We’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s design; we’ve heard about its hardware, and now we’re hearing about its software, specifically TouchWiz. According to SamMobile, the source of accurate information on yet to be announced Samsung devices, the TouchWiz UI slapped on top of Android 5.0 (Lollipop) running on the Korean tech giant’s next flagship will be “amazingly fast.”
According to SamMobile’s “insiders,” Samsung will remove all previously pre-installed Samsung apps to improve performance. However, the source did not mention which apps will be removed. There is a possibility that apps like S Voice, S Health, S Note, or Scrapbook will no longer be pre-loaded. Instead, they will be offered as an optional download on the Galaxy Apps store. The report adds that Microsoft apps such as OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile (with a free Office 365 subscription), and Skype will be pre-installed. This is possibly part of a deal between the two in their past patent royalty debacle.
As for performance, the site says, “TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 is said to be amazingly fast when compared to Android Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 4, which sounds awesome considering the state of optimization TouchWiz is currently in. Samsung has also adopted a lot of animations and effects that debuted on Lollipop – we can already see some of these effects in motion on Lollipop on existing Samsung devices, and it looks like the visual experience will be even better on the Galaxy S6.”
Here are other changes to the UI according to SamMobile:
- Samsung’s default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
- More theming options are available
- All Samsung’s apps are more colorful
- You can select between 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer
- The app drawer no longer supports endless cycling through the list of apps (meaning you can’t go back from the last page to the first without going back through the previous pages).
- The music app still runs in full-screen mode at all times
- The dialer app looks “green as grass”, or that’s what we were told.
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