Could a BlinkFeed-like diary app be coming to the Galaxy S5?
In last year's Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1, Samsung introduced a Flipboard-based "My Magazine" feature into its Android home screen launcher, allowing users to view social updates, news, photos and other stuff in a grid arrangement. Now there's evidence that this feature may evolve further in 2014, as SamMobile has tracked down a Samsung "Life Times" app in pre-release firmware for a phone with the model number SM-G900H — believed to be a variant of the company's upcoming Galaxy S5.
The four screenshots published show the setup process for Life Times, inviting users to "Select various kinds of Logs. They will be gathered automatically every days. [sic]" Based on what we're seeing here, as well as the images in the background of the first shot, it seems we're looking at a cross between the existing My Magazine feature, HTC BlinkFeed and Google Now. Indeed, earlier UI leaks purportedly from the Galaxy S5 have shown a vertical list with items like concert times, recent purchases, flight updates and workout information. The visual style appears somewhat different in today's pictures, but the features seen in earlier images would certainly benefit from plugging into social networks and other services like S Health, Location and Camera, just as Life Times appears to do.
Clearly we're dealing with a pre-release version of whatever this app is, as evidenced by the grammatical errors in the screenshots above, so there's plenty of time for this stuff to change before release. Nevertheless, it's a sign Samsung is at least thinking about how to draw all data from a phone's main apps and services into once place for easy consumption.
Meanwhile, SamMobile has also published an image on Twitter claiming to show a new version of Samsung's S Voice assistant app, with a new, minimalist UI.