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Samsung Galaxy S8's new user interface: yay or nay?

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Samsung Galaxy S8's new user interface: yay or nay?

It's now clear that the Samsung Galaxy S8 should have been released under codename 'Titanic'. At this point, leaks for the thing just do not stop: we get a new picture, a new feature, a new rumor, a new something every single day and we do not see this slowing down until the March 29th official announcement of the phone.

One controversial new user interface

What we do not expect of the Galaxy S8 is to be a secret: practically everything about this phone is already well understood and known. And this includes the interface, which will be brand new on the S8, a UI that embraces minimalism and simplicity and takes them to the extreme.

So much so that it has many of us here in the office wondering: isn't this a bit too much? So we decided to reach out and here your thoughts on this familiar, yet strongly changed new Samsung UI. Do you like it or not? Cast your votes in the poll right below and let us know why you think what you think in the comments section in the bottom.

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Do you like the new Samsung Galaxy S8 interface?
Yes! 54.85% (1588 votes) (1588 votes)
No. 29.46% (853 votes) (853 votes)
I don't care / would use a launcher anyway 15.68% (454 votes) (454 votes)

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posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:17 13

1. ben.r (Posts: 53; Member since: 29 May 2015)


It's clean and simple, but I can't help feeling that it looks like a run-of-the-mill icon pack.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:40

5. Settings (Posts: 2297; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Exactly. +1 to that.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 07:19

14. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


My thoughts exactly.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 07:24 3

15. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The problem is... how many ways are there to have a clean and simple look and yet not start looking like everyone else that does the same?

Pick on it when its candy coated madness... pick on it when its flat and simple. No winning.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:00 1

20. 48Chevy (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


...but, it doesn't really look clean or simple. It looks unfinished. It's as if Samsung lost interest after the 4th round of drinks and decided to move on to another project.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 12:35

30. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 997; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


It looks like a Chinese Rom UI. Now samsung is taking cues from Chinese OEMs.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:43

26. HomerS (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


The problem is i dont want clean and simple. I want to see a nice looking icon where i dont have to guess what it could mean.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 10:46

28. trojan_horse (Posts: 4256; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"I want to see a nice looking icon where i dont have to guess what it could mean."

You're right, because once you unbox and set up the phone, you'll have to be guessing which icon or app means.

But after several months, when you've gotten used to the device and understood the entire UI, that will no longer be an issue, as you would already be able to tell which icon performs which action, or which app is which.

No more guessing.

Heck, I am using a launcher on my Samsung phone, and there are no labels under icons in the App drawer or on the Home screen - no need for labels, as I already know which icon is which.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 07:33

16. cmdacos (Posts: 496; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Same can be said for any icon set. Great insight though... wow

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:23 6

2. phljcnth (Posts: 496; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Mixed feelings. While a uniform-looking interface is a good idea, I think they kinda overdid the minimalism. Those actually look like a third-party icon pack.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:33 2

3. tedkord (Posts: 13525; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I haven't really seen a stock interface on any phone for years. First thing that goes on is Nova Prime.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:53

6. medtxa (Posts: 1312; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I changed my launcher and icons every week.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 07:12

13. Podrick (Posts: 1102; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Material dark theme is alone is enough for me. The newer touchwiz/experience doesn't lag anymore, atleast no noticeable lag in my experience, so its enough for me.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:35 1

4. EcoCare (Posts: 438; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Minimalist but needs to be a bit more mature. Also, text underneath icons is important!

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 07:34

17. cmdacos (Posts: 496; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Why is that? Just curious as its the first thing I remove.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:03

21. trojan_horse (Posts: 4256; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Me too. I remove the text underneath the icons (icons label) using Apex Launcher.

It makes my App drawer tidy.

Besides, I do not need icon labels as I already know which app is which.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 06:23

31. EcoCare (Posts: 438; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Personally it slows down the whole navigation process. I remember an app by name, as its icon can change overtime.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 06:07

7. Clars123 (Posts: 933; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


I like the cleaner look.. But definitely prefer the current set of Samsung Experience icons

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 06:23 1

8. hwb01 (Posts: 355; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


As long as they keep the themes, it doesn't really matter all that much. I'm currently using a Material design theme, so I would probably continue using it on the S8

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 06:24

9. .KRATOS. (Posts: 381; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Well any new changes to the better is always welcome

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 06:25 1

10. surethom (Posts: 890; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Ugly basic & way to flat looked looks like they were designed in the 90s with little effort.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 06:42

11. Bondurant (Posts: 565; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


These are just icons. Similar icons already exist in theme stores of other manufacturers UI.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 06:49

12. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Could seem like it makes it easier for theme creators as well, so yeah, go for it.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 07:52

18. dreyfus (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Feb 2015)


Bleah! I totaly dislike it! I used to like TouchWiz and even today Samsung Experience UX from Nougat seems fine, but this?!? Come on! Ugly interface for an ugly phone. My opinoin. I chosed Samsung phones for: capacitive and home buttons, TouchWizz. I hate Edge phones so I got an S7 flat from the time of availability.Now that both models will have curved screens + on screen buttons and now ugly interface... big NO-NO! :) Thanks Samsung! After having S3, S4, S5 and the flat S7... it's time to reconsider my phone brand :)

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 08:36

19. keithtae (Posts: 536; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Definitely liking the s8!

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:03

22. Pabliell (Posts: 73; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


Samsungs launcher support themes and changing icon sets. Don't see any problem with the new one.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:11

23. Gadgetex (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


Let me guess.. Facebook preinstalled with no uninstall option. That means no Galaxy S8 purchase for me

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:13

24. kiko007 (Posts: 5079; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Wow....over one app? Really? Bruh don't kid yourself, you weren't gonna buy one anyhow....

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 09:27

25. talon95 (Posts: 719; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


It's not my favorite, but I'm glad it's their own design and doesn't look like an Apple screen. That's enough to make me happy. I'll change it if I don't like it.

I sure hope we don't know what's coming in regards to S8, if the leaks are true then it's nothing to be excited about. I'm still hoping they've kept some secrets and will surprise us.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 10:36 1

27. Ray.S (Posts: 381; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I like the consistency, so yay!

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