Are you using the new Edge UX on the Galaxy S7 edge?

Are you using the new Edge UX on the Galaxy S7 edge?
First introduced with the Note Edge, then enhanced for the S6 edge, Samsung's side interface meant to take advantage of the curved part of its flexible displays, was initially a single column for app and contact shortcuts. We saw references towards a new and improved edge interface that Samsung was readying to introduce even before the S7 edge was announced. At the time, Samsung referred to the cryptic Edge Single and Edge Single Plus modes that you see in the header below, which seemed to simply be one or two columns of app shortcuts peeking from the side.

Samsung inadvertently posted new Edge UX references before it was announced

Samsung inadvertently posted new Edge UX references before it was announced



Indeed, when the S7 Edge hit (and also on the S6 Edge after the Android 6 Marshmallow update), Samsung introduced a brand new Edge UX to go with it exclusively. The side interface is now much more useful - you have two columns of apps, or you can use that space for custom widgets called edge panels, with a multitude to choose from. Some are mostly informational, showing things like weather details, the latest headlines, sports game scores, and stocks prices, while the Tasks edge lets you have shortcuts to specific modes inside apps, such as the Panorama mode in the camera. Another edge panel can show utilities like a side ruler, and so on.

The Edge UX has undoubtedly been greatly improved, yet still doesn't offer much of the kind you can't do on a flat display. You don't really need a curved part that is a fraction of an inch to show quick dial shortcuts, or read the news on a third of the display space, double-width or not. Granted, it's a bit easier to evoke the Edge UX from any place when you have that small curve to slide your thumb over, but that's about the added value here that can't be replicated on the flat screen of, say, the Note 5. This is why we wanted to ask you today whether you are using the Edge UX of your Galaxy S7 edge, or the previous "edge" generations on a regular basis now. Tell us in the poll below, and chime in the comments with what you find most useful about it.

Are you using the new Edge UX on the Galaxy S7 edge and earlier models?

Often, I find it very useful
41.27%
No, I've never fired it up
24.8%
Rarely
33.93%

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Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. phljcnth

Posts: 552; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hardly, because I always forget my phone has it. I just hope the tab is more conspicuous on the display because I only remember it's there when I accidentally swipe it in. Lol.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Is it me or is everyone imbtasing ios7 blurred in-background icon effects and colorful UI? I thought it was ugly, crayon UI, toy-like interface.

21. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Blah blah blah... Samsung icon is more cartoony period (luckily they had a theme store so it won't matter). I personally don't mind about the looks of iOS interface, it's okay but at the same time it's boring & lacks customization. I don't understand your sarcasm, aesthetic is something personal. I for one, doesn't like HTC 10 chamfered edges but some people might think i'm trolling.

2. Phonehex

Posts: 752; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Forget rarely , i never use it on my S7 Edge .....but still doesn't take away from the tag of the "Worlds best smartphone" at the moment.

3. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

very handy when your in a app then need to quickly do something, just swipe and tap also good for quickcalls and it keeps your homescreen minimal with apps. I often use it.

4. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Pretty sure that many of those who voted yes are hardcore Samsung fans who don't even have the phone

12. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Very sure those who voted they have never fired it up are iPhone users jealous of the S7 or others who hate Samsung. Everyone who buys an S7 will have at least tried it once.

5. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I disabled it from the start. Seems worthless and probably just going to get in the way.

10. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Same here

6. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Rarely. I like my home screen clean so I only out my most used apps on Apps Edge, that aren't on my 3 home screens there.

9. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Though the edge screen is dope, I disabled it. I want that htc ui thing where the grid/margin-free images in your wallpaper will serve as your icons. It's like hiding your porn folder with your mom's face icon in windows.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

You look at your moms face before watching porn? Wow, that's a new one for android users.

13. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I have it turned off. I don't see the point to even more short cuts and widgets when android already has them. Apple would benefit from a system like this much more than Android. I'd like to see them enable it on the flat S7. No reason not to offer it to all customers. The curved edge has nothing to do with the feature. (that's hardly a feature at all) And why blur the rest of the screen when you're only using 1/3 of it? Might as well make it more useful and allow drag and drop etc. from the edge screen just as if it was split screen.

16. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

based on this poll 608 people on this site own an S6 edge, S6 edge+ or S7 edge....that's nice to know..but off course that isn't the case

18. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I can swear more than half of them are voting "Yes" without owning one.

20. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

same way people can vote "Rarely" and "No,I've never fired it up" without owning one...

25. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I agree Imran .. most of them do not have it.

26. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

why it is not the case?

17. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I barely use it, but I've realized that's only because I use Nova Launcher so I can use gestures and icon swipes which make the Edge UX kind of redundant. It does come in handy once in a while though.

19. ishaqthkr

Posts: 155; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Coming from note Edge, therefore i definetly use it. New users will struggle to remember if it's there. By the way it's just few hours since i started using S7 Edge and my goodness what a phone.

24. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

You are right. I took some time to get used to it but now I am ok.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd definitely use it if I had a Galaxy S7 Edge. I currently place shortcuts to parts of apps (e.g. FolderSync) in another page of my Nova Launcher dock. With the Edge menu, I'd place the same shortcuts in an edge panel, and it'll be more readily available from within any app.

23. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I always use it on my S7 Edge. it is useful.

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