Samsung Says Goodbye to TouchWiz – Debuts Samsung Experience with Nougat

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Dec 7, 2016
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Samsung first released TouchWiz in 2010, pasting the UI on top of the Android operating system. With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat, the Korean tech giant is finally ready to say goodbye to its user interface that has received mixed reviews over the years.

No, you won’t be getting stock Android experience, but Samsung is moving to a more refined UI, going away from blue-green accents to modern white elements that are accented with light blue shades. The company is naming this “new” UI as Samsung Experience.

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Say hello to Samsung Experience

Samsung rolled out a new beta earlier today to its registered Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users. Today’s update has unceremoniously renamed the user interface from TouchWiz to Samsung Experience. As folks at Android Central pointed out, Samsung didn’t really highlight TouchWiz branding in recent times. The name was last used with the Samsung Galaxy S2, after which the company used Nature UX with the Galaxy S3. However, the name stuck around and Samsung never used any branding in the last few years.

But, if today’s release is any sign, the company is ready to proudly call its new UI the Samsung Experience. You can go to Settings > Software Information to notice a new addition of “Samsung Experience version,” but you need to be testing the latest beta to see the addition.

While HTC, Motorola, and Sony have released Android 7.0 Nougat to their flagship smartphones, Samsung is still in the beta testing mode. Today’s was the third Nougat beta update that was sent out to Galaxy users, adding Samsung Note app, Samsung Pass, and an auto brightness button in the Quick Panel.

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Samsung had earlier said the beta testing program will run until mid-December. The company will hopefully release Nougat to public early in January.

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