Samsung Galaxy S8's new user interface: yay or nay?


It's now clear that the Samsung Galaxy S8 should have been released under codename 'Titanic'. At this point, leaks for the thing just do not stop: we get a new picture, a new feature, a new rumor, a new something every single day and we do not see this slowing down until the March 29th official announcement of the phone.

What we do not expect of the Galaxy S8 is to be a secret: practically everything about this phone is already well understood and known. And this includes the interface, which will be brand new on the S8, a UI that embraces minimalism and simplicity and takes them to the extreme.

So much so that it has many of us here in the office wondering: isn't this a bit too much? So we decided to reach out and here your thoughts on this familiar, yet strongly changed new Samsung UI. Do you like it or not? Cast your votes in the poll right below and let us know why you think what you think in the comments section in the bottom.

Do you like the new Samsung Galaxy S8 interface?

Yes!
54.85%
No.
29.46%
I don't care / would use a launcher anyway
15.68%

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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31 Comments

1. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

It's clean and simple, but I can't help feeling that it looks like a run-of-the-mill icon pack.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Exactly. +1 to that.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My thoughts exactly.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The problem is... how many ways are there to have a clean and simple look and yet not start looking like everyone else that does the same? Pick on it when its candy coated madness... pick on it when its flat and simple. No winning.

20. 48Chevy

Posts: 75; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

...but, it doesn't really look clean or simple. It looks unfinished. It's as if Samsung lost interest after the 4th round of drinks and decided to move on to another project.

30. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

It looks like a Chinese Rom UI. Now samsung is taking cues from Chinese OEMs.

26. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The problem is i dont want clean and simple. I want to see a nice looking icon where i dont have to guess what it could mean.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I want to see a nice looking icon where i dont have to guess what it could mean." You're right, because once you unbox and set up the phone, you'll have to be guessing which icon or app means. But after several months, when you've gotten used to the device and understood the entire UI, that will no longer be an issue, as you would already be able to tell which icon performs which action, or which app is which. No more guessing. Heck, I am using a launcher on my Samsung phone, and there are no labels under icons in the App drawer or on the Home screen - no need for labels, as I already know which icon is which.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4313; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Same can be said for any icon set. Great insight though... wow

2. phljcnth

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Mixed feelings. While a uniform-looking interface is a good idea, I think they kinda overdid the minimalism. Those actually look like a third-party icon pack.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I haven't really seen a stock interface on any phone for years. First thing that goes on is Nova Prime.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I changed my launcher and icons every week.

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Material dark theme is alone is enough for me. The newer touchwiz/experience doesn't lag anymore, atleast no noticeable lag in my experience, so its enough for me.

4. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Minimalist but needs to be a bit more mature. Also, text underneath icons is important!

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4313; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why is that? Just curious as its the first thing I remove.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Me too. I remove the text underneath the icons (icons label) using Apex Launcher. It makes my App drawer tidy. Besides, I do not need icon labels as I already know which app is which.

31. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Personally it slows down the whole navigation process. I remember an app by name, as its icon can change overtime.

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I like the cleaner look.. But definitely prefer the current set of Samsung Experience icons

8. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

As long as they keep the themes, it doesn't really matter all that much. I'm currently using a Material design theme, so I would probably continue using it on the S8

9. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well any new changes to the better is always welcome

10. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Ugly basic & way to flat looked looks like they were designed in the 90s with little effort.

11. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

These are just icons. Similar icons already exist in theme stores of other manufacturers UI.

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Could seem like it makes it easier for theme creators as well, so yeah, go for it.

18. dreyfus

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

Bleah! I totaly dislike it! I used to like TouchWiz and even today Samsung Experience UX from Nougat seems fine, but this?!? Come on! Ugly interface for an ugly phone. My opinoin. I chosed Samsung phones for: capacitive and home buttons, TouchWizz. I hate Edge phones so I got an S7 flat from the time of availability.Now that both models will have curved screens + on screen buttons and now ugly interface... big NO-NO! :) Thanks Samsung! After having S3, S4, S5 and the flat S7... it's time to reconsider my phone brand :)

19. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Definitely liking the s8!

22. Pabliell

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Samsungs launcher support themes and changing icon sets. Don't see any problem with the new one.

23. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Let me guess.. Facebook preinstalled with no uninstall option. That means no Galaxy S8 purchase for me

24. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wow....over one app? Really? Bruh don't kid yourself, you weren't gonna buy one anyhow....

25. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It's not my favorite, but I'm glad it's their own design and doesn't look like an Apple screen. That's enough to make me happy. I'll change it if I don't like it. I sure hope we don't know what's coming in regards to S8, if the leaks are true then it's nothing to be excited about. I'm still hoping they've kept some secrets and will surprise us.

27. Ray.S

Posts: 460; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I like the consistency, so yay!

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