Samsung to spring-clean the new TouchWiz, move its apps as separate downloads

Samsung to spring-clean the new TouchWiz, move its apps as separate downloads
Forget the claimed premium Galaxy S6 chassis and its eventual stellar hardware. Samsung might actually streamline TouchWiz with its next flagship, and to our minds this will be the biggest news of the upcoming announcement, as the rest is mostly expected. 

Don't get us wrong, TouchWiz is a very powerful and feature-rich Android overlay, but that's precisely what makes it somewhat bloated, with many hiccups while perusing the interface, not to mention that uniform look that Samsung just can't achieve yet.

All of this might be coming to an end, we recently heard, with TouchWiz being trimmed down of the excess fat to a more manageable level, and a new interface design introduced. We will believe it when we see it, but yet another rumor today points at a slimming of TouchWiz going forward.

Not only that, but the source claim that Samsung will now be offering non-essential apps as downloadables, depriving us of a significant amount of bloat, just when we were getting used to it. Of course, hardware-dependant functions like Smart Stay should still be built in, but the majority of Samsung apps and services could this time be available to add to your handset at your convenience, instead of forcing them down our throats with the purchase of every Samsung Android gear - we are sure we can download S Translator if we need it.

source: SamMobile



1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Next up, do something with your pricing.

10. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Can't beat China yet. Will new touchw come to older phones?

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Who wants anything from china, it's all copied crap made by children.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Correction. It's all copied crap made by teenagers.

25. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Wow. Did china rape you?

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am quite OK with their pricing even compare with direct sales XiaoMi. Samsung phones are widely available just walk into a shop i can get it for 100 dollars more compare to waiting for the next wave of Internet sales. Yes, i like that too, the rush! Samsung giving user the option to install is a much better decision to both user and them. Unremovable apps take up additional space as app update need to be written to new storage space instead of overwriting existing space.

33. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

why? its not like the Samsung flagships cost any more than others. In my region Apple and HTC are making a killing on the pricing!

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

cant wait. i hope the rumors are true.

3. madbmd

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Great news !

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good move Samsung, touch wiz is too bloated, and disabling the apps doesn't free up storage. Kudos!

17. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yeah, they finally see the light. This will make their phone to perform even faster.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is good news from a storage point of view and I'm sure nobody wants to have Golf Shot installed by default. However performance on my Lollipop S5 is basically flawless.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Note 3 and Note 4 were not shoved with a lot of apps, you had to install most of them. The few that were already installed don't get in the way. Its the carrier bloat that I the problem. All apps should just be links to download if you want them. It should only have core apps. The vids I saw with the S5 and Note 4 running Android 5.x were fast and they had apps baked in. It was clean and the UI was smooth. The only hiccup I experience on my Note 4 is when I hit the task-switcher. It hangs for a bit and then everything pops up. That doesn't bother me. The people who complain about it are just nitpicking. I always turn off all the animations as those were really the biggest delays in the UI. When you turn them off everything is nearly instant.

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The only visible hiccups I see on my Note 3 on Kitkat are when Google Play is updating apps. Other than that, it's just as fast as the HTC M8 I had, and my Note 3 actually beat my friend's Oneplus One at launching most apps we both had. (He was comparing, and I was just standing there watching.)

7. HelloMyNameIs

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

About time; TouchWiz currently is more chunky than its rivals. They (HTC's Sense & LG's Optimus) are faster and lighter.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Optimus is basically a TouchWiz rip off and we all know this

8. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I do hope that this is true. They can do what HTC have been doing lately, offer your essential apps and features in the Play Store, and let the customer pick what they want in their phone. And Samsung might have an edge while doing so, if they wanted to keep those apps exclusive to Galaxy owners, they can offer them only on their Galaxy Apps instead of the play store.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Actually Motorola started that trend moving all of their Moto apps out of the core OS. While this is welcome news, I'll believe it when I see it. I've heard this before about them streamlining Touchwiz, when what they actually meant was that they'd leave it the same and try and make it more efficient. If they can end up with something like what Motorola and HTC have done, I may just consider going back to them. Hopefully they improve their radios and GPS as well, because those three things were my biggest gripes with my Galaxy S3.

21. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Didn't know GPS is a common problem for Samsung, really hope they'll fix it. It's probably my only major gripe with my note 4.

24. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah, it has been a problem for my Note 3 as well. Its gps is noticeably less accurate than the HTC One M8 when I play Ingress. For navigation and run tracking apps, gps seems to work perfectly though cuz they don't require such high accuracy like in Ingress.

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When I had my GS3, I had to take it to a window to even get a fix. Fifteen feet away from my window and it'd never get a lock. I remember using GPS Toolbox to try and help, but it never worked as good as the HTC and Motorola phones I've used. Considering the all plastic design of the phone itself, the only reason I can think of is a poor GPS chip or poorly designed antenna.

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I'll repeat: Light Skin + TouchWiz Main Features = Perfect Android Experience.

15. usermaxthon

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

For perfect andorid experience you should try nexus. What you just discribe there is a much better samsung android experience.

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

What about Nexus is better? It has stock android, and some geeks buy into "stock android" for what it is, "stock", and that's about it. Nexus devices don't offer any more features than what Samsung, HTC, or LG offer through their softwares. I've had the Nexus 4, Moto X 2013, Moto G 2013, Nexus 7 2012. Nope. I do understand that a lot of people prefer something clean, and I used to like Nexus devices (and kinda hated Samsung which I'm a fan of now, lol), but saying "perfect android experience" is far from correct.

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Nexus has always been about fast updates, but when skins started to bloat up, it was also about smoother operation. My GS3 ran like crap compared to my recent Motorola devices or my Nexus tablet. But going to a pared down OS with these features running separate is a good middle if the road solution. You can get the features you want, and only those features. If this is implemented on the S6, and the Exynos chip is as good as they're saying, it could be a truly awesome device. My only worries as stated above are GPS and cellular radios, which have always been an Achilles heel of Samsung devices.

26. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I really wanted to get a Nexus 6, but the hardware is lacking some features I like from Samsung. If it was priced at $400, I wouldn't complain. But if it's being sold around the same price as other premium handsets, I expect more.

12. wilsong17 unregistered

Finally.. I guess you should thanks XDA... a samsung worker was asking question and more idea on xda the other day..

13. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

That's really sounds good

19. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

That sounds terrible actually. So they're realizing Touchwiz is a problem, that's a move in the right direction, but not good enough. Touchwiz should be a theme/app users should be allowed to download and install for free if they have a Samsung device. For non-Samsung users they should have the option to get Touchwiz if it's so great for a small fee. Until Samsung learn this they'll always have an uphill battle. Getting android updates on Samsung devices months after official releases by Google due to touchwiz is simply not acceptable.

20. wilsong17 unregistered

But is the carriers bro here on USA

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