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Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6: here's how TouchWiz looks after the update

Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6: here's how TouchWiz looks after the update
About a month ago, Samsung started rolling out the Android 6 Marshmallow update for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge units in South Korea. While no official word was given on international roll-out, we are pleased to say that our in-office Galaxy S6 unit has just received the update a few hours ago. So, we would expect that the rest of the world should follow within the next week or two.

In the mean time, we went on a screenshot frenzy to document everything that has been changed from the old, Lollipop-based interface, to the new one. There are a couple of major updates within stock Samsung apps, and a lot of small cosmetic touch-ups, but nothing too insane.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy S6 did not get the “Always On Display” feature of the Galaxy S7, and did not get the Game Launcher app for enhanced gaming experience. Its briefing panel is still the Flipboard one, while on the S7 it's a new”upday” panel. All else is pretty much the same across both smartphones.

Galaxy S6 owners may notice that Samsung's Messages app has received a pretty convenient new feature. When sharing photos, video, or any other media, you will no longer be switched out of the app. Instead, a small window will open in place of your virtual keyboard and it will act as a gallery or viewfinder – much like Facebook's Messenger. Additionally, shared video clips will now be playable directly inside the Messages app.

The Pro Mode of the camera has also finally been updated to feature Shutter Speed controls as well as a White Balance slider. These two were absent in the Galaxy S6 prior to the Android 6 Marshmallow update, which made the Pro Mode feel much less... pro.

Other updates feature a plethora of under-the-hood improvements for the stock Internet browser, as well as a slight update to visuals, mostly flattening the look of the interface further. Check out the comparison gallery below for more details.

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posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:17 5

1. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Pro Mode is the most welcomed Marshmallow update.

I've tried it on my sister's Galaxy S6 and I was blown awa.Y

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:24 4

2. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1455; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Marshmallow update also brings all the Galaxy S7 "Edge" features to GS6 Edge/Edge+

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 13:02 2

23. phonearenarocks (Posts: 203; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


The new Edge UX? I am so excited then and cant wait for it.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:30 1

3. Ordinary (Posts: 2131; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Everything is good except that cancer color on notification center.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:33 1

5. babyk (Posts: 296; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


i agree, not nice at all

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 07:33 3

8. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1455; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Theme store is available.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:09 2

12. Ordinary (Posts: 2131; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


I know, I am using Touchwiz dark theme

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 07:44

9. senseiJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 May 2015)


It's not that bad tbh. I thought it would be but it looks fine on my phone.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 15:12

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7769; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Assuming they even have the phone, which I dont think they do. I have my Note 5 and the new Notification color is very nice.

Much better than the ugly green on blue the old color is on the S6 and Note 5.

The blue icons on the white background is very eye-pleasing.

Using their words, haters gonna hate.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 15:22

27. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


And "potatoes gonna potate".

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:31

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 894; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


That grid in the dialer app looks outdated. /S for Tyrion.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 07:52

10. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Yeah, it does. That's why I never use the default theme. I use morfix.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:22

13. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 894; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Making a theme engine for TouchWiz is the right decision for Samsung, if not l'm sure many will protest Samsung because of the new squircle icons and other interfaces.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:30

14. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


They're ugly as f**k. But still you can change them without theme support(nova launcher).

That being said, the default theme is an eyesore. I don't think in my one year with the phone, I've used it for more than one day total.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:44

15. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 894; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


You're a very honest person, Tyrion. I'm sure PA will have a better review method if they hire you.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:09

17. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I don't think they allow for a non-US guy as reviewer.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:12

18. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1455; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


but the main advantage of the theme store is that the theme changes the looks of core apps, notification areas etc.

What about Material dark theme? Isn't it available or is it Geo-blocked?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:23 1

19. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I'm using a theme called morfix. It looks significantly better than material dark theme IMO. Both are made by the same guy though.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:53

6. pecapello (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


All I want to know is if the UI changes are coming to the Galaxy Note 4 as well...

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:58

7. Shocky (Posts: 2059; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Doubt it, the Note 4 is still rocking the old version of touchwiz.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:06

11. canned.acid (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Which variant is your S6?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:44

16. tokuzumi (Posts: 877; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Looks very similar to the S7. Historically, Samsung waits until nearly the last update in a phone's lifecycle to update the UI to the more recent phones (S4)

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 13:28

24. aman5mathur (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


And that's when s**t starts happening to those old models.......

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:34

20. joee0208 (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Every new touchwiz update it becomes more like the iOS. I hate those rounded icons, btw.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 09:50

21. catze86 (Posts: 501; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


You cant make everyone happy

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 10:33

22. XDAdam (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


I've had the newer rounded corner apps on my AT&T S6 for awhile now.

Overall, the new Marshmallow update looks like a nice upgrade. Cant wait for my phone to get it.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 15:00

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7769; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


To me it just looks more like the present Note 5 UI. But hey it looks clean. I like the new Toggles menus. That white on the blue really looks cool. I downloaded a theme from the store that has this look and I like it.

After turning off the animations, using this theme compared to some others, my device is really flying. So the S7 UI should be too.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:21

28. MarinoVladimir (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


It might be a silly question.. but, how can I check what version my SGS6's OS is?
Nowhere can I find stated if Lollipop or Marshmallow.

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