Samsung Beta Tests New TouchWiz UI; Gets Rid of App Drawer

June 15, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Samsung’s TouchWiz UI could be undergoing a major overhaul soon. A new ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ has now got kick-started for the users of China and South Korea, and it’s now testing a new user interface, called the ‘New Note UX’.

One of the biggest surprises of the new UI is that, similar to some of the customized UIs from other smartphone vendors, Samsung too has decided to get rid of the app launcher.

This would mean that the apps will now get clustered onto the home page, where users will be given few new options to customize and arrange the apps.


Besides, Samsung is also revamping the icon pack of their UI, finally. Ever since the TouchWiz adoption, Samsung barely played up on the square-styled icon packs, which looked pretty much boring in the modern age.

However, the New Note UX is bringing a refreshing look to the UI with all its rounded edges, similar to the style that’s offered by some of the Chinese smartphone makers.

The notification shade has also been re-designed, and has embraced a more materialistic design by skipping the circular backgrounds. The white and blue color pattern used for the same also looks appealing, despite making a closer resemblance with that of stock Android.

Samsung’s love for stock Android UI looks is also carried forward to the settings tab, where options now comes limited and classified. User’s won’t be welcomed with numerous options right under the settings tab like in their previous UI, where they appeared out of sub-categories.

The new UI is being tested with users of Galaxy Note 5 device, and it’s said that the UI will be rolled out to devices like Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The UI is likely to get rolled out during August. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether Samsung would take the UI out of the region where it’s currently being tested.

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