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Samsung is testing a power-efficient TouchWiz launcher

Samsung has been trying to address TouchWiz-related issues since the launch of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge by dialing down on software customization. The company is now trying to leverage Vulkan APIs to optimise the TouchWiz launcher. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were the first smartphones in the world to use Vulkan APIs for improved graphics performance.

At the ongoing Samsung Developers Conference 2016 event, principal engineers at Samsung demonstrated a new TouchWiz launcher, which utilizes the advantage of Vulkan APIs. The new “TouchWiz-like” home launcher doesn’t utilize everything that Vulkan has to offer, but it still showcased improved power efficiency as well as performance when compared to the current launcher based on OpenGL ES.

Samsung’s testing showed that the Vulkan-powered TouchWiz launcher, which isn’t ready for prime time yet, is 6.4 percent more power-efficient than the current launcher in page scrolling and 5.76 percent more power-efficient while opening and closing the app tray. Samsung engineers claimed that it could result in around 40 minutes longer battery life on the Galaxy S7 edge.

With this experiment, Samsung showcased that Vulkan can not only improve gaming but a lot of other things where graphics come into the picture. Google has introduced system-level Vulkan support in the newest version of Android N Developer Preview, and we hope that Samsung would release the new TouchWiz launcher with the upcoming Galaxy Note 6.

Samsung Galaxy S7 TouchWiz Launcher With Vulkan APIs SDC 2016

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skinza
skinza

Any updates?

XaErO_Xion
XaErO_Xion

Awesome !! But still; they need to optimize Touchwiz more as the current version is still heavy and often becomes slower with prolonged time period. Once it is appropriately optimized then, this Vulkan experiment will definitely show even more improvements !!

jlavinas
jlavinas

There is an easy way for Samsung to get a extremely power efficient launcher……..Use Stock Android.

Ristio
Ristio

They will do it with the S8.
S7 and future Note 6’s Users will be like the Note 4 users when the S6 came out, waiting for the new TouchWiz to receive the same old outdated launcher.

harinsheth
harinsheth

No they wont launch with note 6
They will launch with s8 and note 6 users will not get it same as note 4