If you often find yourself asking "yeah, but what if it didn't have an app drawer?" in regard to your Galaxy phone, good news: Samsung is testing a very big TouchWiz redesign that eliminates makes it optional... in China and Korea. Sorry, I know that was kind of a tease. But Samsung is testing something called "New Note UX" (I WONDER WHAT THAT REFERS TO) on the Galaxy Note 5 as part of its new Galaxy Beta Program. It looks different-y.


As you can see, there's no app drawer (it is apparently optional, as one commenter has pointed out). But that's just the beginning of the changes. All of the icons have rounded square shapes or rounded square backdrops now [gagging sounds] and the power toggle dropdown is no longer a horizontally scrollable list of functions, apparently. The settings menu looks totally different, too.

Again, this is only in testing, and the test is in China and Korea. It's possible Samsung plans to start shipping more regionalized interfaces on its devices, as the Chinese smartphone market definitely seems to have some different user preferences than the rest of the world. Or, at least, phone manufacturers seem to think it does. Regardless, the perception is there.

It's also possible this is a preview of what we'll see when the Note 6 launches later this summer. It's unclear if Samsung plans to expand the Galaxy Beta Program outside China and Korea, or to other non-Note devices. The source of these screenshots claims it will in fact be rolled out to all modern Samsung devices eventually by August of this year, but we've yet to verify that with Samsung, so I wouldn't put a lot faith in that timeline for now. You can hit up the source link below for even more images.