TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: here's a quick look


Samsung has just announced its brand-new flagship duo – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. As expected, the two smartphones rock Samsung's newest version of the TouchWiz UI, built on top of Android 6 Marshmallow.

So far, we've only seen a Marshmallow-based TouchWiz on leaks from various beta builds. Some days ago, the new UI started hitting Galaxy S6 / S6 edge / Note 5 phones in locations around the world, but it seems the roll-out is taking its sweet time before it reaches most eligible smartphones, ours included.

So, having had a limited amount of time with to take a look at the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, we made sure to take note of what TouchWiz looks like now. Mostly, the interface retains the same look we're familiar with from the 2015 build. Still feature rich, but noticeably less bulky than pre-Galaxy S6 editions, and certainly more streamlined and arranged. The most notable new feature, which the new TouchWiz brings is the always-on display. You will be happy to know that it will also be available for the older handsets, eligible for an Android 6 Marshmallow upgrade, since it's a software utility, which makes use of the AMOLED screen — not a function which requires the phone's display to have specific hardware built in, like LG's G5.

The other notable interface change is the expansion of the edge UX on the Galaxy S7 edge (will also arrive to Galaxy S6 edge via the update). Basically – the Edge Panels are back!... well – in a sense. The Apps edge has been expanded with an additional column for shortcuts; there is a whole new “Tasks edge”, which allows you to program in macro commands – for example “send text to contact x”, or “open camera in selfie mode” et cetera; pulling in from the edge towards the center of the screen will now give us 550 pixel-wide area, which can be filled with panels such as tools (compass, flashlight, ruler), news aggregators, and other upcoming panels. The latter ones are made available to 3rd party developers, so welcome back Edge Panels, we missed thee!

That's pretty much what's new and noteworthy in the new UI. Owners of Galaxy smartphones from 2015 may not be very excited for the upcoming update, but users of the 2014 devices — Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge — will certainly notice a bigger change once the Marshmallow update hits their handsets!

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
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)

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35 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

BEAUTIFULLLL

11. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

seems IR blaster is long gone in Sammy devices. ..but s7series is what s6 series should have been..can't wait for the battle of titans ..note 6 vs LG V10 2016 edition. .

35. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Also looks like they're not including a cassette player in the S7.

16. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Yep! Best part about it is that it's mostly the same as the Marshmallow-based TW for existing devices, so it indicates an intent on Samsung's part to roll out major new versions of TW with new Android versions, not new devices (at which point the older devices will never get the new TW or get it a year late).

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I hope Samsung removed these occasional lags and this occasional stuttering from Touch Wiz. Lets see.

6. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

With optimizations they did with google and kronos , bringing Vulcan API i can safely say it will be best performing device on market.

8. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Who are you to judge? You sound like a Samsung sales person. I need objectivity and not bias toward a brand.

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

What the f**k are you talking about , im just writing what i just heard on live stream. Worked with Google to optimize device and Kronos to bring Vulkan API.

13. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Do you really call your quote "i can safely say it will be best performing device on market." objective? This sounds like Samsung sales propaganda.

15. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Because i can , and we all know its true. Get over yourself.

18. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

You need to get removed from this forum because you seem to be hired by Samsung or a company standing close to Samsung. Samsung has presented a great phone today but the competition has presented great devices as well today.

26. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

No, YOU need to be removed. You're obviously an anti-Samsung troll pissed that once again Sammy pisses all over your HTC/LG. Samsung is no doubt THE premier Android phone manufacturer.

29. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I am obviously not because I consider buying the GS7. However, I also consider to buy G5 or Sony Z6, maybe even iPhone 7 if it is good (I will buy only one of these devices). My point: I am not a fan of any brand. I buy what I think suits my wishes best.

14. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

You are missing the point. You are making the assumption that touchwiz will no matter what be perfect this time and you have never used this latest version on the S7.

12. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Same. My note 5 wasn't too bad with lag, but I still did have the occasional stutter here and there. But this time it is looking dope man. I'm going to wait for the note 6 though.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Every single phone on the market has occasional lag and stutter. With you on the Note 6. Hope they get it just right.

21. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

"Every phone lags and stutter" Yes, every person knows this. Every basketball player misses shots, so how are basketball shooters compared? You judge shooters based on shooting percentages. The same thing can be said about phones. Some phones lag less frequently than others. During my time using a Nexus 5, it lagged a lot less frequently than my note 5, in which touchwiz is to blame. I hope you get this concept, because many members on this site fail to understand this.

3. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Samsung is doing a hell of a job. Can't wait for the note.

4. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

It has an app drawer!

27. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Response #1: No s#@t sherlock. Response #2: when did they not have an app draw

34. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Cuz LG got rid of the app drawer on the G5

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Touchwiz was the only downside of my sweet galaxy S4, Hoping the best with the S7 as i'll be upgrading to it soon

7. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Damn Touchwiz has come a really long way.

9. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

i like LG G5 UI more

20. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

you need glasses.

24. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

that's his preference. Your liking isn't everyone else's liking. Side Note:- I didn't like LG's UI either but everyone has his/her own taste

30. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

You need Brain, you stupid...

19. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Am I the only one who noticed the icons look like Symbian Nokia Belle ?

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

4:3 while shooting at 12 MP :(

23. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

So Beautiful, I like it :)

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