The evolution of TouchWiz: 5 years of change

Samsung’s TouchWiz custom user interface that runs on top of Android is now so popular that you’d be forgiven to think that’s the way Google designed its platform to look…
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39. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Never been a huge fan of touchwiz. I've always liked the Galaxy devices, however. I always ended up flashing CyanogenMod on my devices, Samsung, HTC, or otherwise. Are we using a 0 based array, or a 1 based array? 2010 was 4 years ago, not 5 (which is a 0 based array). If we are going with a 1 based array, we get 5 years.

44. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

why cant samesung just update touchwiz for every galaxy phone?

55. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The same way the iPhone 4 doesn't have Siri or Panorama.

45. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

TouchWiz is a solid UI IMO, if they just didn't bloat it so much it would definitely be zippier

48. D600abc

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

"TouchWiz first debuted on the original Samsung Galaxy S in 2010." That's not true, the first versions of TouchWiz debuted on the original Omnia and F480 Tocco. Get your facts straight PA.

56. androidwpios

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 28, 2014


57. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I think every hater of TouchWiz or Samsung should just shut up and stop complaining. At least it's a lot better than any other skin out there.

60. androidwpios

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hah the best thing is stock android then CM after HTC and moto I use note3 CM11 rom

61. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

You should do "The evolution of Sense", since it was the old TouchFlo! (Now that I think about it, Samsung named their UI very similar to HTC's in that time)

63. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

this is what it takes for Samsung to reach today level...and i am still proud of my S II

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72. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

I've been using TouchWiz since it ran on my old Omnia on WM6.1 - They were the first to bring widgets, even before Android. Too bad they ditched the camera key since then. But using SII and now an S4 I really love the blueish "nature" TouchWiz. I love being able to zoom out and see all widgets at once for example. No more on the S5...

73. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Only thing I can recommend besides it is the Sony UI. Love the "Sort by most used" in the app drawer. Never used Sense so can't judge that. But they do need a background in the app drawer I think.

74. desmond0318

Posts: 1; Member since: May 08, 2014

Touchwiz is user friendly, i end up with samsung after using sony and iphone.. sony's flash looks childish, iphone's need a maid to clean the desktop for a good view of wallpaper. (messy UI)
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