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The incomparable @evleaks has offered up another look at Samsung's alleged UI experimentation, this time showing what would appear to be predictive search or information cards, similar to those offered by Google Now. Split into two parts, the collection shows everything from home temperature automation to exercise tracking to flight info, package tracking, appointments, and plenty more.

What differentiates the cards from Google's own service (design aside) is apparent social integration beyond birthdays and commutes. We can see, for example, evidence of check-in or location sharing and media sharing alongside the other cards.

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The nature of both the home screen and the cards would suggest they are still in "mockup" phase, and likely still subject to significant changes. The leak also doesn't give much to go on in terms of interface, settings, or user input, but it's an interesting glimpse nonetheless.

Readers may remember @evleaks' previous peek into possible Samsung UI tests, which first gave us a glimpse of these cards, along with another view of the home screen and a lock screen.

As with any leak, it's worth noting again that these could be simple concepts or even totally fabricated. Only time - and Samsung - can tell us if what we're looking at will appear on a future Galaxy device.

Source: @evleaks

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • silver_arrow

    It's Snowing!!!

  • Phantom

    This looks better than google now.

    I'm not saying it is better, just that it looks better.

  • Danny Davis

    Sense mixed with Metro UI and Live Tiles.

  • Franco Rossel

    So, so much better than actual TouchWiz.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    What is with the silly screenshot stitching? That's really not a great way to present a new thing—unless it's not stitched and the Galaxy S5 is going to copy the iPhone 20. http://www.globalnerdy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/iphone-20.jpg

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Maybe it's just a mockup.

    • klon

      Not a screen shot but a scrollable list I think shouldn't you be on arstechnica :-P

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        I believe Ron was referring to the stitching, which is the adding together of several screenshots from a scrollable list like this.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          A tactic he himself pioneered!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Hey man AP is still my favorite Android site. <3

        Plus hanging out with all the iPhone fanboys over there gets tiring after a while. =P

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      If I were someone presenting this to Samsung this definitely wouldn't be how I'd present it, but if there were a semi-functional prototype interface I were going to leak from a device, I might do it this way in a hurry.

    • Mike Bastable

      truly awesome phone, i want

    • DeadSOL

      It's good to see you here, Ron! :)

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Just please let it use Google Now "infrastructure". Otherwise it would be just duplicating functionality, really. Or maybe I shouldn't bother cause I won't be using it... Or maybe I'm going to bother anyway cause I'm a consistency freak =(

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      To my knowledge there isn't yet a way for Samsung to use Google Now's infrastructure for their own app without Google giving them access to it, so this would likely be a duplication. Having both Now and... whatever this is on the same device would be a little awkward.

    • freedomspopular

      It is rather annoying that they keep duplicating functionality; but at the same time, I'm sure they do have quite a few customers that don't have access to all Google services, so it would make sense for them to go after those people.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Hmm I don't know. Are you talking about people that chose to not use any Google services? Because these people probably did that because they didn't want to give Google their personal data. I doubt they'd be willing to give it to Samsung, a company with far less experience in dealing with this kind of data...

        • Justin

          I'm thinking international users that don't have the full capabilities of Google Now. But it's still stupid for Samsung to duplicate functionality like this.

          • Niall Murray

            Its not stupid, its just another choice. What is stupid is to put it down before you've seen a real screenshot, let alone tried it.

        • loyalty888

          I think he might be referring to chinese customers.

  • cesar suarez

    I find it strange medium format type catches.

    For supposedly is 5.2 "and I see it in a different format to 16:4 or something finer than to the screen of a phone ... It is my opinion not what they thought other

  • JC

    What if these is Samsung's version of Google Now? Meaning that this is the screen that will be on the far left as it is in GEL.

  • freedomspopular

    Man, did Samsung finally hire a decent UI designer? Some of this stuff coming out lately has been quite nice. Let's just hope the software itself is just as nice.

  • geats

    Dear Samsung:

    Stop trying to re-create your own services that already do what Google does.

    Thanks,

    -Everyone

    • joser116

      On the plus side, if Samsung makes this, it would make Google work harder on Google Now.

      • AtiRage

        I thought you gonna say "...if Samsung makes this, LG gonna copy it too." :) And after that the Chinese brand copies...

        PS. anyone notice the green battery icon? So not kitkatish.

    • shadowx360

      Yep. Moreover, anyone noticed that it says "Yout package arrived"? What's up with all these spelling issues on renders, first with HP and now with Samsung?

      • Hotzigetty

        To identify the source of the leak.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        My guess is it's a mockup, and an early one at that. Who knows if Samsung will even use this design...

    • vgergo

      This will be at least as good a svoice. S Crap (booker ;-)

    • Lalit Mali

      It's good to have alternatives.
      Keeps the competition(and innovation) up and monopoly down.

      • Grayson Carr

        Not really, because none of Samsung's services work on other Android phones, so I doubt they would really put much pressure on Google. If anything, they just confuse non-techie Samsung users because they can't figure out why they have two different apps / services to do the same thing and which one they should use.

    • Hans Pedersen

      Yeah, we all hate competition. Because it slows evolution. :)

  • anon

    Honestly there is not a thing i give a crap about on that list. I have an app that i use that does all that and doesnt bother me when i dont want to see it. With that being said i think the google now cards are worthless and only use it for voice commands.

  • Mike Bastable

    these actually look like the TIZEN previews i have been seeing, not Android at all

  • anezarati

    anyone see that this person had about a 7 and a half minute mile pace for over 4 miles?!

    • Spruce Cycle

      It's in San Francisco bub: hills.

    • Grayson Carr

      Not that crazy. I have done a 8 and a half minute mile pace over 6 miles and I'm in decent shape, but not a serious runner or in amazing shape or anything. I have a friend who can do 7 and a half minute miles for 4 miles and he was never on track team, just in good shape.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    As android enthusiast we all want Samsung to stop doing their own version of google services. Problem is, most Samsung customers are not Android enthusiasts and don't care. For Samsung it's a win win. they want their devices to stand out and they do. For better or worse they are making a name for themselves around android, and if they didn't they would just be another Android phone, and lets be honest with so many devices using the same chipsets if they had the same AOSP software what would make you pick brand X over brand Y??

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Support and specs

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        Support is one thing but specs? think about it, most phones now have become black slabs with the same chipset. The specific specs don't typically vary from device to device (in the same category) It takes a lot of R&D to do something innovative which costs money which a company can get with market share which you'd have to get by distinguishing your brand. Cheapest way to do that is with software. Also I'd argue that most support that Android people want is via software. Factoring that last part in you mainly get software gets you specs so the circle completes itself.

        Rag all you want about TW it still doesn't take away the fact that samsung has the best overall hardware out there for android devices, and it shows by their market share

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          I'm not sure that Samsung's market share HSS been earned by the hardware they put in their devices. In my opinion, it's mostly because they release, like, 50 devices a year, whether or not there will be a demand for them, hence why they have the biggest market share - because they cover EVERY possible pricepoint out there

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            that's a good point and I'll agree that the reason they got that high in market share is because of their diverse products but for them their software distinguishes them enough from the competition to know what their lineis. This arguably helps sales and in turn drives more funds to increase their capabilities on the hardware side.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Well, every OEM needs to distinguish themselves among the competition, that's why Asus now has ZenUI, LG - Options UI, Sony - Xperia UI, and so on. So almost all OEMs today have their own software package that comes with their devices. Samsung has placed the No.1 position among other manufacturers exclusively thanks to their aggressive push of devices of all prices and sizes to the marketmarket. I agree though that spreading Sammy's influences across every possible niche brings them the $$$ so that they could bring new hardware with each major device they make (flagship phone like GS4, for example), but average Joe just doesn't care about that.

            Average Joe selects the phone or tablet for specific needs, like kids would pick something like GS4 Mini because of the size. Only Android Power Users look at the specs and go for the too devices (flagships), and let's be honest - we are not in the majority

    • Himmat Singh

      If you are an Android enthusiast, you will root the device, install stock Android and be done with it.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        While probably a popular opinion I disagree. If you're an enthusiast you'll install what brings out the most in your devices. This is not always stock. For example lets say you had a note 10.1 (2014) installing stock would ruin your exp. with that device because so much is tied to TW. Rather than installing stock a better route to take would be to de-bloat the device and use Xposed to fix anything else you don't like. Stock isn't always the solution but it's a popular one.

        • Himmat Singh

          Whatever it is, but you can take matters into your own hands. No need to demand Samsung to double down on their inn-house software as that is what the masses out there are after.

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            Oh, that's what you were getting at. This I agree with whole-heartedly. that's kinda the whole point of Android. If you don't like it, do something about it!

  • Karlo

    I smell Apple lawsuit incoming.

  • MJ

    Who really wants social media integration and check-in or location sharing? I deleted my social media accounts years ago...

    • Satan’s Taint

      Oh well then, since you don't use it, no one else does? There are over 1 billion people who use one social media app or another. Fucktard.

      • meijin3

        You know, you were a lot more offensive than the other guy was.

        • supremekizzle

          His name is 'Satan's taint,' are you surprised?

  • Barrett Jasper

    Samsung....quit reinventing already existing wheels and work in your own UI. TouchWhiz overhaul desperately needed. Google's got this.....

    • Hans Pedersen

      This is an overhaul. Looks like a much bigger overhaul than Android 3 was from Google. So, yeah, the Samsung hate on this site is... Tiresome. If they don't do anything, it's hated, if they do something, it's hated...

      • mesmorino

        "Tiresome" is a massive understatement

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        Because the things they do or don't do are hate-worthy. No one's gonna love Samsung software by virtue of its existence. Come back when Samsung makes something that isn't a shittier-looking version of something another company has already made, or something that doesn't need to exist.

        • Hans Pedersen

          Most of the phones I've owned the last 5 years are Samsung phones. Simply because most of what they really do is useful stuff, and often ahead of the competition. The arguments here are always, it's a gimmick until Google adopts it, or if Samsung happens to adopt something someone else has done, they're copycats. It never fails, no matter what they do. :)

        • Lalit Mali

          And still Samsung is the best smartphone selling company out there at the moment.

        • Lalit Mali

          And btw there's always someone who loves Samsung softwares.
          I like their implementation of their AllShare DLNA app.
          It's integrated into their music player, video player, gallery, etc.
          Hell why doesn't Play Music have this yet? Oh wait, how will Google sell ChromeCast then?!

          P.S. Their SideSync and Phone Screen Sharing app is great too

  • jean

    Hey what running app is that up there

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    IMHO, it looks better than Google Now. Speaking strictly on appearance.

    • Sir Perro

      Sure it looks. Wait until all the data has no high resolution PR photo and everything is just stupid placeholders and wasted space

  • David Li

    I hope a Google play edition galaxy s5 arrives at I/O

  • Spruce Cycle

    I prefer Samsung over Google so any of their interpretations of Google services I appreciate.

  • supremekizzle

    I wish I was busy or popular enough for services such as these, alas, I'm just a lonely nerd. A one man wolf pack, if you will. Mine would read like this: you left your ps4 on and your pizza rolls have finished cooking.

  • usaff22

    Samsung S Now

  • talhamid

    When will Samsung stop piling redundant me-too features on top Android. S Voice is not even that good and most users end up disabling it (its only good for the infamous home button lag). I imagine its not even that profitable for them since no one buys Galaxy sets for S Voice and they don't peddle ads.

    • Hans Pedersen

      I personally never use S Voice, but saying that no one does isn't true either. I have an older friend with a GS3. I helped him upgrade to Google Now and Google's voice search as I too feel it's more accurate and faster. But he hated it and demanded that I uninstalled it all, as the steps from unlocking your phone, telling your phone where you want to go and Navigation telling you where to take the first turn is actually shorter with Samsung's software. Which I hadn't noticed myself. :)

  • Blowntoaster

    if this UI is switchable, as with the current touchwiz (Easy Mode), then it would be cool.
    just don't force it on your consumers Samsung, we want options.
    Should be easy enough to leave the Easy mode, current Touchwiz UI and introduce this as a third selectable UI option, seeing that Samsung might be moving over to 4GB ram, the phones should be able to handle it.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      And have a crapload of code in the applications which no one will ever use?

  • Slawootsky

    Bet it's going to be called S-Now.

    • David Dudovitz

      Or S-Predict

  • JazzEspresso

    For a strange way, it reminds me Chameleon Launcher

  • hot_spare

    Judging by comments in this blog, it would seem like everyone hates Samsung and nobody ever purchased Samsung devices.. While, the reality is...

    • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

      Fuck your samsung, retard

      • hot_spare

        Fuck your ar*e if you're this desperate. Fucking turkey..

  • awwmang911@gmail.com

    Google shouldnt get upset and work harder. The help apple why not help samsung compete with them too

  • Martin

    I think this will be heavier than Touchwiz right now.. I don't know why people are so excited.. After 1 week they will cry again "Why they don't put stock android".. Bla bla.. :-)