Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge UX walkthrough

One of the coolest new features in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the brand new Edge UX.

First introduced back in the day with the Note Edge and S6 Edge, the Edge user interface was initially a single column of apps and shortcuts. In the S7 Edge (and also on the S6 Edge after the Android 6 Marshmallow update), the Edge is now much more useful and takes up more space: you now have two columns of apps, or you can use that space for custom widgets. You can check the latest news, for instance, right on the Edge UX via the CNN Edge panel application, or you can take a look at the weather information.

Sounds useful, doesn’t it?

The neat thing about the Edge UX is that you can access it anytime, from within any app to get a quick glance at apps and those widgets. Join us right below as we walk you through the full functionality of the new interface.

Edge UX walkthrough

1. Settings

First, let’s fine tune the Edge UX to our liking. In order to do so, you have to go into Settings > > Edge

Here, you can first select which side the Edge UX appears on: the left or right, and since we're not lefties, we've picked the right side. In order to bring up the Edge panel, you have to swipe from the side at a particular place on the edge. The toggle you swipe from can be customized: you can have it small, medium or large. We've found that medium is about the right setting as it allows us to easily bring up the Edge UX, while the big one interferes with regular swipes and the small is a bit too small to easily and intuitively find. You can also customize the transparency of that little side toggle: you can make it fully transparent once you've gotten used to its position, or you can have it set to a certain percent of transparency.

2. Functionality

Once you have gotten used to the way you open the Edge UX, it's time to take a closer look at what it can actually do.

First, you have your Contacts edge that shows you five contacts that you can quickly call or text. Unfortunately, we didn't seem to see full integration with third-party apps here, so you might not be able to use this panel to quickly Whatsapp your friends for instance.

Next, you have a two-column panel with customizable shortcuts to your favorite apps. This is actually one of the coolest features of the Edge UX, being able to access this quick multitasking panel from any app at any time has proven useful in our daily grind.

You also have another panel with tools: a ruler, a compass, and a flashlight are all handily within reach, and we can see them being useful, but quite honestly, we didn't make much use of them in our own daily routine.

Then, there are additional panels that you can download and buy from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. The Weather panel is the most useful one and it comes pre-installed, showing the highs and lows, as well as the chance for precipitation that day.

Finally, there is the news panel with a scrollable strip of the latest and trending CNN news. It's quite cool, but we wish we could customize it more to our liking and interests.

When you've tinkered with all these enough, it's inevitable that you go to the Galaxy Apps store to look for more cool Edge panels, but they are nowhere to be found. There is only a few that don't seem particularly well made and we could not even find the advertized stocks and sports score panels that we imagined would be quite cool to have. What a disappointment! We're really hopeful that Samsung will give enough of an incentive to developers to make some cool edge panels, because without them the Edge UX - regretfully - cannot reach its full potential.

3. Conclusion: Advantages and Downsides

With all these considerations in mind, it's time to weigh in the pros and cons in a separate paragraph.

First, many would say that the Edge UX feels like a gimmick. To a certain extent yes, and true, a very similar functionality could be implemented on the non-Edge Galaxy S7 (with swipes from the side) with no technical difficulties, but Samsung has chosen to make this an exclusive feature for the Edge versions. We're okay with that.

What makes the Edge more useful than many similar hacks is that it is built by Samsung itself and works fairly fast and is very reliable. It is also accessible from any place, any time. To a certain extent, it reminds us of Apple's Control Center, however, rather than swiping from the bottom, you swipe from the side and the functionality is different.

It still feels like an idea that could be and will be made much better in the near future.

The biggest downsides right now is that it's hard to find additional panels for the Edge: the existing collection is terribly limited and won't be of much use to all that many people.

If you like the ones that are included, though, we tend to think that it is a cool new option to have. Not truly a game-changer in anyway, but nonetheless cool.

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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)



1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Edge UX features, as you said, could be done on the non-edge S7. For me, the is more like for an aesthetic beauty of the phone... Or like a shenanigan for Samsung to charge a hundred bucks more over the S7?

2. Davcoss

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

that is right, in fact i'm using s7 apps on my stock s6 running marshamallow like s-edge, galaxy labs, game launcher etc from xda

4. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Unlike the s6 edge it's actually justifiable for Samsung to charge a higher price for the s7 edge this time round... bigger display and bigger battery

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean how other OEM, add certain features to one model yet the other doesn't have it so they can charge $100 more? Yeah this is nothing new, so what's the complaint? Or are you just stating the obvious?

6. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Not complaining, but stating the obvuous - as you pointed out.

3. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

Victor, you totally half-asked this walk through. One of the default panels is Tasks Edge, where you can program icons to do specific tasks that night otherwise be 3-20 button presses. Like setting a specific website bookmark right there as an icon, or emailing a specific person, or going straight to the stopwatch. This is not one you have to enable in settings; it's open by default so how could you skip it in a "walkthrough"???? The edge is no longer a gimmick. Some lf the other panels can be very useful since you dont have to swipe in the tiny edge with the screen iff to acces them now like you did on the 6. I'm a big spouts fan. Being able to check themail scores live on a big bright, easy to read panel is very useful to me. Basically, I call thIselin panels "mega-widgets." Would you say that widgets are a gimmick too??

7. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

I definitely wanna buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It's getting critical acclaim and 5 stars across the board.

8. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It could be the case with S6 but not this year, S7's got a bigger battery, bigger screen and the gorgeous screen to body ratio. Since API of Edge UX has been exposed, there is a really good chance that there will be new edge panels.

9. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

Well... If this article is to be trusted... This phone DOES have IR blaster....

10. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014


11. AlicePollard

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

easily transfer contacts, photos and more from Samsung, LG, Motorola to Galaxy S7

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