How would you change Samsung's TouchWiz UI?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from Arizona
Published: September 15, 2012

Samsung's TouchWiz UI has been around for quite some time now. Not as long as HTC's proprietary user interface, Sense, but that doesn't make the software any less important to the Android ecosystem. Indeed, TouchWiz has become more popular over the years, and that has everything to do with the fact that Samsung has worked on improving it with each new iteration. There's no denying that, outside of a few key elements, the TouchWiz we use today looks different from what we were using when it first debuted.

The natural evolution, as some would suggest. Things have to get better, or they'll waste away and just be forgotten.

When I picked up the Galaxy S III around the time it launched on Verizon's network, I was impressed with the changes that Samsung had included. They improved plenty in the aesthetics area, but there are still some areas that I think could use a huge overhaul (like the text messaging app). Most importantly, though, is that TouchWiz isn't as heavy as it used to be. It certainly doesn't as lag as often as it did, either, which is a huge bonus.

TouchWiz is getting better and better with each new version -- helped immensely by new devices, and I think that has everything to do with the fact that Samsung isn't afraid to use a proprietary skin on their phones. In fact, they embrace it. They *want* their phones to shy away from the stock version of Android, because they see it as one more way that they stand out. Other companies are trying to use less of a skin, which just makes me wonder why they're wasting their time at all. Just go stock all the way.

So while I will admit that TouchWiz has come a long way, and I can't fault Samsung for the improvements they have made, I will say that it isn't perfect. Nothing is, though, right? So while it's impressive how far TouchWiz has come, and how popular it really is, I know there is some room for improvement. Or, if nothing else, just some changes in general.

One of my favorite things about Android is the plethora of changes you can make to the platform. It's customizable. There are all sorts of sounds you can choose for your notifications or ringers, and there are even more that you can just download easily to your phone whenever you want. Options are great.

But with this latest version of TouchWiz, I think the one area of the software that I would change is the number of options made available to the user. There are *so many*. And I'm not going to sit here and tell you that having options is a bad thing, it isn't. I just think there are too many on there.

Then again, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch of the imagination to think that Samsung must be doing something right if my only change to the OS would be fewer options buried in there.

So, Dear Reader, I'm curious to know what you'd change in the newest version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI. If you could design the next version, what would you add, remove, or tweak? I'm curious to see what the fans, and non-fans, would change about the popular software.

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