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Watch: The gorgeous Galaxy S6 TouchWiz UI that could have been

Galaxy S6 and S5 TouchWiz UI

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge flagships come with a significantly improved TouchWiz user interface on top of Lollipop (even though bloatware levels are still as high as ever), as Samsung seems to have finally understood what users want to see in their devices. But TouchWiz could have been better than that, even before Google came up with Material Design.

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Designer Gerald Mark Soto, who says he worked with Samsung on experimental user interfaces “to explore new says of interactive with your phone,” has posted online a couple of videos highlighting some of his smartphone UI design concepts, as SamMobile noted.

If the user interface elements presented in the videos look familiar, that’s because a distant rumor from early January 2014 said this particular user interface had been created for the Galaxy S5.

As it turned out, Samsung’s TouchWiz choices for last year’s top phones were not based on these concepts. Samsung decided to use a different UI design for the 2014 flagship handsets, including the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, and then further refine its UI and transition it to Material Design in preparation of the Galaxy S6.

The two videos showing this would-be TouchWiz redesign follow below, offering a sweet taste of what Samsung’s Android customization could have looked like on Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S6 models.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.