How to port Samsung's beta Note UX/Project Grace launcher to your Note 5 (root req'd)



Samsung is test-driving a new TouchWiz interface version, which will probably make a cameo with the Galaxy Note 7 in August, hence the name Note UX. It is currently being employed to beta testers with Note 5 handsets in Korea, and known internally as Project Grace.

What's so graceful about the new Samsung interface? Well, as you can see in the changelog on the right, the icons have been smoothed out and made more consistent - a common complaint with TouchWiz - but there are also other changes, like unifying the Action Memo or S Note into one apps called simply Notes, or adding a blue light filter in the status bar toggles.

If you want to test drive a beta version of the Project Grace interface on your Galaxy Note 5, you can now, as long as you have certain custom ROMs preinstalled - the popular Infinity, Dencent M7, or Intrepidus will do:


2. Unpack it, and, using a root explorer app, replace the stock file in the system/priv-app/TouchWizHome_2016 directory, then set the respective permissions;

3. Reboot your phone, and you should be enjoying the upcoming Note UX launcher as an early beta tester would do. Bear in mind that this is still a beta, so it's just for preview purposes, but if you have your phone rooted and a custom ROM installed, you probably already like tinkering with this stuff anyway.

source: Albe95 (XDA-Devs)

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

That is what I have been waiting for for the whole time! Having the search bar in the app drawer is a bonus! Hopefully it remembers my search tho.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I have S7 Edge it does that too. Also, 3rd party launchers like Nova do as well and yes they do remember your searches too.

3. KRPT55

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Am i the only one who notices the force touch??

4. golem1102

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

where (what time in the video)?

5. adityabnrj

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

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7. KRPT55

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

3:18 - 3:35 , look what he does to the icons , he flicks them up which is like the blackberry PRIV's feature where (like force touch) on your home screen icons if you flick up on them itll show widgets of that app. However, I think its just made cus the phone used in the video doesn't support force touch so its like a way for phones not compatible with force touch to use the feature. I suspect if the Note 7 or s8 have force touch, instead of flicking up itll be a force touch , if you get what I'm saying. Pretty dope.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

It looks very nice how the icons blur into the background when he flicks them. I can imagine it to activate unintentionally all the time because it takes so little effort to flick up - just like airview was, but this is an improvement and closer to Apple implementation of forcetouch, which is good news - I cannot use a phone without forcetouch and its shortcuts anymore.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Eh, you are as bad as me. I cant use a phone with flat surface anymore. I like swiping my thumb on my Note Edge. I cant do that on flat screen.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Huh, u just made me realize something. iPhones have a feature when you force-swipe from edge you switch to previous app or go to recently opened apps - depending on ho far you swipe, well it would probably be more ergonomic with a Samsung type edge screen (probably).

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Just like on Meego OS on Nokia N9?

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Show me...

6. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Thats like a long press, Air View, or most likely: S Pen.

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