Note Edge with Lollipop vs Note Edge with KitKat: UI comparison


So, just a week after the first Android 5.0 update appeared for the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has now started to roll out the lollipop-flavored TouchWiz for its Galaxy Note Edge, as well. The new version brings a few visual and functional rehashes, slight "flattening" of a few of Samsung's proprietary apps, and forces the handset to operate in the new ART runtime. Of course, there's probably more than what meets the eye, but it's well tucked under the hood, so for now – we can just cross-compare the new UI with the old, see what has changed.

Lock screen, home screen, and app drawer


The lock screen will now, finally, show us a preview of whatever notifications have come through while the display was off. Also, we noticed that, while the lock screen is on display, the clock that can usually be found in the rightmost part of the notifications area is hidden. This is done so that the screen does not display the same information twice over – not an essential thing, but a tasteful design choice.

The home screen and app drawer are, as you can guess, unchanged. Dropping down the notifications tray shows us the second hint of Lollipop – the controls area has much brighter, popping colors, and the notifications are stickied to a transparent background, instead of a solid one.


Dialer and Messages


The phone apps definitely show heavy Material Design influence – borders and lines have been erased, and have given way to simplistic separation and bright colors. Combined with a slight reordering and resizing of objects, the user gets the feeling of less clutter on the screen.

The Messages app has received a round “New message” button on the bottom right – a feature that's slowly becoming signature for apps that follow Google's Material Design.


Settings


The great wiping of borders has made its way into the settings menu as well – there is not a line to be seen, besides the one, which shows what tab the user is on. As a result, you can see below, the different sub-menus take much less room.

The power saving menu's graphic offers us a prediction of how long the battery will last us for, though, how accurate those predictions are is up for testing.

The Edge panel settings have gained a couple of new options – one allows the user to set a separate timeout for events, when only the Edge screen is on; the second one allows us to turn off notifications for the Edge panel, which automatically redirects them to the notifications tray – the way we are used to seeing them on every other Android phone.


General UI


The app manager, which can be found at the bottom of the settings menu, has also received a slight facelift. The meter at its bottom, which used to show the state of the device's internal memory and RAM memory is gone. Now, a more modern-looking RAM meter can be found under the “Running” tab, while a shortcut to storage usage information can be found in an entirely different place – one you are more likely to frequent and care for – the My Files file manager. That's right – the file browsing app is mostly unchanged, only now it offers an icon, which, when tapped, will present the user with a quick Storage usage graph.

Even the system volumes pop-up did away with its separating lines, however, in order to not look cluttered, it had to be widened a bit.

The recent apps carousel now shows different apps with their own color frame, though, we'd supposed this needs to be set by the developers.

As far as keyboard and writing goes – Sammy didn't change much about its keyboard. Its color is lighter, but the keys appear as much the same, instead of being super-flattened like how Google did with its stock Android. The cursor guide has also been slightly changed – from a large, house-shaped figure, to a smaller, teardrop type.


Organizer


The S Planner (read: Calendar) offers lighter colors and thinned out separators, giving it a more airy look, though, this exact app wasn't suffering much clutter in the first place. It has been given the red “+” button for new event creation on the bottom right – a feature, which can be found in many apps adhering to Material Design.

The Alarm tab in the Clock app, unfortunately, lacks the new plus, and instead keeps to a more conventional layout, though – still brighter and flattened.


Camera, gallery, music player


The camera app is pretty much the same. In fact, the only difference we found is in its advanced settings menu, where a couple of options have been moved around. The photo and video galleries, aside from offering a lighter tone of their top bars, also look identical to their old counterparts. The same goes for the music player, however, probably thanks to its bottom pop-up, appears ever so slightly more Lollipop-ified.

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Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Slim it down a more. And hoping it will be better in s6.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think it will. Honestly I don't see the edge thing working out too well largely because in its currently implementation it is just a slim LCD attached to the side. This could have been done decades ago with 2 LCDs, one main, one thin and to the side. What would truly be a legendary development is a flexible phone, one that can be squeezed horizontally. It would literally allow you to reach all of a 5.5 inch screen in a normal sized hand without shrinking the UI or moving it down or what have you. Plus you could add weird gestures to it like squeeze to unlock or accept a call or something.

4. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

They should remove Touchwiz and add the functionality for the S-pen and sensors. That way Samsung only need to update small pieces of the software for faster updates. Just like the google play edition. If they do this, Samsung is going to soar to new heights.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Looks good. Now just change that awful looking keyboard and make it faster.

5. HelloMyNameIs

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Pretty good for Samsung's first successful attempt at a curvable screen.

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Info on that wallpaper please.

7. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Woohoo! Change of font and deleted lines.

8. sagartrivedi

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Still waiting for the update in Spain

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