Galaxy S5 screenshot leaks, confirms flat icons

A screenshot of the settings menu of the upcoming Galaxy S5 has leaked to the web revealing, the flat icons that are rumored to be part of the redesigned TouchWiz UI on Samsung's flagship smartphone.

The blurry image published by French website NoWhereElse, shows that the icons that were part of Samsung's teaser image posted on Twitter are indeed part of the smartphone's UI.

The leaks of the flattened TouchWiz UI have been coming in since a month and we have already seen the new Magazine UX on Samsung's Android tablets as the company pushes for a cleaner interface. With the Mobile World Congress kicking off in just under two weeks, we can expect to get more information about the highly anticipated Galaxy S5 from Samsung.

Source: NoWhereElse via GSMArena | Image via NoWhereElse

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I like it! Granted, I like flat better than some of the overly garish things I've seen. Love Patrick Nagel's work, too

That said, I don't care who copies who, so long ad I get the features/designs I want on my device/platform of choice. How crappy would the tech world be without copying, clones, etc? Ditto for games.

The original is seldom the best. Having it spawn imitators means thru originator can steal or respin the new ideas and implementations. It keeps going and everyone benefits

So what did the "deal" between samsung and google end up with it they were supposedly going to introduce less bloat? From what it seems, based on those icons, the phone is all "Nature UI" aka Touchwiz.

This is what I brought up yesterday. The new trend in mobile UI design is flat and basic. Skeuomorphism and glassy 3d icons are not the trend anymore. Microsoft sort of started this trend and it accelerated with Apple, some of you all may call this copying, but this is how all industries work. Fashion is a big example of this. Now the biggest thing though is will Samsung ever be a trend setter instead or just a follower. My guess is no the will remain a follower and the reason is because there really are no true design guidelines for Android. The problem is that, Samsungs apps will follow this flat trend but the rest of Android world won't. Samsungs Sense UI doesn't follow the same guidelines and stock Android either. Until the rest of the Android world gets on the same UI style, there won't be any true trends thats come from them.

I think the issue is how highly criticized the Modern UI has been by many vocal people on and off the internet and to now see their beloved OS's doing a similar look without giving any credit where it's due is annoying.

That's why the phone will probably be even bigger so that they can fit an even bigger battery in there to compensate for their stupid software decisions. Typical Samsung.

-adrian- said,
Like the retail giant?

It's a little silly to not acknowledge the innovation Microsoft does, or that Metro is an example of that. LOL

Oh, it's confirmed. How disappointing. But I guess that will lead me to root the phone quicker and install a custom ROM, I'm really not a fan of this "flat" trend.

Steven P. said,
Yep, at the end of the day TouchWiz is just one of many launchers available to Android.

True but without rooting your leaving all that Samsung bloat taking up your usable space.

SK[ said,]

True but without rooting your leaving all that Samsung bloat taking up your usable space.

That isn't a problem on Galaxy S phones. They have an SD card slot unlike most others these days.

M4x1mus said,

That isn't a problem on Galaxy S phones. They have an SD card slot unlike most others these days.

The bloat will still be slowing down your device. If it's a background app it will eat your battery too.

SK[ said,] The bloat will still be slowing down your device. If it's a background app it will eat your battery too.

But neither of those things are a problem on a Galaxy S4 either.... So either the bloat isn't doing those things to a noticeable degree or they have engineered the phone to cope with it.

Co-ords said,
and this surprises anyone? All they are good at is copying Apple...

Yep, Apple were the only ever company to use Flat Icons. They should patent them.

Co-ords said,
and this surprises anyone? All they are good at is copying Apple...

haha, wp was the first to fully embrace the flat design techniques now seen in iOS and Android, yet apple still seems to be the one we all compare to, its madness!

Raa said,
Since when was flat the new "thing"? I prefer the 3D style icons myself...

hardly new, its been growing for a while and is much nicer imo, that's why apple and google started to use more flat design in their os's since MS really embraced it, its a nicer design language for digital UI design. Trying to make things mimic real world counterparts (3d buttons etc) just doesn't seem to make any sense, because they are not real buttons.

Raa said,
Since when was flat the new "thing"? I prefer the 3D style icons myself...

It's just the current fad, it will be out of style in a few years and we'll have something else.

Exactly, we'll be back to 3D before long. I like flat design, but I'm sure i'll get bored and want something else in a couple more years.

Gaffney said,
When Vista came out, everything turned to glass effect. Now with Metro it's flat, I wonder what will be next?

3D holographic LCARS.

Remember when all the fandroid and I-bots sneered at the flat Windows Phone UI when it first came out? And now both Apple and Google are imitating it. How long before we hear, "Apple did it first"? lol

Ha, and I thought better of TNW. I mean it's partially correct, people will copy Apple, but giving them credit for flat design is another matter. And I quite like on the whole iOS in comparison to Android, it is cleaner; but gosh those icons, how many drugs were they on when they designed them? Skittles UI, I think the skeuomorphism was better.

cybersaurusrex said,
Remember when all the fandroid and I-bots sneered at the flat Windows Phone UI when it first came out? And now both Apple and Google are imitating it. How long before we hear, "Apple did it first"? lol

LOL...that never happened.

Windows Phone flat design isn't very attractive at all. It's basically two colors, a white object and a colored background. At least with Android (1st) and iPhone (2nd), their flat designs were customizable with endless possibilities.

The greatest and the best thing about Android phones, is that you can customize the icon set with any "launcher" you like. That type of customization doesn't remotely exist with Windows Phone.

trojan_market said,

this doesn't mention any date except for 2014 plan. Windows Phone introduced flat design back in 2010

Its dated Dec 29, 2013 and its talking about how the brilliant Apple introduced flat design to the world and is responsible for the recent trend.

Windows Phone flat design isn't very attractive at all. It's basically two colors, a white object and a colored background. At least with Android (1st) and iPhone (2nd), their flat designs were customizable with endless possibilities.

The greatest and the best thing about Android phones, is that you can customize the icon set with any "launcher" you like. That type of customization doesn't remotely exist with Windows Phone.


Yeah it's not like 3rd party apps have to use the two color scheme and can't use any fancy (including flat) icons.

Oh wait...they can and there are a ton of apps that do.

Hikimori said,
Oh there are plenty of articles stating that Apple has created this flat design trend.

If you actually used iOS 7, you'd notice the icons are anything but flat. They just removed the drop shadows from icons and instead use a parallax effect (which cannot be seen in screenshots) to give the icons depth. They are definitely not flat.

Metro uses flat monochromatic icons, as Samsung is doing here. Which is not like iOS 7.

Remember when Microsoft invented icon notifications on mobile devices? Or when they invented the point and click desktop interface?

Oh wait.

Microsoft has copied plenty of sh!t from Apple, Apple has copied plenty of sh!t from Google, and Google has done its fair share as well. It all goes around, and lambasting Apple for copying is complete BS.

If you consider a trend is making something popular then in a sense Apple did create it, no one cared about flat UI elements until Apple did it

Updated:
Google did it first with ChromeOS. Microsoft did it 2nd with their flat Phone 7 UI/icons. Android's Core Apps were updated to a flat theme around ChromeOS but Androids Stock icons weren't changed to a FLAT theme until 4.4 (after iOS7). Apple came out their their flat UI/icons a few months before Android fully adapted the icons, but already had the Flat themes for the apps. The above are the big 3. Google, Microsoft, Apple. In that order.

Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, etc are all just themed off the above OS's. We've had flat icon themes on Android forever though, just not official, even before MS. I've always used a Flat theme. I know the Google Chromebook took much of Googles new Redesign, including the Flat Icons on the desktop which also spewed into Android.

ChromeOS was announced in 2009, released in July 2011 which featured a full FLAT OS theme. Windows Phone 7 was announced in Feb 2011 and released in November 2011. Apple's Flat theme was released September 2012.

Android fully converted into a flat theme in November 2012, with flat themed apps dating back to 2010.

Google did it first with ChromeOS. Microsoft did it 2nd with their flat Phone 7 UI/icons

Er no. Microsoft did it way back with the Zune and then during the 3 or so years of WP7 betas all we saw were flat icons.

Windows phones interface is derived from elements of Zune and Media Center both of which were around when ChromeOS was a glint in someone's eye.

cybersaurusrex said,
Remember when all the fandroid and I-bots sneered at the flat Windows Phone UI when it first came out? And now both Apple and Google are imitating it. How long before we hear, "Apple did it first"? lol

Apple did it first.

cybersaurusrex said,
Remember when all the fandroid and I-bots sneered at the flat Windows Phone UI when it first came out? And now both Apple and Google are imitating it. How long before we hear, "Apple did it first"? lol

Last time I checked, iOS and Android don't look like the High Contrast theme on Windows desktops. You know, the one that makes your computer look like ass?

(I still like the way WP functions for what it's worth)

Player911 said,
Updated:
Google did it first with ChromeOS. Microsoft did it 2nd with their flat Phone 7 UI/icons. Android's Core Apps were updated to a flat theme around ChromeOS but Androids Stock icons weren't changed to a FLAT theme until 4.4 (after iOS7). Apple came out their their flat UI/icons a few months before Android fully adapted the icons, but already had the Flat themes for the apps. The above are the big 3. Google, Microsoft, Apple. In that order.

Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, etc are all just themed off the above OS's. We've had flat icon themes on Android forever though, just not official, even before MS. I've always used a Flat theme. I know the Google Chromebook took much of Googles new Redesign, including the Flat Icons on the desktop which also spewed into Android.

ChromeOS was announced in 2009, released in July 2011 which featured a full FLAT OS theme. Windows Phone 7 was announced in Feb 2011 and released in November 2011. Apple's Flat theme was released September 2012.

Android fully converted into a flat theme in November 2012, with flat themed apps dating back to 2010.


Non of them invented flat icons and UI. There has been tons of flat iconsets for Android and Windows since long time. Lots and lots of them were very professional. Even more - there has been tonnes of flat skins for Android and Windows. iOS 7 icons on the other side are not flat at all.