Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser hints at new user interface

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 11, 2014

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Samsung is teasing the upcoming Galaxy S5 in a new image that could be hinting at the incoming redesign of TouchWiz.

Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness and Life are the nine attributes that will characterize the Galaxy S5, according to Samsung. The device will be powered by the latest Exynos or Snapdragon processor, which should ensure Speed, while Privacy and Fitness are other attributes that Samsung has focused on in the past. The inclusion of Outdoor could be hinting at some form of elements resistance, as some prior rumors suggested.

What’s interesting about this image is the design of the nine icons, which is flat and void of any embellishments. Is this the “back to basic” approach that a Samsung VP talked about in January?

A user interface that Samsung was said to be exploring showed a drastic departure from the skeuomorphism-heavy current incarnation of TouchWiz, but these icons are even more radically simplified. One other clue that Samsung is moving towards a flatter look for its interface is the Magazine UX it debuted on the NotePRO and TabPRO line at CES. The settings in the NotePRO’s notification dropdown in particular resemble the icons in this teaser. Several apps including S Voice and S Health expected to be preloaded on the Galaxy S5 have leaked in the past weeks, and they too received a flat, utilitarian overhaul.


Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 on Monday, February 24, in the first day of Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2014.

Do you like the direction that Samsung seems to be heading to with its UI design?

  • mobi_droid

    The cool thing is, that parts of the new UI are already in the KitKat-Firmwares of the S4/Note3, like the Toggles, or the rounded icons for settings, which are really similiar to the teaser. Samsung seems to like it round and flat this year.

  • spoodermain

    And people say ios 7’s flat and colorful ui was bad, lets see how people react now

    • MJFox

      the problem was not the flat and colorful ui but the inconsistency with the design and overall bad choice of colors

    • Mark_CZ

      Thing with the iPhone though, if you don’t like it flat, there’s next to nothing you can do about, but on Android, don’t like? Simply change it! But I’m sure you know that, but it’s another reason not to be an iSheep :D

      • Brandon Miranda

        iSheep. That’s awfully nice to say. My iPhone 4 which I run by choice, is jailbroken runs like a champ and has the beautiful them Aura on it plus many other UI tweaks. Its awesome.. And it was all easier to do than rooting an S4. (Which I’ve tried…)

        • Cole Raney

          I have jail broken an iPhone 4, and rooted a Galaxy S3. The difficulty of the iPhone depended on what version Of iOS it was on and how new that versions was. The Galaxy S3 was easier than all ways of jail breaking an iPhone.

          However, you don’t need to root an android phone to change the way it looks. You just download a launcher from the play store. That is way easier than jail breaking an iPhone then downloading a theme.

          • Brandon Miranda

            Jail breaking an iPhone now is way easier than rooting a Android device. I’ve tried. Multiple times.

          • Cole Raney

            Then the second paragraph still applies. No root required to change many parts of your phone. Rooting isn’t that hard though.

          • Brandon Miranda

            I’ve tried it on the S4. Maybe it was Knox or something but it near bricked the device. This has happened with many different S4s of mine.

      • abazigal

        This makes you wonder why companies even bother reskinning their phones. Why not just release all stock Android, and have a central database of skins and templates available for the user to customise to their heart’s content? :P

        • Timmy

          It would seem like another money making opportunity for OEMs to release stock Android and charge for skins, themes, icons, etc. Make it easy and cheap for people and they’d likely buy into it.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Yep. I feel like the mental backflips will be Olympic quality this year. Of course, we’ll need to wait and see if it really does bear any similarity to iOS7 other than lack of skeumorphism and an overall “flat” appearance. The above is more “Metro UI” than iOS7.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Olympic quality. I like that.

  • CoolRaoul

    Will there be options remaining for users who don’t like flat design?
    (yes, I know: interface skinning, fortunately)

  • MasterMuffin

    Looks like a cheap icon pack, but I like it. Will look great on AMOLED

    • Mike Bastable

      I love your Jekyl and Hyde comments….” Looks cheap. Looks good!” Lol

      • MasterMuffin


        • dodz

          too right m8, my friend has a galaxy grand, i have a note 3, we compared and the icons just look awesome on the note 3

        • Nick Sam

          I love ur laugh. Gusta….

  • Benjamin

    Nah. Sony’s still the thing for me.

  • Mike Bastable

    I think that Samsung users ACTUALLY love the old look, lets face it they are always the ones with screens crammed with widgets etc….this will not be a big hit with them.

  • Reynaldi Sutrisno

    I prefer Sony UI than this new Samsung UI
    Looks cheap but better overall than before
    But still, cannot beat the classy of Sony UI

  • Shark Bait

    The s4 was so meh…… I’m actually interested in Samsung again!

    • Brandon Miranda


    • Tanner Hoyt

      If the leaked specs are to be believed, I think this will be a very incremental upgrade. Same RAM and same display. It seems like it’s going to be a disappointment. It’s feeling like the S4 all over again.

      The UI redesign looks good, but with this recent deal with Google, how long will it last? Is the UI already obsolete? The individual app UIs will remain of course, but what about the main UI?

      • Shark Bait

        Yes! this deal is what makes them so interesting , they are very powerful allies and could easily continue their domination.

        However this seem more of a refinement, incremental specs yes, but i think the Moto X has show its the experience those specs deliver that matters

        • Tanner Hoyt

          I completely agree. I chose the Moto X over the Note 3. I’m not a big Samsung fan. I’m talking more of other people when I say it will be a disappointment. I remember all the hate that came with the S4 and I fear the same will happen here.

      • John-Phillip Saayman

        The screen is better the ram is more the speed is more? How can you say it’s the same

        • Tanner Hoyt

          According to an apparent leaked benchmark, the screen will likely be the same: A 5′ 1080p display, which is perfectly fine, but not likely to match the competition later this year. As for the RAM, it will likely remain 2GB. The processor is faster, yes, but it’s still the same one as in the Note 3.

          I may be wrong. Neither of us will know the true specs until the phone is officially announced. However, it should be reiterated that specs are not everything (at least for me). The overall experience of the phone needs to be way better than the S4, or it will be a huge disappointment.

  • Ethan West

    Seems like they are gonna “kiss” [keep it simple stupid] n tell! From this picture alone I cant exactly say if its gonna be back to basics, a step in the right direction or both. Don’t understand on what exactly people base their comments on! Anyway the countdown has nearly begun and if initial reports are anything to go by, S5 easily kicks the upcomin iphone in the nuts. But again, its just a rumor. Apple is not gonna sit idle anyway!

    Feb 24th, only you can provide us with some much needed proof. So be here already!

    • Brandon Miranda

      I know right I can’t wait. As much as I hate Samsung’s phones, I can’t wait for the S5!!! Better S5 means better iPhone 6! Better iPhone 6 means better S6!!! This is going to be fun..

      • Ethan West

        War of the smartphones! I think the humans are the ones who are gonna cease to exist :D But I’m in love with the slo-mo in the 5S. Its sick man! The first time I saw it, I was gaping at the screen :D

      • tony solinan

        Yeh Bran,M,don’t forget LG,&HTC,like I said I’m waiting for the S5,1of those 3brands or maybe Sony,but Korean and Asian phones are the best,I have an iPad mini 32gb WiFi+4g,I also have a Nexus7, i use nexus7 the most as most of my apps are Android+Google, I surf each day using my tablets, with IOS you are in Apple store, Android + the Play store you have more Choice, the only phone I like from USA,is moto&nexus5
        In R.O.Ireland we don’t get the same choice like the US!

        • Brandon Miranda

          Well App Store by far has the best app collection. But I see where your come from. I don’t believe your getting the best iOS experience if you can’t get as much content as the rest! Unacceptable. And yes. LG, HTC, and Sony are going to have a great year. Hopefully my trusty Nexus can bring more followers. Now that I think about it. The Nexus is the “hippy” Android phone in a way. It is the most open. It believes in openness more then the rest. I love it.

  • Brandon Miranda

    I like it. A lot. More so than Sony but not LG. I love LG. Then again we will see if its better than my trusty iOS running, fingerprint scanning, 64-bit proccesing, device. ;)

  • Brandon Miranda

    You know what I’ve realized. The S4 was a flop for Samsung and the S3 was much more important. Hopefully that will change.

  • Joon-Mon

    Waaaaaah! -_-

  • Carlos Portillo

    Guys, wait for the damn phone to be out first, lol. It’s still too early to know anything. Remember how customizable Android is so don’t worry too much if the stuff on the screenshots isn’t your cup of tea.

  • konza_munze

    looks like tizen :)

  • fredphoesh

    ALL I would want from Samsung is an interface that is as smooth as the Nexus 5. I was so disappointed with my SGS4 and the tiny lags… just makes it feel like a compromised device. N5 is super smooth and is a pleasure to work with, despite the crappy camera and speaker.

    • T.J.

      You’re going to want the GPe S5 then.

  • bakakun028

    Eh. I hate all the OEM skins

  • teotsi21

    these guys are actually trying to make the S5 incompatible with all ROMs and tweaks out there. Just give us GPE…

  • jack

    LOL SO PATHETIC.. again eating Apple’s dust.. Gold phone [check], 64bit CPU [dog-eater CEO told he’ll copy], touchid [in the xerox process], now iOS 7 interface [CHECK!]

    • Flip Jumpman

      What a jackass!

  • Wow, this is like 200% better than it was. I like they are following Google app design guidelines.

  • tony solinan

    I had the S3,then I got the S4,which I sold to a family member cheap, I got the iPhone 5s,then to see what it was like, 8days I had it,faulty, brought it back to the apple store I bought it in, they gave me a new 5s,I gave to my niece cheap! Apple Crap, I was going to get the GalaxyRound,but its only in Korea you can get it,so I am using a Cheap GalaxyS3 mini now,until the GalaxyS5,is on the market, or maybe the HTCm8,or the LGG3,are available in Ireland, one of those Android phones is what I’m waiting for, no more windows or iOS phones for me,Android is what I’m waiting for!

    • Brandon Miranda

      I don’t think you’ve really felt the iOS experience. Jailbreak it and your minty

      • tony solinan

        Brandon miranda I use an ipad mini32GB
        Wifi&LTE,but for the iphone5s,1week I had it, got a new 5s,gave it to my neice cheap?
        I will stay with Android as I’ve always done
        Android is a better market for choice of apps&phones!

        • Brandon Miranda

          Excuse me? Did you just say a better market for apps? Do your research lad. I don’t think Android can touch Apple. Mah I lied. Nexus, LG, and Sony are the biggest threats. There the phones that have had the biggest impact on my attitude towards Android. For me, some rising competition is HTC. If the M8 is good. Then I’m over here waiting for it.

          • tony solinan

            Like I said Brandon,I use my nexus7 32gbwifi+3_4G,I also use ipadmini32gbwifi+4G,so I use them for everyday surfing the web,but that’s the tablet front Covered! Now I’m waiting to see what’s on the phone market in Ireland, before the end of April! In the R.O.Ireland we don’t have the same choice as other European, and USA,country’s! I wish we did,but we get some of mobility that is in other country’s, lgg2,one store has it,ARGOS,€580,2months,its been there,and Argos is a big UK conglamorite,

  • Jack

    Simplicity would be a nice thing to see in the Samsung S5 :)

  • fredphoesh

    Sadly, same old shit…