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February 27, 2015

Leaked Galaxy S6 apps point to a new, subtler design language

by John_A

samsung galaxy s6 teaser

It’s not uncommon for upcoming devices to see their wallpapers, apps and other resources leaked to the web ahead of their official launch. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see that a few leaked apps allegedly from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have now hit the web, thanks to the machinations of XDA Developer user, Albe95. 

The main thing to note here is the much more simplified, refined presentation given to these applications. The Gear Manager in particular has seen a significant overhaul, to the extent of almost coming across as a totally different product. For comparison, have a look at the new version:

Screenshot_2015_02_26_22_54_21Now take a look at the current build running on compatible Samsung devices, as seen in the image directly below. Notice that everything from the font to the background to the coloring has changed. The new version is relatively subdued, to say the least.


This same toned down style is finding its way into the other leaked apps as well. (From left to right the Optical Reader, Kids Mode, and Geo)

margin: auto;

#gallery-1 .gallery-item
float: left;
margin-top: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 33%;

#gallery-1 img
border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;

#gallery-1 .gallery-caption
margin-left: 0;

/* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

Please note that all of these applications can actually be downloaded via links provided at the XDA Developers source below, however given that we don’t know just where/how Albe95 was able to obtain these, it’s something that is to be done at your own risk. Even device compatibility could be an issue.

Any thoughts? Do you like the new approach to app design, or is there a certain sense of charm lost on this new aesthetic path?

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