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Samsung adds new Edge functionality in Marshmallow update

by Brandon Russell | February 15, 2016February 15, 2016 2:00 pm PDT

There’s no arguing Samsung’s Edge devices are some of the most beautiful phones on the market, featuring dual-edge screens that slope down on both sides. But beauty is only skin deep, and the Edge design has always lacked that killer functionality. While Samsung still hasn’t quite found a way to make the Edge design a must-have—other than they look cool as hell—the company continues to make a case.

With the introduction of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Samsung said it has taken the “curved edge screen to the next level.” That means it can provide users with even more information, and quicker, too.

Samsung revealed that instead of treating the curved portion of the edge screen like its own little separate area, it’s “enhancing” the experience by expanding how much information pulls out from the edge. Instead of 260 pixels wide, users can widen the experience to 550 pixels, allowing more content to be displayed at any given time. You can see what this looks like in the screen grabs above.

In addition to expanding the real estate for some apps, Samsung is also allowing users to customize up to nine panels for the People edge and Apps edge panels. These shortcuts allow users to hop into their favorite contacts or apps more quickly, rather than digging through menus or dealing with a crowded home screen.

Finally, Samsung has added a Tasks edge panel, which provides shortcuts to frequently used app features and tasks. For example, you can set an alarm, create an event in S Planner, or even bring up a ruler. Hey, it might not be something you use, but it’s conveniently there if you do decide to measure something when putting up shelves.

These are all part of the Marshmallow upgrade coming to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, which should be available beginning today.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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