As a way to enhance the User Experience, Samsung will be making some major changes to the TouchWiz UI on its upcoming flagship, Samsung Galaxy S6. According to the the latest reports, Samsung will remove some of the pre-installed default Samsung apps such as S Voice, S Health, S Note and Scrapbook from TouchWiz UI.
Those apps will be available for download through the company's Galaxy Apps store. Samsung may pre-install few of Microsoft apps in their place as a result of the deal between the two companies regarding their patent royalty case.
If true, the Galaxy S6 will come with Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile bundled with a free Office 365 subscription as well as Skype. Trimming the TouchWiz features is also allegedly making the Galaxy S6 Lollipop experience a lot more fluid and quicker than the similarly updated Galaxy Note 4.
Changes that will be made to TouchWiz on Galaxy S6:
• Samsung's default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
• More theming options are available.
• All Samsung's apps are more colorful.
• You can select between 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer.
• The app drawer no longer supports endless cycling through the list of apps.
• The music app still runs in full-screen mode at all times.
• The dialer app looks "green as grass", or that's what we were told.
Samsung latest flagship devices such as Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ launched with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop that packs a whole New TouchWiz UX. The New User Interface adopts Google's Material Design even more.
In the New 2015 TouchWiz, Samsung updated all its default system apps, from music player, photo gallery to the settings, contacts app, phone dialer and multi-task manager. This release is focusing more on the Interface than adding new core-features to the software. we have to be honest, TouchWiz UI came a long way since its release with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Check the Exclusive screenshots below to Take a first look at the New TouchWiz UX (all screenshots below are taken from a Galaxy Note5), Enjoy!
We recently got to know that Samsung might be coming on-board with Google to optimize TouchWiz, and a new news has added more credibility to this rumour. As per ITHome, Samsung will be concentrating more on user experience enhancement with the Galaxy S7, while Google engineers will help the Samsung backend code on its popular customized version of Android.
The report also says that Samsung and Google's primary goal is to make a "a non-delayed operating experience", one with "superior fluency than iOS". Now, Android has got huge market and is probably having more support on high-end devices when it comes to general fluidity. In the recent times, given how Apple's updates to iOS continue to bring new issues (especially as they try to make the OS more flexible), it's not clear if Android will ever be as optimized as the iOS.
The Korean tech giant has already attained a significant level of optimization with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, and it would be super exciting to see TouchWiz become even more efficient in the future (it would also be great to see Samsung solve the issues pertaining to multitasking in high-end devices). The report also establishes that the microSD slot will come back with the Galaxy S7, though at this very moment things are quite hazy. We'll wait and watch!
HDBlog has officially released a video which details a lot of the features that are going to be a part of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7's UI. There is also an accompanying article about it, if you wish to read. There will of course, be a lot of difference between what you see over here and what Samsung will finally be releasing on their next Note device when it comes out in August, but this leak gives us a nice little preview nonetheless.
From what we see and know so far, Samsung is planning for a clean and polished look this time around with the UI and it might be more straightforward in approach than what we are used to seeing from the OEM. There is also the possibility of a new messenger being included in the new software to rival the iMessage app on Apple products.
A piece of warning though, the video and the accompanying article are both in Italian, so there's that! If you have a rooted smartphone and would like to try out the core applications, you will find the link to download and install them below. They include S-Note, S-Browser, the default video player, the default keyboard, voice recorder, calculator, etc.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Reports of a more affordable variant of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha first surfaced last week. Back then we heard that Samsung was in development of an SM-A500 device for the midrange market.
The latest news surrounding the device involves a 13MP camera instead of the initially reported 8MP shooter, alongside the updated version of the TouchWiz User interface that Samsung introduced at IFA with its new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Otherwise, the SM-A500 is expected to include a 5-inch 720 Super AMOLED screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, and 16GB of expandable storage. Notably, the 2,330mAh battery is expected to be of the non-removable kind unlike on the Galaxy Alpha while a 5MP front-facer is also expected.
We already had a look at Samsung's upcoming Lollipop ROM that packs a New version for TouchWiz UI with a themes App that can change the color, wallpaper, icons and style of the whole User interface. Today, we get even a closer look with more leaked screenshots of the TouchWiz Themes App.
Themes allow users to change the appearance of the UI background, wallpaper, icons, ringtones, fonts and colors and are nothing new really. Sony has had a great theme engine for some time now and so do lots of makers. It's good to see Samsung hop on board as well.
The images show the new Themes option in the homescreen edit section along with a settings menu entry and the themes pictured in better detail. The leak features the Samsung basic, the Natural, Craft, one we can't see and Sweet.
Earlier this Year, Samsung released it's flagship Galaxy S6 with a New TouchWiz UI with a little Material Design touch. At the same time HTC released it's latest flagship One M9 with the New HTC Sense 7 UI with a more flat design.
Both User Interfaces has different features, look, icons, wallpapers, notifications, lockscreen, menus and fonts. It's hard to decide which is better! So we will show you some screenshots from both Interfaces as a comparison... Leaving the final decision to you!
TouchWiz [Left] vs. Sense 7 [Right]
Whichis Better in your Opinion ?
Earlier this Year, Samsung released its flagship Galaxy S6 with a New TouchWiz UI with a little Material Design touch. At the same time HTC released its latest flagship HTC One M9 with the New HTC Sense 7 UI with a more flat design.
TouchWiz [Left] vs. Sense 7 [Right]
Which is Better in your Opinion ?
Samsung's TouchWiz UI is included on all its devices, it's interface has improved a lot lately but it's functionally and customization-ability still needs improvements. Finally, it looks like Samsung decided to make it easier for TouchWiz to customize their phones.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Samsung will add theming support to the New TouchWiz UI to offer the ability to quickly change the look of the device and often goes beyond just changing the UI Colors, wallpapers and icons. As you can see on the photo above a "Themes setting screen" is visible on the Galaxy S5 running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop build from Samsung.
It's not clear how extensive the customizations via the Themes will be or which devices will get the new functionality presumably the current and last year's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Alphas too. Another change is that the S Finder button has been moved to the upper left corner and the Quick Connect button is gone.
This will save some space in the notification area. This Update should hit unlocked Galaxy S5 devices Later Next Month (December).
Lately, Samsung is hard at work to update its latest flagships devices to the Android 5.0 Lollipop, currently all Samsung's updates are all based on Android 5.0.x build. The Korean giant hasn't started developing on Google's Latest Android 5.1 Lollipop Build, yet.
We got some un-confirmed reports that Samsung is going to update the Galaxy Note 4 to Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the update will bring the Newest TouchWiz UX that was included on the Galaxy S6 to the company's latest phablet, we don't have the full change-log of the new features that will be included along with this update yet. So, we need to take this report with a grain of salt.
The report also indicates that Samsung's first device to get Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be its latest flagships Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge. The update is expected in 2nd half of this year (H2,2015). However, the Android 5.1 updates is currently NOT under-development for any Samsung Device, so it will take long time to see one.
Make sure to follow our Samsung Official Updates Page, To stay updated with the latest Lollipop updates.