Samsung’s new TouchWiz design for Android 4.4 KitKat and the Galaxy S5 possibly leaked
For years now, pundits have been blasting Samsung for the way its TouchWiz UI overlay sitting on top of Android looks. “Cartoonish” is a word that has been said many times in connection to it. TouchWiz has also been accused of being too heavy, skinning Android almost beyond recognition and requiring a lot of hardware resources to run. This has even been acknowledged in a way by the Korean company itself when it stopped updating some handsets to new Android versions because of performance issues – ones that wouldn’t have been there had Samsung employed stock Android.
However, stock Android is bare. And TouchWiz has loads of useful features (yes, alongside some gimmicks – though those can all easily be turned off) that aren’t yet present in Google’s version of Android. So perhaps the thing to do in this situation is make the skin feel less heavy, tone it down, while still keeping the differentiating software features that Samsung loves.
And that may be exactly what’s in store for us. Above you can see three screenshots that are purportedly depicting a new smartphone UI overlay that Samsung is currently experimenting with. We might see this on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (and hopefully other devices that get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat).
On the other hand, it’s possible that Samsung will eventually decide against using this UI. It’s too early to tell at this point. What is clear though is that despite receiving some polish here and there over the past year, TouchWiz is becoming to look long in the tooth compared to other manufacturer skins. So it may finally be time for it to at least look simpler, even if it keeps all the bells and whistles underneath that new coat of paint.