Samsung has begun rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge which adds some new improvements and features.
Most notably, the Android Marshmallow update delivers on better user interface features for the Galaxy S6 Edge.
“Samsung has taken the unique user interface of the beautifully curved edge screen to the next level, making it faster and more convenient than ever to perform daily tasks and get information you need, all with a simple swipe and tap,” the South Korean company said in its blog post.
The edge display has now been extended to 550 pixels from 260 pixels, allowing more content to be viewed from the slide out menu.
A new panel has been added to allow more app shortcuts to be accessed from the screen’s edge display. It will now be able to display 10 apps instead of just five.
This will let users easily add an event in S Planner, set an alarm, compose a message and access Quick tools like the flashlight, compass and ruler.
The contacts list from the edge display now includes names as well as their corresponding photographs.
Users also have the option to add folders in the edge interface instead of just apps.
Added customization options in the Settings menu will also let users customize the appearance of the edge handle tab and set their respective size, position and transparency.
This will make sure that the edge tab handle will not interfere with what the user is doing on the main display.
Samsung also announced in its blog post that Yahoo apps like Finance, Sports and News will be included in the Android Marshmallow update.
These Yahoo apps come with their very own panels, which users can add to their edge interface.
Third-party developers are also getting a new software development kit (SDK), which would allow them to create more content capable of taking advantage of the added features on the edge interface.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is now available for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and Samsung promises that other compatible Galaxy smartphones “will soon follow.”
Following the release of the latest software update, Samsung is also gearing up to officially reveal the next-generation Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
The new handsets are expected to make their official debut on Feb. 21 at a press event in Barcelona, Spain right before the Mobile World Congress.