MANILA, Philippines – Samsung was serious when it said its next flagship, the Galaxy S5, would be radically different. The much anticipated smartphone is slated to feature a new user interface when it debuts this April.
The new design will feature a Google Now-like card interface on both the lock screen or home screen (depending on what you choose) that provides contextual information based on what the phone thinks you need to know.
Your calendar appointments, flight details, social media highlights, and stats from your latest run are organized into a visually appealing column of tiles that you can scroll through.
If it’s anything like Google Now, the phone will get to know you more by tracking your activity like where you check-in and what’s in your email inbox.
While built into Android, Google has kept Google Now hidden inside an app and requires a long press of a button to activate. Building it into the UI sounds like a more logical choice if users can get over the discomfort of being stalked.
The screen grabs posted on @evleaks this week are a follow-up to an earlier post that showed off iterations of both the lock screen and the home screen. Screenshots of the latter reveal a new default app called Magazine – hinting that Samsung is bringing its Magazine UX to its smartphone line.
Unless you purchase an Android device directly from Google, chances are your smartphone or tablet will have a customized UI, a layer of customizations manufacturers build over Android. That’s why the interface on an HTC One is different from a Samsung Galaxy S4 even if they both run on Jellybean. Samsung’s smartphone UI is called TouchWiz.
Two cards on the leaked next version of TouchWiz show biking and running stats. This suggests possible new features of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch rumored to launch side-by-side with the Galaxy S5. – Rappler.com
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