Cleaning up the UI adds up to an improved UX on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Cleaning up the UI adds up to an improved UX on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
No one likes having the UI on their phone weighed down by bloatware. So this morning, Samsung took to its official blog to brag about how it has improved the user experience on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge by "removing cumbersome bloatware." Of course, there is more to it than that. By replacing icons with what Sammy calls "clear text," users no longer have to scroll through long menus.

Customization is a big word (13 letters, in fact), but Samsung lives up to it by allowing Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners to personalize app icons, including those for native apps like Messages and S Planner. Samsung has opened up the API to allow third parties to develop and design their own themes and upload them to the Theme Store.

Samsung says that it has removed unnecessary pop-ups and notifications, and to help those with either handset get to the information they are looking for faster, "the powerful processors eliminate lag in responsiveness and every motion is easily detected on the touch screen." Samsung also is employing color coding to help users quickly categorize what apps they are looking at. Green means a phone app, video apps are purple, and orange is for apps related to your contacts list.

Color coding is used for additional customization on the Galaxy S6 edge. With People Edge, you can assign a color to your five favorite contacts so that when one of the five calls or texts you, that color appears on the extra "edge" on the sides of the phone. And if you need to call or text one of your contacts, it can be accomplished in just two steps starting by swiping on a name. Swiping back and forth on the "edge" will bring up a ticker offering news, weather and notifications.

Samsung says that it has improved the user experience on both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and it would certainly seem that this is the case. Trashing the bloatware alone goes along way toward making the UI lighter. Check out some images of the changes that Samsung has made by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: Samsung via AndroidAuthority

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)



1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Keep it simple. I like that.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Samsung is one of the very few that listens to customers, both through surveys and what we say here to give us a more focused experience. I appreciate that as a customer.

11. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Yes after years of bitching about touchwiz they listened. Sign of a good company.

3. maherk

Posts: 6880; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

An XDA developer who owns an S6 Edge, posted some pictures showing how almost every app on the S6 and S6 Edge can be uninstalled, from the Microsoft apps to even the hardcore Samsung ones, like the S-voice and S-health, even Youtube and the Play Store App can be removed if wanted.

9. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

They cannot be unninstaled. But can be disabled. Like S5/Note 4

4. aleksandar2872000

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

I am waiting for the stock android theme! Then the phone will be perfect.

5. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

And you know that is very possible. Just go ahead and other the damn phone. It's runs android after all. Lol

7. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I've preorderd a 128GB Edge wich will be delivered April 10 :-) And I get a wireless charger free from Samsung! Can't wait to root the beast with the help of Chainfire's app.

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1497; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

OK I'm hooked. Please verizon don't screw this up for me, launch the phone on April 11 just like the other US carriers.

8. D3VR04

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Please Verizon don't screw this up for me, launch the phnoe on April 11 in Ruby Red unlike the other US carriers.

10. theflu88

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

Impressed with how responsive Samsung has been to its past criticisms, and how they have actually listened to their fan base in improving their phone, as well as adding features that will hopefully attract new sales. They changed their design, the build-quality, their user-interface, and their performance; no area was left behind. They realized that this is 2015, and that they needed to step their game up in order to justify being priced as a premium flagship phone, as well as compete directly with Apple in this new year. HTC, on the other hand, gave us their phone from last year, smacked on a higher mega-pixel camera (which still under-performs according to PhoneArena), fed it waaaaaay too many Jelly Beans, Kit-Kats, and Lollipops, making it gain weight, and somehow managed to lower their battery-life and speaker loudness, despite having a bigger battery and Dolby Surround speakers! Talk about LET DOWN. It's as if they all got stoned at HTC's headquarters, forgot that they had to make another flagship phone for 2015, and just grabbed an M8 prototype that already had the SD810 and 20 MP camera... And if those leaked dimensions of the LG G4 are even close to being true, we might have another FAT disappointment on our hands. I think we all know this year just who the real King of Android is

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