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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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.

-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

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.

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.

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.

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

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