Samsung testing updated Galaxy Note UI

New interface could be dropping the App Drawer for a new style specifically for the Galaxy Note series
New interface could be dropping the App Drawer for a new style specifically for the Galaxy Note series
A beta version of the UI is available for Galaxy Note 5 owners in South Korea and China. Supposedly, the App Drawer will now be completely optional instead of mandatory.

Owners of the Galaxy Note 5 in South Korea or China can register to be in a beta program for testing Samsung's next Galaxy Note GUI update called "New Note UX". The most important changes so far apparently relate to the App Drawer as this is now disabled by default. Thus, all new app icons will now land directly on the Home screen not unlike on most Android handsets. The App Drawer can still be reactivated if the owner wishes. Otherwise, most of the cosmetic changes are minor including more rounded corners for app icons and a redesigned dropdown menu.

It remains to be see whether or not Samsung will launch the updated UI for Galaxy Note users worldwide or if the update will remain exclusive to Asian territories. Sources close to Playfuldroid claim that Samsung is already preparing for a global rollout by August. If true, this may coincide with the reveal and launch of the Galaxy Note 5 successor.

The South Korean manufacturer hinted at an upcoming reveal with a teaser image of the Galaxy Note 7. The series will purportedly skip the "Note 6" name in order to be numerically in line with the Galaxy S7 and upcoming iPhone 7.



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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-06-16 (Update: 2016-06-16)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.