Popular Korean manufacturer Samsung has recently released its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S3. While this has already gained a reputation for its advanced specifications and versatility, in this article I am going to look at its Samsung TouchWiz UI.
The TouchWiz UI is Samsung's custom Android interface. This is designed to run over the top of the Android operating system, providing an alternative aesthetic and functionality. Because Android is an open source software, manufacturer's are able to create their own interfaces for it, to set their handsets apart from one another despite running the same operating system. Other examples of these include Motorola Motoblur and HTC Sense. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the latest version Android called Ice Cream Sandwich.
When using the Samsung Galaxy S3, you will notice that many of the features of its interface are inspired by nature. For example, when you unlock the screen, a ripple effect will appear along with the sound of a water drop. Also, many of the pre-installed notification and ringtones use natural sounds, and even the shape of the handset is inspired by a pebble on the beach. It is clear to see why the slogan for the handset is 'designed for humans, inspired by nature'.
The interface of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is aimed largely towards being as intuitive as possible, with tasks being carried out in the minimum number of steps. For example, when you are reading a text message and decide you would rather call the person back than send a text, simply lift the phone you your ear when the message interface is open. The person will then automatically be called so you do not have to scroll through your contacts list to find them.
Multiple homescreens can be assigned on the Samsung Galaxy S3, and customised with apps and widgets. Being an Android powered smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3 allows users to access the Google Play Store where apps can be downloaded, with multimedia content and widgets also available from Samsung Hubs.
Although the user interface of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a very impressive attribute, the handset of course also includes many other exciting features. These include a 4.8 inch high definition touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, and a 1.4GHx quad-core processor which makes this one of the most powerful smartphones in the world.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 looks set to remain at the top of the market for some time thanks to its superior technology, but it will be interesting to see how this compares to the Apple iPhone 5 which is due for release in September.