Samsung TouchWiz will be available for everyone

Samsung TouchWiz will be available for everyone
Samsung have phones with the trendy touchscreen and their TouchWiz user interface is now pretty popular. Initially (in the F480 and the OMNIA) we didn’t like it very much, because there were few widgets and limited space for them. In our latest meetings (S5600, UltraTOUCH, OMNIA HD) we saw great improvement, thanks to the multi-page homescreens and the special widget, allowing you to download more apps.

Now Samsung makes another smart move – gives the developers and the users chance to create their own “rich connected mobile applications”. The manufacturer is already working with Yahoo, Google and AccuWeather and their widgets will be available in the future touchscreen Samsung phones. The good news for the developers is that with special tools based on Eclipse IDE they will have easy access to code samples, FAQ’s and device emulators to create applications. Then they can sell them through Samsung Rich Connected Application storefront. For the users, Samsung plans to debut web-based tool which can be used for creating widgets from RSS feeds and (maybe) custom content. Carriers will also be able to include specific widgets for easy access to their services.

source: Samsung via PhoneScoop



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

It's about time. :)

2. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Ok being allowed to design your own widgets is cool. Personally id like to know when you are gonna release the the update for touch wiz ui to existing Omnia owners?

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I know that would be very helpful because as much as i think the touchwiz is good in design, right now it is almost useless to me because most of the widgits on my omnia are useless. Most of the things i use my phone for i still have to go into a lot of menus or reprogram my buttons to make shortcuts to the areas i want to use on my phone.

5. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I don't think the updates will be available for the current omnia's as the i900 and i910 are windows mobile based devices with the touchwiz interface as a Today Plugin to WinMo 6.1.... The new TouchWIZ is symbian based (at least I think it is). Granted many apps are developed side by side for symbian and WinMo (opera, skyfire, etc.) i don't think they will work interchangibly for the TouchWIZ UI itself. I, like the both of you, hope that Samsung does open it up for WinMo because I personally Like Samsung WinMo Devices. (Former i730 owner, and current Vogue users, wanting to upgrade to the i910)

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I hope your wrong but that does make since and i forgot about that. but having it open to developers i hope that means there will be some adaptations in the futures that at least makes it so i can change what widgets are on my front screen. It would be nice to have the three screens that you can have gestures to go between them and other features the newer touchwiz has but changing the widgets is what i really care about. I had the 730 also it was a great phone at the time. I think the I910 for the money is a lot better than the even htc phones partly because the built in 8 GB of storage. also besides the looks all winmo phones are the same after you get past the hardware and the I910 has great hardware. like i said though i just want to change the widgets and then this phone would be my ultimate phone. well artiest until some major innovation's come out in the future.

7. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Well just to give you guys a heads up i talked to Samsung this week about the new Touch Wiz UI and i was not given any answers. I was basically told that we cant tell you about it because we don't want it to lead to speculation and misinformation. Phullofphil i dont agree with you when you say the UI is nice but in the end its just a skin. Now if you were to give me a news, weather, stock, google maps/gps widget that updated automatically in the column then i could deal. Personally depending on the screen you use things get very redundant. I mean come one why do i need to have 3 ways to access the main menu! Kiltlifter i hope your wrong when it comes to the updates because if Samsung does that they are giving you, me and every other Omnia owner the "finger". We all know that the Omnia HD is running Symbian for the OS and the big reason is that it is royalty free and maybe there trying to cut into Nokias market share. Samsung probably sees this scenario as a win/win yet i see as a complete failure because in the end all there going to do is alienate there current customer base. Samsung dont be stupid and not make a WinMo version!

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I thought about what you wrote and i agree with what you wrote but on the subject of what i actually want in the touch wiz i guess since it is just a copy kinda of the sidebar on vista it would be great if the side bare on the wiz was that open to what you can put in for widgets. Call it " touch vista mobile" sounds better than wiz and it would be on a windows based device. Just joking on name but that would be cool to have the freedom of what goes in the side panel.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I have been waiting for an update to this since i got my omnia because i really do not like a lot of the other options such as spd mobile shell or others like it. or do i really care for what windows mobile has for a today screen

8. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

spb mobile shell works pretty well but i feel i should'nt have to pay $30 for a program launcher when i paid $450 for the phone!

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

please someone that has the knowledge, tell me how to get what i want done to the touchwiz that i mentioned above without samsung. There has to be a way. This post is pretty much the only post i wrote a comment. its all i want. Ok fine i am begging. I am pathetic and desperate so what.

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