Samsung has always had criticism for its poor design both on hardware and software, but we have never heard of Samsung laying down the law for the people responsible, until now. Chang Dong-hoon, who headed the mobile design team, will be replaced and Vice-President of mobile design Lee Min-Hyuk will take his place.
This is not a move to kick Chang Dong-hoon off the company profile, in fact he will still maintain the lead role in Samsung’s design center, which works on all of Samsung’s product designs. This means Dong-hoon will not have the influence he used to, but will still work heavily on Samsung products.
It is a bit odd that Samsung has decided to go for the VP of mobile design, especially if they want the Galaxy S6 to have big changes. Unless Lee Min-Hyuk has a different design philosophy that has been able to bloom with Dong-hoon in the helm, we would expect more of the same from Samsung.
That being said, they don’t need to fix much to make the Galaxy S6 an incredibly viable product in terms of design. Stepping into metal would be our first move, along with changes to clean up the look of the back of the device, perhaps finally stepping away from a removable battery.
Of course, the mobile design team should have a good idea from all the criticism they are getting able what works and what does not, Samsung has always been about adding too much into the phone rather than too little, something that has made previous Galaxy devices stocked full of bloatware and unnecessary features.
Our biggest complaints about the Galaxy S5 would not be on the hardware design, we found the dimpled back to be an improvement on the previous slimy plastic. The fingerprint sensor is a major issue since it doesn’t work for a lot of users and the amount of bloatware on the system is unnecessary.