Check out the new TouchWiz on Galaxy S7 & S7 edge: themes, 'squircle' icons and more

Check out the new TouchWiz on Galaxy S7 & S7 edge: themes, 'squircle' icons and more
The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, as well as those Samsung handsets that have received their latest Android updates 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.

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 squarish look and feel of the notification bar with that blueish background. Well, the status shade is with a nice white background now, and there are plenty of other subtler changes to go around.

That's not all there is to it, though, as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have some unique features to offer, and their TouchWiz overlay has been updated accordingly. Check out most of the nooks and crannies of the latest Samsung interface as it appears on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in the screenshots below, courtesy of a lucky early adopter.


source: @altimax98

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21 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I like the material designed control center :)

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Looks good IMO. I am expecting AkoSiKuting or Mxy for their regualr Samsung trolling routine.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

O... M... G... Oh... My... Goodness... N... F... W... No... F-ing... Way... Well, I must have to respectfully accept the fact that Touchwiz is looking way better than ever...! I like the white theme and flat bright icons! Thank goodness for they've gotten rid of all that blueish dark theme... Way to go, Sammy! Just get rid of the bloat, will ya???

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

There isn't really any bloat last I checked? you sure it isn't related to your provider rather then samsung themselves? I mean my sgs5 came with...no bloat last I checked, came with of course a few s apps but those aren't really bloat? s-planner s-health and such? Rest of the optional stuff was all, optional downloads that you could entirely chose not to download, basically called samsung gifts, click that, you'd see what free stuff you'd get with your phone, if you wanted it?

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@xondk I haven't had the 'privilege' of personally wielding The S7 in my paws as of yet... But according to PhoneArena; S7 has about 8 Gigs of Bloat!!! Guess we'll know when we read the final review! Come-on PA, publish the review already...!!! On second thought, take your time... And provide us a long term and well thorough honest review! Looking forward to it, lads!

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Must have missed that article, looking now because that sounds excessive, though a linux/android install does take some space, I think the rule of thumb is 4-5 gb, which would mean there's around 3-4 gb of extra's the so called 'bloat' which is quite a bit, makes you wonder.

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Considering the name's I've seen online I think mine is pretty plain :P name + country in one, was ages back because name in something was already in use, so added country to it and boom stuck :P even if I am unsure how I pronounce it.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Looks like my S6 with 6.0.1.

16. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I am so jealous of you. I havent got the update on my S6 Edge yet. I am planning to give mine to one of my relatives and get S7 Edge gold mainly due to the 3600 mAh battery.

20. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

thats a great thing Samsung did with Marshmallow. They unified the tw interface. S4 users didn't get the S5 UI nor did the S5 users get the S6 interface

5. readreadz

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

The best Android UI IMO.

6. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Indeed this looks really Good. Specially Compared to the older Touch wiz version. But "squircles"??? Really? they had to come up with a new Name for that. Looks same as the icons used in Nokia N Series. Specially N9! https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/3AHZ_ipvTVRf_BvgoCENle2aBsM=/7x0:1012x670/1025x683/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/758640/nokia-n9121v.jpg It's not new People!!

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@nithyakr No doubt about that! I've mistakenly read 'squircles' as 'squirrels' countless times...!!! Perhaps it has something to do with me being 'well aged', eh?

12. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Haha. Yeah, Its really not easy to pronounce and to type either. BTW, Damn that N9, Just take look at that beauty dude.. Those were the days of Nokia!

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Still looks like Symbian.

9. saif2711

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Symbian symbian everywhere

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

These icons don't look any different than they do on the Note 5/S6 models to me. What am i missing? The only thing I dont see is the drop-shadow. Could be because of the wallpaper.

21. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

The Color scheme is changed. All Samsung devices running Marshmallow uses this color scheme. Aesthetically it looks exactly like S6/Edge/Edge+/Note5 running Marshmallow

18. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

come on sammy for 800 dollars all you get over last years model is a squircle. i didnt mention sd or dustproof because they were add ons and nothing new from galaxies. the next big thing is getting close to end as for something of a Wow factor!

19. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

No CONTINUOUS / INFINITE SCROLL on home screen or app drawer is still missing like it was on the S6! I don't understand this especially when it was on on the S5.

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