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The new TouchWiz themes app leaks out, here's how the skinned interface might look like

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The new TouchWiz themes app leaks out, here's how the skinned interface might look like
Samsung TouchWiz interface is the main reason for disliking the company's Android handsets, according to our polls, and with a good reason - it is full of features, yet looks ragtag and not at all uniform like competing UIs. It is no doubt a daunting task to overhaul something that is so familiar to millions of Samsung handset owners, and the company will face the inevitable backlash when it finally gets around redrawing TouchWiz, but in the meantime there is an easy stopgap solution - theming options.

Themes are exactly what might be in store for future iterations of TouchWiz, judging from a leak earlier this week, and now we are getting some further proof themes might indeed be embedded there. As you can see from the screenshots below, purportedly from a beta iteration of the next TouchWiz editions, there is a Themes app, just like on Sony's Xperia smartphones, and it seemingly redresses the whole UI upon choosing the desired overlay. It looks like just a test build, and if/when this thing launches, there will probably be much more options to choose from, though.

Granted, third-party launchers have had this for a long while, but it's a nice way to breathe new life in an aging interface anyway, so we are all for it, as we are sure that there will be hundreds of themes to pick in no time, and some might even be awesome. What do you think?


source: Toranji.ir (translated)

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posted on 26 Nov 2014, 02:33 14

1. seret6 (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


This will be worst than current touchwiz shananigans

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 02:39 2

2. kiza_88 (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


oooo yes :)

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 02:54 16

4. xondk (Posts: 1140; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I really don't understand what people have against touchwiz.

Some are saying it is causing 'lag' but from what I've tried of friends android phones with various other overlays even some with stock android, it really seems to be a non issue, even online where they measure it, we are talking about miliseconds of difference so far as I've seen.

Have you seen any tests with drastic difference? if so link please?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:08

21. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


samsung is moving on the footprints of xiaomi.....

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:15

22. xondk (Posts: 1140; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


considering xiaomi was founded in 2010, I do not quite follow what you are refering to, especially since last I checked touchwiz was release with galaxy s line, which is from 2010, so I don't quite understand?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:49 3

26. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Here's why people don't like TouchWiz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P9vDAY0U0A

This is a 120 dollar phone (compared to the 650-800 dollar variants of the Galaxy S5). It stomps the Galaxy S5 in responsiveness, performance, and smoothness. It's really very funny, actually.

Second, bloatware. This is part of performance, but I don't want like 17 useless apps pre-installed on my phone that I will never use, some of which that will run in the background.

Third, aesthetics. Some may disagree, but TouchWiz is largely ugly and gaudy with unnecessary theming and ugly animations.

That's about it.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 12:57 1

30. xondk (Posts: 1140; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well yes I've seen that one, and I am a bit skeptical about the tests he is doing.

First off, You have to remember that the sgs5 has a lot more screenspace it needs to render, if you lowered its output resolution to qHD, it would most likely be a lot quicker, since qHD is only a fourth of the rendering area the SGS5 has to do.
And yes SGS5 has a more powerful GPU, and while it can make up for most of it, rendering stuff onto larger areas causes a different load then the moto e
And the only test that seems to have a significant difference is the gallery, which I would like to point out, is very different on the two phones, the galaxy s5 has more pictures to thumbnail, 90+ (can't see last folder) vs 11 on the moto e, regardless of how much faster the sgs5 is, making thumbnails takes time.

I want to point out that I am not going defensive on the sgs5 but pointing out flaws in the test.

As for the scrolling issue, I haven't seen it personally, maybe it is there, but I haven't experienced it anymore then any other android device, so dunno.

2: I don't see any bloatware on my phone at least could be different depending on provider, so can't comment there, but the S apps provide function so I wouldn't call them bloat.

3: This one is individual taste so can't say much, other then that I find them just fine.

People have different opinions on everything and are allowed to do so, but this whole thing with saying x sucks and then people argue left right, why can't people just simply look at the products about, judge what they can do, how they look, add it together and say "This is the device I like best" rather then having to argue about what is 'best', since these devices are constantly changing/upgrading/firmware upgrades.
The world isn't going to end just because someone disagrees with you

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 02:56

5. XaErO (Posts: 297; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Hahahahah .. +1

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:22

24. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


its like a go launcher theme now

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 02:45 13

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 1553; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I was hoping for a stock theme, I think everyone was. Stock Android + TouchWiz features would be equal to Gold

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 04:27 3

13. tech2 (Posts: 3330; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Amen to that, brah ! +1

If Samsung releases the theme creation option to dev then I am sure we'll get that one too ! #FingersCrossed

S-Amoled + Stock Android + TouchWiz features, FTW !

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 03:05

6. Chuck007 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Have been in Chinese phones for years?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 03:09 7

7. steelew (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


There are always so many haters when stuff like this comes out. I welcome it. Choice is ALWAYS better than no choice.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 03:17

8. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Well my friend had galaxy S5 and I liked the design, specially when it is improved in the Note 4
But still there are some micro lags on the galaxy S5
Like when launching the Phone app
And I tried the LG G2 and it was like a bullet!!! No lags at all and it is much more bloated (I think?)
So it is not about the design, it is all about the lags and optimization of the TouchWiz. See?
I am not commenting on the design, it must be just more optimized!
And adding theming options is a nice addition too!!!
Hope that the galaxy S6/Note5 is a good jump and that project Zero impresses us. Until now I am not going to buy a Samsung phone, but I think I will get one if the S6 goes good! (Of course the Snapdragon version!)

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 03:44

9. DroidMystic (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


Still look childish like cartoons.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:42

29. wildfiregt (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


There are thousands of themes and icons available. Why always complain about this when you can have what YOU want ?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 03:50

10. Dee79 (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Install these themes if you have the theme option in settingshttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2711245

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 03:58

11. supa_dupa (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


After Apple, they are copying now the Chinese manufacturers?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 04:04 1

12. farzad_funny (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


So, basically we're all returning to the days of N95 and Symbian!
Where we had themes, new set of icons and a fresh interface.

Great! So much for progress in "smart" phones.

As much as I love the idea of themes let's be honest. This is too reminiscent of the old Nokia days.
Especially those icons in the screenshot. Damn, I'm seeing the frenzy to rush to sites and downloading themes all over again.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 13:01

31. xondk (Posts: 1140; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well a lot of other products has themes and why wouldn't phones get it? again?
You can already customize more or less everything on android, themes just makes it easier to modify the visual style only, seems like a solid idea, odd that its been missing if you ask me.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 04:29 3

14. abhilashpro (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Have had a Note II and now the S5. The lags are negligible, micro-seconds maybe, nothing to write about. And I'm a heavy user with lots of apps installed. Every phone has lags, and this is no different. And definitely nothing to complain about and blame Touchwiz. Actually, I like Touchwiz. It has some neat features (not talking about things like Smart Stay or Smart Pause) that show that Samsung has thought through and put in features thoughtfully. I really enjoy using Touchwiz. Not that it can't be improved, but that compared to other Android skins and stock, Touchwiz is among the advanced ones.

If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to point out what these nice touches are.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 04:38

15. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Dammit, They need to give us the option to turn down TouchWhiz.... Should be able to switch from TouchWhiz to stock or near stock.....

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 04:39

16. wando77 (Posts: 796; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Runs great on my note 3. Only complaint is time it takes messages gallery and especially contacts to open. Even then it isn't what you would call slow

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 04:57

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


No sh*t, don't keep those themes limited to homescreens, I want it system wide like custom ROMs!

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:01

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


And whats more comical that android is called the most customizable OS, YET it doesn't even offer native theming options. Really hurts me.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:02 1

19. Scorpion (Posts: 103; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


I have a GS4 with the "old" nature ux that is uniform and feature rich. The 2014 UI is the disjointed thing, but themes are not the problem here.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:03 1

20. NotBiased (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Now what I want isn't theming. the TouchWiz design is nice for me, i just hate the bloatware that takes up so much RAM.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 05:25

23. trqster (Posts: 90; Member since: 17 May 2013)


Touchwiz and any other "skin" for that effect sucks and it's a waste of resources and causes fragmentation on the Android platform... I've got an OnePlus One with CyanogenMod that's basically stock android with a few (optional) extras and that's the way it should be done imo.
BTW I've benchmarked my OPO agains a mate's Galaxy S5 (same internal hardware) and my OPO is way faster at opening apps, switching multitasking, etc... Why do you think that happens...? Yeah touch'slouch'wiz...

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 06:27

25. Apakalo (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Aug 2014)


If you follow technology in every iteration, then you will never have a rest in life.
Every year, there will be a negligible results in ROM, RAM, CPU, GPU, Screen size, etc.....
More so, every android has it addition and subtraction. Just choose the one that suits your need.
I m said people!

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 07:50

27. pureviewuser (Posts: 477; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


You hit the nail on head mate !!!!

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:06

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I think that device manufacturers should offer the option of using their custom UI or stock Android on all devices when the device is first set up, and in which the only to change to the other option would be to factory reset the device & go through the set up process again.

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