Jan 07 AT 12:01 PM Alex Wagner 18 Comments

Samsung said to be testing refreshed smartphone user interface


Last night Samsung took the wraps off of a quartet of new Galaxy tablets at its CES 2014 press event, but largely absent from the shindig was any news relating to the company’s smartphone efforts. That doesn’t mean that Samsung’s got nothing cooking in its kitchens, though, as a new leak has shown that the Korean firm may be testing out a new custom user interface for its handsets.

Three new images posted by prolific leakster @evleaks claim to show a custom Samsung smartphone UI that the company is purportedly “exploring” at this time. The overlay is quite a bit less cartoonish that previous iterations of TouchWiz, featuring new app icons and a pastel color palette. Also included is a sort of user summary that’s reminiscent of HTC’s BlinkFeed, complete with news on a friend’s check-in and the score of a baseball game.

Overall this new Samsung smartphone UI has a refined, more mature look that I’m digging. TouchWiz has caught quite bit of flak over the years for having a cartoony, toy-ish design, but this leaked overlay definitely has a more grown-up feel to it. Right now this user interface is reportedly just being tested inside of Samsung’s labs, so it’s unclear if it’ll ever actually make it out of there and appear on a shipping product, but there’s certainly a chance that Samsung could feel the same way about it that we do and decide to push the new UI out at some point in the future. Good thing that we’ve got this leaked screenshots to ogle while we wait to see what Samsung decides to do.

Source: @evleaks

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  • Richard Yarrell

    What SAMSUNG is doing is bringing MY MAGAZINE further into the fold of the main UI and I definitely like it. Those New tablets showed yesterday are great.

    Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period.

    • Arthur

      I wouldn’t go that far but it is about time they learned a thing or two about UI design. Now if they can get rid of the TouchWiz name and replace it with something new and fresh, representative of the UI shift, that would be perfect.

    • Orion78

      Oh please. If they just had an all black screen it would be the best.

  • Scooter

    How likely that the 2013 flagship handsets, the S4 and the Note 3 would be updated with the refreshed UI?

    • Sylvester

      don’t count on it bro … it’s not updating so quickly

    • Sylvester

      don’t count on it bro … it’s not updating so quickly samsung won’t update their phones so quickly without a catch

  • Scooter

    I have a Note 3, great device but the UI is a bit, meh! But it functions well, however the opportunity to remove some bloat ware would be a welcome addition, I mean remove, not hide using a launcher or disable.
    Wish the Note 3 had the same camera setup as the S4, having owned both devices the S4 camera is miles better than the note 3.

  • jamal adam

    We’ve been asking for an updated more refined touchwiz ui for a long time. At least it’s good to see that Samsung is actually testing this internally. I definitely agree that this looks more mature, refined and quite nice. I guess time will tell whether they update touchwiz or not. I hope this leaked interface comes to the new Galaxy lines.

  • Gill Android

    Better late than never

  • redraider133

    I like the new look. Hopefully they refined it behind the scenes as well to clean up some of the lag.

  • Orion78

    It’s about damn time. I’m still with stock all the way but if Samsung can finally make a beautiful UI….I might give them a chance. Let’s see how the final product looks.

  • CTown

    That just makes me suspicious: Thanks to iOS 7, TouchWiz no longer mimics iOS. Now that iOS looks more like stock Android, TouchWiz will look more like stock Android on the first GS4 after iOS7 is released?

    • CTown

      Sorry, I meant first Galaxy S device not GS4.

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  • donger

    About time.