See the Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android L in this 8 minute-long preview

The folks at SamMobile just landed a sweet exclusive -- a chance to play around with a test build (LRW58J) of Android L for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Before we get into the specifics, let's get one (rather important) thing out of the way -- according to SamMobile's source, Android L is indeed slated for a re-branding to Android Lollipop. In other words, if this turns out to be true, then the majority of you will have been spot on in one of our latest polls.

Going back to the Galaxy S5 and the build in question, the eight and a half minute-long preview will give you a pretty thorough feeling of how Samsung is approaching Android L and, more specifically -- how it's implementing the new Material Design guidelines without losing its TouchWiz face. We're told (and you can see that) that the Dialler, Messages, Memo, and Clock apps (among others) have been redesigned from the ground up in order to keep true to the aforementioned guidelines. This being a test build, however, many animations are still missing, so not all buttons, knobs, and the like provide animated feedback just yet. Indeed, that's one of the reasons SamMobile won't be releasing the build for the wider public to check out.

Moving on, as you can see for yourself, one of the biggest changes is the theme -- it's now predominantly white, which is a nice change of pace from the bluish visuals of old. Lockscreen widgets are either missing or not going to make the final cut, by the way, though the heads-up notification that we've come to love are there. Another stand-out new feature is MirrorLink, which will allow you to connect your Samsung phone to your car's infotainment system, which is, admittedly, pretty cool. 

Take a look at the embedded video below and the massive gallery of screenshots SamMobile compiled underneath it.

Thanks for the tip, Peter!

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I hoped TW will go away but I guess Samsung is not very eager to make any changes. I hope other OEM's will be fresh and better.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's clearly still Touchwiz, but to say they didn't make ANY changes tells me one of a few things: 1) You've never used or don't have very much experience with TW. 2) You didn't watch or watched very little of the video. 3) You're blind. 4) You're an irrational Samsung hater. How many apply? Or is it all of the above?

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

All four.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That or he is kind of right even if he might not know it. I see none of the design language introduced with material design on any of samsungs apps. They haven't changed the layout at all in most of those apps some of which desperately need a better layout. They haven't made use of any of the shadowing and physical animations from material design at all. Really, they're showing the world that as everyone one else moves forwards in software design, they can actually move backwards. Just overall disappointed with what I saw in that video. It just shows things appearing out of nowhere, no guided transitions, no expected movements or aesthetics. I really hope this is a very very early build with lots of improvements to come. Otherwise, they are just using the same skin with no real thought behind any of its movements or aesthetics.

16. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Did you not read the article? It's a test build that is missing animations.

81. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I agree, that was a mess. I went from Gnex to S4 to M8 and while I don't really like TW and wish they would do away with it, I do like their hardware. Android L is a mixed bag, the new material design is nice but I hate the "new" flat graphics that everyone is going to. It's dull and boring, and in this case they're not even making use of the transitions and animations that are what material design is all about. And if it's already lagging without animations then how bad will it be when they're added. Flat graphics still need some accents or edge definition to make buttons stand out. What I don't want is something that ends up looking like Win8/3.11 and has a sea of ugly colored boxes, or in this case the settings menu with circles and 8 bit color. You'd think that when you're running in 256 color mode you could at least render without lag. So my personal preference is to kill TW and use material design but with high quality "materials" as the name suggests, not this 8 bit flat nastiness from 1993. The latest batch of hardware (sammy/htc/moto/sony) have nice machined metal chassis, textured back covers with leather, wood, glass, aluminum etc but the UI doesn't remotely carry that aesthetic language to the user. We have 2k displays and yet the standard apps use like 5 colors, I just don't find it very inspired. Dynamic rendering of actual materials within a 3D UI environment with touch effects and maybe a little accelerometer parallax, that I would go for. So when I can't tell where the chassis ends and screen starts, and the UI interactions feel almost physical, then I'll be impressed.

96. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

He was right. There must be other people that are blind too. Just about every gesture he made, there was an animation for it. Clearly you don't even realize there is an animation when you see it. Look at everytime he touched an app. The app zooms in and out when he picks an app. There is shading when certain actions are done to darken the rest of the screen on different gestures. There is a dissapearing effect while flipping pages through the app section. There's a way through developer options to slow down these effects even further, make them faster, or take them out all together. Clearly, you just want to hate. This entire video was filled with animations.

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, all changes I see are lockscreen notification and few apps changed design. Overall look is the same and it seems that amount of bloatware remained the same or even bigger. 1) You're partly right, I've never owned Android Samsung, but I remember how laggy S3 & 4 were (few of my friends have them) dunno about 5 though, but I personally hate the look, feel and features of TW. 2) iWatched 3) Well my eyes aren't in best condition but blind? I don't think so. 4) Call me what You like, but I just have my preferences and I love Alpha, only if it had bigger battery and Sense UI it would be perfect.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

Okay. Fair enough. I apppreciate the honest answers.

30. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

He is is laggy due to bloatware (yes I have used s5).....touchwiz changes is not the big one as seen in this video.....there are much better UI then this thats why I also don't like doubt there phones are good


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I have used the iPhone and it is very laggy and bloated. See I can make stupid claims too.

70. Ashoaib

Posts: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I agree with you... iphone get laggy as hell when the storage is full more than 25gb or 27gb


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

All the above. While Touchwiz might not be everyone's first choice for an UI over Android, it clearly appears to be snappy and much improved. I love the new UI of touchwiz on this and I can't wait for it. Touchwiz might have some rather useless or unneeded features, but it does have way more features that I can't live without.

50. g2a5b0e unregistered

I agree for the most part. It wasn't as snappy as I would have liked, but as stated, it is a test build. There is plenty of time & room for improvement. I love Touchwiz & I'm very excited for it too. People complain about all the features, but that makes no sense to me. To quote a famous line that someone once made in reference to his gun, "I'd rather have it & not need it than need it & not have it."

97. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Bro, this whole video was filled with animations. There is a delay to display the animation with each gesture. They actually happen so fast that you hardly see them. Yet, it seems like there is a slight delay when you dont pay attention to what youre looking at. Im surprised nobody pays attention to detail anymore.

98. g2a5b0e unregistered

Read my comment again. Where did I say there were no animations? This actually makes your last sentence quite ironic. Perhaps you meant to reply to comment #12.

59. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For the past 4 years, I didn't pass on any Galaxy flagship, whether it was an S series or a Note. I live the functionality of touchwiz, and I think no one is able to offer as much as samsung do when it comes to touchwiz. With that being said, I watched the video and I felt so bored with the slight changes applied to the skin, it's about damn time Samsung get rid of this cartoonish look on the UI, I don't want to root everytime I want to change this colorful mess. Look at the new LG UI, they went from uglt to classy, same for HTC's skin, it makes the ugliest phones looks sexy. Even Sony's UI, and although it is also a bit cartoonish and not for my taste, it is still more eye pleasing that touchwiz. I don't wanna turn to like one of those Apple sheep, and defend Samsung for the sake of defending, touchwiz needs a complete overhaul, and I am afraid stubborn Samsung will take another few years to learn there lesson like they waited 4 years to implement new materials to the build of their flagships.

88. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1, Well said.

102. abrahavt

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Well said. I have felt the same way. That is why I have avaoided Samsung phones in the past. Hopefully with their fall in market share and profits they will come to their senses and go with better build quality and a nicer simpler UI.

76. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

+1 g2a5b0e always going for the jugular... xD

85. g2a5b0e unregistered

Ha! Thanks, dude. I shoot from the hip.

87. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Also, Samsung usually comes out with new versions of Touchwiz with the release of a new Galaxy S flagship, regardless of what Android updates have come out. When the Galaxy S2 got the 4.0 update it looked almost identical to 2.3, but when the Galaxy S3 came out they announced Nature UX. So no one should have really expected very many changes to the Galaxy S5 software with the L update, but the Galaxy S6 should have a complete Touchwiz redesign, which will make it to the Galaxy S5 later in 2015.

63. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

touchwiz is already d most feature rich UI, its the other OEMs thats need to do the catchup. As far as changes are concerned i see a lot of performance improvement in android L. That Galaxy S5 looks and feels much snappier overall . Its looks Fast .

84. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I would say it's the most gimmick rich UI.

72. Ashoaib

Posts: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

looking much better

78. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Samsung has failed miserably at doing justice to android L.

2. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011


3. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Unless it is fake, this means that the official release is pretty soon

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Mid-October, supposedly.

13. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It looks so real. Not Lollipop tho, I just had my tooth fixed...

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