Pictured: Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8’s user interface?

Samsung Galaxy S8 user interface

A new leak has potentially outed the Samsung Galaxy S8’s user interface, showing off a revised look with redesigned icons.

Samsung’s Android software skin, formerly known as TouchWiz, has gone through some radical revisions over the tenure between the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S7. Now we seem to have gotten our first glimpse of the newly named Samsung Experience skin aboard the Galaxy S8.

A leak, courtesy of SamMobile, has outed what appears to be one of the most substantial redesigns Samsung’s software skin has endured. While the images are not available in high resolution, they do depict a tweaked design language that shows Samsung’s typical rounded icons replete with simplistic, yet stylish iconography.

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The images seemingly confirm that the Galaxy S8 will be the first Galaxy S device to feature virtual touch buttons in favour of the capacitive trio Samsung has usually favoured, with redesigned iconography for the multitasking, home, and return button, respectively.

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While Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 has inherited the upgraded version of TouchWiz (Grace) that was found on board the Galaxy Note 7, it is unclear as to whether Samsung’s new software skin will be exclusive to the Galaxy S8 or will eventually roll out to its predecessors.

While at first glance one might notice the seeming absence of the app drawer, leaked reports notice that the central, purple icon on the dock triggers an app launcher with noticeable similarities to Huawei’s iOS-inspired quick search functionality.

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It remains to be seen whether Samsung’s new Experience skin will exert the same heavy performance requirements its TouchWiz predecessors have, as it has been rumoured that Samsung and Google have previously collaborated to reduce the load the former’s software skin is notorious for.

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