Samsung introduced a lot of new hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, but the real big news might lie in a future software update. Early Tuesday morning, noted (and frequently accurate) insider @evleaks posted a series of images, purportedly of Samsung’s new smartphone UI. Is this the end of TouchWiz? I kind of hope so.
TouchWiz has long been Samsung’s standard Android overlay. It’s been around since as far back as Android 2.1, and while it has improved over time, it’s still rather bloated, cartoonish and laggy compared to the competition. And as you can see here, it hasn’t changed much visually over the last couple of years. Now take a look at this and see what you think:
There’s no information to accompany these screenshots, but judging by looks alone, it’s already a vast improvement. The color palette is new, the fonts are thinner and more elegant, and the icons have a cooler, minimalist flair. And if you look at that middle screen, it appears Samsung might have integrated a version of its new My Magazine software (seen on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1) right into the home screen. Similar to HTC’s Blink Feed, this could allow you to quickly browse through a variety of updates from your home screen.
Of course, these screens could just represent one of many different possible concepts. But I really like direction these are headed in, and hope a big software update is one of the new features we learn about when Samsung introduces the Galaxy S 5.