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Poll results: Do you like Samsung's new TouchWiz 'squircle' icons?

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Initial Galaxy S6 (left) vs Galaxy S7 (right) iconography

Initial Galaxy S6 (left) vs Galaxy S7 (right) iconography


We asked you last week if you like the new coherent "squircle" iconography of Samsung's TouchWiz that arrives with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge and the latest Android updates to the S6 gang, and it turned out that nearly 40% like them, 18% don't really care what shape are the icons on their phones or they use packs, and about 42% of our 2753 respondents aren't fans.

Samsung's TouchWiz icons and menus have always been a ragtag bunch, as with each subsequent update Samsung turned out with different styles applied to different sections, some round icons, some square, and don't even start us on the look and feel of the notification bar. The Galaxy S7 andS7 edge, however, as well as those Samsung handsets that have received their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to a certain extent, are enjoying a new kind of iconography that Samsung rightfully calls 'squircles,' or circles trying to fit in squares.

This is the most visible change in Samsung's updated TouchWiz interface that will stare at you starting from the lock screen, and continue to please your sense of aesthetics everywhere you go, as you can now apply the "squircle" form to third-party app icons as well by turning on the icon theming function from the settings. This way you won't have a browser icon with nice, polished rounded corners, yet a squarish Facebook app icon, for instance, but everything will look like one smooth, uniform interface - a much needed change in TouchWiz.

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Do you like Samsung's new TouchWiz 'squircle' icons?
39.45%
1086 votes
(1086 votes) Yes
41.81%
1151 votes
(1151 votes) No
18.74%
516 votes
(516 votes) Whatever, man

2753 votes

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posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:28 2

1. Mr_Popo (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


The shape conforms to our perception of the 'pressure map' of a keypress, making it more intuitive to use than it's rivals. Phenomenal and visionary from Samsung, a single painter's stroke, if that painter were on the level of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Bob Ross.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:33 17

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2708; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


This comment right here almost makes me cancel my pre-order of the S7 edge

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:54 5

11. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Made my day

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:00 1

31. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I prefer the old style Touchwiz.

But Mxzyptlk says: it looks cartoonist. Rather this looks cartoonist.

This looks fugly.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:51 9

9. PureA (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Nov 2015)


I prefer to have the original app icons, and then I can change it to what I like, not fan of that, they decide what is better for me, no need of extra bloatware, I hate it when they treat us as we don't know about play store, there are too many launchers and there is Icon Changer app anyone can use them if he or she want that.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:56 2

12. Mr_Popo (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


People are too spoilt and unappreciative of the beautiful tapestry that is TouchWiz.

It almost has an erotic quality...It makes me want to TouchJizz.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:22 3

20. dimas (Posts: 1920; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I admire your enthusiasm but when you said touchjizz, I think you should stop hugging kami-sama's dragonballs too much.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:29

22. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


I dislike the new icons too.

The Nature UX icons are better.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:40

39. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


copy of chinese Ui icons

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 16:07

56. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Every Samsung fanboy be like

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:32 6

2. aegislash (Posts: 225; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Not a fan. They still don't look very *material-esque* at all, and just look so out of place when paired with any sort of material wallpaper.

I love Samsung phones...but I always use Nova + icon packs, due to Samsung's stock icons looking terrible since basically the beginning.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:36 5

5. GreenMan (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


The whole body Touchwiz is looking terrible since....

Since...

Samsung Corby!

Ring any bells? Nah, most of you are too young to remember it...

Have a G'Day!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:38 5

6. GreenMan (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I meant: The whole bloody Touchwiz...

I'm new to this swipey keyboard thingy!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:57 2

28. Wiencon (Posts: 1784; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


You really are trying hard to be another big PA's douchebag

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:57

41. GreenMan (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@wiencon I speak for truth, young fellow...!

With age comes wisdom, and my wisdom suggests that "The truth shall set you free"...

Farewell...

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:47 8

7. legiloca (Posts: 1208; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Reminds me of the Symbian OS icons.. Anyone agree?

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:51

8. pegasso (Posts: 271; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


yup,
especially Symbian^3's icons.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:53

10. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


I too have the same thought

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:01

33. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I agree.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 05:59 1

13. .KRATOS. (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


The squircle definitely looks better then the old ones looks clean n uniform

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 06:07

14. adsg48 (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


looks better

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 06:10 1

15. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Definitely looks better than before. Makes the apps drawer looks tidied than ever. You can tell it's not as messy as the previous versions

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:01 1

17. dimas (Posts: 1920; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I don't like the squircle but not a deal breaker. It's actually good that they are trying new things for their consumer's choice. I hope I can port sony's new circle ui's when I got an s7.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:25

21. cnour (Posts: 573; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Symbian icons. No innovation even in icons. Copying company.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:42 2

25. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Yet, Nokia doesn't sue Samsung over mere Symbian-like icons, like your iFruit company does over a meh slide-to-unlock, which is merely a gesture on the screen accompanied by any sort of animation!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:33 1

24. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Don't really care, not relevant anymore with the theme store and launchers.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:57

27. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


But you do understand that with custom launcers, you lose the exclusive TouchWiz features: Samsung Pay, Game Launcher... right?

Not to mention Samsung's awesome camera algorithm and OIS - they rely on the TouchWiz framework, which is not found in custom ROMS/Launchers.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:59 2

30. MDave (Posts: 115; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


That's bollocks. Do you even know what a launcher is? There's nothing special about them, they're engineered to be interchangeable.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:55 1

40. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


You're confused, why would you lose the touchwiz framework by installing a launcher? That makes no sense.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 17:00

52. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


You have a point about custom ROMs, but a launcher definitely keeps the TouchWiz framework.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 06:38

55. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


My mistake, sorry.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:49

26. mrochester (Posts: 527; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Going more iOS like is only a good thing. Follow the leader Samsung.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:05 1

35. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


IOs is ugly. Made for kids and grandads.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:07 2

36. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


MrRochester I will be adding you in my :"dumbass" , list. Which are Apple.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 07:58 1

29. MDave (Posts: 115; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


No, but I don't care. I'm going to use Nova and a custom icon pack anyway. That's the beauty of Android.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:16

37. 27satz (Posts: 115; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Too good. There is uniformity.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 08:33

38. kevin91202 (Posts: 519; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"...18% don't really care what shape are the icons on their phones or they use packs..." -PA (Daniel P.)

Huh? They use packs? What language is this?

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 09:03

43. skips (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


what in the goddamn hell is a squircle.

bro, keep it simple, its a rounded rectangle, gee.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 09:39

45. khalid123 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


every one still copies Nokia Samsung now copying Nokia's heart symbian

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 09:46

46. Ari_Ari (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


Reminds me of Go Launcher.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 09:58

47. MichiGo (Posts: 168; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


Who cares. you can theme it if you dont like it

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:39 1

48. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 210; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


A mix of Alcatel's and Xiaomi 's MiUi icons. But a good one I must say

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:58 1

50. Roshnishama (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


looking good these icons!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 17:01

53. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Resist the dark side, you must!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 20:59

54. x88yunkw (Posts: 116; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


i like this, look more tidy overall.

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