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TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: here's a quick look

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Always on display feature on the Galaxy S7

Always on display feature on the Galaxy S7


Samsung has just announced its brand-new flagship duo – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. As expected, the two smartphones rock Samsung's newest version of the TouchWiz UI, built on top of Android 6 Marshmallow.

So far, we've only seen a Marshmallow-based TouchWiz on leaks from various beta builds. Some days ago, the new UI started hitting Galaxy S6 / S6 edge / Note 5 phones in locations around the world, but it seems the roll-out is taking its sweet time before it reaches most eligible smartphones, ours included.

So, having had a limited amount of time with to take a look at the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, we made sure to take note of what TouchWiz looks like now. Mostly, the interface retains the same look we're familiar with from the 2015 build. Still feature rich, but noticeably less bulky than pre-Galaxy S6 editions, and certainly more streamlined and arranged. The most notable new feature, which the new TouchWiz brings is the always-on display. You will be happy to know that it will also be available for the older handsets, eligible for an Android 6 Marshmallow upgrade, since it's a software utility, which makes use of the AMOLED screen — not a function which requires the phone's display to have specific hardware built in, like LG's G5.

The other notable interface change is the expansion of the edge UX on the Galaxy S7 edge (will also arrive to Galaxy S6 edge via the update). Basically – the Edge Panels are back!... well – in a sense. The Apps edge has been expanded with an additional column for shortcuts; there is a whole new “Tasks edge”, which allows you to program in macro commands – for example “send text to contact x”, or “open camera in selfie mode” et cetera; pulling in from the edge towards the center of the screen will now give us 550 pixel-wide area, which can be filled with panels such as tools (compass, flashlight, ruler), news aggregators, and other upcoming panels. The latter ones are made available to 3rd party developers, so welcome back Edge Panels, we missed thee!

That's pretty much what's new and noteworthy in the new UI. Owners of Galaxy smartphones from 2015 may not be very excited for the upcoming update, but users of the 2014 devices — Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge — will certainly notice a bigger change once the Marshmallow update hits their handsets!

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:34 3

1. shaineql (Posts: 343; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


BEAUTIFULLLL

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:44 4

11. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


seems IR blaster is long gone in Sammy devices. ..but s7series is what s6 series should have been..can't wait for the battle of titans ..note 6 vs LG V10 2016 edition. .

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 21:46 2

35. techbuttcheex (Posts: 58; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


Also looks like they're not including a cassette player in the S7.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:53

16. WPX00 (Posts: 193; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Yep! Best part about it is that it's mostly the same as the Marshmallow-based TW for existing devices, so it indicates an intent on Samsung's part to roll out major new versions of TW with new Android versions, not new devices (at which point the older devices will never get the new TW or get it a year late).

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:35 12

2. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 231; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


I hope Samsung removed these occasional lags and this occasional stuttering from Touch Wiz. Lets see.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:38 11

6. shaineql (Posts: 343; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


With optimizations they did with google and kronos , bringing Vulcan API i can safely say it will be best performing device on market.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:41 15

8. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 231; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Who are you to judge? You sound like a Samsung sales person. I need objectivity and not bias toward a brand.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:43 16

10. shaineql (Posts: 343; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


What the f**k are you talking about , im just writing what i just heard on live stream.
Worked with Google to optimize device and Kronos to bring Vulkan API.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:46 15

13. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 231; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Do you really call your quote "i can safely say it will be best performing device on market." objective? This sounds like Samsung sales propaganda.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:49 6

15. shaineql (Posts: 343; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Because i can , and we all know its true. Get over yourself.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:55 11

18. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 231; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


You need to get removed from this forum because you seem to be hired by Samsung or a company standing close to Samsung.

Samsung has presented a great phone today but the competition has presented great devices as well today.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:55 5

26. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 423; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


No, YOU need to be removed. You're obviously an anti-Samsung troll pissed that once again Sammy pisses all over your HTC/LG. Samsung is no doubt THE premier Android phone manufacturer.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:12 3

29. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 231; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


I am obviously not because I consider buying the GS7. However, I also consider to buy G5 or Sony Z6, maybe even iPhone 7 if it is good (I will buy only one of these devices).

My point: I am not a fan of any brand. I buy what I think suits my wishes best.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:46 7

14. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


You are missing the point.

You are making the assumption that touchwiz will no matter what be perfect this time and you have never used this latest version on the S7.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:45 9

12. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


Same. My note 5 wasn't too bad with lag, but I still did have the occasional stutter here and there.

But this time it is looking dope man. I'm going to wait for the note 6 though.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:54 5

17. tedkord (Posts: 9859; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Every single phone on the market has occasional lag and stutter. With you on the Note 6. Hope they get it just right.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:09 15

21. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


"Every phone lags and stutter"

Yes, every person knows this.

Every basketball player misses shots, so how are basketball shooters compared?

You judge shooters based on shooting percentages. The same thing can be said about phones. Some phones lag less frequently than others. During my time using a Nexus 5, it lagged a lot less frequently than my note 5, in which touchwiz is to blame.

I hope you get this concept, because many members on this site fail to understand this.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:37 4

3. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


Samsung is doing a hell of a job. Can't wait for the note.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:37 8

4. B-power (Posts: 233; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


It has an app drawer!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:01

27. zacsaturday (Posts: 199; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Response #1: No s#@t sherlock.

Response #2: when did they not have an app draw

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:04

34. xuerantiger (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Cuz LG got rid of the app drawer on the G5

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:38

5. Cyan3boN (Posts: 444; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Touchwiz was the only downside of my sweet galaxy S4, Hoping the best with the S7 as i'll be upgrading to it soon

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:40

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


Damn Touchwiz has come a really long way.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:43 2

9. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


i like LG G5 UI more

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:07 7

20. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


you need glasses.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:28 5

24. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1456; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


that's his preference. Your liking isn't everyone else's liking.
Side Note:- I didn't like LG's UI either but everyone has his/her own taste

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:18

30. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


You need Brain, you stupid...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:01 1

19. ZeneticX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Am I the only one who noticed the icons look like Symbian Nokia Belle ?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:12

22. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1456; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


4:3 while shooting at 12 MP :(

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:22

23. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 282; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


So Beautiful, I like it :)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:37

25. scarface21173 (Posts: 118; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


I would like to see the s6 along side the s7 on a speed test to see how different it really is before buying.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:01 1

28. uvaman (Posts: 34; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


Look at picture of the website Phonearena, 1day and 3 hours to go until announcement of the Galaxy S7. They had hands on yesterday :P

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:56

31. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 209; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Hey PA, does it have Themes feature Can anyone else confirm please?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:42

32. Arthurhkt (Posts: 405; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Nice to see that Samsung doesn't change their UI again after they release Note 5, in the past they keep changing their UI every time they release a new device. If they keep on with this practice, it would reduce their UI/Fragmentation. Kudos to Samsung for this, maybe S7 would be the first Samsung device that I will get.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:42

33. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


It's quite a beautiful UI. Good job Samsung.

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