Samsung's alleged new smartphone UX appears again - includes tiles and, oh, more tiles

Samsung probably surprised a lot of people at CES 2014 earlier this month, when it announced its latest high-end tablets, at the same time revealing a brand new UX called Magazine. Initially, we thought that the new interface was designed exclusively for tablets. However, unofficial images of a similar UX, allegedly for Samsung’s smartphones, also appeared during CES. And now we have even more screenshots that seem to show the fresh UX.

Just like the first time, the new images come from @evleaks. As many may have observed while looking at Samsung’s Magazine UX, there are similarities between it, Flipboard and Windows Phone’s Metro / Modern UI. Apparently, Samsung had a revelation and now believes that a tile-based interface could be better than its good old TouchWiz.

Of course, for now we can’t know if Samsung intends to use this new UX (click on the image to zoom in) on any of its upcoming Android smartphones. This can be just an experiment that the company might not find suitable for non-tablets. Still, Samsung hopefully knows that it needs to change TouchWiz, and it looks like at least it’s trying.

Would current Samsung users like to see something similar to this on next generation Galaxy handsets? Let us know in the comments.

source @evleaks

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69 Comments

69. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

STOLESUNG.

68. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I HATE METRO...So is it Microsoft funded design change? Lucky it is an Android. We have plenty of lauchers in Play store and we can throw the new UX back to Samsung's face.

67. elocom

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Let them do as long as there is something good for us buyers

66. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Yeah but all we've been hearing from the android fanboys is "boring tiles" , no apps blah blah BS. Well now it looks as if MS were right about the minimalist approach.

64. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

what is the difference between UI and UX?

53. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

isheeep so god damn stupid, and now windows fans too u dont guys know the difference between squares and rectangle ?? and theirs difference from the one who copied the idea of flipboard to make it his ui, and another complete idea !!

50. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This is exactly why my next phones gon be Samsung. They just copy the best or the niche spec from every company and put it on their phone calling it "innovation". Current rumors include: Iphone 5s like finger print scanner,HTC one dualspeaker and metal body, Sony's phones waterproof and dust proof body and now finally Microsoft inspired tiles. Whats next Nokia's camera? I know this gonna be a beast phone but cmon.....

54. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

hahahaha first, u're ios OS is copied from other OS's fingerprint from motorola dual flash from nokia 64bit from Huawei and are u telling me that puting metal body is considered as coping ?? idiot, sheeep !! if they use plastic: samsung use cheap plastic, using metal body: copying. and squares is exclusive for microsoft ??? if they want to bring a new idea in ur opinion they must use triangle ?? u people are so pathetic, thats why i am afrraid of having an iphone, not to be idiot like u people !!

60. Arirank

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Trollolololololol..

65. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Baahaha XD, I can see a parody in the pipeline from Microsoft

49. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

This has iOS 7 (thin typography, vibrant colors) and Modern UI (tiles) written all over it.

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Love it, people go into MS pages, to diss the tile screen and that live tile updates are no use and just use icons like android. Then here Samsung goes and revamps their UX/UI to be just like Live Tile integration. Samsung knows they will sell more androids if they can make people feel like going from a pc to android is easy. It is why people were able to look at a android phone and go oh, hey look, icons, just like my desktop. Now with windows commercials about one experience for all your devices, it is no wonder that Samsung will follow suit to make sure people once again do not feel like it is a big jump to go from a pc to a phone. Smart? Yes. Copying? of course. MS should be proud imo. Go Samsung.

43. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's likely only one piece of the overall UI, but so far it's miles ahead of current Touchwiz, so I'll give it a thumbs up.

41. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Noooooooooooo

40. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

LG 's UI is great.

44. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wow... That is probably the first time I have ever heard that. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

62. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

seriously,lg ui features is really great,but the feel and design just so so i prefer 4.4launcher look or wp8 look,simple but stylish if lg ui feature with 4.4kitkat launcher look or wp8 metro ui look,it will be awesome! hey!it out of topic already :P .... this article is about samsung haha

39. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I like the change in design, but not the Blinkfeed-like homescreen

55. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Blinkfeed: just brings u news magasine UX " according to rumors ": bring information's from other category, like s- health, temperature and others !!

63. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The problem is, I don't need them at all. It would be good if I could turn them off, but if not, it would be a turn-off for me since it would consume the phone's resources

35. Arirank

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

TouchWiz UX just beautiful but sometimes laggy.coz it has lots customization.. Dont ever compare this to "minimalistic" Sony Xperia UI, :)

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think i'm digging this. o:

29. Avenger827

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Best comment I've seen today @Ant34. touchwiz is laggy as hell on older or midrange devices.

21. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

They should include an option to revert to stock Android.

38. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

It's called Google Play edition, or install CyanogenMod.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay.... sitting alone, but I kinda like what Samsung has done with TouchWiz. No real reason to move away from something that has made you... hmmm, let me get this calculator out.... Mulit-Zillion dollars?? Sound about right? There is an old bit of wisedom from Bear Bryant in football. Keep doing what is successful until your opponet finds a way to stop you. So far, no one in Andriods camp has found a way to stop them. I see no reason to come off what has worked.

28. kryme

Posts: 470; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

clearly its not samsung vs other androids.... its samsung vs apple... since apple refresh there os its just right that samsung refresh theirs am just hoping the make it lighter... they prolly making it close to tizen

19. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

And of course the samsung haters arrive like roaches.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung and Apple attract the most haters because they're successful. It's sad that most users on this site ambush anything that says Samsung or Apple..

72. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

i really agree with that sir.

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