the visual changes in Lollipop and a lot of Samsung's own, cartoony TouchWiz sauce.

That’s one of the peculiarities of Android - even when Google pushes a major update like 5.0 Lollipop, some manufacturers just don’t adopt all of its ideas, like them or not. What do you think: do you like this new look of TouchWiz better than before, and how does it compare to stock Android 5.0 Lollipop in your opinion.



source: SamMobile

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posted on 21 Nov 2014, 05:54 7

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ugly icons. Also I wish they moved the app drawer icon to the centre.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:30 2

11. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Why? I prefer the icon to the right position.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:45

20. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


me too. i also like the home button. but replacing menu button with recent apps is bugging me.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 15:43

55. WLM9700 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


I don't like that recent button either I liked the home button doing that!

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 14:36

39. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Do you go into your app drawer all the time or something? If you are right handed that spot should be something you use all the time.

Pointless default placement.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:38 1

13. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


get nova launcher and your desired icon pack from playstore for free.. problem solved.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:25 2

18. Ahsan (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


May be he is an iPhone user. Luncher and icons are myth for him.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:57 1

24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Haha again I get called an iPhone user xDDD Anyway, I don't even like Nova launcher

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 13:05

37. LikeMyself (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


You own the Z2! So you know how Android is meant to be! But for them, anyone who doesn't use a sammy phone is an Apple fan! There was recently an article of types of fanboys at Android Authority! Take a look for some fun!

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 09:32

46. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


there are plenty more launchers

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 09:41

49. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I know and I've tried plenty of them but none feels as completed and fast as Sony launcher.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 13:22

52. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


i dont like it much.. i prefer sense 6

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 13:34

53. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Jaah sense and Sony thing are my very favourites.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 15:44

56. WLM9700 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


I agree!

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 05:57 1

4. PowTheBowl (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


almost nothing changed lol

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:08 2

5. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Jesus nothign changed material design please or gtfo

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:10 2

6. S.Yashwanthram (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


really looks very ugly.....
needs to be like lollipop material design

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:13 6

7. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)


This "cartoony TouchWiz sauce" is much better than cartoony ios 8

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:19 1

8. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


I have to disagree, ios is far better in terms of visual appeal than touchwiz (i am a hardcore android user)

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:24 4

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 20018; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not very good looking at all, not Jedii approved.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:33 3

12. DALVEORTS (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


they cannot afford proper designers. All the money goes to making 50 types of phones that look the same.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:15 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 20018; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Galaxy s, Galaxy s toaster, Galaxy s panty hose, all with touch wiz.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 06:49

14. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Sorry no offense to the fans of this but it makes me cherish my Nexi a whole lot more.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:18 3

17. skymitch89 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


If TouchWiz is "cartoony", then what is iOS & LGs UI? They're almost the same, just differences mainly in the icons & how users interact with the UI.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:45

21. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


tw ftw

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:48

22. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


not true at all

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 07:50 1

23. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


fuxkin horrible ui...geez it's just really ugly in my opinion...some may like it and some may not but it's too busy, inconsistent, & idk it just looks weird and odd

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 08:23

25. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 778; Member since: 11 May 2013)


huh ? i still cant get the hate above or maybe trolling?
Phonearena had released an article comparing the UIs of different android oem, and majority of the respondents were rooting for the TW of note4, it rarely went to the last spot of the lists on comment section.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:14 1

28. dmsrfl (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


For the love of god GET RID OF THOSE ICONS! Whomever at Samsung thinks those icons are perfect needs to go back to graphic design school.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:27

29. DroidMystic (Posts: 83; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


Lollipop on GS5 how it looks? But how does it work?
Still people are busy getting Android Lollipop on their phone and Samsung is playing the show off.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:35

30. rishabh_2795 (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Personally I feel why it looks so busy is because of the complex wallpaper. I had applied the s5 wallpaper on my phone and sure it did look a lot complex. but a simple wallpaper like a Nexus lollipop does surely simplify the home and app drawer!

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:36

31. usashy97 (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


TW on top of Lollipop is nice to hear but here it's more of TouchWiz everywhere. Material Design is not just about the overflow icon everywhere. The keyboard and browser are not in MD. I agree if you say it's TouchWiz but is missing a lot of MD elements. Let's wait for the official rollout. I hope Samsung would tweak it some more in the final rollout.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 09:50

32. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


If they take out half of those icons and make TW look better, this would be good.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 12:05

34. Andrewtst (Posts: 612; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Those complain Touchwiz icon look ugly means android original lollipop icon also ugly. Touchwiz icon this time is the most closer look to lollipop icon even the color usage compare with others. HTC over simplicity and didn't actually following the android material design color. Sony wise is too dated no single material look.

Those said the material design not match better go check your eye which part it doesn't match. The only thing no material design in new touchwiz is the keyboard, the rest Samsung did the best, the most closer, HTC is too simplicity and not using material design color, Sony is over dated where no single material design at all.

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 08:58

45. usashy97 (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Do you say the phone icon of TW and the dialler icon of Lollipop look closer? In the case of Contacts icon? Messaging icon? And so on. TouchWiz differs a lot from Pure Lollipop. I agree with the rest. But, icons don't look similar.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 17:27

40. soloh (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


SIGN THE PETITION!

change.org/p/samsung-make-the-android-5-0-lollipop​-update-likeable

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 19:52

41. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


W8, you cant say samsung has nice icons. They look like they are from 10 years ago. Just look at that settings icon... Ugly as hell.
I have galaxy alpha. Had xperia z1 before. Sony has much nicer icons and looks.
But none of them cant compete with look of ios icons.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 22:17

42. Hazmat456 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Umm that's not lollipop. That's kitkat.
Well if it is it looks exactly the same ,and who cares what it looks like anyway,if you don't like it change it,that's the beauty of android.

Whatt I want to know is it faster? More stable? Dose it use less space ,support for s_pen?

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 02:06

44. S.Yashwanthram (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Doesn't look like lollipop at all ...still the same kitkat look

but any how
Waiting for the update to be released soon..

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 17:09

50. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Just need it to be released on the Note 4 so XDA can fix it into a more proper 5.0 with the good bits of TW and without the bloat.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 00:39

54. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


well, I have my GS5 on 4.4 and I can't see too much differences .. maybe notifications?

posted on 10 Feb 2015, 18:40

57. nkw1981 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2015)


I don't like the lollipop, I keep my phone on silent mode and now the green led light don't flash now. Come to find out that only happens when its on sound mode or vibrate mode! I wish I never updated my phone! I have the Samsung galaxy s5

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