Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6: here's how TouchWiz looks after the update
posted by Paul K. / Mar 16, 2016, 6:15 AM
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.
Samsung Galaxy S6 OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop View Full specs
- 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)
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Marshmallow update also brings all the Galaxy S7 "Edge" features to GS6 Edge/Edge+
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:24 AM 4
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Everything is good except that cancer color on notification center.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:30 AM 1
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It's not that bad tbh. I thought it would be but it looks fine on my phone.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 7:44 AM 0
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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 Mar 16, 2016, 3:12 PM 0
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That grid in the dialer app looks outdated. /S for Tyrion.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:31 AM 0
Yeah, it does. That's why I never use the default theme. I use morfix.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 7:52 AM 0
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 Mar 16, 2016, 8:30 AM 0
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All I want to know is if the UI changes are coming to the Galaxy Note 4 as well...
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 6:53 AM 0
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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 Mar 16, 2016, 8:44 AM 0
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Every new touchwiz update it becomes more like the iOS. I hate those rounded icons, btw.
posted on Mar 16, 2016, 9:34 AM 0
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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 Mar 16, 2016, 3:00 PM 0
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