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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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)

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28 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

23. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

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

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Everything is good except that cancer color on notification center.

5. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i agree, not nice at all

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Theme store is available.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I know, I am using Touchwiz dark theme

9. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

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

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

27. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

And "potatoes gonna potate".

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

That grid in the dialer app looks outdated.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

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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

13. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

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.

15. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 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?

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.

6. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

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

7. Shocky unregistered

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

11. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Which variant is your S6?

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 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)

24. aman5mathur

Posts: 239; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

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

20. joee0208

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

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

21. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

You cant make everyone happy

22. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 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.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

28. MarinoVladimir

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 04, 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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