Samsung posts yet another Galaxy S5 teaser, this time with flat icons

Samsung is rumored to launch the Galaxy S5 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress on the 24th of February in Barcelona, and has posted a reminder about the Unpacked 5 event on Twitter.

The company first sent out invites to members of the press for the Unpacked event last week. Now, the Samsung Mobile Twitter account has posted an image which includes a set of flattened icons for various features. 

Images of the redesigned TouchWiz UI with flattened icons were leaked in January by @evleaks. The latest teaser might be an indication that we will get to see the redesigned TouchWiz UI on the Galaxy S5 as the company pushes towards a cleaner user experience.

On the hardware front, the Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a display of 5.25 inches with 2K (2560x1440) resolution, a true octa-core processor with 64-bit support and a 16 megapixel camera.

Source: Samsung Mobile

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The great thing about Android is that you can fix the hideous looking crap that Samsung does to it. For that matter, you can fix the hideous crap that Google seems to be heading towards. Can't do that with WP (AT ALL) and iOS is a real PITA to the point that it just isn't worth it. I guess MS, Apple, and Google all got hit by a color blind stick.

xendrome said,
It's going to look like crap with their default flat icons mixed in with App Store icons that don't look the same

good point

Vester said,
Whats with everyone copying the metro design at tuhe moment lol.

Everyone wants flat interface. 3d and shadows are out of fashion

2560x1440 is pointless at 5.25" It will just put unnecessary demand on the CPU/GPU and lower the performance and battery life, surely?

My thoughts exactly. I would take a 1080p screen and a more power efficient CPU/GPU over this combination any day. Even if it was only a few hours difference on idle, I imagine that it would make a massive difference under load. Think about playing a full 3d game at this res! You'd be lucky to get 30mins off the battery =P (I know it is a bit of a hyperbole)

Elliot B. said,
2560x1440 is pointless at 5.25" It will just put unnecessary demand on the CPU/GPU and lower the performance and battery life, surely?

Lots of people said the same about 1080p on such a screen, saying 720 was perfect. Yet no one wants 720p anymore. And you could definitely tell the difference between 1080 and 720 in daily use.

Don't get me wrong, I think 1080 is perfect already and making it any larger will actually make the useage suffer - it will be hard to view sites designed for 1080p and with very little benefit, since the barely readable tiny font is already crisp enough...

But it would stop manifucturers from trying

panacea said,

Lots of people said the same about 1080p on such a screen, saying 720 was perfect. Yet no one wants 720p anymore. And you could definitely tell the difference between 1080 and 720 in daily use.

Don't get me wrong, I think 1080 is perfect already and making it any larger will actually make the useage suffer - it will be hard to view sites designed for 1080p and with very little benefit, since the barely readable tiny font is already crisp enough...

But it would stop manifucturers from trying

with good observation you can tell the difference from 720p and 1080p. But from the distance people use a phone you wont be able to tell the difference from 1080p to 4k.

I'll really have to see for myself if there's a visible difference between 1440 and 1080 resolution on a phone screen.

As for the icons, better late than never.

Adam1V said,
sounds like an IOS7 imitation

Maybe some borrowed elements, but really doesnt look like iOS and borrowing elements is nothing new to any company really.

Why would iOS users be jealous? OEM's make the crappiest UI's (says Galaxy S4 users for example).

And don't get me started on "apparent" Windows fans when Metro was opinionated as crap before the same people banwaggoned and now started to argue that iOS 7's design came from Windows. I'm tired.

I don't look at it as imitation or copying. Rather I look at it as Samsung following the new trend. Skeuomorphism and glassy style icons were the first real trend that everyone followed, now it flat and basic. Every product out there follows trends like fashion

Adam1V said,
sounds like an IOS7 imitation

you meant to say a WP imitation since IOS is nothing but a copy f the wp design language.

nickcruz said,

you meant to say a WP imitation since IOS is nothing but a copy f the wp design language.


Besides live tiles which are a corner stone of it...

As for these icons, they look like they're right in between the differences between WP and iOS. WP has the square, flat style. iOS has the non-square, gradient style. This one has non-square, flat style.

wv@gt said,
I don't look at it as imitation or copying. Rather I look at it as Samsung following the new trend. Skeuomorphism and glassy style icons were the first real trend that everyone followed, now it flat and basic. Every product out there follows trends like fashion

you know that by following "the trend" you are actually setting it, right? I mean, it's not a trend until there's somebody copying the design language of the other. The problem with Samsung is that it can only follow trends and fails to innovate, as it keeps doing it over the years.

Very true, Samsung is definitely more of a follower than a trend setter. However, this also brings up another point, that there really no true Design guidelines for Android. Every Android OEM follows a different guideline unless they are using stock Android. I can't recall but does Samsung's sense UI match with other Android apps. Also not all apps in the app store will follow this flat guideline unless is a samsung specific app. Perhaps this is why Samsung nor any major Android OEM has created a true trend for mobile UI

Edited by wv@gt, Feb 11 2014, 3:44pm :

Mr.XXIV said,
FOR YOU WINDOWS USERS

WHERE DID YOU THINK WP'S MINIMAL DESIGN COME FROM!?

Sorry, I needed the caps.

From the Swiss Graphic Design of course.

But Windows did seemingly start this design out. Before Apple and Google did that is for sure. Zune had is in 2006. Then they carried it over and tweaked it a little for Windows Phone 7 and Windows (Phone) 8. =)

#TrendSetters!