Samsung Experience

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Samsung Experience
Samsung Experience logo, a UI by Samsung (used on Galaxy phones).jpg
Samsung Experience on S8.jpg
Samsung Experience 8.1 running on a Samsung Galaxy S8
Developer Samsung
Working state Current
Initial release June 4, 2010 (under TouchWiz)
December 7, 2016 (under Samsung Experience)
Latest release Samsung Experience 9 (Android 8.0) / January 5, 2018
Available in 100+ languages worldwide

Samsung Experience (styled SAMSUNG Experience) is the user interface Samsung uses on its Galaxy-branded phones, based on Android. Its original name was TouchWiz, being changed in late 2016 on a beta build of Android Nougat on a Samsung Galaxy S7.[1]



TouchWiz was the former name Samsung used for its UI and icons. It was originally released on June 4, 2010, for the Galaxy S smartphone.[2][3] Reviewers had criticized Samsung for including too many features and bloat, especially in the Galaxy S4, which included what many users called a samsung "feature creep".[4] In the following years, though, Samsung had incrementally removed the bloatware and extra features, until TouchWiz was no longer recognized as TouchWiz, leading them to rename it.[5]


On December 15, 2016, Samsung registered a trademark for the name "Samsung Experience," along with a logo.[1]


Home screen[edit]

Samsung Experience makes several changes to Android's default homescreen. The apps icon is on the bottom right of the screen instead of the bottom middle, the Google Now search bar is just below the middle of the screen instead of at the top, and there is a weather widget at the top right corner of the screen. In addition, a user can edit the apps grid layout.[6]

Edge UX[edit]

The "Edge" (curved glass at the edge of the screen) was originally introduced in the Galaxy Note Edge, and popularized with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Tasks Edge[edit]

The tasks edge gives users a shortcut to commonly utilized tasks, such as making a phone call to a certain contact, setting a timer, and creating an event in S Planner. It is an assortment of icons (e.g. contact pictures [with phone, messaging, or mail icons], an app icon with a plus symbol on its bottom right corner, or a photo [from your library] masked in the shape of a circle [with the gallery icon on the bottom right corner]) on the right of the screen.[7]

People Edge[edit]

A Galaxy S7 phone in the process of switching from the Yahoo! finance panel to the Apps edge panel.

The people edge allows the user to add 5 different contacts to display on the screen, for quick access to functions such as calling, texting, and emailing. It displays the contact's name and photo.[7]

Apps Edge[edit]

The apps edge displays ten of a user's most frequently used apps, with five in two columns. A user can also add a complete folder to the screen.[7]

Edge panels[edit]

Yahoo! sports, finance, and news are panels that are included with the phone.[7] A user can download extra panels for ease of use, such as an RSS reader, Twitter trends, and CNN News.[8]

Quick tools[edit]

With quick tools, the Edge transforms into a ruler, compass, or flashlight.[7]

Edge feeds[edit]

When a user swipes the edge of the screen and the screen is off, the edge display turns on and displays missed calls, the current time, weather, and news.[9]

Grace UX[edit]

First released with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for Android Marshmallow, the Grace UX was named after the device's codename, and eventually made its way to older devices, including the Galaxy Note 5 through an update (Korea and eventually to other countries), and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge through the official Android Nougat update. The Grace UX features a cleaner, flatter look to iconography and extensive use of white space. TouchWiz Grace UX devices also benefit from the Secure Folder functionality, which enables users to keep certain data, and even apps, behind a secure password.

In addition, for most countries, all the languages that were absent from previous versions (Android Marshmallow or earlier) will be available in this release, starting with the Galaxy Tab S3.

Always-on display[edit]

The always-on display on the Galaxy S7, displaying the time and the calendar.

Only single pixels are illuminated when the always-on display is active. The screen will display the current time, the calendar, or a selected image. There are different styles for each option (the clock has 7 styles, the calendar has 2 styles, and the image has 3 styles).[10]

The Always-on Display is available on Galaxy A (2017) series, Galaxy S7/S7 edge, Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy J7 (2017)/J7 Pro/J7+(or C7 2017), Galaxy C5/C7/C9 Pro, and Galaxy Note 7/FE/Galaxy Note 8 devices only.

File Manager[edit]

Samsung includes a file manager with its Galaxy phones, unlike stock Android.[11]

Game Launcher[edit]

Any game that a user downloads is combined into a single folder. In that folder, one can optimize frame rate and resolution.[12]

Game Tools[edit]

Game Tools is a button when a user is playing a game. When tapped, it can mute notifications, turn off the capacitive keys, minimize the game, screenshot, and record gameplay.[12]


Bixby is an assistant that launched with the Samsung Galaxy S8. It replaces S Voice on Samsung phones and has three parts, including Bixby Voice, Bixby Vision and Bixby Home.

Bixby Voice[edit]

Bixby Voice can be triggered by saying "Hey Bixby" or pressing and holding the button located below the volume rocker, dubbed the Bixby Button.

Bixby Vision[edit]

Bixby Vision is built into the camera app and can "see" what one can see as it is essentially an augmented reality camera that can identify objects in real time, search for them on various services, and offer the user to purchase them if available. Bixby is also able to translate text, read QR codes and recognize landmarks.[13]

Bixby Home[edit]

Bixby Home can be found by swiping to the right on the home screen. It is a vertically scrolling list of information that Bixby can interact with, for example, weather, fitness activity, and buttons for controlling their smart home gadgets.[13]


Bixby can do tasks related to a single keyword. For example, a simple "Good Night" can request the device to turn to silent mode and turn on the Night Mode display.

S Pen (exclusive to the Galaxy Note)[edit]

Air Command[edit]

A collection of shortcuts that appear when the S Pen is taken out.

Smart Select[edit]

Create custom GIFs.

Samsung Notes[edit]

The user can take notes, draw, annotate, with a wide selection of brushes, pens, and colors.

Live Message[edit]

The user can draw custom emojis, make animated GIFs, or write messages on photos.

Screen Off Memo[edit]

Capture notes when the screen is off.


Have two apps open simultaneously and switch back and forth with ease.


Take a closer look whenever you need to.


Translate words or sentences, and convert currencies and measurement units.

Version history[edit]

Version Release date Features
Samsung Experience 8

(updated version of Grace UX)

January 19, 2017 Redesigned UI
  • Consistent iconography.
  • More sophisticated look.

Updated Edge UX

  • New Task edge options.

Tilt to Unlock

  • Tilt the phone upwards to unlock it.

Updated Always-On Display

  • Third-party app and calendar notifications.
  • Custom signature.
  • Screen-off memo.
  • Additional clock styles.

Samsung Cloud

  • 15 GB free cloud storage.

Additions to Theme Store

  • Now includes support for icon packs.

Blue-light filter

  • Adjust warmth of light on the screen.

Wide Selfie

  • Selfie with a field of view of up to 120º degrees.
Samsung Experience 8.1 (released with Galaxy S8) April 21, 2017 Altered design
  • Outline iconography
  • Other tweaks


  • Connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a desktop experience.

Bixby (exclusive to Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note FE)

  • Intelligent interface that learns from you to help you do more. It works with select apps like email and messages, serves up reminders and can help you understand your settings and set up your Samsung devices.

Bixby Vision (exclusive to Galaxy S8)

  • Translate foreign languages, scan business cards, scan QR codes, through camera

Samsung Connect support

  • Control smart appliances


  • Swipe up for App Drawer
  • Redesigned settings pane


Samsung Experience 8.5 (released with Galaxy Note 8) September 15, 2017 More stable UI
  • No frame drops
  • Improved user experience

Facial and Iris recognition improvements

  • More efficient, and faster

App Pair

  • Open two apps at once using Multi Window

Expanded S Pen features

Samsung Experience 9 Beta: November 2, 2017 Quick Panel
  • Manage notifications for each app with notification categories
  • Icons will be shown at the bottom of the notification panel for notifications that aren't currently visible


  • Redesigned Quick Shortcuts
  • Notification badges on app icons and the panel are synced.

Samsung Keyboard

  • Keyboard toolbar
  • GIF keyboard
  • More high contrast options are available

Samsung Cloud

  • View and manage photos and notes only stored in Samsung Cloud
  • Store any type of file in Samsung Cloud Drive

Dual Messenger

  • Install a second copy of a message account to use with a separate account


  • Improved system performance
  • More Edge screen features
  • DeX improvements
  • Find My Mobile improvements


Phones running Samsung Experience[edit]


Device Version
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and S7 Active Original: Touchwiz 6.0 (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Touchwiz Grace UX (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Original: Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Beta: Samsung Experience 9 (Android 8.0 "Oreo")
Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Note 7) Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2017) Original: Touchwiz Grace UX (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy J3/J3 Pro, J5/J5 Pro, J7/J7 Pro (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt/J7 Core/J7 Neo
Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat") j7 prime (7.0) nougat
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) Original: Touchwiz 6.0 (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")

Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (2017) Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017)
(also known as Samsung Galaxy J7+)
Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy Feel (NTT DoCoMo version) Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) Original: Touchwiz 6.0 (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime / Galaxy On7 (2016)
Original: Touchwiz 6.0 (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Original: Touchwiz 6.0 (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903W8)[17] Original: Touchwiz 5.1 (Android 5.1.1 "Lollipop")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Original: Touchwiz Grace UX (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) Original: Touchwiz Grace UX (Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow")
Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.1 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")


Device Model number Version
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T820; SM-T825 Samsung Experience 8 (Android 7.0 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 All (Except T819C,

T815C, T719C,)[18]

Original: TouchWiz 5.0 (Android 5.0.2 ''Lollipop'')

Upgradeable: Samsung Experience 8.0 (Android 7.0 ''Nougat'')

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 S
SM-T380; SM-T385 Original: Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

With S-Pen LTE (SM-P355)[19]

SM-T350; SM-T355

SM-P350; SM-P355

Original: TouchWiz 5.0 (Android 5.0.2 ''Lollipop'')

Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")[20]

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7[21] [22] SM-T550, SM-T555

SM-P550, SM-P555

Original: TouchWiz 5.0 (Android 5.0.2 ''Lollipop'')

Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")[23]

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2[24] SM-T390; SM-T395 Original: Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")
Samsung Galaxy Tab E [25][26][27] SM-T377x; SM-T560NU Original: TouchWiz 5.0 (Android 5.1.1 ''Lollipop'')

Samsung Experience 8.5 (Android 7.1.1 "Nougat")

Note that this list is not exhaustive.


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