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Samsung has dropped TouchWiz for Experience in Nougat beta

Samsung may have killed the TouchWiz UI name and instead opted to call its latest Android overlay the Samsung Experience.

If you upgrade to the Android 7 Nougat beta on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, the TouchWiz name has now been replaced by the "Samsung Experience".

Samsung is jumping in with Samsung Experience model SE 8 for the new Nougat build.

Goodbye Wiz-kid

TouchWiz hasn’t been pushed as an official name for quite a long time, so it makes sense if Samsung is set to drop it for future products.

A spokesperson for the firm told TechRadar “Samsung does not comment on rumour or speculation”, but if you’ve upgraded your phone to Nougat already you’ll notice TouchWiz is out and Samsung Experience is in - what isn’t clear is whether this change will have any effect over the OS itself. 

For now it looks to just be a naming convention, but it may be Samsung Experience will offer a different experience on the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Edge.

James Peckham
James Peckham

James is Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He's currently most excited about the Samsung Galaxy S22, God of War: Ragnarok and the rumored foldable iPhone.