Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0 and new TouchWiz gets compared with the current UI of the ex-flagship

Last week, we showed you a short preview of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S4, which will land on Samsung's flagship for 2013 with all the bells and whistles of TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0. Undoubtedly, the new looks of the UI are quite different from the current state of the former's flagship interface design in almost any department you can think of. The exclusive preview is courtesy of the folks over SamMobile, who denied to release the demonstrated build due to the vast array of bugs and issues it currently has.

In order to show us what the differences between the old and the new TouchWiz UIs for the Galaxy S4 are, SamMobile made a brief comparison between the interfaces of the Android 5.0 Lollipop-running flagship and a regular Galaxy S4, which is running Samsung's older TouchWiz. The dialer, the messaging app, the settings menu, the calculator app, and the clock app are just a few among the many aspects of the interface that have been overhauled. 

Are you still sporting one of them Galaxy S4 smartphones? Do you like the new looks of TouchWiz that will grace your device in the foreseeable future?

source: SamMobile 

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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)



2. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

touchwiz manages to make even lollipop look ugly

3. Busyboy unregistered

Why do you guys have such a need to hate? This new update looks miles better than the predecessor.

5. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

it might but it looks inconsistent across the was comparing it to the is ugly compared to the stock...

23. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Lol... Stock Android isn't very beautiful.

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

My wife just got the S4 and I liked the way it looked up to the point where I started browsing through the menus. The custom setup that Samsung did is hideous and unintuitive. I'm not a fan of the physical home button and why in God's name did the reverse the back button and previously open apps button? I am a fan of stock Android and while I'm perfectly fine with change, I feel as though the changes Samsung made were done so simply to make it look different from the competition and were not done to improve visual aesthetics or functionality.

41. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Stock android it butt ugly...and rubbish. lol.

48. dylanholmes222

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Stock Lollipop is clean and gorgeous; it's a well organized modern UI, Touch Wiz is just detracting from its well thought out design imo.

29. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

"inconsistent across the interface..." LOL..Someone is so dumb that he has trouble with a mobile interface.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Miles better than the old version doesn't mean it's up to on par with others. I'm so happy they got rid of the depressing black colour it was the wost part of touchwiz.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Black wasn't the problem, the nasty green and ugly blue have grown on me and they aren't changing it.

13. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I hate the annoying nature sounds of Touchwiz.. It's time to abandon that.

42. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Turn them off.

30. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

At least black is helping battery life. For amoled displays. And is a lot better than childish colors of stock 5.0 on Nexus

33. ThirdEye

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Well. I thought the reason for a Black background was to utilize the capabilities of AMOLED vs other display technologies. A clear black pixel in AMOLED consumes little/no power compared to a colored pixel. But in case of LCDs all colors do consume power at a pixel level. So a 90% black screen on AMOLED only consumes 10% power compared to a 100% "colorific" screen. Making it white will cause it suck more power than now. So let us see how things turn out... Yes Samsung seems more complicated than usual. But that is the case with most skins. Also Samsung originally had grander plans for TouchWiz (TW) than say just Android. TW was supposed to be common across their Android, Tizen, Bada (now folded into Tizen) product lines.

46. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

I loved the black on my galaxy S4 and now my Note 3. It does help a lot with the battery cause of Amoled. And when it's black, its black. Not grey like on LCDs.

19. 90ninjas unregistered

Haters are just gonna hate.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But it doesn't exactly follow material design principles. Thing is, Google has done all this R&D to make a fluid amazing UI for them to use as well with their own flavor and they basically disregarded most of it. The animations are uninspiring, the depth hierarchy is missing completely and the colors are bold but of terrible choice (that teal/cyan color is hideous).

7. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm no fan of Touchwiz but this update looks like a decent step forward for Samsung. It took them long enough.

28. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Trolls manage to troll anywhere. Try something new mate..

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I like the Settings, way more colourful than the green and white of stock. Also, more toggles instead of the limited and only somewhat useful toggles of stock. (dang, I hate stock I don't know why). And IMHO, it looks better than LG's Lollipop UI. I just don't like how they set some apps including Settings and Calculator (why?) to immersive mode instead of just leaving it be.

9. GeekOB

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

i heard stock lollipop will be coming with search option to search quickly in settings.. i dont see it here in touchwiz..

16. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

That's a pretty early build, after all.

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I hope it has an option to use darker colors. Looks better but it's a little bright for my tastes

47. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Me too. It's missing one of the great features of amoled screens like the S4's: Using EVEN LESS power than usual if the screen is mostly dark or black! I mean amoled screens are already pretty efficient but it'd be silly not to at least add a dark theme as an option.

12. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

Definite improvement in terms of how it looks , performance remains to be seen .But stock lollipop according to me looks extremely nice .

14. beng970804

Posts: 11; Member since: May 21, 2014

On the "About Phone" picture,,does it show Android 6.0??!! LOL

15. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

No, we are pretty sure it says "5.0".

17. _dsouza_

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

TouchWiz is like Symbian in the past, feature creep in an inconsistent design. If Samsung will keep pushing TW, it will have the same fate as Nokia. Today I only buy Nexus or Motorola devices since they are mostly "pure Android" or else any other device I can run Cyanogem (such as my Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 running CM11). TW is crap, uses memory, CPU and battery for features I don't need.

36. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

This "pure android" fetish is beginning to sound racist! Lol. I like touchwiz anyway and it's getting boring reading so much hate for TW by geeks in all the tech blogs. If TW is really that bad as some of you say surely Samsung would not be the number 1android device manufacturer by so much. It has to mean something that they remain number 1 to date.

43. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I agree, except I'd go as far as to say this "pure android" fetish just makes people sound like utter wankers of an iOS user's level. Pure Android, and Cyanogen, are the ugliest, most difficult to use POS ever. Touchwiz may be clunky, but it's useable, along with LG's framework.

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