Modern Samsung devices generally pack class-leading specifications, great battery life, fantastic screens, and more features than you can shake a stick at. They’re also one of the better OEMs for providing somewhat timely firmware updates on at least their flagship devices.
Arguably, all of this equates to some of the best devices on the market, and you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that their market share demonstrates this. But one thing that’s a bit harder to argue is the aesthetic beauty of their custom TouchWiz UI. Often the butt of many jokes, the company’s take on the Android UI is a face only the Korean OEM could love. And in its current version, it leaves much to be desired thanks to its childish colors and icons, cluttered interface, and overall outdated appearance.
New leaked screenshots posted by @evleaks show a dramatic shift in their artistic direction, with a flatter UI very reminiscent of HTC’s BlinkFeed. Aside from the similarities to BlinkFeed, the new UI jives much better with Android’s flat and modern UI than the previous releases that seem more at home on Android 2.x.
So will this new version of TouchWiz be your “Life companion?” We’re excited to see anything that makes TouchWiz a little less ugly. Share your thoughts on their new artistic direction in the comments below.