Great news: Samsung reportedly trimming TouchWiz fat, aims for a "Nexus 6-level" UI for the Galaxy S6
Samsung allegedly showcased the upcoming Galaxy S6 (or whatever it ends up being called) to its closest circle of partners at CES 2015, but a design "overhaul", as rumors claim, might not be limited to just the exterior. According to sources for BusinessKorea, the world's largest Android manufacturer is working on slimming down its proprietary TouchWiz interface by removing unnecessary features and focusing on strengthening the core, useful ones.
But that's not all – Samsung's seemingly ambitious plan also apparently aims to simplify things to previously unseen levels: "We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google's Nexus 6", says BusinessKorea's source. We wouldn't bet our money that Samsung is on path to bringing anything as stripped down as, say, Motorola's UI, but at this point, any effort in this general avenue should be well-received. After all, despite the Note 4's massively powerful hardware stack, slowdowns and occasional stutters whilst navigating the UI still happen. It's better than the Galaxy S5, but not yet on par with what some competitors offer.
If true, it'll be interesting to see if Samsung will introduce a whole new design to the table, or just a lighter version of the TouchWiz that we know. Interestingly enough, back in January 2014, serial leakster @evleaks published several screenshots of "Iconic UX" (seen on the right), which was expected to debut with the Galaxy S5, but didn't. Seeing as Samsung also patented the UI, it could be that the software simply wasn't cooked in time for the GS5 (or the Note 4), but is now finally ready for prime time. If that is the case, then we'll likely see the fruits of Samsung's labor come MWC 2015 in March, where we expect the company to announce the Galaxy S6.