Phones, Operating Systems, Samsung, Android, Features, Samsung Galaxy S III, TouchWiz Samsung Galaxy S III: TouchWiz UI explored By Dan Sung Follow on Twitter 4 May 2012 Share on Facebook Tweet about it Pint It Share article Share on LinkedIn Post on Google+ Share via Email Next article VIDEO HUB: New to the SGSIII, the Video Hub gives you access to TV and movie rentals and comes with a desktop widget. S SUGGEST: Another of Samsung's own, S Suggest will recommend applications that are best optimised for the Gakaxy S III experience. PROPELLER VIEW: Still present is the propeller view allows the user to pinch and zoom in and out of the many home screens. APP GRID: The ever-present app grid is now a tabbed affair offering access also to all available associated widgets. APP GRID MENU: Pressing the menu key now brings up far more than the three options possible on TouchWiz on the SGSII. The most important additions are the view by type, the option to hide apps and the direct access to the Play Store. WIDGET TAB: New section of the app grid with full size versions of what the widgets look like. WIDGET TAB MENU: Again, a contextual menu featuring direct access to Google Play. S VOICE: The S Voice app screen. What do you want to do? S VOICE RESULT: "Hi Galaxy, what is the weather like?" DIALER: Redesigned Keypad section of the Phone application. Bigger number keys and now no message button. Also note the addition of the Contacts tab at the top. CONTACTS: Profile pages still very similar to Galaxy S II UI. GROUPS: Similar to SGSII but now more emphasis on the ability to select and assign groups as well as create new ones. Very important for the new Group Tag feature. REVAMPED CAMERA APP: Addition of HDR and Burst Shot modes. FACE DETECTION: In-app effect but also one of the most crucial backbone features of the Galaxy S III SOCIAL TAG: Face detection contextual menus now allow you to add tags to faces which can be automatically assigned in the future once associated with your contacts book. BUDDY PHOTO SHARE: More face tagging options including the new Buddy Photo Share option bringing one click sharing possibilities via MMS or email pulled directly from your contacts onto the photo screen. VIDEO: Galaxy S III video player in portrait. VIDEO: Galaxy S III video player in, er, landscape. VIDEO OPTIONS: Redesigned video app frame options. Far slicker and more minimal look than the Galaxy S II. Also note the Pop-up Play button on the bottom right. POP-UP PLAY: Dialer screen featuring a pop-up play video. It's possible to have the video window playing on any screen on the phone. VIDEO QUALITY: More screens from the video app. SETTINGS: Re-inconised top level settings menu. Now also feature Samsung Unlock Options for phone wake customisation. MORE SETTINGS: More settings including the LED indicator to bring extra meaning to the flashing light on your phone. POWER SAVING: Far more in-depth power saving abilities including possibilities of actually limiting the CPU operation. MOTION: Huge improvement to motion control on the SGSIII as seen on this menu. What was simply zooming, editing, muting and Voice Talk has been bolstered by Smart Alert, Direct Dial, Shake to Update and more. MORE MOTION: Also now hand motion gestures to go with the phone motion gestures too. ABOUT PHONE: A quick glance and the build, software and version numbers. Lay out very much the same as its predecessor. LED INDICATOR: Entirely new area allowing users to choose the function of the phone's LED light. BATTERY: Virtually identical look at the phone's recent battery usage. UNLOCK OPTIONS: Again entirely new to TouchWiz UX, this menu allows users to select the information available on the Galaxy S III's lock screen and just what and how one can unlock directly into. SAMSUNG UNLOCK MENU: More unlock options. NOTIFICATIONS: Five additional icons to the options at the top of the notifications screen, accessed by a wipe across. NOTIFICATIONS: Top bar now features: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound, Screen Rotation, Power Saving, Syncing, Mobile Data, Driving Mode and Notification toggles. Also notice new direct access button to Settings menu. LOCK SCREEN: Close up on the lock screen with instructions to swipe or open with voice. HOME SCREEN: Desktop complete with bottom dock, app shortcuts and clock and weather widget. DOCK: Redesigned from the Galaxy S II, the TouchWiz dock can now take more than just four applications. DESKTOP MENU: The shortened menu, which pops up after pressing the menu key when on the home screen, now features a create folders section but no link to notifications any more. MULTITASKING: Press and hold the home button anywhere on the OS to pop up the multitasking menu. A standard feature of Ice Cream Sandwich. BROWSER: The standard Android ICS browser. BROWSER MENU: The standard ICS browser menu but now redesigned with icons next to each of the options. BROWSER: Standard Android browser in landscape. VIEWFINDER: A look through the viewfinder on the camera app of the Galaxy S III. CAMERA SETTINGS: Settings menu of the Galaxy S III including the ability to change the shortcuts placed on the far left of the screen. ALLSHARE PLAY: New function for the SGSIII which enables remote access to files and folders on your computer and other devices. ACCOUNT: Add account menu. No change from the previous Galaxy phones. STORAGE: Storage menu with graphical representation of the amount of space used and left on each memory section of your device. DISPLAY SETTINGS: Display options menu featuring the new Smart Stay option which keeps the phone screen lit when the Galaxy S III recognises sustained eye contact. KEYBOARD OPTIONS: Far more in-depth choices in terms of language input. Swipe still present - if with a different spelling - and now also predictive and handwriting settings. KEYBOARD: The keyboard itself. Still very much the standard design but obviously customisable. PHOTO EDITOR: Still very much the same app as standard with TouchWiz UX. GALLERY: All change for the gallery app which now has an emphasis on tags. The menu at the top allows you to easily sort by album, location, time and, now, thanks to face recognition, both by person and group as well. PERSON: Sorting be person. ALBUM: Sorting be album. S VOICE: More conversations with the Galaxy S III's answer to Siri. VIDEO HUB: A look inside Samsung's Video Hub with access to TV and movie rental and purchase. MOVIES: A list of movies available through the Video Hub. TV: TV shows available from the Video Hub. VIDEO MAKER: Slight redesign to the Video Maker app on TouchWiz. This screen shows a more involved look at the theme selection process for your video project. POP-UP PLAY: An example of pop-up video on the desktop. POP-UP PLAY: Click and drag to move the pop-up window about the screen. HOME SCREEN MENU: New home screen contextual menu for the Galaxy S III. Enables quick addition to the desktop space and lock screen. MUSIC: Slight facelift to the music player app. Note the addition to the media controls across the bottom instead of the large List button present on the SGSII. SOUND ALIVE: Homogenisation of equaliser and sound effects menu into new list on Galaxy S III TouchWiz. ALL TRACKS: Improved music app now includes on-screen media controls as well as shuffle option. HTC ONE X: Two top Android smartphones side by side OLD GUARD: The Galaxy S III compared to its predecessor.