Samsung reportedly trying new Android UI for its upcoming smartphones

Samsung reportedly trying new Android UI for its upcoming smartphones
Are you tired of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI? Then you’ll probably be happy to find out that the South Korean company is reportedly “exploring” the possibilities of launching a new smartphone UI. Trusty insider @evleaks has posted three screenshots of the alleged new UI, allowing us to see that it looks quite different from Samsung’s current TouchWiz Nature offering.

Unfortunately, details on this new smartphone UI from Samsung are missing. But we can spot a Magazine icon, which leads us to believe that the new UI is related to the new Magazine UX that debuted yesterday on Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy NotePRO. Overall, the UI looks simple and elegant. Sure enough, there's no way of telling if this will ever make it to a commercial smartphone. But we're thinking that the rumored Galaxy S5 - expected to be officially announced in the next few months - can have a fresh look with a UI like this.

Until we hear more on the matter, take a peek at the screenshots below and let us know what you think about this new possible Samsung UI design.

: We must mention that this looks like an early prototype of the UI.

source: @evleaks



1. DanielWalsh1294

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

This looks a lot better.

7. techaman unregistered

i think its still crap really upsetting if this is it, what about tizen 3.4?

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well, I agree with daniel. Looks very very sleek, and with right wallpaper it would look great. But maybe icons should have more contrast and look less hologrammy. But yeah, I like it.

54. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

It looks gay af

59. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I agree,... Looks dull , like iOS 7 icons

22. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Are you serious? What major differences do you spot? It's the same 4 column launcher with semi transparent status bar. Only the Icon changes and few crappy bloatware apps/widgets? What's revolutionary, I want to see what you saw. This can be done on a CM ROM with a theme on it.

46. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

This is Android ,that's it People say they find Touchwiz ugly when they can change wallpaper and themes. And those people are the one on phonearena and similair blogs who don't even own a samsung device

52. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I've owned the S3 and I own the S4 and Touchwiz is really ugly. Samsung is doing something wrong if the first thing you think of when getting the phone is to download a custom launcher to change how everything looks. It's too bad Nova can't make the notification shade and settings menu less tacky.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Finally Sammy did great job. Let's wait and see what's new in this new ui design.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Couldn't agree more. This looks elegant, simple, and clean. KitKat font + redesign = TouchWiz UX 3.0 ----> Galaxy S5.

27. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Ohhh i like it too look very polished and elegant this news just made me post, after a long time.... hope it come true even better...

30. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Stock KitKat UI is still better IMHO

38. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

No it doesn't. People just hate TW for the sake of hating something.

44. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

You are so right. I have always wondered why people complain so much about TW. I do not think it is ugly like some people claim. I also got tired of it when I had galaxy S but then I knew it was not the fault of the launcher but my own issue of quickly getting bored with things. I have used HTC phones whcih I believe also have a beautiful and useful UI. I have used stock is neat but very basic (as it should). I believe normal (everyday) which constitute the majority of phone users are pretty ok with Samsung's TW.

57. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

TouchWiz is much better!

2. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I like touchwiz if they can get it to be more ram efficient and smooth I think people will like it.

3. shrimpanzee

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

If this is how it looks, I think it looks like one of the coolest UI designs! I really like the look, for some reason it seems very attracting to me. From the lock screen to the home screens it seems very edgy, l would enjoy it on my S5! I hope it won't make my device lag like it did for my S4 /:

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

a bit of ios7 and sailfish ui but i like it

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012 does it resemble to ios 7 ? I see no gradient icons here. Also, the icons look very sharp which is very unlike ios7

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

the space wallpaper (can be justified because this is a galaxy) and the neutral tones +ios 7 clock

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Aqua blue wallpaper doesn't mean space. Also, Samsung is using that colour since S3. Neutral tones = colour that does not attract attention. ios 7 uses gradient colours which are anything but neutral. E.g. Green gradient in phone icon. ios 7 clock ? Have no idea what u are referring to here.

19. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

33. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012 Whats your point? You mean to say that blue, green, space wallpaper, fonts, digital clock are all patented by Apple? So no one can use colours???? Nonsense..

36. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Samsung still lacks a signature design , so its not copied but inspired ......

40. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

The dock icons at the bottom (Magazine, Phone, Message, Internet) have gradient colors. The typography is now very slender. The lock screen features a slim, centered clock at the top and a "Swipe screen to unlock" prompt at the bottom. And all within months of the iOS 7 refresh coincidentally.....

56. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

The typography and the centered clock are features of stock Android. The "Swipe screen to unlock" prompt at the bottom is on every galaxy device. I'm not sure why they went with gradient dock icons. It looks out of place compared to the stock Android icons.

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Swipe screen to unlock. Lol is it new ios8?

34. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Right..!!! Bcoz Only iOS uses swipe to unlock..!!! Clearly Apple copied Samsung's lockscreen of swipe to unlock in iOS7

49. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

The iPhone has said "slide to unlock" since the very first iPhone.

39. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

In that case iOS design to include toggles is "inspired" from Android. Same goes for notification menu, swipe from bottom lockscreen (Windows phone) and the icons from meego.

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