Yesterday we reported, via Phandroid, that Samsung had begun rolling out a new beta UX to Note 5 users and it lacked an app drawer. The screenshots provided by Phandroid seemed legit, and they certainly are. Since running the story we’ve been contacted by a user in Spain who is running the new Samsung beta UX on his Note 5 and he has informed us that it is only the Chinese version of the beta that has no app drawer. Most Chinese phone makers such as Xiaomi and Meizu do not use an app drawer on their Android ROMs, so it makes sense that the Chinese version would lack the app drawer.
The Korean version of the new beta UX for the Note 5, however, does have an app drawer as illustrated by the screenshots above sent to us by Hernán Castañón Álvarez. The screenshots both Phandroid and ourselves ran in our first story are indeed the Chinese version of the Samsing beta UX for the Note 5, but that version is likely going to remain on Chinese phones. Traditionally it is the Korean version of the software that makes it to the international market such as the US, EU and other places. Álvarez also took some time to feature some of the new quick settings in the beta UX in a YouTube video which you can see below.
There you have it, a taste of what the new Samsung beta UX on the Note 5 looks like and what is likely going to be on the international versions of Samsung devices. Chinese versions will likely ship without the app drawer as is the norm for Chinese ROMs, so hopefully we didn’t get anyone too worried about losing their app drawer in future versions of their Samsung devices.
What do you think of the new UX? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.H/T Hernán Castañón Álvarez