Great news: Samsung reportedly trimming TouchWiz fat, aims for a "Nexus 6-level" UI for the Galaxy S6

Samsung allegedly showcased the upcoming Galaxy S6 (or whatever it ends up being called) to its closest circle of partners at CES 2015, but a design "overhaul", as rumors claim, might not be limited to just the exterior. According to sources for BusinessKorea, the world's largest Android manufacturer is working on slimming down its proprietary TouchWiz interface by removing unnecessary features and focusing on strengthening the core, useful ones.

But that's not all – Samsung's seemingly ambitious plan also apparently aims to simplify things to previously unseen levels: "We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google's Nexus 6", says BusinessKorea's source. We wouldn't bet our money that Samsung is on path to bringing anything as stripped down as, say, Motorola's UI, but at this point, any effort in this general avenue should be well-received. After all, despite the Note 4's massively powerful hardware stack, slowdowns and occasional stutters whilst navigating the UI still happen. It's better than the Galaxy S5, but not yet on par with what some competitors offer.

If true, it'll be interesting to see if Samsung will introduce a whole new design to the table, or just a lighter version of the TouchWiz that we know. Interestingly enough, back in January 2014, serial leakster @evleaks published several screenshots of "Iconic UX" (seen on the right), which was expected to debut with the Galaxy S5, but didn't. Seeing as Samsung also patented the UI, it could be that the software simply wasn't cooked in time for the GS5 (or the Note 4), but is now finally ready for prime time. If that is the case, then we'll likely see the fruits of Samsung's labor come MWC 2015 in March, where we expect the company to announce the Galaxy S6.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its not for S6 only. They've trimmed TouchWiz pretty significantly in Android L. The changes in TouchWiz in Android L goes beyond aesthetics.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Also, it wins against Nexus on speed test ! That too by consuming less resources.

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's really a great news, also some new look & feel should be included.

64. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

WoW Sammy is killing the stock Android. This is Samsung so don't joke with the giant :)

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do like the new touchwiz in my Note 3. However, i would hope they give us a choice of a custom theme to take advantage of OLED black and gray power saving feature.

40. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah. I think there leaks last month suggesting that: Also, you know you can enable Grayscale mode on your Note without turning on the powersavingmode.

61. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey I am all for improvement. This is very good news! +1

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

S6 is just getting more exciting with every news. Hoping for Sammy to make a come back with a bang :)

36. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Comeback?! Where exactly did Samsung go? Now if you mean looking for the Galaxy S series to make a comeback then I agree.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The S5 still outsold the previous model, just not as much as expected. Samsung was raped by the media over its lackluster upgrade from the s4 to s5, yet Apple has had lackluster upgrades every single year and they are praised for it. Samsung is still the top selling OEM with Android and still has the highest profit margin above everyone else.

60. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The s5 had way more upgrades on it over the s4 than the 5s to 6s, I say if they have added 3gb then they will have had a better time of it with the press, the s4 also always got hot.

70. aravindsbabu

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Vey true (thumbs up)

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Very good posted link. +1000

53. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Oh I knew that this is going to happen eventually. And I knew my Galaxy Note 3 has yet to see its best days! When Samsung really decides to do something, you can rest assured it will be done. Now mark my words - the Galaxy S 6 will present us with the best handheld OS performance yet.

2. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

make a simple UI, remove crap features, upgrade the hardware with a metal body and add nothing in software, im getting the S6...

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, it might be my first Samsung phone ever. Hope Samsung gets it right this time, the UI must be as smooth as Sense UI and Zen UI.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

The leaked UI looks way better than the current Touchwiz.

7. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

well, this leak is years old!

18. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

and I thought '@evleaks' is back!

69. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

they also patented "victoria justice " which is nice! :D

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This would certainly be refreshing. It's possible to offer all the features they want to without clogging up the UI, status bar, and notification drop-down. At least give people the option to add/remove what they offer. I have to use Xposed to remove the deluge of idiotic garbage in the status bar and notifications on my dinky Galaxy Light, but that doesn't fix the convoluted mess that is the system settings menu. If I had a GS5 or Note 4, I'd have to resist the urge to throw the hunk of crap against the wall before remembering to resell it and buy something else.

8. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Now i believe Even tech dreams can be true bring it on Sammy !!

9. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Nexus' UI is ugly and depressing.

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Don't trim too much or else will look too much boring and flat

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

My Galaxy S4 just greeted me a Merry Christmas today!

29. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Sometimes the S4 have its own pride. Do not accept all the owners. LOL (sorry I couldn't resist).

52. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Touchwiz is so slow, took a while to greet him a Merry Christmas.

13. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

If this is the Galaxy S6, they'll have a winner (I doubt a lot of these specs): 5.3" Super AMOLED 2560x1440 Display OR 5.3" Super AMOLED Plus 1920x1080 Display w/ 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 Snapdragon 810 @ 2.0GHz, 1.5GHz 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM OR 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM 21MP, 1/1.5" Sensor w/ Dual LED Dual-Tone flash & 2160p 60FPS / 1080p 120FPS / 720p 240FPS Video Recording 5MP 1/3.2" Sensor w/ Soft LED flash & 1440p 30FPS / 1080p 60FPS Video Recording Removable 3500mAh Battery w/ Quick Charging Quad Microphone Array w/ Noise cancelling Front Facing Stereo Speakers w/ Dedicated Amps Dedicated Camera Button Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor w/ 10 fingers registerable Thick Aluminium Outer Chassis w/ Seperate Removable Aluminium Backplate (akin to HTC J One, Magnesium Inner Chassis At least 75% Screen to body ratio Qi Wireless Charging I think that's it... Lol

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

1/1.5" sensor, maybe if you like S6 to look like a brick, sure. Otherwise keep dreaming.

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

someone is dreaming of Galaxy s7,lol..

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