The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are now available and, predictably, there’s a lot to love. We reviewed both devices earlier in the week, concluding that they’re two of the best smartphones on the market right now; certainly the best Galaxy handsets Samsung has ever released. The designs are great, the cameras are improved and battery life is off the charts, especially for the S7 Edge model. But one thing we didn’t expect to love so much was Samsung’s Android skin.
Over the last few years, TouchWiz has become the bane of Samsung’s existence. Not only did the company’s handiwork make Android feel incredibly bloated, but it also made Google’s OS feel frustratingly slow. Worse, Samsung insisted on stuffing it with features that, frankly, most users just didn’t care to use.
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But that all changed with the Galaxy S6. After a period of turmoil, Samsung took huge steps toward creating a more beautiful experience, and that hard work paid off in a big way with the S7 and S7 Edge. On top of Marshmallow, Samsung’s skin is not only very functional but it feels smooth and light, and offers a lot of nice tweaks that stock Android doesn’t have. In fact, Android N looks to be implementing a feature in the notification shade that Samsung phones have offered for a while.
We have never been big fans of TouchWiz, especially in its early days. But Samsung took a renewed approach to design beginning with the Galaxy S6 last year and it really shows with the release of the S7 and S7 Edge. Of course, Samsung’s skin still isn’t perfect; we don’t like that you can’t move the app drawer and it does its darndest to hide Google Now, one of Android’s best features.
In the video above, Jon picks five features he likes about the new TouchWiz. One feature, like themes, was available with the Galaxy S6 last year, but it’s even better this time around. Check out the video and let us know what you think of the new and improved TouchWiz.