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New Samsung UI Images Show Contextual Cards, TouchWiz Take on Google Now?

Industry leak-machine, @evleaks, dropped another Samsung home UI image over the weekend that could give us a look at Samsung’s plan to take on Google Now in the near future. The image (found below) shows a card-style UI with contextual information that you may be familiar with if you use Google’s service, though this is much more photo-forward.  

As you can see in the image, this appears to be on a phone with the length of the screenshots seemingly giving the impression that the UI will be vertically scrollable. We are seeing cards for controlling home temperature, workouts, favorite team sports scores, flight information, package tracking, dinner reservations, concerts you may be interested in, where your friends are located at the moment, socially shared items from friends, and recent purchases, potentially from using a mobile wallet product. The UI also shows your current location at the top, a G+-like profile image, voice search button, and current weather.

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The information is presented cleanly, but not quite as minimal as what you find with Google Now. Each card displays a big beautiful image, while also telling you important information. Again, it appears to be a lot like Google Now, but we don’t know how Samsung will implement it, if they have built a special app for it, or if this will take place of their new Magazine UX on phones. Will it be accessed with a swipe or gesture? Will it work with apps that aren’t Samsung-branded? Is it simply pulling from Google Now somehow?

One thing I will say, is that I like the simple styling of the top portion, with profile picture and search. If Samsung can take that UI and push it throughout to give TouchWiz a full makeover, I could be on board.


Via:  @evleaks
  • Brandon Haines

    I’m a fan of this idea. I was running something similar on my Note 2 with Paranoid Android all of 2013. My idea involves a secondary navbar as you can see, with a news feed region below it. I was able to swipe left and right through various RSS feeds, as well as up and down to access my music player widget.

    Each icon within the navbar linked to its perspective app however some activated the apps useful app widget within the space below. With PA allowing for the navbar to be placed near the bottom of the screen, it made using the Note 2 ALOT easier. I could see samsung thinking of a better way to implement this of course but I think its a wonderful option. Video of it in action.

  • Gop

    I guess this is looks more like a photoshop render. Look at the battery indicator it still is green, while the TouchWiz-KitKat UI already sports white icons in the note 3 and s4 builds. BUT its from evleaks, so my theory maybe wrong.

  • It certainly looks pretty sharp, but as others have mentioned, I really don’t see it looking this slick in everyday usage. If they pulled that off, I would certainly be impressed. No shortcuts though, if my flight is Southwest, no pictures of a United plane. We’ll see, I have major doubts though as Samsung seems to screw software up with clutter pretty frequently.

  • T4rd

    Looks like Ashley wants a little more than lunch.. 😉

    • flosserelli

      Afternoon delight?

    • jimbob

      Came here……………..to say this.

  • wmsco1

    I thought KitKat took on more Google Now looks. So I don’t think Samsung is emulating Google Now, but they are dressing it up with color.

  • Boblank84

    the only thing i like about this, is the giants are beating the dodgers.

  • Adam Neighbors

    Wait a minute….. If you rearrange the letters “SAMSUNG” take out a few and add a few more it spells “We want to be Google”!

  • ThatFool

    This is why I dislike Samsung as much as Apple.

  • Mike H.

    Pretty images o_O

    Wouldt mind it if it wasnt ad battrty hubgry as gnow, but judging by it being samsung then ill probably stick with gnow.

    Sammy would needs to lighten twiz. Thats why their phones are shipping with 4gb of ram. They are not innovating…they need that much to actually function.

    Adding this ontop of the other junk will require 32gb of storage (probably 16 useable) and 4 gb of ram.

    But hey if they lighten it up im for giving them another shot. Or wait till the X2 is released.

    • Mike H.

      Oh lg your keyboard sucks. I thought i proofread but it insisted on adding in rubbish.

  • David Wanless

    looks terrible. the reason google now works well is that the information itself is big, clean and glance-able. Those photos are way to distracting and the actual relevant information is too small.

    • Chris

      Likely they are trying to aim it at the average consumer rather then nerds

      • John Legere


      • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

        You mean at retards rather than grown men?

    • flosserelli

      There is no way Samsung can provide magazine-quality photos for every possible aspect of every user’s life. All of those photos are mockups of what their notifications *could* be like…not necessarily what they *will* be like.

  • chris125

    I like the looks but hope it isn’t as cluttered and resource as intensive as touch wiz of old. It’s a welcome change definitely

  • Craig

    It looks like Bing had a a baby with Google Now. Not great.

  • Sean Rowe

    This is why I hate Samsung, why do they have to reinvent everything Google does. You end up with redundant software if you want to use the Google version of things. Just stop it Samsun and take a page out of Motorola’s book. Nobody needs to wave their hand like a wand over the screen and who honestly wants to hover their finger over an email title to read a small sample of it? Just open the email and read it or throw it away…

    • Just another step towards removing the need for any service but their own. And yes, it sucks.

      • Brandon Golway

        Once they finally get the balls to break away from Android/Google, they’re going to see how much of a bad move it is. They’re getting way too greedy.

        • Kevin

          Oh I hope they break away from Android. I really hope they do.

        • michael arazan

          We’ll find out in 2015, that’s how long Google said they’d keep Android open source till. So in 2015 or maybe by summer this year we’ll hear if they are going to keep android open or not, or maybe close and just charge their manufactures in the oha one dollar to use it.

    • Trueblue711

      Normally I’d see competition as a good thing, but Samsung’s equivalents are usually lackluster. Samsung doesn’t care because like Kellex said, they are trying to move everyone onto their own ecosystem of products, services, and apps. Android is just a trojan horse for them to do that.

      • michael arazan

        I have never heard of anyone having brand loyalty towards Samsung. I would think they’d lose a lot of users doing that.

    • Orion

      Exactly! Samsung wants to take everything Google has and turn it into their own Frankenstein. One of the main reasons I’ll never own a Touchwiz induced calamity.

    • Mike

      Gee, do ya think the fact that Google owns Motorola has something to do with the Motorola UI decisions?

    • Brandon Golway

      Agreed, all their copying BS def makes me want to go back to Moto, which I probably will in the next few months. I left touchwiz on my S4 for a few days to check out the features (read: gimmicks) and only like one worked and I was like “meh”, considering I could get an app that does the same thing from the play store. I’m looking forward to a bone stock Moto phone on T-Mobile that’s unlocked/easily rootable.

  • Flat is the “in” design and there are only so many ways to make a flat design. Either way this looks SO much better than what TW looks like now. TW looks so Android 2.0

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Won’t buy another device ever again that isn’t bone stock AOSP android.

    • Chris

      Or you could just quit crying and root.

      • KingofPing

        Who’s crying? He’s making a statement of fact.

        Personally? Google Play edition, or bust.

        • Chris

          Only nerds get an erection over stock.

          It’s not that great nor does it offer anything worthwhile. Unless you spend all day tweaking your phones and have zero interaction with other humans

          • KingofPing

            You just called a bunch of folks on a tech site nerds. Nailed it, Captain Obvious.

            Aside from the insults and name-calling, your comment on the worth of AOSP is purely subjective. Did you actually have a reasoned point to make or are you just way too immature for civilized conversation?

          • Chris

            I’m civilized

          • KingofPing

            Offended? Hardly.

            I am a nerd. As most folks here will probably tell you, it’s not an insult.

            You sure like to make assumptions, and your comments regarding respect are hilarious considering the source.

          • Matthew

            Who said that?

            Why does it seem we have children on this board?

          • Adrynalyne

            Chris said that. Then he edited it and will later claim he didn’t say it.

          • John Legere

            Everyone needs to ignore Chris, he’s obviously trying to win a trolling contest.

          • Adrynalyne

            In this, we agree.

            I will even go a step further an apologize by claiming you were a downvote troll after watching twats insta-downvote you the other day.

          • KingofPing

            “Who said that?”

            Oh, I don’t know….maybe read the post you just replied to where it specifically states who posted that?

            Here, let me post the direct transcript (replies to my comments are emailed to me…for posterity):

            It’s more the other way around child. You got offended by the comment. Chances are when someone gets offended its likely true.
            Not to mention I’m likely a lot older then you young man. This isn’t your high school cafeteria. You need to lean to show people with respect. You are not gonna get far in life with is attitude, nor are you impressing anyone.

            12:48 p.m., Monday Jan. 20

          • Matthew

            Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed

          • Chris

            Its monday. Everyone is grouchy.

          • Brandon Golway

            Looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays!

          • Adrynalyne

            Chis, who calls upon the suicide or molestation of a child, is incapable of civilized conversation.

          • KingofPing

            Especially love the age=maturity bit before his edit. (As though it somehow masks the fact that he’s the only one here attacking everyone who’s opinion differs from his, calling them names, and talking about erections…)

            He may be incapable of civil discussion, but he might just be a comic genius… /s

          • JMonkeYJ

            I’m a nerd, too! Love my stock/GPE phones.

          • VBM

            The problem I find with the OEMs is that they’re not all too original. Every now and then they’ll do something that isn’t possible in stock, like the myTouch 4G had (a form of) recent apps way before ICS, but usually they’re just rips/expansions of what Google has created for Andy. Non-stock is a bunch of bloat, minus a very select few like the Moto X.

          • Chris

            Rips yes, but it gives consumers a choice, and google seems fine with that.

          • VBM

            Of course they are. They’d be contradicting themselves and the whole AOSP thing if they tried to lockdown OEMs and their use of Android. Besides Android growth is Android growth. I’m glad there’s choice in the Android ecosytem because people like my wife need phones like the Galaxy or One line. However, there’s a reason we’re “nerds” that prefer stock/near-stock and it’s for the exact same reason that someone prefers a bloated device.

      • VoiceofSky

        Stock offers everything that you don’t get with Custom OEM UI’s.. SIMPLICITY! in it’s simplest form .. Why do you think so many people love iOS?
        Why do you think people complain about android for?.. Because they think it’s too cluttered and cumbersome for their simple Needs .. Which is where Vanilla android comes into play.. It’s been Android the way it’s supposed to be ..SIMPLE yet POWERFUL..

        stock android GIVES you the options instead of OEM giving you what they think you need,therefore confusing the majority of the crowd..you don’t know how many people ,despite having an Galaxy S series phone,don’t know about half the features .. Because the simply want the simplicity,but it’s hard with OEM’s to find that simplicity … I have a ton of friends with the S4 , they still have a hard time navigating around .. Stock is NOT for nerds just because OEM’s crappy UI’s are on the mainstream.. yes,there are a lot of features that OEM UI has that stock doesn’t have,but the people that use those features are in the minority.. Both have their pros and cons,but stock is the best way to experience android imo 🙂

    • Matthew

      Good lukc finding that. Its either nexus or root.

      • Brandon Golway

        Or ya know, Google Play Editions. They’re about 99% AOSP.

      • Kevin

        Or Moto.

    • hot_spare

      Says 0.91% of world population.

      Congratulations on being nominated as secretary of such an elite club.

    • Mike

      Good luck finding that. Nexus devices aren’t even stock AOSP anymore.

  • Christian Trevor Clauss

    Okay S-Now…

    • Frosty

      … With (optional) Animated Snow – if the weather right!

  • My first thought was – wow, that’s a massive display…

  • KoTiell

    In the real world, I assume all those pictures would look a lot worse. Like how Facebook Home looked pretty in concept, but not in actuality.

    • Heh very true. Not everyone has pretty pictures. I’ve seen my friends on Instagram.

    • CHRIS42060

      Yes or Ashley’s message would actually say “Who are you? How did you get this number? Leave me alone!”

  • chris kilps

    So much color, not so much battery.

  • NickA

    I like the looks of it too, but why does Samsung try and take on everything other phones already do? S-Voice can’t compete with Siri. This won’t compete with Google Now. They already dominate Android phone sales, even with TouchWiz. They don’t need to rip off what others have already done.

    • Eric R.

      I just want them to change that ugly font

    • chris125

      For when they fork android they want their own apps even though they are crappier

    • hot_spare

      How do you actually rip-off Google Now in an Android phone?

      • Adrynalyne

        The same way LG rips off Samsung icons.

    • Deez

      “Even with TouchWiz”

      **Slow Claps**

  • Guest

    I’d be curious if this is what it’d really look like. I’m assuming most people’s streams will look as pretty.

  • NorCalDroid

    Samsung. The company who cant think for themselves. The company that turned into Apple. Taking everyones ideas.

    • JonathonFlores

      “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”

      • John Legere

        Steve was an arrogant prick

        • JonathonFlores

          It actually dates back to Davenport in the 1800’s.

          • John Legere

            Steve still quoted it.

        • Chris

          The quote was by Picasso then rehashed by Jobs in the early 90s.

          Nice try though.

          • John Legere

            Do you know what quoted means? I never said he created it. People these days.

          • JonathonFlores

            Still, nobody carescares so you and your comment are irrelevant.

          • John Legere

            Yeah, cares cares.

          • Chris

            You said

            “Steve was an arrogant prick”

          • John Legere

            Your point? Move along, Chris.

    • Bionicman

      Android wouldn’t be a dominating platform it is today without Samsung. regardless of how us android enthusiasts think of Samsung and their ways most people don’t care.

      • TC Infantino

        I agree with the statement that most people don’t care, but, I think that Android would be doing just fine even is Samsung had not joined in.