Samsung Galaxy S5's rumored new UI leaked ahead of release

By on January 21, 2014, 11:00 AM

A lot is being speculated about Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S5. Most notably, it is reportedly coming with a whole new user interface. Noted leaker @evleaks has posted an image of the home screen, which looks like a hybrid of HTC's BlinkFeed and Google Now.

The leaked interface, if legitimate, showcases Samsung's new approach to design. Similar to Windows Phone, It features bright colored tiles with important stuff like maps, flight updates, sports updates, local events, and more. Even a message from a friend is displayed as a tile with their photo and excerpt of text.

As already reported, the new Galaxy S5 is rumored to sport features like 16MP camera, a 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display around 5.25-inches in size, and more. It will be available in plastic as well as metal versions, and will pack Android 4.4 'KitKat'. There were also rumors that it may feature eye scanning technology as an answer to Apple's fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, though Samsung has only admitted to be 'studying the possibility.'

Although there is lot of brouhaha over the new UI, there is no proof that it will make it to a real product. For what it's worth Samsung has openly noted they're not as good in software as they are in hardware, and going forward the company plans to double its efforts in this area. A redesigned UI for the Galaxy line might be in order.




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insect said:

Meh. I just care about the hardware. I can change the software.

MilwaukeeMike said:

For what it's worth Samsung has openly noted they're not as good in software as they are in hardware...

That explains this then..

an image of the home screen, which looks like a hybrid of HTC's BlinkFeed and Google Now.

Good thinking Samsung. Touchwiz is terrible.

psycros psycros said:

Yes, because Windows Phone is so popular, that's definitely who you wanna be emulating, Samsung.

/facepalm

Guest said:

For what it's worth Samsung has openly noted they're not as good in software as they are in hardware

Then why insist on creating your own user interface for an operating system not made by you? I can only imagine the confusion and mayhem it would cause if PC makers each made their own user interface for their Windows PCs. Stock Android has quite a good interface.

MilwaukeeMike said:

For what it's worth Samsung has openly noted they're not as good in software as they are in hardware

Then why insist on creating your own user interface for an operating system not made by you? I can only imagine the confusion and mayhem it would cause if PC makers each made their own user interface for their Windows PCs. Stock Android has quite a good interface.

Yeah, but then people would be able to use any Android phone. This way they get used to a Samsung and then buy another because it's familiar. Then their family members see it and buy it because they want one like it and the other android phones look different so they go with what they know. It's all part of building a brand.

And as good as stock android is, some of the things the manufacturers add are pretty nice. The HTC One's highlight videos are a good example, and features like the active display in the Moto X (it can keep the screen on like a screen saver and show the time at night etc... it's possible with any android, but only really makes sense for a phone that is lit pixel by pixel like the Moto X is. A backlit phone would kill the battery if it tried that.) Different hardware can do different tricks.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So 'Tilization' continues, courtesy copying of MS's WP by Google, then by HTC and now Samsung ........ oh well I guess if one can't come up with a new idea, then just copy the best one anyway.

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