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If you hate Samsung's TouchWiz, you'll want to see this

A lot of people are unhappy with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. Sure, I'm not much of a fan either, but it's all a matter of personal taste. Personally I don't like any skins over vanilla Android because I like things just as they are out of the box from Google, unless I use an alternative launcher. Everything else on top seems like dressing up your dog – unnecessary. But plenty of people love manufacturer interfaces (and dressing up their dogs). If you're one of the many who wish Samsung had a nicer skin on the Android interface, you're in luck. New screenshots seem to demonstrate that Samsung is indeed looking to replace TouchWiz, perhaps on the Galaxy S5.

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The new TouchWiz looks to borrow a bit from Google Now, Flipboard and BlinkFeed. / © @evleaks

Regardless of whether you like TouchWiz or not, it's getting a little old and a refresh is starting to become overdue. So the new Google Now-esque card style of the user interface leaked recently by @evleaks and again just today is worthy of note. Of course you can't take any of this as confirmation that the new UI will ship with the S5, but it's looking more and more likely. And the screenshots so far show something quite interesting. It's a very image-laden display with lots of context-sensitive information at your fingertips like workout info, sports scores, parcel delivery status and reservations/orders. The only bad thing I can see is that Starbucks costs $6.65.

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I don't know about you, but I kinda like the new user interface that Samsung is working on./ © @evleaks

The screens leaked by @evleaks show a series of cards tiled across the home screen that seem to act like Google Now or Aviate Launcher, showing you different things depending on the time of day, where you are or what you are doing. The previous screenshots (below) showed a Magazine icon in the dock that may or may not be a shortcut to the Flipboard-style interface Loie discussed on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at CES recently. Everything looks a lot flatter and seems to borrow more than a few design cues from HTC's BlinkFeed, even if that has received its fair share of complaints from users (primarily because you can't get rid of it). It also looks like the UI revision might be a choice, as the standard looking home screen on the right below seems to demonstrate.

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The previous screenshots leaked by @evleaks. / © @evleaks / Samsung

Do you like TouchWiz as is? What do you think of the new screenshots: better or worse?


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  • Mark R. Jan 21, 2014 Link to comment

    touchwiz for me is a reason not to buy.

  • I like the clean look of the new Wiz'. On the other hand.
    The new one reminds me of HTC One and WP mixed together.
    I really don't like WP user interface. So let's see in the future.

  • I too don't like touch wiz, new screen shots are definitely better looking...

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