Let's Take a Closer Look at TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Mobile World Congress has only been open for one day officially and yet so much has already happened. We've seen all sorts of devices from everyone, going from smartphones to tablets and new wearable devices. The spotlight has been on Samsung however, with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Yesterday evening, Samsung unveiled all during Samsung Unpacked 2015 and we were there to bring you all the news. Now that things have quietened down a bit, we've been able to spend a little more time with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Now, we can bring you a closer look at the revamped TouchWiz, which Samsung has promised is easier than ever to use on a daily basis.

On stage, Samsung promised a cleaner and simplified look, which meant changing icons that often confused users to simple and easy to understand text hooks. They also further embraced color-coding, with anything to do with the phone app being in green, and contacts being in brown, and so on. This is an interesting change for Samsung, and taking a look at TouchWiz on the show floor, it looks very much like they've embraced Google's vision for Android more than ever before. Google's Material Design is embedded throughout many of Samsung's core apps, like the Samsung Apps Store which looks much like any other Lollipop app available. The multi-tasking switcher for instance, looks pretty much the same as it would on a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9. This doesn't mean that Samsung has lost their identity however, as there's a familiar Samsung color scheme here. Elements of the old way are still here as well, with the quick toggles looking similar to those on the Galaxy S5 and apps that configure key parts of the OS looking like previous Samsung apps.

As for the Galaxy S6 Edge, this understandably ships with some extra software. Users are given a number of choices on how they want to use the Edge displays. One example is to pulse with a color when someone is calling. This only really makes sense when the phone is face down, which also works with the heart-rate sensor on the back to quickly dismiss a phone call with a custom message. There's a good handful of images to take a look at TouchWiz down below, so let us know what you think.

 

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.
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