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Samsung devices are selling like gangbusters, and while this could be taken as a sign that many people are fine with TouchWiz as it is, that hasn't stopped a flood of critics (including us, on occasion) from lambasting the company's sense of design. Either the icons are too childish, the interface is overly cluttered, or it just feels bloated. The interface hasn't had a makeover in quite some time, but the latest image shared by @evleaks suggests that things may be about to change.

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For comparison, here's how TouchWiz currently looks on the Galaxy S4.

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Aside from the obvious change of font, the leaked image shows a completely new look for the default apps and a set of tiles or widgets that are somewhat reminiscent of HTC's BlinkFeed. Overall, elements are a bit flatter than they used to be.

At the end of the day, this is just a leaked image, and that alone isn't evidence that TouchWiz will one day take this form. Still, these images may inform us of the direction Samsung is moving in. What do you think?

Source: @evleaks

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Severo Rivera

    It looks better than Touchwiz, but I really hope this isn't the final product.

  • Lirodon

    Why do I like this

    as if going to the correct buttons were awesome enough

  • usaff22

    It looks better than the current state, but still ugly. What's with the font? Looks like Comic Sans revamped. The cyan/light blue battery indicator also looks strange and out of place, especially when Google stated OEMs battery icons must be white. Most icons don't have any depth to them. Your icons can have flat colors and have depth, like in vanilla KitKat. Also don't understand the lack of signal indicators. Unfortunately, while an improvement, it still looks quite bad.

    In case you may have noticed, yes this is also posted on DL.

    • Gabriel Melo

      This has the "fake" smell all over it. I remember the day AP ditched one of these "rumors" (as far as I can remember, it was regarding 4.4 KK or Nexus 5) because they believed it wasn't true. I'd really expect AP to ditch this one too - it has too many wrong stuff around it.

      At the end of the day, I can always be wrong and this become true. But this would be a real surprise for me. This is just bad. And Samsung should feel bad if this is true.

      • usaff22

        I kind of agree, but almost, if not all of @evleaks leaks have been proven true to date. But I still find it strange that there are no signal indicators.

        • Gabriel Melo

          The fact it's brought by evleaks is the only thing holding my attention here. At any other "tipster" I'd blame this as a fake right away.

          • Chris

            I'm pretty sure you just did when you said "This has the 'fake' smell all over it" :P

    • LazaroCasanova

      I looked at these images and then realized it makes no difference to me outside of the quick toggles and settings menu. For font I always use roboto condensed as my system font and always end up on nova for my launcher. However, I would love if the quick toggles were like the ones we saw earlier on the new Sammy tablets. Those look surprisingly 4.4.

  • Christopher Robert

    Just hope 4.4 makes it's way on over to my Galaxy Note 2. Could care less how it looks I can fix that myself.

  • Sean

    Obviously fake; there aren't 6000 unremovable icons in the notification bar.

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      • Charles Sweeney

        What's your neighbor's mother's email address? I'd like to ask her for myself please.

    • Ray

      ROFLMAO!!! You just made my day. Cheers!

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      There aren't any icons in the notification bar besides battery and time... how are you supposed to know if you have service?

    • Jmo

      LOL so true now im running cm 11 fuck samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

    Yes... changing the icons and throwing widgets around is a whole new UI /s

    • Morten Ulveseth

      It's a revamp of the look of the UI. It's obviously still going to be android and all that follows along with that. I'm sure they'll be cleaning it up properly. It really really needs it. Main reason I stay away from Samsung.

  • challenge_accepted

    Finally moving away from gingerbread. Too bad they're copying apple again instead of Google guidelines.

  • Jesse

    Really wish Samsung would replace Internet with Chrome by default

    • Yuuki

      chrome sucks you know, its isnt even able to save a site offline -_-

      • Jadephyre

        As if the browser Samsung is bundling with their is any better, seriously...

        • Yuuki

          it is in many regards, for once it can save sites ofline, you know not everyone has a monthly income 2000€ to buy a good flatrate so that he can reload every single site he often goes on.
          Sure the samsung browser isnt that much better then chrome, but it doesnt lack feature like chrom, hell even the older AOSP Browser could save ofline, just not the "holy chrome"

          • hrubo

            have you tried Pocket? and for everything other/special I use screenshots...

          • Yuuki

            yes i tried pocked and 2 things to it
            1. it works as long as long as you dont have to chosse something from a list, i noticed it more then once that he saves the start page instead the actula content you choose
            2 why install another app for it?

            Screenshoot, basicly a good idea but very inconvinent for scroll intensiv sites.

            sorry for the strange explanation of 1, english isnt my native language so i tried to describe it as good as i could.

      • Charles Sweeney

        Chrome half way sucks. Anytime I close Chrome (beta or not) and reopen, it opens to a black screen and I have to refresh the page I was on previously, no matter what the page was and it's very annoying. No other browser does this.

        • jamaall

          With mine, when I hit recent apps, the screen is black in the chrome window, until I go back into chrome and it will remain black until i move the page around. Weird bug.

          • Charles Sweeney

            Wow, can't believe I never thought to try that...lol. It worked for me and it a split second faster than reaching up to tap to refresh. I agree, it's such a weird bug.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Yeah, Chrome is annoyingly buggy. And what's worse is, it's annoyingly featureless. They've been working on it for years and still it lacks tons of abilities you really thought was considered basic requirements on a desktop web browser.

            Anyway, It takes two taps to change the default browser in Android. Who cares what they have chosen as the factory default? The reason they did this was mostly because Flash was still maintained when the GS4 was released, and a lot of people actually preferred the alternate browser for that particular reason.

    • RusticKey

      Chrome is meh. Overall, it causes the most heat in my smartphone, and it slows my computer down greatly. And no, even the Android version is bloated, it lags hard and it's pretty bland.
      Now I use Next browser for Android & Torch for PC, much better.

  • Simon Belmont

    Finally getting rid of that Gingerbread-ish green battery icon in the status bar. But aren't they supposed to be white in the new KitKat guidelines?

    Either way, blue is a step in the right direction. Now, lets hope they make the oodles of switches in the notification shade nicer looking (at least less like something from a Galaxy S2).

    • niknetniko

      Still looks green to me though...

      • Simon Belmont

        Not sure, really. It's definitely not the same Gingerbread green that Samsung has been using for years, though it may be a much paler green.

        To my eyes it looks bluish, but that could just be the low resolution leaked screenshots playing tricks on me. Either way, at least it's different.

  • Guest

    The plural of icon is icons.

  • Sukumar Patel

    Just get rid of those clickable tabs all-over the OS.

  • nerds

    Looks like a worse version of iOS 7. Really who is Samsung trying to fool? They copy apple's designs, claim they don't, then the moment apple changes Samsung changes it to look like them. I am an android lover but they are really just slavishly copying. It isn't just apple they are copying anymore.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-fhmETmh7cYs/UjD9jdkqdNI/AAAAAAAABhw/7UE_98zx6to/s660/Photo%252520Sep%25252011%25252C%2525202013%25252C%2525206%25253A17%252520PM.jpg

    • Hans Pedersen

      Zzzzz...

      I can show you 100's of vacuum cleaners Dyson stole design elements from. Just like I can show 100's of products Apple stole design elements from. Including Samsung.

      Go away Apple troll.

      • Ror

        >I can show 100's of products Apple stole design elements from. Including Samsung.

        That's adorable.

        • Hans Pedersen

          I know. Facts can be adorable sometimes. Trolls like you can too...

  • Gsizzle

    I can't believe I am saying this but ... looks pretty good

  • Zyre

    God please stick with the current one because that? looks really bad.

  • Quryous

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    Don't know what others think, but the so called "New" screens look horribly cluttered and distracting, to me. And the Icons are less distinct as well as less recognizable.
    .

  • anon

    still fugly

  • jonathan3579

    I'm skeptical of this because the new Samsung Pro tablets actually *gasp* followed Google's new requirement for white status bar icons. This would be backtracking. If anything, I think this might be what existed before Google laid that bar down. Then again, it is Samsung...

  • Pablo Rossi
  • Stanley Chan

    Very ugly dock icons, the font should roboto condensed like in kk and the overall looking, like status bar should be total transparency or at least shaded like KK and wite icons with grey details.

    Its time for samsung stop this sgupid ugly interfacefor touchwiz and go in direction of more AOSP look.

  • Grayson Carr

    From what I can see, it looks better, but I really need to see the app drawer, notification shade, and settings app to judge whether or not Samsung has finally come up with a good design aesthetic.

  • Jadephyre

    Still looks like shite. Samsung (and all the other OEM's out there) should maybe think about following Google's design guidelines to the letter, skip all that unnecessary bloat and thus free up more RAM on their devices.

    Additional functions can be implemented in a non-intrusive fashion that doesn't break AOSP's look and feel at every turn. Best example at the moment would be Motorola.

  • RootzAndroid

    When will they ever stop wasting a whole row that could be used for folders, icons for that home screen indicator?

    • Jadephyre

      Never.

  • Gabriel Melo

    I just can't believe this. And the fact people are digging it. Bottom line, it's all a matter of opinion, but no serious designer can accept this is an actual product. Anyone working on any company I have ever worked would probably be fired right away if this was presented as a serious approach.

    No readability in the fonts chosen. They just look ugly. No contrast at all. This is just plain ridiculuos. Too much color. Too little useful information in the widgets for them to actually be useful. The icons' colors are way too pastel. They are too simple. Almost abstract. Looks like one of those icon packs that are never really useful because you can't represent a lot of apps using them. They just get too abstract really soon.

    Bottom line, something here is a joke. I'm just not sure if evleaks messed up this time or if Samsung just assumed they are a complete joke, explicetely.

    • crackinthewall

      Apple fired... oh wait. They just chose a better font and pretty much kept the new "simpler" icon designs for iOS 7. Your company might not accept this but this is the direction that UX design is going. A lot of wasted space, typography galore, flat clean design, etc. To think that a couple of years ago, having a lot of white space would be a cause for concern and now we're fully embracing it.

      • Ror

        You do realize that all of Apples font decisions aren't anywhere near this approach, right? Most of the fonts in this preview are an unreadable mess and defiantly not suitable for a UI.

        • crackinthewall

          The font for the beta of iOS 7 was uniformly thin to the point of being unreadable, almost to the level in that screenshot, and they only changed it when they got a lot of negative feedback. Obviously, Samsung's approach is different. They ship their phones with at least three font choices to suit our whims. Given that the font seen in this screenshot is a tad too whimsical, it's probably not their "serious" font.

        • impulse101

          Apple's UI and Icons look like they are made by a retarded 5 year old

          • Ror

            Thats adorable, stay classy.

  • Mystery Man

    At least it's a start.

  • Omar Feliciano

    It could be legit. Who knows? Just look at TouchWiz in the Note PRO tablets announced yesterday at CES2014 TouchWiz is flat and magazine style on those.

  • Marcell Lévai

    Still ugly

    • yankeesusa

      Then that is why there are plenty of other choices for those who don't like it. Heck, you can even get a Note 2, root it and install a kitkat rom on it and not have touchwiz if you don't like it.

      • Marcell Lévai

        I have a Galaxy device running KitKat, fyi. I can still express my opinion about touchwiz, I guess.

        • yankeesusa

          I'm not stopping anyone from expressing their opinions. I'm simply stating that wether Samsung changes or keeps touchwiz the way it is there are other choices for those who don't like it

  • Ryan Callihan

    I think it looks brilliant. A huge improvement over the current state.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Now here's something Apple might legitimately have cause for legal recourse on. Samsung obviously saw iOS7 and said yep let's make it even uglier. No small accomplishment.

  • Charles Sweeney

    Why would there need to be a signal indicator for this to be prototype or a WIP? If this is a test image then it stands to reason it's unfinished and thus have some elements missing. I'm just saying, having a 'fake' smell isn't proof enough that this is fake nor are these. images proof enough this is the real deal. Then there are the people that have been crying for a change in TouchWiz and as soon as there's word that it could be changing then they're the ones crying it's fake or it looks bad or it's not what they're expecting. You really can't please all the people all the time.

  • Charles Sweeney

    Besides, TouchWiz is so bad that it's preventing Samsung from being the #1 Android phone maker in the world.

    • epicmau5time

      What? Lol

      • Charles Sweeney

        There, I fixed it.

        • epicmau5time

          Oh. No problem

  • hyperbolic

    Good improvement (if it's true) but not enough..with Samsung there is never enough when it comes to look&feel.

  • yankeesusa

    It is definitely something that I would like. Maybe this is what it is going to look like when samsung phones start getting 4.4

  • tay

    If you look at some elements of the Magazine UX samsung has introduced into their new tablets these screenshots looks far off from that.. Hence I believe these are not the real deal..

  • yankeesusa

    For those that don't like, think its ugly, say they will never use it its all good. No need to get panties in a bunch. That is the beauty of android. You have plenty of choices. You don't even have to have touchwiz on most samsung phones if you root and install a custom rom. I have a kitkat rom on my Note 2 and just recently switched over to a touchwiz rom. If I get tired of it I will change it up again. Choices, that is what android is about. I love it!

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Still not quite following the new guidelines that came with 4.4, all white notification system icons.

  • evertjr

    So... new icons?

  • whispy_snippet

    Better. But still very bad.

  • MeCampbell30

    Hopefully they have modified it so updates can be applied quicker.

  • yoyoyo

    Wow, the denial is heavy among the android fanboys huh?
    It's obviously samsung's take on ios7, lol noobs.
    This new TW screams ios7 all over it.
    And I actually like the look.

    • Richard

      Oh yeahhh, cos iOS7 has widgets..

    • Serge Cebrian

      yeah because ios7 didn't scream android all over it

  • RusticKey

    Eh, at least they're trying.

  • christopher3712

    That's so ugly. I'm glad I run with a AOSP based ROM.