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Samsung may have a much-needed interface overhaul on the way

Florence Ion | Jan. 8, 2014
Screenshots from Evleaks purport that the company's new Android UI will be flatter, prettier, nicer to use.

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I've never been subtle about my dislike for Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0. It's one of the gaudiest Android interfaces out there. You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer would jump on the bandwagon of flatter icons and a simplified interface design, but unfortunately Samsung is trailing behind.

Unless, of course, the latest rumors are true: there are rumblings that Samsung has dumped its tacky, cartoony interface and swapped it out for something a little more modern. Evleaks, the anonymous blogger who is often on the mark with its leaks of upcoming gadget news, tweeted several images illustrating what it purports to be Samsung's forthcoming interface makeover.

The screenshots show an interface that borrows much of the aesthetic from the latest iterations of Android 4.4 KitKat, with a little bit of iOS 7 thrown in. That's not to say that Samsung is copying anyone, but rather that it is fashioning itself to follow where the rest of the industry is headed, design wise.

You'll notice that Samsung hasn't completely renovated all of its application icons--the Gallery app, for instance, still features the same "bubbly" flower icon.

There are no leaked screenshots of what the interface would look like on a tablet-sized screen, which is peculiar considering that Samsung just introduced a heaping of new tablet devices

There's no word on whether or not these screenshots are legitimate, but we're going to hold out hope for now. It's about time Samsung overhauled its UI to match the rest of what the industry is doing. And with the reports that the company's mobile division didn't perform as well as expected last quarter, maybe a new interface is just the kind of refresher Samsung needs.


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