Samsung promised a while back that it would pare down on its customization of ’s Android— it sort of delivered.
The new Galaxy S6 features the next iteration of Samsung’s Touchz UI—or Touchz Nature UX, or whatever it’s called nowadays. (I actually asked for clarification on the name of the overlay, even Samsung couldn’t give me a straight answer.) It’s built on top of Android llipop this time it’s been drastically scaled down, though Samsung still has a ways to go before it’s no longer guilty of Blue-ing up the Android interface.
A lot less bloatware
I remember when I first fired up the Galaxy S4 noticed its crowded application drawer. There were all sorts of apps in there I never planned to use, courtesy of Samsung the carriers. at’s worse: I couldn’t actually delete them from storage, so all that extra space was taken up by apps I never intended to use.
The Galaxy S6 isn’t as bloated as its predecessors. There’s still a Samsung-made app for contacts messaging, for instance, but any extra apps beyond the essential ones are tucked away in the Galaxy App store.
The Galaxy S6 also comes with a small suite of Microsoft apps, however, including Skype, OneNote, OneDrive, which comes with 100GB of free storage because Samsung feels bad about taking away your expable storage.
Faint taste of llipop
Samsung did a pretty good job porting over llipop. It sticks to the general idea of Material Design by utilizing bold colors bright backgrounds. It even uses a Cards-style multitasking menu, though it added helpful features like a Close l button a Multi-ndow toggle atop compatible apps.
That Notification shade is still really blue, though, Samsung opted not to go with llipop’s default drop-down. It’s nice to have the customizable Quick Settings, but I’d rather Samsung stick to what chose for Android, rather than what it assumes it users want.
’ll have more on what Samsung’s done to llipop when we get the Galaxy S6 in for review in a few weeks. For now, check out our walkthrough in the video above, tell us: Do you like what you see?