Samsung's Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6 series limits the scrolling speed

Samsung's Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6 series limits the scrolling speed
As many may already know, Samsung is in the process of beta-testing the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on a limited number of devices in South Korea and the UK. 

Given the broadth of the beta program, it's not surprising to see bits of information regarding the upcoming software update already starting to surface online, which allows us to keep tabs on the planned modifications. Interestingly, it looks like Samsung is going to limit the page scrolling speed in the upcoming update, for the better or worse.

Limiting the page scrolling speed is a trick that Apple has been using on its iPhone series for a few years now. Since the speed at which you can reach new elements on a page is lowered, the processor has more time to do the computing work required to display these elements, significantly reducing what users perceive as lags, stutters, or artifacts. The obvious downside of limiting the page scrolling speed is that users will have to put more energy in flexing their fingers before reaching the bottom of a very long page.

Since this limitation (or is it a feature?) was introduced in the beta version of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, it is not a lock for the broad release of the update.

What do you guys think? Would you agree to a limitation of the page scrolling speed if the trick makes your handset appear to run smoother?

source: Sammobile via GSMArena

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29 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Anything to make the OS faster is welcomed. I'm planning on trying out the note 5 so they should keep up the good work.

14. pankajxdx unregistered

It's not making it faster, it's just giving the illusion of a smother OS (a stupid trick which has been in Windows and iOS for a while now), if anything it'll make it slower to reach the bottom of a long page.

24. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Speed is subjective and falls under relativity theory. Some people find the same phone fast and some talk about lagging issues.

38. pankajxdx unregistered

Speed is not subjective, a person might like a smoother UI over faster UI, but speed isn't subjective. If a scroll takes 2 secs and you make it 2.5 by introducing animation you can't say it's faster from any angle.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its make it slower in fact. The effect is visual nothing more. I prefere to choose how fast i scroll not thats someone choose for me.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

They are probably switching to stock android speed. Touchwiz currently scrolls too fast which causes jitters in certain apps like play store. Switching to stock android speed will help in poorly optimised apps like it. And stock still scrolls at a pretty good speed.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No they literally are switching to Apple's version of scrolling which should piss off more customers because after getting used to fast scrolling it is insanely irritating to go back to slow scrolling. Sometimes I wonder what Samsung is smoking when they decide to shoot themselves in the foot like this.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope there's still a way to fast scroll on the S7 e.g. Hard press scroll for fast scrolling, would be pretty initiative IMO Edit: after seeing Clars123's comment and the video, it looks as fast as my Nexus 5 Seems like a non-issue to me Why didn't PA link the video?

27. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

No they're not. Have you even tried it?

41. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's the same as Apple's method with a slower deceleration. It'll have the same effect in comments and forums of websites that iPhones have, of pure irritation.

34. TyrionLannister unregistered

Here's the video, see for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaMg4_g0ahQ

45. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

You think scrolling is slow on iOS? Try scrolling on Windows Phone. I have the 540 and it is SLOOOOW to scroll compared to my Note 5/4 and even Moto G 4G 2014 and OnePlus One. Although I don't own any iOS devices, I work on them at work and even those scroll faster than Window Phone. Otherwise the 540 is very smooth and not a bad phone, just lacks apps.

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

after actually seeing the scroll speed in action I don't get what the fuss is about...it's not turtle slow or anything you just cant jump to the end of a page in an instant

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Why not give the user the choice to use fast or slower scroll speed? if i dont care of some lil artifact but want speed i should be able to choose.

39. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

stock android scrolls fast without any limitation, just try a nexus. I've seen people scrolling their picture gallery on the iphone and I was surprised of how slow it was... now I know why.

44. TyrionLannister unregistered

Stock is faster than iOs but touchwiz scrolls a little too fast. That's why they are changing it for good. Here's how it scrolls now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaMg4_g0ahQ You see, it's nowhere as slow as ios.

6. robyla

Posts: 17; Member since: May 10, 2012

My S6 does not have any problems with lag. First my Samsung which is smooth and very fast. Updated TW is very convenient.

8. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I hate the limited scroll speed with the lack of physics on the Iphones! Along with the slow animation and the scroll direction lock. If this makes the final version and there is no stable CM13 soon, I'll sell my S6.

17. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's definitely not going to be as slow as iphones. It will more likely be switched to vanilla android speed, in which case flashing cm won't help as even cm has stock android type scrolling.

23. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Try xuimod for xposed lann Works on 5.1+ AIm not sure if works on 6.0

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Why can't this be an option?

19. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

When they're gonna release the final version it's about time 6.0 beta now 6.0.1 beta what else come on optimise that software well n release it

25. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

First World Problems...

26. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

IPHONE 6s IOS 9.3 bitting the dust!!! Against nexus 6p 6.0.1https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LrXLjahAxg4

32. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If it improves the user experience, then it will be a welcome addition. I'd rather see less stuttering when scrolling through the OS.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So, right now its fast...and now they want to slow it down. Hmmmm! I like it the way it is. My webpages load fast even with tons of multimedia content on them. I see no need to change it. Or there should be a switch so I can see the effect with or without. Apple didn't apply any tricks. I like being able to flick once and have 75% of the page go by to get to the bottom. The iPhone is just slow there is no trick.

40. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Is it a bad idea to swipe the S6 for either the new nexus's

49. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Never could stand slow scrolling. Main reason to jailbreak when I had an iPhone. Scrolling back to top in Chrome will prob suck I bet.

51. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

This is hilarious, Sammy touting their almighty processor and it can't even handle some simple scrolling like my HTC One A9, you know, the "mid" range device people dissed.

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