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Samsung Gives Us 9 New Topics to Think About for Galaxy S5 Event

This morning, Samsung posted a revised invite for their February 24 “Unpacked 5” event with nine icons that represent nine potential topics of focus. The Galaxy S5 is almost guaranteed to be unveiled at the event, but the sales pitch is not something that Samsung has given any hint into until now. The nine icons represent Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness and Life. 

Over the years, we have seen Samsung dabble in nature themes, include social and fitness apps, push a security suite, include the fastest processors on the planet, and even try to make a phone your life companion. All of those topics are listed again, along with others like curiosity and fun. So in other words, none of these topics are exactly new to the Galaxy line of phones, but they are shown to the fifth power, which could just mean that this is the fifth version of these ideas.

You could also look at these nine icons and assume that they have something to do with a revamped TouchWiz UI. A brand new TouchWiz already seemed like a given before we knew when the Galaxy S5 was coming after getting our hands on Samsung’s new Pro tablets and their own Kit Kat-TouchWiz UI, but maybe this further solidifies the idea.

Oh, Samsung also tossed in a random quote about predicting the future from Niels Bohr who said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

Any guesses?

Via:  Samsung Tomorrow

  • TC Infantino

    Until they get rid of that physical home button, not even interested.

  • Daistaar

    Didn’t google pledge to boost the Android presence within cars? Where’s the beefed up drive function? S Drive was decent but drove me crazy with the way it split screens and couldn’t understand basic instructions. Give us Google Cruise or something (S-Cruise?) and make it functional.

  • a.d.AM

    Can someone put the word “So”in front of the 9 topics and put a funny picture of Doge on the left side. Thanks.

  • Orion Pax

    Gear 2?

  • Pitchy

    After ditching an iPad for a Galaxy Note 10.1 and then ditching that for a Nexus 7, I am done with TouchWiz. I’ve rooted my S4, so if I do go with an S5, it will be a Google Play edition. So much bloatware from Samsung and AT&T. I just want a plane Android experience that I can customize on my own without manufacturer or carrier involvement.

  • Blue Sun

    9 Apps to uninstall…

    • Justin W

      9 more apps to uninstall…

      Fixed it.

      • Blue Sun

        True that. I stand corrected. Especially on VZW.

  • Rodeojones000

    Unless one of the topics is “We’re getting rid of TouchWiz,” who cares?

    • PoisonApple31

      Like you need another UI to passionately dislike! Too stressful.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    The only thing that would make me happy is if all of those “features” are put on the play market and DON’T come preinstalled. Also if they could just use AOSP and drop in a theme engine that would be greeeeaaat. But they’re not, So I’ll just keep unlocking and flashing CM instead.

    • Intellectua1


      • Taylor Abrahamson

        There are no GPE phones with Verizon LTE radios. So no can’t.

  • dannyWHITE

    I think Samsung may have just showed off some new icons for their UI

  • Chris Inoma

    Why couldn’t BATTERY LIFE be up there. They really don’t listen..

  • jak_341

    I think Samsung is going to have a lot to announce here. I am thinking
    1. Galaxy 5.
    2. Redesigned TouchWiz.
    3. Galaxy Gear 2.
    4. Note 8 Pro and Note Pro 10.1.
    5. Something else to fit the 5 theme.

    This could be exciting for sure.

  • I hope they announce more bloatware on the phone!

  • NexusMan

    No real basis for this, but I could see Samsung FINALLY ditching the cheap looking/feeling build materials, and serving us a more visually appealing and less cluttered ui more in line with Google’s design guidelines, with toned down (with some removed/replaced) features. In that case, if word comes that they’ve finally improved their radios, that device could possibly be my Next.

  • NexusMan

    Get prepared for a Touchwhiz that MIGHT actually not suck.

  • sc0rch3d

    #10 TouchWiz 2.0crap

  • Dan Churco

    Can I Drag an icon on to another to make a folder? Until then, no reason to upgrade!

    • Trueblue711

      Menu button > Add Folder is too hard for ya? :p

      • NexusMan

        Compared to dragging an icon to another? Yes.

        • Trueblue711

          Ok, but that’s by far no real reason to justify not switching to a device that can’t do that.

          • NexusMan

            True. But the person who made that comment probably has a few more reasons than that one. I wouldn’t switch to a Galaxy S device either, because of the tons of things just like that folder thing, that Samsung just mucks up. The devices are cluttered with things like that, that COLLECTIVELY make the experience “harder,” (to use your word choice) than it should be.

      • Dan Churco

        Is Click, Drag to hard for Samsung is the real Question

        • Nexoduss


          • ricky bobby

            that is what she said

    • Ryan

      Really you cant do that on a Samsung phone? man I love doing that on my G2.

      • PoisonApple31

        He’s right! I never knew that, I installed Nova Launcher immediately when I got my Note 3.

      • Dan Churco

        Yea, It’s just an annoyance, but one they created for no reason at all.

        • Nexoduss

          Honestly they could have done it just so you don’t accidentally make a folder. This way you pretty much can’t do it

      • Nexoduss

        I find it weird that you love doing that.

        • Ryan

          Im always changing themes and moving icons around to make folders. Smartass lol

    • Ken

      Added lock screen widgets when using any other security method other than swipe to the list.

  • Miguel

    New icons and probably less busy pull down notification…one can only dream.

  • paul_cus

    My prediction is that beyond the specs, I won’t be impressed with Samsung’s software.

  • Brent Cooper

    Where’s Next Gen Battery Life?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Maybe they’ll roll it into life?

    • Eric
    • flosserelli

      Saving that for next gen, of course.

    • Ken

      Exactly what I was thinking. We have enough features and apps. Just focus on optimization and battery life

    • NexusMan

      In the Moto X. And Droid Maxx

      • Ryan

        And the G2 gets better battery life than both of those.

        • NexusMan

          Yea. That too. I couldn’t remember which device it was. However, I;m not sure about your claims of it getting better battery life than the Maxx. I’m speaking of REAL USE. I could be wrong, but most people I know have quoted in the 24 hour range with the G2, With Maxx hitting 48hours.

      • jnt

        My X is so inconsistent… some days it’s great, other days not so much. I blame Play Services honestly…

        • NexusMan

          My X battery life varies depending on my usage, but I’ve never gotten less than 16hrs. I’ve gotten up to 25 1/2hrs.

    • PoisonApple31

      Next Gen Battery Life? From pretty much the only company left that has removable batteries?

  • Ben Landwehr

    I’d rather just have UI and speed..

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Honestly? More of the same. A flatter UI that is closer to WP8 than iOS, with most of the “features” (aka bloatware) left intact. Spec bumps all around, except maybe the screen (a better panel, for sure, maybe more efficient, but an increase in resolution I don’t think will happen on the GS5). Battery life will increase due to a larger battery and more efficient processor, possibly even pushing toward 36 Hours “average” use.

    The only thing that is really interesting is the camera, as it is a new sensor type built specifically for mobile devices. It could very well be the first truly great Android camera, though being a 1.0 product I’m hesitant to be really bullish on it being ZOMG out of the gate. It may take until next year to get it really finely tuned, similar to how the Moto X and Nexus 5 cameras have been steadily improving since being introduced.

  • MistaButters

    They could have just given us one: Junkware

  • Defenestratus

    Rage. Circular icons?

  • ryan

    More bloatware Samsung apps to Touchwiz it seems. And make it that much harder to root.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Root on 4.4.2 is already supposedly quite difficult to obtain. SELinux is great for security, but terrible for locked devices being cracked (which is, after all, the whole purpose).

    • KleenDroid

      I got the S4 because I could Loki bypass the bootloader. Of course they patched that pretty early in. It didn’t affect us unless you were one of the dopes that can’t wait a day to install updates…. 🙂

      I will consider the S5 if I can Loki bypass but will move on if not.

      LG G2 is a wonderful phone so I’m sure their future phones will be also.

      My future phone options are getting smaller since Verizon no longer has the Nexus. No way to know what will happen with Motorola.

      • Intellectua1

        That’s why I passed on the At&t Note 3, but if this S5 is locked down and isn’t much of an upgrade from the Note 3 I might just grab the Note 3. I have an upgrade in March..

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I predict the Galaxy S5. Now where’s my cookie?

    • PoisonApple31

      Which kind would you like, sir?

  • Eric

    I just hope they cut back on the bloat

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      With all those categories? Highly doubt it

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Yeah, not seeing that happening. They have pretty much painted themselves into a corner. The rage if they started removing features would be palpable.
      I’m really just hoping for some useful software this go-around, and enough internal storage to ignore the rest.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Maybe they will let them be un-installable? Hopefully.

  • tfarrelljjr

    New icons? (UI)

  • viewthis66

    PLEASE update Touchwiz, Samsung. My Note 3 would be that much better.

    • PoisonApple31

      I doubt S4/Note 3 or any older devices would ever see a new Touchwiz, if they release a new Touchwiz on the S5.

      • viewthis66

        well that sucks. hope that’s not the case but i hear you.

  • Ray Gray

    Why? apparently Samsung has never heard of overkill.