We had expected a new interface in Samsung’s new PRO Galaxy Note and Tab tablets, and Samsung did deliver with a beautiful magazine-like homescreen interface. However, that may just have been the tip of the iceberg, and the Galaxy S5 and future smartphones could sport a new interface that prolific leakster evleaks has revealed as being under testing.
A revamped UI for Samsung’s devices has been a long time coming, as TouchWiz currently looks rather outdated and visually unappealing (though a few apps, like Samsung Link, are absolutely gorgeous.) However, while evleaks is usually spot on with his leaks, the UI pictured in the leaked image does look a bit, um, amateurish, like it was made by a fan instead of Samsung themselves. It certainly looks better than the current iteration of TouchWiz, but again, it also looks a bit like a third-party theme or icon pack someone might have whipped up.
Of course, since even evleaks mentions the UI is “under testing,” there’s no guarantee this is the final designthe final redesign might be drastically different – it is most probably an early prototype as well, since Google requires the status bar icons to be white in Android 4.4 KitKat, a rule that Samsung is following in its KitKat test firmware for earlier devices (see the image in the tweet below).
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) January 7, 2014
But again, it’s great to see Samsung is finally working on giving its outdated UI an overhaul, though we hope they’re also working on optimizing TouchWiz, which is rather bloated and not too responsive in its current form.