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

1. Teja171 unregistered

Tired of copying Apple. Hey, lets try Microsoft this time.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nonsense, I would never use metro interface for windows 8. Its ugly and hard to navigate with keyboard and mouse. On the other hand I use flip board for all my tablet and phone. I have yet to use the magazine interface so I will reserve my judgment till I actually use one. Getting the note pro 12.2 when its available.

3. Teja171 unregistered

Windows 8 was actually meant for Touch Screen devices. U cant use it with a keyboard and mouse, since the UI has mostly touch based gestures -- which a mouse and keyboard can never manipulate it.

6. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

what are you talking about I use my windows 8 desktop plus metro apps with my keyboard and mouse without any difficulty its perfectly useable for both touch, keyboard and mouse !

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

don't go that far. windows 8 is optimized for touch controls but you can't say you can't use it with a keyboard and mouse. are you sure you want to use ms word with a virtual keyboard? there's a reason why the surface tablets come with their physical keyboard covers.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple's Magic Mouse can. Just saying.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And yet I have limited access to my desktop after upgrading from windows 7 to 8. M$ is pushing that lousy interface to everything.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

@joey Limited access to your desktop? How, click the tile, full desktop. Start button for things like search, run, and other IT tasks? Right click the start icon, windows icon, that place in the bottom left of your screen. I some think you have used win7/8 only because a school has it.

52. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Joey...cut the crap...Windows 8.1 is pretty awesome. You have a perfect blend of touch and productivity (destktop) in the same package. If it would not have been that good you're friends from samsung would not have ripped it off. Meanwhile.. at samsung HQ R&D department ( the same one where they invest $30 catrillions every week that makes the fanboys weep and wet) : "ok boys...we ripped off apples..that's old now..we need something fresh...something new...of course let's go for microsoft this time. In the S5 camp however : Comon guys...3 months till launch...we need a brand new and exciting name for plastic...coooommmon think."

22. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

How is this copying Microsoft? This looks more like flipboard to me.

51. Furbal unregistered

makes sense since they integrated my magazine into the note 3

33. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Touchwiz need to be change but not that live tile.

37. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

hahaha i like you teja

56. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

MS didn't invent the rectangles, same like Apple. 2nd, MS also didn't invent "flat" interface. Did you ever look at this -- http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/US6724403B1/US06724403-20040420-D00004.png This is from patent 6,724,403 for which MS has been sued by a company called Surfcast. It was filled way back in 2000. Contrary to what MS fangirls may think, Bill Gates don't have the right to squares or any other geometric shapes. Now sleep well..

61. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I think, they are making it something similar to Microsoft's Metro stryle and Blinkfeed. Between, Anybody noticed the notification icons are in colors and not in white (like in KitKat update) ..

4. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

when you can't be creative Copy - SamsungCopyPaste

10. rangaha

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

seems like you need to do some copying

14. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

na i can't waste my time i'll give it to Samsung brainless copycat

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You can't even copy and paste correctly. Wasted your time for Samsung. Cause their products continue to fly off the selves. And damn I have to pay a higher price to get them but it still worth it compare windows rt. They actually beg us to buy at 199 and after my research still don't think is worth the asking price.

34. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

it doesn't surprise me if you like purchasing expensive non creative copypasted junk because it has a sticker in the back that says Samsung copycat its funny when people ask for more from Microsoft but when a product released from a different company that doesn't match there high standards suddenly all their high standards disappear and they are perfectly fine with it

42. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

What is this gibberish?

71. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Dude, smoking cold bhang is harmful to your brain. At least boil it.

5. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I see bits of Microsoft's modern UI, some of HTC Sense and nothing new from Samsung as usual :)

11. rangaha

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

but microsoft copied aol and htc copied flipboard

25. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nah, other companies never copy. It's always Samsung who does all the copying.

30. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

First off, I think this new UX is in a league of its own besides getting some cues from the existing ones, we kind off got some hints from the note 3 anyway so this comes to zero surprise to anyone with half a brain. Hate it or love it fans of Samsung devices are going to love this UX cause it is that much better.

27. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

When they copy, it's okay. But if Samsung makes something that vaguely resembles something else everyone cries.

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You, sir, deserve a +1.

36. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

NO. older versions of windows already had tile based system. get your fact. you're just angry samsung fan

70. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft never copied aol, that is nonsense, look up the origins of Live Tiles, HTC blinkfeed copied Windows Phone Tiled based UI, you know this any Windows Phone owner see the similarities and knows this. HTC also copied the panorama UI and the vertical scrolling pattern that Windows Phone introduced.

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