Report: Samsung making changes to TouchWiz in China and Korea, removing the app drawer and more

Report: Samsung making changes to TouchWiz in China and Korea, removing the app drawer and more
In China and in Korea, Samsung is testing a new look for its UX including a revised TouchWiz. The redesign will be available in those countries through the "New Note UX" for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 through the Galaxy Beta Program. After hitting the Galaxy Note 5 in those aforementioned markets, the changes will supposedly rollout to recently launched Samsung devices by August. What's different? The shape of all icons have been changed to a rounded-square design. Changes are found in other areas like the Settings menu and in the Storage screen.

A major change is the removal of the app drawer, something that Google is rumored to be doing with the launch of Android N. Instead of using the app drawer, apps will be found on a series of consecutive home pages. It is not known whether Samsung plans to allow users to add an App drawer as an option. That might be the case because using one seems to be a matter of personal and regional preference. Some reports say that in parts of Asia, where the UX redesign will rollout first, users would prefer not to have an app drawer on their phone.

There is a rumor circulating that says Samsung will include the new UX (sans the App drawer) with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. What is unknown is whether this would be done globally or just in the same Asian countries receiving the Note 5 redesign.  


source: Playfuldroid via AndroidPolice

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34 Comments

1. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If I didn't want an app drawer, I'd get an iPhone. (not) thank God for launchers

6. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

In korea beta ux, app drawer was remained at first I think it's only for china where every manufacturers remove app drawers.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Most China Android OEM launcher has no app drawer therefore people there are use to organizing their apps into folders like iOS. From their point of view app drawer is unnecessary something that get in the way of neatness. Personally I like Nova prime app drawer as it's the fastest way to access any app via app drawer search. Its app drawer feature is also optional, can be disabled.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1496; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Several sites have already reported that there's an option to enable the app drawer with this new UX. Way to do proper research before posting this incredibly misleading article.

5. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

better yet change the title altogether. The report originally centered around beta testing an improved UI the app drawer thing was secondary and as has been mentioned there's an option to restore it. This is obviously a click bait article and one of the reasons i wont whitelist this site in my add blocker.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's the reason you won't do it? Not the extremely AGGRESSIVE/AGGRAVATING super ads on the mobile site?

37. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

"ONE of the reasons"..read before you comment

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's weird how attached to the app drawer some people are. I mean, it's basically a glorified folder. I can understand why OEMs are moving away from it as a default option (inb4 "the app drawer is mandatory cuz reasons!"). Having said that:https://media2.giphy.com/media/EZYQjm1uPrXGg/giphy.gif

17. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Since Android widgets are on the home screen, it could be a mess if it doesn't offer the app drawer.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's true :D. Personally, I don't mind though.

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The app drawer is ubiquitous as to the 'start' button in Windows. It's not a 'glorified folder' it's a macro view of all your apps when you want to see apps that aren't custom organised on the home screen. Windows 8 was shot down because of a lack of a 'start' button, and for good reason, it's intuitive otherwise. The same can be said about app drawers.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The app drawer is ubiquitous as to the 'start' button in Windows" Whoa there man.... it's not that....not even close. Roughly the entire Asian OEM market doesn't offer an app drawer. Considering that over a third of the human population lives there, I doubt they see it as something that important. "Windows 8 was shot down because of a lack of a 'start' button, and for good reason, it's intuitive otherwise." Windows 8 was shot down because it looked like a mobile operating system on PC hardware. That and people simply hate change with a passion. My uncle nearly had a stroke when he first saw Windows 8 compared to Windows 7.

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

"people simply hate change with a passion." Well your words. What's Samsung doing here again :P

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I wouldn't say my words. I really liked Windows 8, but it provides an example of how the vocal minority can complicate nonsensical issues. I can't say I'd miss the app drawer in the event it disappeared, it's simply too insignificant to affect my daily usage. However, I do understand WHY people love the app drawer. It's a defining feature only Android offers. It is an important symbol of Android's growth no question. However, is it really that invaluable that you wouldn't buy the Note 6 (7) because of Samsung making such a change (hypothetically of)? I doubt it.

33. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Adding to my post below, I liked Windows 8/8.1 too. Most stable Windows ever. You'd rarely see bugs. But hated it until i installed classic shell. Then became my favourite Windows. Well, if the phone is super amazing, app drawer won't stop me from buying it. I can install a launcher anyway.

32. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Also Windows 8's start menu was a pain to use for non touch desktop users. Good for touch laptops, bearable for non touch laptops. It was a change by neglecting the majority who use non touch desktops. It got more hate than it deserved, yes but "people simply hate the change" is not the only reason.

31. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Windows 8 was shot down not because of start button but because of tiled start menu. I'm sure you meant that.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Hate it all you want, app drawer is nothing but bloatware and it's a good move to trim this trash away.

8. TerryTerius unregistered

Your personal preferences are only applicable to you, and not everyone has your desires and tastes. Which is fine, but a large chunk of us find it quite useful.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I organize all my apps on one homescreen with folders and sub-folders. The App Drawer is where unorganized apps reside, keeping my homescreen neat and free of any clutter, until I have tested them and determined if they're worth adding to my permanent organized collection. Once everything is organized, the App Drawer becomes a redundant clone of my main home screen, excluding widgets, until the next time I'm looking to try a new app: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uysw9yn65kb21fc/My%20Home%20Screen%20%282016.03.01%29.jpg?dl=0

23. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Why is you app drawer unorganized? It can be just as organized as your home screen is.

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

'Cause that's where new apps appear, not on my home screen...

10. KingSam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Idk how true this is but I hear cluttered home screen with widgets and apps use more RAM?

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I highly doubt that. I mean, I got like 12 widgets on my Nexus 6 homescreen, and my apps never force close....so.... you know :D.

12. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I've got widgets on my desktop. I only run with a single desktop. I find it horrendous to force multiple desktops with only icons. Google widget search at top . Pocket casts widget under that. Audible or overdrive widget under that ( depending on where I got audio book for this week) Then 3 folders. Google apps. Media apps. Messaging apps. Then in dock Dialer .chrome. telegram. Camera Along smack dab in the middle is my App drawer. I can understand that maybe in the Asian countries that they are taking it away, because xaomi seems to be the main up and comer over there and they mimick apples iOS desktop launcher of only shortcuts.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keep it please.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I can't believe that, after the great moves Samsung has been making the last two years, they'd be stupid enough to do that. They might make disabling it an option, and I'm all for options. But no way they do away with it.

15. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah follow LG....

16. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

wow, the UI looks like a cheap-chinese knockoff with blur too.

20. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Don't do this Samsung...Don't do this Google with N....DON'T DO THIS!!!!!!!

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