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TouchWiz goes flat? Alleged Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow preview screenshots leak

TouchWiz goes flat? Alleged Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow preview screenshots leak
According to a leaked Android update roadmap for Samsung devices that was tipped to us not long ago, the Galaxy S6 currently has its Android 6.0 Marshmallow software in testing, while the official rollout is scheduled to begin next month. The Note 5 is prepped for this month, according to the roadmap, and we have already seen a collection of screenshots from its Marshmallow build (the second slideshow below).

As if to corroborate that the Note 5 Marshmallow leak may be legit, the vast confines of the Chinese blogosphere today erupted with alleged screenshots from the upcoming Android 6.0 update for the Galaxy S6, and TouchWiz there looks very similar to the Note 5's interface. While the Weibo poster warns that this is still a preview build, it is immediately noticeable that TouchWiz will be simplified on the S6 in its next edition, too. 

Ever since Apple flattened iOS, and Android came up with the colorful Material Design guidelines, most phone makers ran the iron over their Android interface overlays, ditching drop shadows, gradients or 3D effects. Take it or leave it, Samsung is following that road further, and may now also change one of the uglier components of TouchWiz - the notification bar. The pull-down status shutter sports a whitish theme on the S6 in these screengrabs, both for the background, and for the toggles, which seem to have been more stylishly redesigned as well.

Another cool thing that Android 6.0 Marshmallow may bring to the Galaxy S6, is in the Pro mode of the camera app, where you would seemingly be able to set the shutter speed, in addition to the ISO, exposure, white balance, and other manual settings. The Note 5 currently has this feature in its camera interface, and it is apparently coming to the Galaxy S6 as well, for the unbridled joy of its owners. Check out the rest of the screenshots from the eventual Marshmallow-ed TouchWiz for the Galaxy S6, and tell us what you think of these potential changes that Samsung could bring to its premium handset.



source: Misaka_9903 (Weibo)

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posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:37 2

1. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


About time Samsung!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:38 6

13. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


no! that looks more like iOS!!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:39 6

28. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No it doesn't.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:22 3

32. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


It looks extremely like iOS, with no shadows and blurry overlay backgrounds. I bet the animations are identical.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 15:20 2

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes it does, and it looks pretty clean. You know Apple and Samsung are frienemies. It's their trolling fanboys the do the nagging.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:07 6

31. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 167; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Actually they copied Nokia's Symbian Belle OS. Screenshot:http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Deq1ZP7jiSE/Tc5798xuR7I/AAAAAAAABrQ/TFmlLXO3s3I/s400/297547303.png

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:18

50. rick_mobile (Posts: 271; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


Holly**** it's identical to the Nokia. I guess they really did get it from Nokia

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:38 1

52. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I instantly notice it's very symbian look a like

posted on 06 Dec 2015, 12:19

62. chibbsthecat (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


Lol Photoshop fail

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:16 1

49. rick_mobile (Posts: 271; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


It does look a bit like iOS. But it'll look much better, sharper and vibrant than those washed out LCD panels on the iphone.
Plus, thank goodness for themes, launchers and icon packs on android because in my opinion those icons look boring and old.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:25 2

51. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Why do you even bother? We know you hate iOS. Your opinion always going to be negative and "washed out". Glare from Samsung panels hurt my eyes - it's too contrasted especially on older models like s5 and older. Lcd has been perfected and now oled got good colors. You're entitled to your opinion, but you overexaggerate to the extreme - makes your attempt a moot one.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:52 1

53. rick_mobile (Posts: 271; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


Today I'm just trolling for fun. Take a chill pill.

I don't hate iOS. I just like to troll sheeps and help them get their head out of their @$$.

I will criticize android too if they come up with something stupid.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:43

58. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Never mind then, I do that too (a lot). Carry on.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:56

54. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Apple lcd wash out? i think it's exaggerating statement but amoled has higher contrast with deep black and vibrant colors. Boring icon? i think he has the right to speak because it's subjective, and probably he doesn't want to jailbreak his device.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 17:24 1

57. androidwindows (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


Heyyy...it's the pot calling the kettle black...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:59

19. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


YYeahhhhhhbabbbyb

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:46 5

2. droidboy (Posts: 50; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Still ugly.. I would go back to Samsung if they ran stock Android.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:18 16

8. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I don't have a problem with the current TouchWizz.
But it would be nice to have the choise between TW and plain Android.
(and the option to add certain apps from TW trhough the Play Store)

The camera app in TW is the best out there for Android imo.
Also the S-health app is better than Fit from Google

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:23 2

9. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Agree with everything said here.. S health is much better than fit too

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:23 13

10. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


It would just be another phone running stock Android if it didn't run tw. In terms of usability and features, tw is far ahead than stock Android.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:38 5

24. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


even battery optimization is much better than stock Android

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:36

61. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


There is no way Sammy ditches TW.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:24 1

11. Dr.SamX (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


There are plenty of custom roms out there and there will be Cyanogenmod available for the S6 soon, so you actually can get stock Android on a Samsung device!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:55

17. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not in all instances. The Verizon Note 4 still doesn't have a true root, let alone am unlocked bootloader. You can't even have a modded TW kernel, let alone CM. Besides, with CM you get a much buggier experience and useless hardware (S-Pen).

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:29 8

22. Macready (Posts: 951; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Plenty of themes to choose from, including those mimicking stock. Outdated complaints.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 16:12 1

48. droidboy (Posts: 50; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Not really outdated... Still an issue "theme's" don't count. Tw is still ugly as ever ... And phones that don't run stock Android take forever for software updates...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:15 1

35. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Stock android is far more ugly.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:59

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


Lollipop white everywhere and that awful notification dropdown? No thanks.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 17:03

55. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Yup ugly... colors & icon become worst with this update, i hope they include themes feature to older Note 4.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:49 2

3. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Apple did it, so Samsung has to do it too? SMH, Apple is the true innovator of copying Microsoft.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:40

14. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Agreed! +1

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:42 3

29. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Funny, it was Microsoft wo did it first, not Apple. So who actually is copying who?

Everyone loathe when Microsoft did it with Windows 8 first and everyone was crying it was ugly and they didnt liek the colors and blah blah blah. Then Apple comes with iOS7 and does the same and used even uglier girlified colors and when it was leaked, everyone was liek Apple would never make anything that ugly and the pictures are false, must be from some cheap chinese iPhone knockoff; and it turned out to be the real deal.

Now you're claiming Samsung is copying Apple? lol

The writer is blind. TouchWiz that was introduced with the Galaxy S6/Edge, already has a flatten UI. The photos above are no different with the exception of #3 where they removed the colored background for the qucik toggles.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:51 7

4. darka9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2015)


Well, the icon pack reminds me so much of the Symbian belle one. Shape, colors, overall style. I would say it is a regression.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:34 5

23. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Complaining about icons on android. Really dude! Even my grandma knows how to change that.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:01

5. MichiGo (Posts: 173; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


Who care. Theme packs are the shizz

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:05

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


Terrible news for most touchwiz fans. I never liked google's flat ui.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:13

7. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Picture no. 7 is about Smart Manager wich I received a week ago on an 437 MB update on SGS4 I9505. In this update I receive also Apps Optimization under battery and latest security patches. Nice from Samsung to have this on S4.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:54

16. IOSANDROID (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


I just hope that the Note 4 get the same love and I really hope it gets the pro-mode.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:02 2

20. Andrewtst (Posts: 631; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Flat? The icons don't feel flathat.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:06

21. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 793; Member since: 11 May 2013)


if they cant provide theming option for note4, this UI will be enough for me tho :)

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:33 2

26. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


FLAT!!!!! It looks identical to what is on my Note 5 right now. I see no difference whatsoever. What am I missing?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:50

30. Rigbaby (Posts: 85; Member since: 06 Nov 2014)


Thank you! I thought there was something wrong with me, other than the loss of a slight shadow from the note 5 and the s6 and that white notification bar...I'm not even gonna talk about that new notification bar...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:38 2

27. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Either I am blind or the writer is blind, or everyone here is blind.
The UI in those photos looks 100% identical to what was on the Note 5/S6's from the beginning. The app pages are all flat right now.

The icons don't have drop shadows, the colors are lighter, text is sharp with no drop shadows and more. I see no difference in those photos vs what is on my phone right now.

The only difference is slide #3. They removed the colored background on the screen that shows all the quick toggles. Everything else is already flatten on the new UI introduced with the S6.

Seems the writers here are purposely ignorant to Samsung devices to create controversy.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:45 1

33. trqster (Posts: 97; Member since: 17 May 2013)


Getting better, but even better is to just apply the standard Android vanilla theme from the theme store...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:00

34. Vanliewn (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Thank God samsung added their theming to their devices makes color of menus and notification bar not matter. This is why android is for me. If I don't like a change that the manufacturer makes, I can change it. Couldn't imagine being on ios 6 when 7 hit. I would've been so upset

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:26

36. M.O.A.B (Posts: 172; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


flat ?? what flat ? where ?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:37

37. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Looks the same to me. I hated the round icons at first but they are okay now. I think any change is good so I don't really care what they do as long as it's not criminal.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:38

38. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Eh, I run Material Dark theme on my Note 5. Best of both: functionality of TW and the look of stock combined.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 12:25

40. cnour (Posts: 745; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


It is the last Symbian icons!!!!! Copying copying copying!!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 14:07 1

43. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Trolling, trolling, trolling!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 12:59

41. flavius22 (Posts: 168; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)


Dumb people dont like smart things. Some of the others like simplicity. So here we go

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 13:46

42. yemkoid (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


Pro mode on Note 4 can never be possible since it doesn't have support for manual settings

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 17:21

56. IOSANDROID (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


I thought that it was one of the new features of android M new APIs to use manual controls in compatible smartphone and since the Note 4 and the S6 god even the Note 5 have all about the same sensor, so why wouldn't it be suported? Prosscessor?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 15:05

44. joevsyou (Posts: 805; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


wish we had a side by side comparison

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 15:18

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Could #4 indicate built in video chat, perhaps hangout integration.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 06:29

60. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


No, not really.

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