New TouchWiz vs old TouchWiz: what changed with Samsung's software?

New TouchWiz vs old TouchWiz: what changed with Samsung's software?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now a reality (don't you know it!), and it brought quite a few hardware upgrades along. We're talking a fingerprint sensor, a built-in heart rate monitor, and an even more impressive-sounding, 16-megapixel camera. 

But changes didn't only occur under the hood. The software that accompanies essentially every Samsung phone, TouchWiz, has also seen some changes, and as the tradition has it, it was the new flagship S5 that was chosen to bring them to light. We took a good long look at what's different, and compared it with the now older TouchWiz version found on devices like the Galaxy S4. As you're about to see for yourself, Samsung has taken a different approach in terms of the design of the software, and we have to admit that this is a big step in the right direction, and one long in the waiting. TouchWiz has finally grown up, ladies and gents.

Intrigued? Then jump right into our home-made gallery below, and take a peek.

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

people said it look more adult and modern?. it looked alot more toyish and kidlike now on the icons

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung's UI looks better the same way HTC improved Sense with 5.0...

8. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

This is my own opinion, but i have no problem with the new layout it looks alot better. But it would been alot nicer if they could have removed the darker tones of the UI. i never liked that in my older s3 :p. Hope you'll enjoy the phone smurfy.

17. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

No way. Sense 5 was a complete overhaul. This touchwiz is just a new face. Sense 6 will probably blow this kiddy bullsh out the water.

58. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Sense is less Intuitive. Why do I need to three steps to get to my Gallery or my Music AFTER I tap on the Gallery or Music icon?? Sense may be lighter, but it's doesn't make 'sense'..

77. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Correctly pointed out..

18. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No matter what Samsung does, trolls will find a way to bash. What matters the most is the real customers, and I am glad Samsung is listening to us. The UI looks much more mature now. Wait till you see the XDA forums flooded by requests to port the camera, watchon, smart share, s note and many other exclusive Galaxy apps to their "premium" One, and the Xperias. I can't say much about LG forums though, since their phones come with a carbon copy of Touchwiz.

72. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Tried a few launchers such as ADWLauncher EX. They are good just that I miss Samsung Galaxy exclusive features so I went back to Touch Wiz every time.

21. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sense 5 was new...not improvement over 4.x. It made me fell in love with my One X again...It has smooth transitions and looks good...while touchwiz is known for stutters and looks from gingerbread era.

63. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Touchwiz on the Note 3 never lags. Stop spreading lies, only the carrier s4s lagged and it was fixed with updates a long time ago.

81. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Thats complete BS. Note 3 lags more often than you think.

86. Anthony6612

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

My Note3 always has problems with touchwiz home. Always crashing multiple times a day.

76. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

both are laggy

7. breathlesstao unregistered

Agree, idk why kiddy icons and seeing fewer things than before is more "adult" than icons with actual depth to them and seeing everything at once... while icons in the drawer still appear in "custom grid" view by default, I bet, instead of a more logical alphabetical order. That said, a Note 3 4.4 comparison would be interesting to see too, as that seems to be somewhere between what TouchWiz was on 4.3 and what it is on the Galaxy S5....

26. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you want your app drawer alphabetical, set it to alphabetical.

83. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They put kiddy icons so that it will attract kids

80. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011


2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I was hoping for a complete re-design. Yes this looks more modern, but is still behind the competition.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sense 5 and Touchwix UX look the best so far.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Except Touchwiz is the ugliest of all. Even the Chinese makers have better looking UI

25. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

More than 5 million download the S4 main wallpaper, and more than 1 million downloaded the S4 theme. And am talking about one of the many offered in the play store. I guess people wants that"ugly" touchwiz afterall, even those who doesn't own a Galaxy phone.

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Like who? ZTE? Huawei? Haha what a joke.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Looks great. Can't wait until April.

6. dswan3199

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Kind of looks like they tried to copy apple with "flat" and "minimal" looking icons...

10. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

More like HTC since sense 5.0 was before Ios7. Flat icons is the "Modern" look.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You heard it here first, folks - Apple invented flat icons.

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Bookmarking this page as ammo for future posts.

9. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I am so sick of Touch Whiz. I just got kitkat on my note 3 and there is no noticeable difference on it. My battery seems to drain faster now, but everything else looks and feels the same. There are also a few more worthless features that no one will ever use.

11. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I say Samsung is trying to hard to be apple the s4 was ok but the s5 man this was too far

12. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

i personally thing that the new touchwiz is looks better, a few things

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