Stock Lollipop vs Samsung TouchWiz vs HTC Sense vs LG UI: Interface comparison

Stock Lollipop vs Samsung TouchWiz vs HTC Sense vs LG UI: Interface comparison
The original, Google version of Android 5.0 Lollipop has been around for months now, but it wasn't until recently that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG, finally started pushing an over-the-air update that saw their own proprietary overlays move to the newer firmware. At the same time, unfortunately, companies like Sony are still stuck on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, so it'll be a while longer until we get to see an Xperia-themed take on Lollipop.

But even if you're well-versed in the above-mentioned makers' custom Android skins, it's quite possible that you are wondering what exactly the differences boil down to now that they've made the move to Lollipop. Overall, we've got to say that despite having their own style and adhering to different design philosophies, we're starting to notice some more uniformity in the way their respective Android flavors look and even function. This doesn't mean that they don't differ wildly in certain regards, though, as you'll be able to see for yourself right below.

We took a number of interface screenshots on our resident Motorola Nexus 6 (stock Android), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (TouchWiz), HTC One M8 (Sense), and LG G3 (LG UI), so that you can contrast and compare. Take a look.

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66 Comments

1. RajRicardo

Posts: 505; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Sense and LG for the win.

24. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I like how HTC ignored the stacked cards Recents Apps. Its like: FU! Were doing it our own way. BTW, where Sony's UI?

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

HTC has a setting to choose between their one or the stock android one As for Sony they are still working on their Lollipop update

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You have the option for both of I'm not mistaken. And Sony? Lol idk what they hell they're doing. Closest UI to stock yet the last ones to update. Pathetic.

37. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

And I like how you are showing your ignorance for the world to see. Anyway, sense gives you the option for either. As a matter of fact the card style is the actual default view like the rest.

66. danchoi704

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 18, 2008

Lollipop have both stack cards and tiles, u can choose either.

32. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Oh yes, Sense is best, but I won't buy an HTC because I don't like the boring gray UI, no matter how good you claim it to be.

34. capt.pororo

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

sense totally :)

40. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sense and stock are best IMO. 1. Sense 2. Stock 3. LG 4. TW 5. Sony - screenshots of lollipop look horrible.

51. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

switch 3 and 4 and that's my list.

42. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

this comparison will be better after sense 7 and new TW

52. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

HTC Sense...... for me

61. tonyallison0

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

LG master race, man.

2. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

And btw LG UI now has near-stock navigation bar.

3. e8ght

Posts: 27; Member since: May 25, 2013

Samsung's TouchWiz & LG's UI are like Twins.

4. AndroidLollipop unregistered

Stock - except for the camera interface

14. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

+1 exactly !! .. Stock android need to refine that or probably redesign that camera app completely !!

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The stock app hasn't even been updated to integrate Camera2 API They should add manual controls, RAW DNG mode, RAW DNG + JPEG mode,... I'm using A Better Camera instead at the moment

18. Samesung

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

+1 Beside, Stock UI without the OEM bloats is always smoother.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

There is nothing 'Material' about HTC's Sense. Too much dull black in Sense. TouchWiz looks closest to stock, comparatively.

11. PhoneBuff

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Wait till you see Sense 7 ;)

15. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Isn't it quite obvious material UI for sense isn't going to be released until M9 comes out in a few days?

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No ! Material design is suppose to come with Android L and not M9. What's the point of updating phone to Android 5.0 if you leave out the biggest feature of Android L.

57. djinn911

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I bet no oem want to showcase their new ui until they have some new flagship hardware for it. Buzz of M9 would have been halved if they had already showcased their new sense 7 with the lollipop update

65. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

exactly.

6. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Funny how people say touch wiz is ugly. Compared to the above I see no difference if not I even prefer their implementation better.

7. Gtranushka

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

LG UI and Touchwiz seems beautiful/pleasant! better look. :D nice work both LG and Samsung!

68. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Exactly

8. crunkgrunk

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

The others are mostly just playing catch-up to Stock. Well that's how it looks to me.

9. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

LG's navbar is ugly :|

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