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Galaxy S8 leak reveals revamped launcher and minimalist icons

by Brandon Russell | March 13, 2017March 13, 2017 11:45 am PDT

We’ve seen a healthy dose of leaked Galaxy S8 pictures over the last few months. Now, get a load of the device’s purported software, images of which were apparently hiding inside of Samsung’s new Smart Switch app.

With Android 7.0 Nougat as its base, the Galaxy S8 looks set to introduce an even cleaner, more colorful launcher, which is decidedly minimal. The icons lack names and feature a flatter design that’s more in line with Google’s Material Design. The camera app, for example, features a simple outline of a camera instead of a skeuomorphic look.

The images give us a better look at the phone’s app drawer, too, along with the onscreen buttons, which will be a huge change of pace for Samsung fans. You can get a more in-depth look at the icons in the gallery above.

Based on what we can tell, Samsung’s approach this year will be about stripping away the noise, and instead allowing design to come to the forefront, which is a good move considering the Galaxy S8 will feature a big, beautiful edge-to-edge display.

I like the look

Samsung has toned down the look of its launcher significantly over the past few years and it looks like the biggest changes are yet to come. I’m loving the minimalist approach though I’m sure it will take some getting used to.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 on March 29.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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