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Great news: Samsung reportedly trimming TouchWiz fat, aims for a "Nexus 6-level" UI for the Galaxy S6

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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.


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posted on 13 Jan 2015, 04:50 24

1. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its not for S6 only. They've trimmed TouchWiz pretty significantly in Android L. The changes in TouchWiz in Android L goes beyond aesthetics.

http://www.xda-developers.com/analysis-of-the-galaxy-note-3-android-5-0-leak/

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 04:56 13

5. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Also, it wins against Nexus on speed test ! That too by consuming less resources.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:29 3

15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


That's really a great news, also some new look & feel should be included.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 14:53 1

64. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


WoW Sammy is killing the stock Android.

This is Samsung so don't joke with the giant :)

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 08:06 1

39. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I do like the new touchwiz in my Note 3. However, i would hope they give us a choice of a custom theme to take advantage of OLED black and gray power saving feature.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 08:15 3

40. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yeah. I think there leaks last month suggesting that:http://www.phonearena.com/news/TouchWiz-Themes-will-be-coming-with-the-Galaxy-A3-and-A5-phones-screenshots-and-details-inside_id63486

Also, you know you can enable Grayscale mode on your Note without turning on the powersavingmode.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 11:18 2

61. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey I am all for improvement. This is very good news!

+1

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:09 12

10. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


S6 is just getting more exciting with every news. Hoping for Sammy to make a come back with a bang :)

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 07:40 1

36. SupermanayrB (Posts: 470; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Comeback?! Where exactly did Samsung go? Now if you mean looking for the Galaxy S series to make a comeback then I agree.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 10:01 5

55. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8943; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The S5 still outsold the previous model, just not as much as expected.

Samsung was raped by the media over its lackluster upgrade from the s4 to s5, yet Apple has had lackluster upgrades every single year and they are praised for it.

Samsung is still the top selling OEM with Android and still has the highest profit margin above everyone else.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 11:18 1

60. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The s5 had way more upgrades on it over the s4 than the 5s to 6s, I say if they have added 3gb then they will have had a better time of it with the press, the s4 also always got hot.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 22:25

70. aravindsbabu (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Vey true (thumbs up)

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 09:36

49. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8943; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Very good posted link. +1000

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 09:58

53. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Oh I knew that this is going to happen eventually.
And I knew my Galaxy Note 3 has yet to see its best days!
When Samsung really decides to do something, you can rest assured it will be done.
Now mark my words - the Galaxy S 6 will present us with the best handheld OS performance yet.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 04:52 6

2. teenaxta (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


make a simple UI, remove crap features, upgrade the hardware with a metal body and add nothing in software, im getting the S6...

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 04:55

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Yeah, it might be my first Samsung phone ever. Hope Samsung gets it right this time, the UI must be as smooth as Sense UI and Zen UI.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 04:53

3. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


The leaked UI looks way better than the current Touchwiz.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:00 4

7. teenaxta (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


well, this leak is years old!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:45 1

18. material (Posts: 80; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


and I thought '@evleaks' is back!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 17:22

69. roozbeh101 (Posts: 93; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


they also patented "victoria justice " which is nice! :D

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:00

6. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This would certainly be refreshing. It's possible to offer all the features they want to without clogging up the UI, status bar, and notification drop-down. At least give people the option to add/remove what they offer. I have to use Xposed to remove the deluge of idiotic garbage in the status bar and notifications on my dinky Galaxy Light, but that doesn't fix the convoluted mess that is the system settings menu. If I had a GS5 or Note 4, I'd have to resist the urge to throw the hunk of crap against the wall before remembering to resell it and buy something else.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:03 1

8. Techfriend (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Now i believe Even tech dreams can be true bring it on Sammy !!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:08 4

9. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Nexus' UI is ugly and depressing.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:12 9

11. tiara6918 (Posts: 2027; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Don't trim too much or else will look too much boring and flat

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:12 1

12. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


My Galaxy S4 just greeted me a Merry Christmas today!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:37

29. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Sometimes the S4 have its own pride. Do not accept all the owners. LOL (sorry I couldn't resist).

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 09:57 1

52. chocowii (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Touchwiz is so slow, took a while to greet him a Merry Christmas.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:12 1

13. deanylev (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


If this is the Galaxy S6, they'll have a winner (I doubt a lot of these specs):

5.3" Super AMOLED 2560x1440 Display OR 5.3" Super AMOLED Plus 1920x1080 Display w/ 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4

Snapdragon 810 @ 2.0GHz, 1.5GHz

4GB of LPDDR4 RAM OR 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM

21MP, 1/1.5" Sensor w/ Dual LED Dual-Tone flash & 2160p 60FPS / 1080p 120FPS / 720p 240FPS Video Recording

5MP 1/3.2" Sensor w/ Soft LED flash & 1440p 30FPS / 1080p 60FPS Video Recording

Removable 3500mAh Battery w/ Quick Charging

Quad Microphone Array w/ Noise cancelling

Front Facing Stereo Speakers w/ Dedicated Amps

Dedicated Camera Button

Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor w/ 10 fingers registerable

Thick Aluminium Outer Chassis w/ Seperate Removable Aluminium Backplate (akin to HTC J One, Magnesium Inner Chassis

At least 75% Screen to body ratio

Qi Wireless Charging

I think that's it... Lol

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:58 4

21. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


1/1.5" sensor, maybe if you like S6 to look like a brick, sure. Otherwise keep dreaming.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:26 3

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


someone is dreaming of Galaxy s7,lol..

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:32 2

16. RareCandy (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


fugly and g@y, love my iphone 6 :)

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:47 6

19. material (Posts: 80; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


what ? iphone ? :P

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:55 2

20. sip1995 (Posts: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Indeed, Samsung has one of the ugliest ui ever...

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:59 7

22. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


How can a UI be gay? Geez.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:01 6

23. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Overprized and boring os + garbage ppi with inferior colour reproduction, pathetic battery life, average camera that lacks ois, details, and 4k support, storage is grabage, as you get 16GB in the base model.

Sorry, bro, but ip6 is just a sh*t device. The best apple product is ipad. Look at the specs of this beast and now look at your pathetic iphone. Yeah, ipad air 2 = ip6s basically.

Android phone + ipad is the best combo so far.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 09:48

50. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I don't understand why people say boring os. If you want a boring os grab a feature phone. Other than that find a new argument. If your phone didn't have apps you probably wouldn't have gotten it. And honestly 4k is not a needed feature, you probably don't have a 4k tv at home so if it's just your phone you're not missing anything and it would be limited to just your phone. I agree with storage being garbage with the 16GB. You can shrug off this comment but I use to be an anti Apple android fanboy. But iOS has superior apps. You can argue that all you want but the things I do on this os make me never want to go back to android unless they had the same apps.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:38 2

30. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Love? To a phone? What a freak!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 08:23 1

42. Diezparda (Posts: 869; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


LOL, how is your comment related to this article? IOS, boring, unchanging ui, just a grid of apps and lacking features unless you jailbreak it.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 10:00

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


tim cook is g-y, I wonder why h0m0s are attracted to iphones .. maybe it's the way timmy likes it.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 17:10

67. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


no homophobe please! still does he/she know that tim cook is gay and posted an anti gay comment?

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 05:35 3

17. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


No matter how much Samsung puts effort on TouchWiz, they NEVER EVER will be able to outperform iPhone's high quality UI. LagWiz always lags, and had never performed smoothly and never will :D

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:06 10

24. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


How much of a retard are you? Go watch speed tests of note 4 vs ip6 and 6+. Spoiler alert. Note smokes your little g@y toy pbone.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:22

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


Am i the only one who notices the contacts are Barney Stinson, Robin Scherbatsky & Lily Aldrin from HIMYM lol!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:27

26. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


It's long overdue that Samsung should trim TouchWiz.

The Korean tech titan should take its time and do a thorough job on Galaxy S6 before rushing to unveiling.

With the competition heating up hotter than ever (Xiaomi and OnePlus are roaring, old Chinese heavyweights llike Huawei and Lenovo are waking up, and Apple is biting bigger than ever), the Galaxy S6 is the last chance of Samsung to save its decline in profit and market share.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 16:16

65. Furbal (Posts: 944; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


yeah there hardware has always been stellar, software is what they need to fix.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:33

27. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Looks like Apple had it right all along. Just buy an iPhone folks!

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:40 7

31. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Garbage specs and primitive os? Why would anyone want to have a toy for kids/old people instead of a real smartphone?

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 08:37 3

45. Diezparda (Posts: 869; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Expensive, lack features, iTunes required for file transfer, no default file manager, no memory card expansion, 8mp camera lags behind others, ridiculous screen to body ratio, there is a lot disadvantages of iPhone and i'm telling you even touchwiz run very pretty on galaxy s5 and note 3. Better try one buddy.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 10:03 2

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


a phone running FlinstoneOS is not for me, sorry.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 11:24 1

62. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I want my phone now. I can't wait 3 years until Apple catches up.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:34

28. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sounds good.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 06:40

32. .KRATOS. (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


As much as that's a gd news a redesign of the overall TouchWiz, I hope they redesign the handset it's quite boring to see all the galaxy lines look alike.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 07:00 1

33. Orion78 (Posts: 81; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


UI wise, Samsung will never be on the level of a Nexus. Sure they may trim certain things down but this is Samsung we're talking about. Sorry Sammy fanboys.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 07:10 1

35. XaErO (Posts: 313; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


http://www.xda-developers.com/analysis-of-the-galaxy-note-3-android-5-0-leak/

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 08:00 1

38. Orion78 (Posts: 81; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


And? What does that prove? Wow milliseconds makes a world of difference in real life use. It still doesn't hide the fact that crapwhiz is a abomination to android. Oh not to mention that alot of Nexus 5s ...made by LG was buggy to begin with.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 08:23 3

41. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The abomination sells more than any other. By a lot.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 10:10

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


lol, tell me how many people think nexus ui is good looking? I'm pretty sure nearly no one. Touchwiz? when you do not include the 120 p!ssed ex-nokia and apple advocates here on the internet and go to the streets you'll see people finding it really good and they do not have a problem with it.. unless you live on a haunted street where everybody owns a galaxy pocket ..

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 16:56

66. hwb01 (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


I had a stock lollipop ROM on my Galaxy Tab 2, it was very lacking in features compared to TouchWiz.
If I didn't have a galaxy phone, I probably would have gone back to TouchWiz.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 07:08 2

34. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 335; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Hope this is true. I like touchwiz, a slimmer vesion will be great with android L.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 07:42

37. SupermanayrB (Posts: 470; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Nothing Holo or Nova Launcher can't fix. It's not that serious.

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