When Google showed off Android 5.0 Lollipop’s new Material Design aesthetic during this year’s Google I/O, the first thing we thought about was how this would translate to the custom skins offered by OEMs like HTC and Samsung. Just before we kick off the weekend, the boys at SamMobile are quenching a little bit of this curiosity with an early look at Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
This is actually the second time they’re showing off Samsung’s version of Lollipop, although this one is much more recent build. Although it’s still an early version of the software Samsung will eventually roll out to their Galaxy line, it clues us in on exactly what the OEM has in mind for their version of Google’s Material Design UI and really, it’s not half bad.
The current version of the TouchWiz running on the Galaxy S5 we found was actually much easier on the eyes and in some respects, not too far — at least in color scheme — to what Google introduced in Lollipop. The newly leaked version of Lollipopped TouchWiz shows a similar TouchWiz interface, only with small design tweaks to the Settings, Calculator, Dialer and more. Here’s what SamMobile noticed was changed from the previous leaked Lollipop build:
New Note 4 fingerprint lock screen
New system-wide font — similar to the original one, but a tad thinner.
New animations, much smoother than before — there’s a screen off animation present as well.
Google Search bar in recents menu
Brightness slider in notification center has a new yellow color — while changing the brightness, the notification centre disappears and allows the user to view the content beneath it.
Removed “Interruptions” from Sound settings
Gallery: Media can be sorted using new filters including Pets, Events, Scenery, Documents, Food, Vehicles and Flowers.
Music: Improved UI
Clock: Navigation bar icons are now accompanied by text
Calculator: Removed square grids which surrounded the numbers and symbols
Contacts: New search box
Stock Material Design inspired applications receive colored status bar
Android Lollipop theme’s core green elements replaced with Samsung’s blue color
Settings: Improved UI, new icon color
New UI for setting wallpaper from home screen
Better spacing between options in power off dialog
For more image comparisons, make sure to check out the post on SamMobile but in the meantime, check out their hands-on video below.