Samsung launches Terrain Home, a homescreen launcher app for all Android 4.2+ devices

Samsung has a number of exclusive apps and services on its smartphones and tablets, but with its latest app, the Korean manufacturer is giving everyone the chance to join in on the fun. Samsung has launched a new launcher app called Terrain, developed by Samsung’s start-up accelerator known as Samsung Accelerator, which aims to make your phone “simpler and more streamlined by putting everything you care about in one place,” basically in the form of cards similar to Google Now (and other Google apps.)

Terrain Home is made up of three sections, each accessible by a swipe in a particular direction: a right swipe gets you the sidebar, a left swipe brings up the list of installed apps, and a swipe upwards takes you to the search screen. The sidebar is the defining feature here and takes after other popular home screen apps like Aviate, showing feeds in Google Now-style cards for various things. For example, you can see your favorite contacts, feeds from your Facebook or favorite website (you can select from quite a few default options), a “Toolbox” control center with toggles such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, your gallery photos, information on the weather, and more.


The search section is similar to Google Search, and will look into your apps, contacts, settings and other information to find what you are looking for, while also giving you the option to search on the web, Play Store, YouTube, and other services. There’s also a standard home screen in the middle (between the sidebar and the list of installed apps), where you can add your traditional app shortcuts and widgets, with a few customization options, such as icon size, thrown in.

Terrain is currently in beta, but works quite well for a first version, though there are instances of lag and stutter here and there. It is available on the Play Store for devices running Android 4.2 and higher. It seems to be limited to US users, but we have the APK file for those who want to try it out without the silly country limitation stopping them (we wonder why a homescreen app needs to be exclusive to a particular country, but we’re guessing it will be a temporary thing.) The app seems to have become available outside the US as well, so go ahead and grab it from the Play Store (or from the link below if you still want the APK or can’t access it on the Play Store)

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2 years 10 months ago

It’s not made by Samsung. Terrain is different startup “funded” by Samsung Accelerator program. Many companies have such programs and funding doesn’t give them ownership.

2 years 10 months ago

I do hope one can change the colour of that launcher….

Or have they promptly forgotten that black saves a massive amount of power on an AMOLED screen? Not to mention white is bloody painful to your eyes and it can severely damage your eyesight over long periods of exposure.

2 years 10 months ago

Yeah…. let Apple waste their iDiot users waste all the battery power with all the FLAMING BRIGHT WHITES!!! ….it’s part of the reason iPhone users have been massively disappointed with iOS 7 with it’s massive BUG FIX updates.

Update to it’s 10th update had a massive 41 SECURITY exploits with version 7.1 so I don’t think iOS 7 is very SAFE…. like Samsung’s own SAFE and KNOX do for Touchwiz. People can use any launcher UI they want. But Touchwiz is what is behind all the Samsung Features that completely blow both iOS, WP8 and other Android manufacturers away. Most likely this launcher is still running on the Touchwiz Engine! ……and that’s a GOOD THING!

Without which some great Samsung Specific hardware features won’t work either. Galaxy Note would be rendered unusable. No Drag n Drop, App to App, Window to Window, PoP, PiP and it’s awesome Real Time System Wide Pervasive Multitasking the others still can’t Touch without the Wiz in it’s name!!!

Flip Jumpman
2 years 10 months ago

Completely agree!

2 years 10 months ago

why not samsung made it as default UI?i hate current sammy UI…cheap wiz UI..

2 years 10 months ago

Not actually made by Samsung, Samsung Accelerator is providing funding for the company that developed it.

2 years 10 months ago

ALL samsung applications are horrible on android. It uses memory and totally USELESS ALL OF THEM. Better samsung keep developping android devices which will be top1 sales for next 5 years. But remove all your samsung applications from the device.

2 years 10 months ago

Oh…. Aviate… really are you?

2 years 10 months ago

Man I was thinking the SAME THING!

2 years 10 months ago

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