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Reported Screenshots of Redesigned TouchWiz UI Surface on the Web

Early this morning, @evleaks took to his Twitter account to show off a few different screenshots, apparently detailing an upcoming look for Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. While we can’t confirm if this is the move Samsung plans to make for their smartphone UI, we can’t say it looks bad. It actually looks somewhat pretty. 

The first thing you might think is that this is Samsung’s look for Kit Kat. Last night, Kellen and I had hands-on time with the new Galaxy NotePro and TabPro tablets from Samsung, each of which runs a revamped version of TouchWiz on top of Kit Kat. That UI didn’t look anything liked these leaked screenshots, as the notification bar actually sported white icons and text, just like stock Android 4.4.

As we can see in these screenshots, Samsung is apparently sticking to the green battery icon for now, as this could be a revamped version of TouchWiz just for smartphones. It would be interesting if the company decided to have two separate versions of their skin for phones and tablets, so we wouldn’t put our money on that idea.

In the pictures, we can see that Samsung has found a new love for flat icons as well, which reminds us of HTC and the release of Sense 5. Either way, these new shots don’t give us much detail, but if this version does come to fruition, we would be sort of happy about it. It’s definitely an improvement over the current look of TouchWiz.

What do you think? Does it look better or worse in your opinion than the current TouchWiz?

Via: @evleaks
  • ♜Donzzy™

    IMO, I don’t think this is another TW version. As you can see on the 3rd image, the status bar looks rather off. It’s transparency isn’t equally as pleasing as compared to current flagship phones (S4 and Note 3 for ex.). I think, it’s sort of a theme or a modded TW launcher.

  • Rehan Yusuf

    Still looks like crap

  • viewthis66

    This is long overdue. Believe me this is a welcome change and cannot come soon enough.

  • beav

    It looks a helluva lot better than touchwiz does at the moment.

  • Jason B

    My eyes are burning. It’s sad. TouchWiz is just like herpes – you can take meds to minimize its presence, but at the end of the day, there’s no freakin’ cure for it. It’s spreading to millions too.

    Worse yet is that people think this is what Android is.

    And it still seems to be poorly optimized. So much so that Samsung disables clock gating/power saving SoC features in certain Samsung apps (same BenchBoost code that cheats in benchmarks). Now you tell me, why would a Snapdragon 800 (like in the GN3) need that?

  • sonicemerald

    ikitkatified.

  • xzero425x

    Does anyone know what LG’s 4.4 looks like with “their” version?

  • They should hire kovdev to do their icons.

  • dpopchopra

    Is that a flipboard activity tracker app? Nice.

  • Mystery Dead Kid

    MIUI
    Lol

  • a3uge

    Multi-colored gradient icons? Really, Samsung? Really?

    But this probably isn’t the new TouchWiz anyways.

  • Daniel Walsh

    This looks way better.

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    Wow, I dislike Apple products for the most part just as much as the next root-happy nerd. But WOW. That’s iOS. Any dispute is just denial or stupidity.

    HAVING SAID THAT. It’s definitely an upgrade over their previous Touchwiz.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    If it is just as janky and odd as their current UI, then it won’t matter what it looks like. Performance first, then make it pretty.

  • Jeremy Johns
  • Sammy needs to hire some of our stout ROM & Theme developers! They know what they are doing!

  • Guest

    Touchwiz will always suck !

    bit.ly/19Qu0qr

    Sense FTW

  • ozo012

    Sigh… Samsung get with the program and remove that ugly green battery icon, this isn’t Gingerbread

  • antwonw

    I hear a lawsuit coming from Apple over the flat colored icons and the overall color palette.

    • Adrynalyne

      I really doubt that Apple can patent colors.

      • antwonw

        Joke my friend. But seriously, Apple tries to sue and block nearly every Samsung device whether it’s for physical design or for internal software. I honestly wouldn’t put it past them to attempt to sure over it. They’ll claim they stole the design style from iOS7. haha

        • Adrynalyne

          iOS7 can keep its design. Terrible.

  • shdowman

    Lipstick on a pig

  • Justen DeBowles

    It looks pretty nice. Consumers are going to love it.
    Though looking at comments… it’s just fun to hate samsung i guess, lol.

  • shelderman

    At least they are trying something new but looks too busy to me.

  • SkyCode

    Lose that nasty Green in the Notification Bar

  • Rodeojones000

    Does it really matter what they do with the look? It’s still TouchWiz.

  • Jeff C

    just get rid of the gross green toggles and battery meter and we’re halfway there (not quite but that green is so ugly. green? really green?)

  • Fresh360

    It’s not too bad (don’t tar & feather me) but I wonder if those ‘cards’ are swipable like NOW hmmmmmmm

  • JayMars84

    TouchWiz is the only time where I’d actually be excited to hear it was “thinner and lighter.” This looks a bit better but still ugly.

    • SA_NYC

      Evidently you haven’t been married.

  • MichaelFranz

    Its a nice needed change, but while its great and all they need to de-bloat it or up the standard S5 to 32GB of space.

    • Adrynalyne

      Not sticking up for Samsung and their bloat-it-all-to-hell practices, but I would expect the S5 to be standard with 32GB, like the Note 3.

      • MichaelFranz

        Agreed, they might be able to polish up some apps but there is bound to be new things and those new things will eat up more space. Remember last year when 16GB of space only meant 9GB after all their bloat?…exactly why they should just pony up and make it a 32Gb by default, and also give the SD slot.

        im sure the trolls and hypebeasts will be stirring the pot within the next few weeks anyway

        • Adrynalyne

          Agreed.

      • Mike Hilal

        At least you can easily remove the samsung bloat now. Unlike before. Now If only verizon would keep their meddling hands off the SW we’d be sitting pretty.

        • Adrynalyne

          Yeah but disabling it still takes up the space.

          • Mike Hilal

            I didnt notice a lack of space….not like they did on previous devices.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, if you are referring to the Note 3, of course not. It has 32GB standard.

          • Mike Hilal

            The only samsung device that’s worth buying 🙂

  • Jérôme Besnard

    My opinion:

    • Maxim∑

      touchwiz brings a lot of nice features that I sometimes wish my Nexus 5 had.

      Samsung should really just make all there devices stock with Samsung’s apps and tweaks w/o a skin but there a lot of regular consumers don’t even know what stock is so might not matter as much

      • Kevin

        What are some nice touchwiz features you want on the Nexus 5?

        • theeta

          multi window, camera features are the ones maybe..

    • Adrynalyne

      Is that the Tmo version?

      • Jérôme Besnard

        Good one! 🙂

      • Robert Macri

        Well there is no Verizon logo.

    • Eric R.

      It’s better than iOS7

  • stabone

    I don’t like it. They changed some of the icons to this pastel looking thing. They don’t match up to the rest of the icons that devs use so it really makes them look out of place.

  • Ian Smith

    DL is riddled with hideousness today: Pebble 2.0, Touchwiz… wait – something’s missing. Where’s Ron?

    • Maxim∑

      Ron isn’t here because Apple isn’t at CES

  • Morbid138

    I didn’t think touch wiz could get any uglier, I guess I was wrong.

    • SA_NYC

      Yeah, I am not seeing much of this talked-about improvement.

  • ddevito

    CheeseWiz

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    S Health, S Memo, Samsung Hub, whats next…S-Wiz? Ridiculous

  • ddevito

    You still can’t see much from these screenshot, but it’s looks like a moderate improvement.

    Touchwiz’s problem doesn’t end with design and aesthetics, it also includes a cruft of crapware nobody has a use for.

  • What the hell Samsung? You revamp your design, but don’t apply the new design language to all your icons! Y U DO DIS?

    • Detonation

      Because it’s probably a work-in-progress that’s not complete yet

      • I kind of doubt it… Just look at how disjointed their iconography has been for years. Is there really a decent reason to think they are going to stop now?

  • Dominick White

    If Samsung goes to something like this, i maybe able to deal with TouchWiz

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Touchwiz. ..androids redheaded step child

  • gwhiteVT

    I like it, looks awesome, I just hope that Samsung (and Verizon) deem the Note 3 worthy to get the update!

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Keep dreaming. The Note 2 just got updated

  • Morris

    I’m sorry but to me that looks like iOS 7

  • Agunimon

    I like it.

  • Rob Fetterhoff

    I use nova and wouldn’t change. I don’t care what Samsung changes I won’t revert back to touchwiz.

    • Chris

      you still have touch wiz. nova is a LAUNCHER

  • John

    If this seriously is legit… see ya lata Samsung. Looks awful.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Galaxy theme for galaxy phones. It adds up.

  • Colin Huber

    Not a huge fan of the font, but I like the look. Hopefully it comes out relatively soon.

  • Still ugly. Please make your main UI the Magazine UX from your 2014 tablets

    • Adrynalyne

      If you like tiled interfaces, Windows Phone might be right up your alley.

      • Adam Truelove

        Other than the time consuming animations and some organization issues they need to work out, Windows Phone is an AMAZING OS. It’s innovative and beautiful.

        • Adrynalyne

          I’ve tried it, and I just can’t get into it.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      That are horribly slow. And have home buttons. …yeah buddy bring them on! /s

      • That are horribly slow? Ok….
        The physical and capacitize buttons have nothing to do with the software UI, friend.

  • Leif Sikorski

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve worked with Teknision. It reminds me a lot on their Chameleon Launcher.

  • Bharath Kannan

    this is even worse than what tw is now….

  • chris_johns

    I wouldnt be surprised…it looks more iphoneish…and thats right up samsungs alley

    • Adrynalyne

      Please, give some examples of how that looks more iPhone-ish. I patiently await for your reply AND examples.

      • Matthew Rebmann

        I actually sort of agree with Chris. It’s the icon colors and the clock font. They aren’t quite as vibrant (besides the bright background) but the scheme itself reminds me of iOS. Looks a hell of a lot better, either way.

        • Adrynalyne

          Probably because it looks flat. Which iOS7 is…but Windows Phone did first. Its just a design fad that everyone is going through right now, but because of iPhone popularity, few recognized it until recently.

          • Guest

            and it wasn’t until recently that the iOS look went flat…..

            Downvote all you want kid, its the truth

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Oh for the love of god, provide some details. Don’t just patronize the fellow.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Sorry, I meant to add “flat” in there too but being flat isn’t the only quality. Windows and iOS looking nothing alike in design. Colors are completely different and so is the entire UI.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, yes, the colors are different, and the UI is different as well (flat is flat though).

            The thing with colors though, is that unless they ripped off the actual icons, using watercolor-like stuff is not patented or copying. I have a 5s at home, and aside from the mail icon, none of it feels iOS-ish to me.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Ah, I never said they straight-up copied them, though I’d say they definitely looked to Apple for inspiration. I was just saying that it resembled it to me. It wouldn’t be the first time Samsung directly shadowed Apple but I wasn’t trying to smear anyone.

          • Adrynalyne

            Fair point.

          • Maxim∑

            Microsoft did not invent a flat UI

        • eli

          the only thing that reminded me of iOS 7 was the lock screen but besides that it it looks Nice

      • chris_johns

        Nah im good

        • Adrynalyne

          Typical. Make a claim and then provide no substance to back it up. At least Matthew discussed it.

          • chris_johns

            🙂

      • chris125

        pastel colors (iOS 7), flat icons

        • Adrynalyne

          Flat was before Apple. Pastel colors…well that is just bad taste for everyone, but it doesn’t make the UI even remotely resemble iOS7.

    • Leif Sikorski

      iphoneish? The iPhone doesn’t have widgets at all and this one looks like it’s all about widgets and content on your homescreen. Compared to iOS it’s likee night and day.

      • chris_johns

        Waa i made fun of samsung all fanboys cry and downvote me n defend hurry go!

      • zurginator

        It’s got a bunch of very bright colors, and the icons are massive amounts of gradients. That’s iOS.
        It’s got a lot of transparency. That’s KitKat.
        It’s flat. That’s WP/iOS.

  • Bionicman

    umm it looks ugly. those icons look they come from a bad icon pack.

  • Adrynalyne

    I’ll reserve judgement for when we see more. Right now this is showing nothing more than different icons, a shaded top bar instead of transparent (talk about a step backwards), and a tile widget. We need to see more before judging.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Its not great but Id have to give it a yea based on your question, its tough to get worse than the current version. Using my coworkers S4 makes it feel like I went back in time 4 years after using my N4.

  • Federico Simionato

    Please, just remove every kind of personalisation.

    • Chris

      This is android, not iOS

      • Guest

        who the hell could demote this? Android IS about customization and choice.

        • Chris

          an angry ios user or @adrynalyne:disqus .

        • Adrynalyne

          Let me show you why people demoted it. He said remove personalizations, not the ability to personalize. In other words, stock skin. Comprehension is hard for you, isn’t it?

          • Chris

            thats what nexus devices are for….

  • SilverCore

    Still ugly !

  • David Field

    Looks ugly. It always amazes me that they (samsung) probably have an entire design team that is on some massive payroll, and they cant outdo kids (literally kids) that do much better designs for free….

    • Chris

      if kids were in charge, the home screens will be littered with myspace era designs and katy perry, Justin beiber and one direction crap all over

      • Alex Farra

        Yeah because all of us kids just love making our home screens have pictures of katy perry all over it. Shows how much you know about society

        • Guest

          You mad bro?

          Most kids do that crap anyway. They only care about themselves and no one else.

          • Source: Chris was a kid once and that’s how he was. I see nothing has changed.

          • Guest

            kids of yesterday were different from kids of today. some are just too stupid to reliaze that

          • Adrynalyne

            I have a child. Don’t pretend to tell me what they are like when you don’t.

          • Guest

            a child or a teen? I fell sorry fore the teen. both on how stupid and brain dead they are and the fact you are their parent

          • Adrynalyne

            Wow, personal insults on Discus. What will I ever do?

          • Chris

            thats cold… don’t do that

          • normmcgarry

            You fell?! Please don’t fall. You need to be more careful.

          • TC Infantino

            I feel sorry for the teen.*
            FIFY

          • billybob

            You are a complete moron why would you insult somebody over the Internet are you that insecure? Let’s hope you do the world a favor and shoot blanks so you don’t reproduce more ignorant people. Jump off a bridge.

          • Guest

            I fell sorry for your kid. on a number of things.

          • Adrynalyne

            At least she spells and has better grammar than you.

          • Kevin

            Leave the “You mad bro?” In 2013.

          • deadpenguins

            Should have been left with 2011

        • Adrynalyne

          He doesn’t have kids, Probably a good thing 😐

      • Ryan Stewart

        Sooo, just like the current touchwiz then.

      • Maxim∑

        some are crazy like that but not all of them, your generalizing most likely from twitter. I used to jailbreak my ipod 1st gen and dual boot android 2.3 lol..

    • zurginator

      Seems to me like Corporate is calling a lot of the blows… which sucks for designers because they get their name tacked onto something they don’t like (Like the Yahoo logo, for example).

    • joseph barrientos

      well im guessing that someone picked a style and told the team DO NOT CHANGE IT. happens all the time in design teams and we get screwed into making something that looks half decent

  • Sqube

    All that screen estate and resolution, it would have been nice to take advantage. Still 4 icons across though, just like the S2 days.

    Come on. Do better.

  • mmark27

    Fairly sure everyone that cares puts Nova on their Touchwiz device anyways…..however, I like to see that they’ve done SOMETHING different finally.

    • Chris

      maybe not everyone…. not everyone who owns android is an android nerd

      • mmark27

        agreed, there are a dozen touchwiz devices in my extended family and all of them are bone stock except mine, of course. How can people live without gestures like swipe up, double tap, etc. that Nova, Apex, etc. give??? They should build a little more customization into the Touchwiz home, can’t possibly that hard if there are so many home replacements out there.

        • Chris

          Just Android in general, but hey thats why we have skins and launchers. To do stuff stock can’t (and may never) do

        • Jeff C

          i have nova prime and live without those features. theyre not that necessary.

      • BillySuede

        this. not everyone cares about such matters. people just want to use their phones and they get acclimated to the ui the way it comes out of the box. there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

      • Miss the point much?

        “everyone that cares”

        The people that care are, as you would call them, android nerds.

    • Adam Truelove

      Nova will get you part way there, but Touchwiz is a UX not a launcher.

      • Justin W

        Yup. I want Google to allow alternate notification shades as well. TouchWiz’s, while functional, looks like, well, crap.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Probably not

  • Ekubahn

    Its a step in the right direction. But it looks like they are going to stay away from virtual buttons and at least a shaded boarder at the top. So it still won’t be as slick as it should be!

    • Adrynalyne

      Seems like a step backwards when current Touchjizz has a transparent bar at top.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    oh good, they’ve finally caught up to gingerbread design ques.

    • Adrynalyne

      I dislike Touchwiz myself…but what is gingerbread-ish about that?

      • Chris

        current touch wiz has gingerbread era design cues. Like the square tabs on top

        • Adrynalyne

          That isn’t what Abgar said.

          • Chris

            he was being sarcastic

          • Adrynalyne

            You need to re-read it. He was being sarcastic, but he did so by saying they caught up to gingerbread era design cues.

            Hence I asked, what is gingerbread-ish about the above? Just looking for clarification, not psychoanalysis.

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        the icons on the dock look like what my setup was back with launcher pro on gingerbread.
        but overall, they could learn to follow the google design language for kitkat for a more aesthetic and coherent look.

        • Adrynalyne

          Launcher Pro…haven’t heard that name in forever….

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            used to swear by it. launcher pro back on gingerbread + bugless beast with the black glass theme still looks better than what touchwiz is being upgraded to.. … should have just said that instead of being a smart-ass.

  • Adrynalyne

    Only looks like different icons for the most part, and some weird tile widget.

  • chris125

    I like the new look. Hopefully they redesign all of the icons to match, but looks much better than touchwiz of old.

  • Eric Hare

    Better than current Touchwiz, worse than stock Kit Kat

    • Adam Truelove

      This really sums it up nicely. They keep polishing that turd to make it a bit shinier year after year, but in the end it’s still a turd.

      • halkun

        A shiny turdwiz. Hehehehe.

      • billy routh

        Yet, Samsung continues to outsell every android device on the planet. Must be doing something right, and don’t give me that marketing bs line.

        • TylerCameron

          Except it really is just pure marketing.
          NO ONE bought an S4 because it was the best. People bought the S4 because it’s what the guy on the store told them to buy. Or because in the store, they said “Oh! We saw this on TV. We know what it is. Let’s buy this.”

          • billy routh

            Really? Have any proof? Do you personally know everyone in the world who bought one? I know plenty of people who own the s4 and every one of them bought it because they owned the s3 and loved the features. Same with the note 3. I’ve owned the note2 and s3 not because of marketing but BC I played with them in the store and liked them. Most normal people actually find the features usefull and want there moneys worth and let’s face it the nexus which I’ve owned the galaxy nexus and the nexus 4 are plain Jane phones. I’m not a Samsung fan boy I love tech. Currently using the HTC one which is another fabulous device.

          • Yassir

            I got the Note 3 for one reason and one reason only. …Battery Life, I wish this phone was running stock Android and I would have been running Android 4.4.2 and with a lot better battery life

          • Shemdley Ever

            I would be that one person. I saw it on tv. and liked features. Verizon sales lady told me , since I was coming from iPhone 4 (stolen) and wanted something that would play flashplayer, I would love sam.s4. It may be cool if you can ever find your freaking attachments, can text a picture, etc. NOW Looking for iPhone because husband (techy) says , “u r the crazy person who bought it figure it out. I told you so.” Know anyone selling off Contract iphone 5s or updated software for grumpy husband?

          • Bryan Ott

            Um I guess I’m in the minority here or just pure on my own. I bought an S4 because it was a GREAT phone and it still is.

  • testmang

    please also remove the bloatware

    • Chris

      thats your carrier bud.

      • testmang

        I am not talking about carrier bloatware… just all samsung bloatware

        • Chris

          root or buy a nexus then

          • testmang

            Yeah, thats what i did. I own Nexus 4 and Moto X.. that doesnt make S4 any less bloatware

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Yes, Verizon Adds S health, s tanslates, s voice, some crappy copy of blinkfeed.