Samsung to go crazy with TouchWiz theming on the Galaxy S6, down to voice tones and status bar color

Samsung to go crazy with TouchWiz theming on the Galaxy S6, down to voice tones and status bar color
The manufacturer overlay world is thawing towards built-in theming this year, it seems, taking a cue from the Chinese interface takes and third-party launchers. We already saw from the leaked HTC One M9 videos that you can change themes, icons, ringtones and so on in Sense 7 out of the box. 

There is also a strong speculation that the Galaxy S6 will have an overhauled TouchWiz that is allegedly lighter and with less added bloat in the form of Samsung apps and extra features that are of dubious use. It was also said that the new TouchWiz will be sporting the ability to theme the phone, just like with the Galaxy A-series before it.

This is indeed true, insiders tipped today, and chimed in with further info on what exactly can be customized in the new TouchWiz. According to the source, in the S6 you can change “icons, color bar, voice tones, background image and background color in menus.” All in all, everything can be swapped, including the notification bar hue, which so far has been a trademark of third-party apps or ROM mods - not bad at all, what do you think?

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. HITMAN-CREED

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

always prefered touchwiz but it was a bit lagi and no option for customizing! but now, a touchwiz with no lag and full customization!!! amazing!!!

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's the problem too much customization and clutter.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Uhh? how much you want to customize is up to you, and as such the amount of clutter you want is up to you? Already in g5 they changed the bloat approach to samsung gifts, and you could chose which apps you want to install or not, so not really that much clutter?

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Too much customization can equal more lag....

10. AlikMalix unregistered

I think we can safely say that we're past the era for LAG in modern flagship phones regardless of OS.. Android cought up completely a 2-3 years ago, if any lag or jitters exists is due to temporary bugs or improper user interaction like jail breaking or rooting...

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Disagree. I haven't touched the S5, but the S4 (which was still the flagship this time last year) had some lag issues that I don't know if were ever addressed.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

I had similar experience when I tried an Android phone which was the S4 at that time... but it wasnt to the point where I was annoying... I was more displeased with battery depletion while not in use, bloat, and features I rather not have... but the NOTE 4 is smooth in my experience with it..

24. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Lag is from core to core changes when doing tasks and then bad software code that shows it up, thing is samsung as removed the core to core lag on its new cpu, so even if samsung was using bad code, it will never lag like before when doing to many things

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Depends entirely on the customization. Changing icons, colors won't effect speed. Bombarding your home-screen with widgets that show real-time stuff, can introduce lag (and battery drain)

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

sounds good to me. cant wait to get my customize on.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

This feature will come on Android 7.5, and Nexus 11. Till then stock-trotting morons will keep saying this as bloatware.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Actually Sony add their theme engine into AOSP Every phone with 5.1 or 5.0.3 (whatever the next version of Android is) will have their theme engine Its called Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO), some custom ROMs already have it But RRO doesnt go as far as Samsung's, so good on Samsung for taking it a step further

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Thumbs up to Samsung on this one.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Should satisfy tinkerers and mod-junkies alike. Samsung listening to Android fans - and giving them what they like... Not for me - I choose best looking UI and get on with my day... Wish I had more time to mod and tinker... When I was younger, I modded my windows OS's like a pro... today I just want to make sure I can modify OS and App behaviors instead of visual elements: like permissions, restrictions, accessibility, delivery of information. Visually both Android and iOS is incredibly crisp, modern, and coherent. It's the behavior of the OS's and their Apps that separates them apart: Android is more common to what we're used to with decades of PC interaction - Apple seems to try to push "think different" for interaction with our devices - some actually improves tasking and productivity, some are not so accepted by Post-PC society... It's not about OLD WAY or NEW WAY, it's about FAMILIAR or DIFFERENT when it comes to ANDROID or iOS... What ever Samsung is introducing is definately a welcome addition to those that crave something more - even if it's changing color of the task bar...

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While I do like the freedom to customize the s**t out of my phone (and I do so). I don't understand those who change their home-screen even on a daily basis (not counting the people who create those for a living). People need to understand (like you do) everyone has their own perfect way of working with a device. If an OS works the way you like it, it's perfect. I get where Apple is going with their think different, but I don't like how certain things work in OSX/iOS (and others I do and would like to see that on other platforms). What I really don't like (which not only Apple is guilty of) is someone telling me to work a certain way because it's better (in their opinion).

7. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Black menu+Amoled finally is back.

11. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I said I'd never go back to Samsung and its TW but this has me interested. The removed Samsung bloatware will probably be replaced by Google bloatware.

12. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Them dam haters love to bring up the Lag defense. I ain't mad at them tho. Ride that ish till the wheels fall off.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm trying to have the same attitude when people say that iPhone has 2 year old specs - I say even if it had specs of a flip phone but run this smooth and do things it does and does them so well what difference does it make? I like your attitude... I'm gonna steal it... Cheers!!!

25. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's bacuse it does 1 thing at a time, it as no way of lagging, what samsung have done with there new cpu is remove the lag from core to core, this will make it not lag even when doing loads of talks over all 8 cores even with bad software code

26. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm gonna try really hard to not get dragged into your dumb fanboy war... iPhones multi-task as much as Android. The only difference is that it will suspend some background processes that dont require running in background. But I can run navigation and play games at the same time. I can have web pages load while I read other webpages (or use a different app entirely). I play music from youtube or other apps/sourses to a bluetooth device while playing a game or doing something else. But the benefits of Apples way of multi-tasking has huge rewards - battery stays the same when the phone is sleeping overnight. It allows you to drop an iPhone and pick up an iPad (for example) and continue working on the same movie or project right where you left of (on the same exact pixel). Basically I cannot think of one time or reason when I said "dang I wish I had multi-tasking like Android" Android will run completely unnecessary background tasks and quite often unwanted background tasks. A lot of Apple-haters will tell you it's so you can switch between apps faster - which is absolutely NOT TRUE. So I'll leave you with this video (dont forget iPhone has 2 year old specs compared to the Android phones) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCln9_mgZJo As you can see, mulit-tasking does not help both Androids in anyway switch between apps faster (second half of the video)... or even launch them any faster than Apple's "2-year old specs" as you say. Its great that Android phones are hitting Big Ram and Multicore - Android OS is not written to optimize with specific phones unlike iOS which is catered to each model it's installed on. It barely has anything to do with what your phone can do vs what iPhone can do - but more of how that software is optimized.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

EDIT: Another benefit of iOS multitasking: you can keep piece of mind knowing none of that apps in background are using any of your data unless you initialized them to do so, like navigation, loading pages, or using facetime audio to chat. I would like to here your uses for multi-tasking though... maybe you can convince me that Android liberal use of background processing is a better way...

13. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Nice! Less bloat touchwiz with customize themes will be great! Samsung is getting better and better

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

everytime theres a conflicting article theres some good articles of samsung. its a love hate relationship.

16. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Great job, Sammy. It's CyanogenMod-like.

20. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

If this is true no reviewer can complain about the looks of touch wiz because your an change it to your taste. This is a phone tha gives you the choice as to how you want it to look.

23. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Finally! Sony had this since the Xperia Z in 2013 or something...

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