Samsung recently rolled out a beta Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge for a limited crop of users in the U.K. Registration for the beta has ended with no word on a release date for the official update in the U.K. or anywhere else, or if there will be any changes between now and the final release. For the time being, the update has rolled out to everybody it’s going to roll out to. For those in other regions or who missed out on the beta, SamMobile has taken the time to put together a photo gallery showcasing the sweeping changes in the update.
As you can see in the absolutely colossal gallery below, TouchWiz has taken on a whole new look. Scaled back just a teensy bit more toward stock Android, it’s picked up a brand new white color scheme for the quick toggles and status bar, replacing the highly divisive teal that TouchWiz has sported since the KitKat days. Icons are now flat, more in line with Material Design guidelines, rather than the poppy 3d-ish effect seen previously. Some of Samsung’s own app icons have been redesigned from the ground up, as well. On top of some icon redesigns, the vertical app drawer from Marshmallow is now a part of the TouchWiz launcher. The power menu has been given a minimalist redesign, making it much simpler to use. In the theme store, you can now download themes based on overarching color scheme, so those in the mood for some pink, yellow or red menus and icons will no longer have to hunt around to get their fix. As a nice touch, the default camera app has been given a shutter speed option, but only in Pro Mode.
Samsung surprised us all by launching a beta for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge last week. Samsung is no longer accepting new participants for the beta, but we’ve been running Android 6.0 on our S6 and S6 edge and have a lot of images to show you how the latest version of the operating system looks on the two devices.
Android 6.0 brings many changes to the interface. The status bar and quick toggles menus are now fully white instead of blue, the power menu has been redesigned (quite poorly, we might add), and a few app icons have been changed as well. If you like changing themes on your phone all the time, you can now download new ones based on their color palette, which is a nice touch that should help you narrow down the number of themes you have to go through when finding a new one.
In terms of features, the regular Marshmallow features like Google Now on Tap and more advanced app permissions are included. For photography buffs, the Pro mode now has a shutter speed option, which has been a long time coming for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge users. All in all, with the interface changes and the Android 6.0 features, this is turning out to be quite a notable update.
Well, enough talk! Check Marshmallow in action on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge below, and let us know what you think down in the comments.
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