Samsung’s mobile products are extremely popular, but one common complaint has been the performance (or lack thereof) of one of the key components of the Samsung architecture, namely TouchWiz. Even we’ve been critical of TouchWiz and its lags and stutters, and questionable design sense, and the disconnect between various aspects of the user experience.
Complaints ranging from child-like icon designs, cluttered interfaces and bloated design have filled much of the discussion about TouchWiz, and sadly, little has changed. However, from the image you can see above, courtesy of @evleaks, it looks as if things could be about to change.
There’s a change of font, but that’s not too remarkable, as fonts are fairly readily changed by users and developers alike. More stark are the new looks for standard applications, and a layout somewhat familiar to users of HTC’s Blinkfeed. The whole design just looks a bit flatter and cleaner, somewhat like what Apple did with the change from iOS 6 to iOS 7.
We know that @evleaks has been on the money before, but equally, he’s missed the mark a couple of times as well. Will TouchWiz take this form? Who knows, but any improvement to its current status would probably be welcomed by many.
Doesn’t look much better imo. Samsung has a very Asian philosophy with their devices; Make them as quickly and for as cheaply as possible. There’s no philosophy behind their devices. They’re just churning them out with random ideas and see what sticks. Touchwiz was all over the place as far as UI and features goes. These screenshots look the same. This new UI (assuming it’s real) doesn’t show the UI improving at all. It’s as if they just threw something together so when they reveal the next Galaxy phone they can have ‘completely redesigned UI’ as one of the dot-points… Read more »
Not so sure about the font…
Finally transparent status bar, yah! Hope they fix the lags in contract, phone… sometime just lags a sec or two
Transparent status bar? They were like the first, if not one of the early adopters, to have it…
lock screen courtesy of sammobile
This looks more like Samsung. All white icons following the Kitkat guidelines. ^^
Nexus all the way for me thanks!
Same. Although I wish it had dual / multi window like the Samsungs (and LGs)
Besides that, Nexus all the way.
Knowing samsung, it’s probably a flat modern skin on top of old touchwiz on top of android.
I think these are fake, why would they not change their own S-apps.
Work in progress?
There’s another screenshot of the lock screen, which was put on twitter by sammobile.
Hmmm better but still not great.