Poll results: Do you like Samsung's new TouchWiz 'squircle' icons?


We asked you last week if you like the new coherent "squircle" iconography of Samsung's TouchWiz that arrives with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge and the latest Android updates to the S6 gang, and it turned out that nearly 40% like them, 18% don't really care what shape are the icons on their phones or they use packs, and about 42% of our 2753 respondents aren't fans.

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 look and feel of the notification bar. The Galaxy S7 andS7 edge, however, as well as those Samsung handsets that have received their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update 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, as you can now apply the "squircle" form to third-party app icons as well by turning on the icon theming function from the settings. This way you won't have a browser icon with nice, polished rounded corners, yet a squarish Facebook app icon, for instance, but everything will look like one smooth, uniform interface - a much needed change in TouchWiz.

Do you like Samsung's new TouchWiz 'squircle' icons?

Yes
39.45%
No
41.81%
Whatever, man
18.74%

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47 Comments

1. Mr_Popo

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

The shape conforms to our perception of the 'pressure map' of a keypress, making it more intuitive to use than it's rivals. Phenomenal and visionary from Samsung, a single painter's stroke, if that painter were on the level of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Bob Ross.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This comment right here almost makes me cancel my pre-order of the S7 edge

11. saif2711

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Made my day

31. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I prefer the old style Touchwiz. But Mxzyptlk says: it looks cartoonist. Rather this looks cartoonist. This looks fugly.

9. PureA

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 18, 2015

I prefer to have the original app icons, and then I can change it to what I like, not fan of that, they decide what is better for me, no need of extra bloatware, I hate it when they treat us as we don't know about play store, there are too many launchers and there is Icon Changer app anyone can use them if he or she want that.

12. Mr_Popo

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

People are too spoilt and unappreciative of the beautiful tapestry that is TouchWiz. It almost has an erotic quality...It makes me want to TouchJizz.

20. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I admire your enthusiasm but when you said touchjizz, I think you should stop hugging kami-sama's dragonballs too much.

22. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

I dislike the new icons too. The Nature UX icons are better.

39. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

copy of chinese Ui icons

56. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Every Samsung fanboy be like

2. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Not a fan. They still don't look very *material-esque* at all, and just look so out of place when paired with any sort of material wallpaper. I love Samsung phones...but I always use Nova + icon packs, due to Samsung's stock icons looking terrible since basically the beginning.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The whole body Touchwiz is looking terrible since.... Since... Samsung Corby! Ring any bells? Nah, most of you are too young to remember it... Have a G'Day!

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I meant: The whole bloody Touchwiz... I'm new to this swipey keyboard thingy!

28. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You really are trying hard to be another big PA's douchebag

41. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@wiencon I speak for truth, young fellow...! With age comes wisdom, and my wisdom suggests that "The truth shall set you free"... Farewell...

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Reminds me of the Symbian OS icons.. Anyone agree?

8. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

yup, especially Symbian^3's icons.

10. saif2711

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

I too have the same thought

33. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I agree.

13. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

The squircle definitely looks better then the old ones looks clean n uniform

14. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

looks better

15. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Definitely looks better than before. Makes the apps drawer looks tidied than ever. You can tell it's not as messy as the previous versions

17. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't like the squircle but not a deal breaker. It's actually good that they are trying new things for their consumer's choice. I hope I can port sony's new circle ui's when I got an s7.

21. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Symbian icons. No innovation even in icons. Copying company.

25. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Yet, Nokia doesn't sue Samsung over mere Symbian-like icons, like your iFruit company does over a meh slide-to-unlock, which is merely a gesture on the screen accompanied by any sort of animation!

24. Shocky unregistered

Don't really care, not relevant anymore with the theme store and launchers.

27. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

But you do understand that with custom launcers, you lose the exclusive TouchWiz features: Samsung Pay, Game Launcher... right? Not to mention Samsung's awesome camera algorithm and OIS - they rely on the TouchWiz framework, which is not found in custom ROMS/Launchers.

30. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

That's bollocks. Do you even know what a launcher is? There's nothing special about them, they're engineered to be interchangeable.

40. Shocky unregistered

You're confused, why would you lose the touchwiz framework by installing a launcher? That makes no sense.

52. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

You have a point about custom ROMs, but a launcher definitely keeps the TouchWiz framework.

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