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Android KitKat update for Galaxy S4 nears, here's how the new TouchWiz status bar will look like

Android KitKat update for Galaxy S4 nears, here's how the new TouchWiz status bar will look like

The Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 flagships brings a lot of resource optimizations under the hood, thanks to KitKat's Project Svelte. These are resulting in some top benchmark scores from the handsets running the new firmware, but that's not all Samsung has in store for us.

We also get new TouchWiz NatureUX look that appears flatter, and that is especially visible in the status bar icons, which reflect the stock KitKat visuals, with white icons looking uniform on the transparent status bar. If you are curious how exactly your status bar will present itself when the Android 4.4 update hits your handset, you needn't look further but tech blogger Eldar Murtazin, as he just posted the above status bar with the comment "Samsung KitKat status bar. No color at all. Only white." He also comments in a previous tweet that this new stock look will "mean a lot for the TouchWiz future," likely referring to the reported agreement with Google on the new Magazine UX phase-out.

Additional visual change will be a nice round shortcut to the camera app on the lock screen for easier access to the 13 MP snapper on the back. The keyboard has seen its landscape mode tweaked for easier typing and improved finger-tracking, too. You can sideload the KitKat firmware on your GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 now, or wait until the update hits your phone officially.

source: EldarMurtazin (Twitter)

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 05:41 4

1. imMature (Posts: 79; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Meh. Why do they want to make it look like AOSP's?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 05:48 28

3. darkskoliro (Posts: 955; Member since: 07 May 2012)


because cartoony and neon icons is becoming really outdated and annoying

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:51 8

9. nlbates66 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


whats the point of buying any Android device at all that isn't a nexus if all you want is the stock boring Android UI? I was actually interested in what they'd try for the magazine UX on the phones.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:49 2

32. darkskoliro (Posts: 955; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I like Sense quite a lot which isnt nexus style. The layout is very professional and sleek, and the whole thing runs butter smooth.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 22:16 1

37. afegit (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Sense also has a minimal set of features, just like the nexus lineup. maybe thats why it runs smooth and lag free? cus it lacks features just like the Ipone? IMO touchwiz is the best cus its got such useful and innovative korean technology and is gud

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 02:39 1

39. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Stock boring ? Its also the sleekest looking and smoothest

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:47 1

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3310; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


yeah looks old though. samsung better renew whole ui.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 22:18 1

38. iphoneplz (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


i wont really say out dated or annoying if they are able to sell a lot more smartphones then are manufactures like lg, htc, nokia.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:34 2

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


A rumor claims that Google has added a new set for rules everyone must follow if they want to sleep the play store and other Google services, that includes the transparent notification bar and on screen buttons

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:50 5

7. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Count out Samsung on the "on screen buttons" front.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:50

8. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


it kinda reminds me of wp.
i love how cool tw works and sense looks and google wants to take that away.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:26 5

13. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Umm..... sorry to burst your bubble, but WP doesn't have a notification system.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:13

26. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i was talking about aesthetics and the look of monochrome icons. dont rush to reply. think first. talk later

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:44 1

28. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


While this article didn't talk about none of them. Read first and comment later.

And please which aesthetics are you referring to, there is none.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:01

34. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i read first and comment later. thats why im a dr and youre not (probably). you didnt get what i was talking about

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 03:37 3

36. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


You being a dr is in no way related to your commenting sense.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:27 3

31. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


WP,...sad, sad souls!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:57 3

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I like it this way.
Always wanted to have TW features with AOSP minimalistic look.
Way to go Samsung!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:32 3

22. Cicero (Posts: 275; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


I also like TW. I'm confortable with it and love the "plus" things (still I'm not using more of them but I have them).

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:41 1

25. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Agree on that. Tw is good with it's features.
But they just need to tweak their interface and apps to look more like stock android, and optimize them for better performance too.
Would like to see what samsung brings on next

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:15 1

27. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


sorry i dont like stock android. i hate it. and if someday samsuc switches to stock i would start buyin sony or lg. you see i like sammy phones bcuz of their tw features and looks.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 05:42 1

2. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Looking good, hope the update also includes a smaller bloatware.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:34 1

16. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


The OS is basically looking the same.
The only change is the transparent status bar, and the KitKat fonts here and there .
The same amount of "bloat" as before.

But it works faster , boots and unlocks faster, and is more RAM efficient.
My Note 3 now has over 2.7GB listed (2.4GB before) and can have up to 1.9GB of "free" RAM at times .

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:37

5. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Simplicity. Just, simplicity.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:47

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Looks way better than present.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:02 1

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Uhh. 4.4.2 is already seeding. I got the update days ago in my Exynos Galaxy Note 3.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:06

12. breathlesstao (Posts: 71; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


You should either be more precise with these articles (which models'/carriers' updates you're on about), or be more up to date with the news. KitKat for the Note 3 has been official for like a week or two now, if not more... (And I believe for the S4 as well.)

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:28 7

14. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Newsflash for you , PA..
There are other countries on this Earth besides USA!
And people from those countries are reading your site!

I got the official 4 4. 2 update 3 weeks ago -.-

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:33 1

15. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Hell yeah!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:57 1

17. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


News flash for you too then. See those tags? AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Samsung, Software updates? You see them right. And as the US of America's carriers suck at giving fast software updates. The article is pretty legit. Besides, PA is an American website not an around the globe one. Stop bashing.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:19 1

18. nothingmuch (Posts: 161; Member since: 03 May 2013)


They are like dogs, barking at something before knowing what they are barking at.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:46

20. jan25 (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


i think his point is, we all have seen the Kitkat update for the S4 and Note 3. So basically, there isn't any news here.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:33

23. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


No my point is that the author of the article haven't in any word mentioned that this applies only to the USA carrier's Note 3 which is a very, irresponsible , unprofessional and disrespectful way of writing on a worldwide popular website.
Tags aren't an excuse.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:35

24. Cicero (Posts: 275; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Long live ... Europe!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 03:36

35. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


And this is why cnet is still the best

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:28 1

19. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Really this is "new" news lol, we have seen this white transparent notification shade like a month ago and tw has had transparent notification for a while now so thats not news. We already know how kk tw looks because people are running it on s4 and note 3 already.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:56 1

29. mmmanuuu (Posts: 208; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


PA please just die already.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:24

30. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


Does a flatter look also mean it will take much less memory than current tw? That's my only complaint about tw, how much of a resource hog it is with memory.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:40

33. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Nice, glad they finally got rid of the green. Loving the transparent nav bar as well

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:52

40. TechVoid (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)


Stock>Motorla>Sense>Xperia UI>'New TouchWIz'>LG UI>Old Touchwiz

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