TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S6 to be "amazingly fast", more software changes expected

TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S6 to be
Mere hours ago, we told you that Samsung's Galaxy S6 could be released on March 22 - less than a month after it's going to be officially announced at MWC 2015. Now, we have more details about the new Galaxy, this time related to the software changes that it's supposed to bring.

According to Sam Mobile, TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 will be "amazingly fast" - at least compared to Lollipop and TouchWiz on the Galaxy Note 4. Reportedly, Samsung has removed a lot of its pre-installed apps from the new TouchWiz UI. It's even possible that apps like S Voice, S Health, or Scrapbook won't come pre-loaded, instead being available to download via Galaxy Apps store, if you think you need them. Interestingly, among the apps that will come pre-installed with the new TouchWiz - at least according to Sam Mobile's sources - we'll find Microsoft apps like OneDrive, OneNote, and Office Mobile (with free Office 365 subscriptions).

Visually, TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 should have many Lollipop-like animations and effects. Moreover, there will be extra theming options, apps should be more colorful, and the default Samsung keyboard is expected to look like a mix of iOS keyboard and the keyboard seen on the Galaxy Tab S. That sounds intriguing.

Not long ago, we ran a poll asking you if Samsung should trim down TouchWiz. The result? 90% of those who responded answered "yes." Well, it seems that Samsung is indeed doing what almost everyone wants it to.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be announced on March 1, when all the rumors and speculations about it are finally going to come to an end.

source: Sam Mobile

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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 128GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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105 Comments

1. Carlitos

Posts: 695; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Samsung is pulling out all the stops for this flagship! Just a little over two more weeks and this along with the M9 is going to make me the biggest nerdgasm

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Phone of H1 until the Note 5 comes. :')

40. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

For Samsung yes, this is indeed their flagship and likely will not be outdone by anything until the Note 5 comes. In the meantime they still have Touchwiz and a physical home button on their devices. It doesn't matter how fast it is (and it's not faster than a vanilla Google interface) when it's just ugly.

55. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For some function trumps (subjective) form. You're not one of those people.

66. LifeSucks

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

In reply to article: Hmm.. 1) Galaxy App Store is still present when they could use Play Store. 2) Google Play Newsstand, Books, Movies etc. may not be used by all people so should be uninstallable. 3) MS Apps. Why? WHY?!!!

101. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You can not uninstall the Google apps on any Google os phone and because they going to offer free office, you may be able to uninstall them

81. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

IF the Home button actually provided a function that cannot otherwise be accomplished by software ok, I'd be all for it. Don't bring up the fingerprint sensor because that can easily be placed elsewhere on the device's back for example and not ruin the design. Don't even get me started on Touchwiz and it's uninstallable apps. If it's so good make it an optional download and see how many people really choose it over stock Android. About the only thing I find useful in there is the S-pen integration, but even on a phablet like the note 4 I find the thing not so good. For full tablets it's another story. Your first statement that for some people function trumps form is true, I'm definitely not one of those people. For the guy who said that the market wants the home button because Samsung and Apple have them and they dominate sales: no. Mark my words, soon Apple will release a device without any physical buttons and when that happens it will sell like hot cakes, like any other iPhone. Apple products are like crack, even when there are better devices for both form and function are available the market as they are now the company continues to set record sales and profits because their users are committed to the ecosystem. Samsung on the other hand has suffered over the last year both due to slacking on the design and because touchwiz is not everyone's cup of tea when they realize they don't have to live with it. In the meantime there are other better devices on the market within the same ecosystem. Hope the galaxy s6 is as good as it's hyped up to be, I won't be getting one for the reasons mentioned above unless another GPE version comes out, then I'll think about if I want to live with the silly home button.

92. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The home button function could also be performed by a shake or a voice command, but does that mean it should? The only place a fingerprint scanner would work as well or better is under the screen. The fact that you stated the Note 4 stylus isn't very good tells me that you don't value function. it's one of the main reasons I got the Note 4, along with some TouchWiz functions like smart stay. Most any Touchwiz (or Verizon) function I don't want I simply turned off in the settings so it doesn't load. Problem solved.

105. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The S pen is excellent for what it is. The experience of using it on a sub 6" screen as an artist myself is not something I cared for. Sorry, but I actually liked the experience on a shield tablet better, even though that pen is not as well integrated or powerful as the one on the note series. I said that's the only thing in touchwiz that I consider a worthy feature, the S-Pen integration. I should've been more clear as to why I didn't think it was pertinent to phones though.

95. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Niva, Your just trolling. Something tells me you havent actually tried the S-Pen input on the Note 4, which is pretty damn flawless. Ive used "other pens" and other phones, they dont hold a candle to how it works on the N4, period. Apple wont release a buttonless phone any time soon. That would be too big of a change for its core users. It doesnt even change its design more than minor bits, and you think they are gonna do something like remove the home button? LOLOL Opinions are like ....... everyone has one, and nearly all smell like ...

57. maherk

Posts: 7056; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Note 4 lost by a very tiny margin to the Nexus 6 which is running lollipop. I am pretty sure the Note 4 will come out as the winner when updated to lollipop. As for the physical button, the vast majority of the market want them, and that is shown by the lead Apple and Samsung has over others. Yes it ain't the only reason why people go with these 2 brands, but definitely is a reason out of many.

61. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

You're kidding right? The Note 4 crushes the Nexus in everything spec wise and sales wise.

93. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There are a couple of YouTube videos that show the Nexus 6 running a bunch of apps faster than the Note 4 by a couple of seconds. Not enough to worry about.

102. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That's just down to them not using the new app mode, can not think what's it's called..., but that all

72. samsboy unregistered

I love the home button and I find it unusual to use a phone without the home button.

70. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's When I'm waiting for the NOTE V. Hopefully it will have a BENDABLE DISPLAY

84. pego99

Posts: 123; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I'm getting a H1 too whatever it is.

24. tonyv

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

i'm very excited about the release of both of these phones too.

41. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, they ruined it for me. They took away it's water resistance. So I don't have a major use for it now.

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

then get a underwater camera

47. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I don't want it for shooting underwater. I want it for using it when outdoors at a rainy sporting event, etc. Or so I can take it on the boat without the fear of a little water coming overboard. There are other reasons that people would want water resistance other than taking pictures underwater. The water resistance aspect was actually the only reason I upgraded from the Maxx to the S5. FWIW.

53. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Then in that case you should get the sony xperia phone because they are water proof not water resistant like the s5

54. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No phone is "waterproof". The S5 and Xperia, IIRC, have the same IP rating. That's means they are resistance to exposure of water up to x conditions. (Pressure of some PSI, I think 30) Anyway, I wouldn't mind an Xperia, I have yet to own a sony phone....... However, I refuse to buy carrier specials ever again..... But I am on VZW. Therefore, I won't buy their device because it is not the same as the Global devices. That means there is no "case" market, hardly. There is less likely a chance of root. There is also less of a chance of longer term updates, should I see fit to keep my phone more than a year. I've been down the carrier exclusive road and will never do it again.

58. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

*Resistant

59. maherk

Posts: 7056; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Almost all new smartphones are coated against accidental water spills, rain, and even gettinf dropped in water. Only minority of the customers out there use their phones under water.

75. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Then keep your S5. It's not like it's gonna stop working when the new phone comes out.

103. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They are making a underwater one, if needed, it going to be made out of plastic

73. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hmm I don't see anything that notes either or about water resistance, but yeah if it is gone that is really a sad thing, I like that I do not need to worry about my phone if I get drenched in rain or similar situations, kinda sad if it is gone.

98. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Wait for s6 active.

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

i think i will opt for the gs6 over the m9

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