TouchWiz

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TouchWiz
Available in 50+ languages
Type Graphical user interface
License proprietary
Website www.samsung.com/uk/mobileappsandservices/touchwiz.html

TouchWiz is a front-end touch interface developed by Samsung Electronics with partners, featuring a full touch user interface. It is sometimes incorrectly identified as an operating system. TouchWiz is used internally by Samsung for smartphones, feature phones and tablet computers, and is not available for licensing by external parties. The Android version of TouchWiz also comes with Samsung-made apps preloaded (except Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which have removed all Samsung pre-loaded apps installed, leaving one with Galaxy Apps, to save storage space, due to the removal of MicroSD).

The latest versions of TouchWiz are: TouchWiz Nature UX 5.0,[1] which is on the Galaxy S6 and TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0/3.5 on the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4.[2] They feature a more refined user interface as compared to the previous version, TouchWiz Nature UX, on the Galaxy S III. The status bar is now transparent during home screen mode in TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 and TouchWiz Nature UX 2.5. In TouchWiz 4.0 on Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note (both later updated to Nature UX), some of the features added include panning and tilt,[3] which makes use of the accelerometer and gyroscope in the phone to detect motion.

TouchWiz is used by Samsung's own proprietary operating systems, Bada and REX, as well as phones based on the Android operating system. It is also present in phones running the Tizen operating system.

TouchWiz was a central issue in Apple v. Samsung.

Versions[edit]

TouchWiz 3.0 Lite (Supports Android 2.1 - Android 2.2) (2010)[edit]

The Lite version of 3.0 was the "plain" edition of the original 3.0. The first device with TouchWiz 3.0 Lite was Samsung Galaxy Proclaim.

TouchWiz 3.0 (Supports Android 2.1 - Android 2.2) (2010)[edit]

The original version of TouchWiz was first introduced by the Samsung Galaxy S.

TouchWiz 4.0 (Supports Android 2.3 - Android 4.0) (2011)[edit]

The Second Version of TouchWiz was improved with hardware acceleration. Samsung Galaxy S II was the first device preloaded with TouchWiz 4.0. It also has an optional gesture-based interaction called 'motion' which (among other things) allows users to zoom in and out by placing two fingers on the screen and tilting the device towards and away from themselves to zoom in and out respectively. This gesture function works on both the web browser and the images in gallery used within this device. "Panning" on TouchWiz 4.0 allows the movement of widgets and icons shortcuts between screens, by allowing the device to be held and moved from side to side to scroll through home screens. This gesture-based management of widgets is a new optional method next to the existing method of holding and swiping between home screens.

Preloaded Apps (Selected Devices only)[edit]

  • Diary
  • Samsung Apps
  • Voice Command
  • AllShare Play
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung Social Hub
  • Samsung Music Hub
  • Samsung Readers Hub
  • Samsung Game Hub

Preloaded Apps (Samsung Galaxy Note Devices only)[edit]

  • S Note
  • Diary
  • Samsung Apps
  • Voice Command
  • AllShare Play
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung Social Hub
  • Samsung Music Hub
  • Samsung Readers Hub
  • Samsung Game Hub

TouchWiz Nature UX Lite (Supports Android 4.0) (2012)[edit]

The Lite version of the Nature UX of TouchWiz was the "plain" edition of the original TouchWiz Nature UX. The first device with TouchWiz Nature UX Lite was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.


TouchWiz Nature UX (Supports Android 4.0.4 - Android 4.1.2) (2012)[edit]

The third version of TouchWiz was renamed to TouchWiz Nature UX along with the complete redesigned look and feel. Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Star and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are the first devices preloaded with TouchWiz Nature UX. The "Nature" version used by the S III and Note 10.1 has a more "organic" feel than previous versions, and contains more interactive elements such as a water ripple effect on the lock screen and brand new system sounds. To complement the TouchWiz interface, and as a response to Apple's Siri, the phone introduces S Voice, Samsung's intelligent personal assistant. S Voice can recognize eight languages including English, Korean and French. Based on Vlingo, S Voice enables the user to verbally control 20 functions such as playing a song, setting the alarm, or activating driving mode; it relies on Wolfram Alpha for online searches. New eye tracking functions such as Smart Stay can be found on selected TouchWiz Nature UX devices. The icon and the user-interface of the camera application is still the same as in TouchWiz 4.0 as known from the Galaxy S2.
To take screenshots, you have to hold down the home button with the power button at the same time. In earlier TouchWiz-Versions, a small press was enough, to take a screenshot.

Preloaded Apps (Selected Devices only)[edit]

  • ChatON
  • Samsung Apps
  • S Voice
  • Samsung Game Hub
  • Samsung Video Hub
  • Samsung Social Hub
  • AllShare Play
  • Samsung Music Hub
  • S Suggest
  • S Memo

Preloaded Apps (Samsung Galaxy Note Devices only)[edit]

  • ChatON
  • Samsung Apps
  • S Voice
  • S Note
  • Samsung Game Hub
  • Samsung Video Hub
  • Samsung Social Hub
  • AllShare Play
  • Samsung Music Hub
  • S Suggest
  • S Memo

TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 (Supports Android 4.2) (2013)[edit]

The fourth version of TouchWiz is still based on the "Nature" version used by the S III with some slight design changes. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first device preloaded with TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0. Even more eye tracking abilities were introduced with the S4 such as Smart Scroll. The settings menu is now split into four sections: Connections, My Device, Accounts, and More (phones only).

Samsung Galaxy S4 using TouchWiz on Android Jelly Bean.[4]

The Camera-app User Interface now allows you to record photos and videos, without switching between a photo- and a video mode. (📹/📷) You can record videos by tapping the video(🎥)-icon. This Camera-App-User Interface has also been improved in TouchWiz Nature UX 2.5. The icon of the camera-application has also been changed.

The Icon of the Internet-Browser is still in 3D, but is darker than in UX 1.0.

Also the Weather widget is changed.

Preloaded Apps (Selected Devices only)[edit]

Preloaded Apps (Samsung Galaxy Note Devices only)[edit]

TouchWiz Nature UX 2.5 (Supports Android 4.3 - Android 4.4) (2013)[edit]

TouchWiz Nature UX 2.5 is also slightly changed in design. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition are the first devices to be preloaded with the new TouchWiz. The brand new version of TouchWiz now completely supports Samsung Knox security function. The new settings menu (Connections, Device, Controls, General) from the Note 3 (with the four categories at the top of the screen) now supports tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, while preserving the traditional two panel layout since the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. This reduces the amount of scrolling needed for a user to go to a specific item on the left panel. The Camera-Application User Interface from TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 stays, but is improved. Also noteworthy to remember is the new search box, located just above the first item and below the category. It was moved to the top right in Android 4.4.

Multi user support was added in Android 4.3. Up to eight users can be added.

The camera-software icon, which you need to tap, to launch the camera-application from the home-screen is still the same as in UX 2.0. The camera-user-interface has a few improvements and features added:

  • Access settings directly
  • Virtual Tour
  • Golf Mode
  • Lower Shutter Lag
  • PhotoSphere360
  • Smart Stabilization replaces night mode

An update to the latest Android 4.3-Firmware also adds the download booster and setting search, but misses the ultra power saving mode.

The Galaxy S4, Note 3, Note 2 and other 2013 smartphones still remain in this version of TouchWiz after its update to Android 4.4, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Note 8.0, and other 2013 tablets are updated to TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0 after the update. The search box has moved to the top right corner of the settings screen as a search button on devices with the multi-tab Settings application (Connections, Device, Controls, General).

UX 2.5 has no feature-loss in comparrison to UX 2.0.

Preloaded Apps (Selected Devices only)[edit]

Preloaded Apps (Samsung Galaxy Note Devices only)[edit]

TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0 (Supports Android 4.4 - Android 5.0) (2014)[edit]

TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0 is also slightly changed in design. Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are the first devices to be preloaded with the new TouchWiz. The skin has undergone evolution towards improved user friendliness with larger icons, less clutter, and visual cues. Samsung has recreated all the icons making them look flatter. Settings is no longer a long text list and is replaced with quick settings icons that give very clear visual cues. Settings is still a multi-panel app in TouchWiz, compared to the one panel layout in stock Android 4.4 KitKat. Also the camera-software has changed by setting the burst shot limit to 30, but making the camera shutter tiny and removing several features.

In Android 4.4, the menu system is redesigned once again. One can now tap on the divider to adjust the width of the two panels in a multi-pane app (for example, Settings). Also, the search box in the settings menu has moved to the top right corner of the screen.

The animation of the green battery icon, which is displayed, if you press the home-key or the stby-key, while the device is charging and switched off, has changed. Now, the battery percentage is also displayed inside of the green battery icon in the center of the screen, which is new in UX 3.0. Earlier TouchWiz-Vesions did not display the battery percentage.

Some budget Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Core 2 and Galaxy J1, feature a reduced version of TouchWiz named "TouchWiz Essence UX ", which is based on TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0 but adapted for devices with equal or less than 1GB of RAM.[5]

Since this version, there's also an ultra-power-saving-mode, which makes the phone to use as little battery charge as possible, to run as long as possible.

  • The screen will turn black/white
  • Only a few apps like the camera are accessible
  • The processing power/performance is limited
  • The screens brightness will be set as low as possible
  • All unneeded hardware-units like battery temperature sensors will switch off

Another few changes[edit]

  • Internet-Browser-Icon is in 2D.
  • Turqoise-Blue message boxes
  • New camera user interface with less features and smaller camera button
    • Downloadable Features
    • Tap and shoot
    • Selective-Focus

TouchWiz NatureUX 3.1[edit]

For the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a slightly modified version of TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0 was released with it. It's called Nature UX 3.1. Normally, it was for Lollipop, but the Note 4 already has it with Android 4.4.4,[6][7] which was the first Operating System for the Note 4. Notable changes are:

  • Settings menu has a white background compared to the original version on Galaxy S5. The white background has been in use on nearly every Samsung Galaxy tablet. On the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, a more material design-like theme is used for the settings menu, while keeping the flat icons.
  • The lock screen's digital clock is now centered.
  • The font for the digital clock was also changed.

Older high-end devices from 2013 (Galaxy S4 and Note 3) received this modified TouchWiz skin with the 5.0 update.

  • Some elements have been removed from the drop-down-menu, even if they still do exist.
  • Camera application lost more features but now adds AF/AE Lock.
  • The name "self-portrait"-mode has changed into "selfie"
  • Removed Feature: Ability to Display EXIF Information - also removed in the newer UX-Versions
    • Histogram
    • Exposure Time
    • Aperture
    • EV-Exposure Compensation
    • ISO Light Sensivity
    • Focal Length
    • Focus
    • Model of Camera
    • Exposure Program
    • Flash modes: AUTO/MANUAL and/or FLASH/NO-FLASH
    • AF Light Used (YES/NO)

TouchWiz NatureUX 3.5[edit]

This NatureUX-Version looks very similar to NatureUX 3.1.
All Samsung Phones, which were introduced with Android 4.x(.x) (Jelly Bean and KitKat, not Ice Cream Sandwich), will get this UX-Version (3.5), if they're upgraded to Lollipop.

TouchWiz Nature UX 4[edit]

This version number was skipped and never released, to avoid Confusion with TouchWiz 4.0.

TouchWiz Nature UX 5.0 (Supports Android 5.0 - Android 5.1) (2015)[edit]

A slight improvement of the TouchWiz UI. This version of Touchwiz appeared with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Galaxy Tab A. It is the first TouchWiz to support themes which includes an Icon Changer, Wallpaper and UI elements which is similar to Huawei's Emotion UI. Older flagships from 2014 (Galaxy S5 and Note 4) will receive this new version of the interface with the 5.1 update.

A new feature has been added to the drop-down-menu, which allows you, to use the Camera Flash as a torch.[8] In older TouchWiz-Versions, there was a Widget, which you can put on your Homescreen, which was called "assistance light″

Since this TouchWiz-Version, you can't set the silence mode (silent/vibration only/Speakers + Vibration on) with the menu, which appears by pressing and holding the standby-key for 2 seconds.

The camera shutter / screenshot / camcorder sound has also been changed. Also the camera-app-icon and the camera-UI is now different. The camera-UI has now monochrome icons in the MODE-Menu with the camera-modes and a professional shooting mode. The Camera-Application also does not display the current video file-size anymore.

Another removed feature, which was introduced in TouchWiz NatureUX 2.5, is the ability to create/extract ZIP-Archives with the Native File Explorer, which is called „My Files"

Phones running Samsung TouchWiz[edit]

Proprietary[edit]

Bada[edit]

Windows Mobile[edit]

Symbian[edit]

Android[edit]

Cameras[edit]

Smartphones[edit]

Phablets[edit]

Note-Smartphones[edit]

Tablets[edit]

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