Samsung hasn’t unveiled its Galaxy S5 just yet, but we’re already getting a preview of what its software and hardware could entail. Just weeks before Samsung is expected to announce its next flagship, the company has provided a sneak peak at new app icons that could roll out with the device.
Samsung’s latest event teaser for its press event at Mobile World Congress reveals what the company’s new app launcher may look like. Each symbol features a superscript 5 after it, hinting at a Galaxy S5 connection. The app icons appear to have a flatter, yet more colorful design than the software found on Samsung’s current smartphones.
The inclusion of Outdoor and Fitness icons suggest that Samsung plans to uphold its “life companion” mantra, which would align with previous rumors that the company may also launch a new fitness band at Mobile World Congress.
With its S5, Samsung may also attempt to bring contextual understanding to its next flagship, based on exactly what you’re doing. This is different than the sensor-based context features we’ve seen on devices such as the Moto X, however. In addition to monitoring where and how you’re using your phone via sensors, Samsung’s new software could collect information on what you’re typing and which apps you’re using.
This, in turn, would make it easier for certain apps to make predictions based on your behavior. For example, a video service could automatically pull up sports videos about your favorite team by monitoring which apps you use most frequently and what teams you search for. The service is said to be called Context, according to The Information, but it’s unclear if it will ever launch.
At the same time, a new leak provides what may be the clearest look at the Galaxy S5’s hardware that we’ve seen yet. Dutch website SamsungGalaxyS5.nl claims to have obtained the retail packaging for the Galaxy S4 successor, which says it will feature a 2.5-GHz quad-core processor, a 20-MP main camera and 2-MP front camera, 3GB of RAM and a 5.25-inch QHD display.
This aligns with a few previous rumors that suggested the S5 will launch with a 5.25-inch QHD display, but refutes others that said a 16-MP main camera is in tow. We’ll have to wait until Samsung’s Feb. 24 event in Barcelona to know for sure. But rest assured, we’ll be there with our boots on the ground to bring you the news.