Industry trends are fun to follow, especially when it comes to design. It’s even more exciting when the slow buildup of design trends finally transforms into a whole new design that wows people everywhere and delivers new, quality experiences. We’ve seen Samsung go from flat-out gaudy with its custom Android skin, TouchWiz, to something considerably more elegant over the past few weeks. Right in the beginning of the year we saw a leak that showed what appeared to be a test interface for the Galaxy S5, showing off an almost 80’s Miami neon glow to everything. That led to plenty of speculation as to exactly how Samsung was going to redesign TouchWiz, which hasn’t received a complete overhaul since the days of Android 2.3 Gingerbread or even earlier in some cases. At the same time Samsung threw us for a loop when they announced the new 2014 Galaxy TabPRO tablets featuring the TouchWiz Magazine UX which looks like something straight out of Windows 8. Just yesterday though Samsung sent out a new invitation for its upcoming Unpacked 5 event that’s going to unveil the long-awaited Galaxy S5, and it seems that Samsung is going to stick closer to the Metro design language found in Windows 8 and Windows Phone than what was present in the initial leak.
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This screenshot of the settings window shows us a couple of things. First Samsung has decided to go with the flow of the industry and lighten things up a bit. For the longest time they’ve used deep blacks and other dark colors to save battery power on their AMOLED screens, which are notable for their deep black levels since the parts of the screen are effectively off when displaying black. It doesn’t take a genius to quickly understand that this means battery savings, so it’s a wonder if Samsung is doing something else to mitigate this change. Then of course there’s the obvious flat style and round icons present which are the very same ones found on the Unpacked invitation yesterday, and also seen in the latest S-Voice 3.0 leak. Waiting for Samsung’s Unpacked event in just 12 days now is going to be tough for the tech enthusiast in all of us, but we can at least breath a sigh of relief knowing that we’re not getting a faux Broadway play again this year, just a low-key announcement event. Overall the specs of the Galaxy S5 seem to change with every leak, but we know it’s going to be a beast regardless of how it turns out. One thing’s for sure though, the flattening that Samsung had started with the launch of the Galaxy S4 last April has made its way full force into the Galaxy S5, and it’s only a matter of time before we see more of the UI too. If you like this sort of design there are plenty of icon packs and widgets that’ll wet your whistle for the time, just use a custom launcher like Apex or Nova and change your icons and you can have a similar look to this leak right now, at least on your homescreen anyway.