By way of a Korean press release, Samsung has announced that its popular dumb phone UI for use on its touchscreen devices is getting a makeover. TouchWiz, or “wait is that a smartphone or is that just TouchWiz?” as you may know it, is present on a handful of Samsung handsets and is an evolutionary step based on the Croix UI from Sammy’s Armani phone. Designed with the finger in mind, Samsung developed the UI to have its own OS supplement for handsets that wouldn’t quite make it to smartphone status. In preparation for next week’s MWC kick off, Samsung just sent word through the vine that TouchWiz went and got its hair did in preparation for a whole new look to be shown off in Barcelona. Ok, so the screen shots it provided along with the press release aren’t too great a departure from the TouchWiz of old, but there are some sexy new elements that will make Sammy’s touchscreen dumb phones even more desirable to many. More haptic features, 3D effects, downloadable widgets and a widget dock along the bottom of the screen are among the new features you can look forward to. The best part about Samsung’s announcement? Current TouchWiz handsets will be able to install the new UI via an update. Woo! Expect plenty of hands-on love with the refreshed TouchWiz build to hit all corners of the internet next week.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.