Android has always had an issue with providing timely updates, though things have improved marginally over the years. Nonetheless, many smartphone owners are left waiting for an update well after the new software is released. Today brings in a case of that with two of last year’s biggest phones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, just now receiving their update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was released in November.
The update is rolling out to unlocked models of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge now, with further announcements regarding specific carrier updates coming soon. Samsung has also said that other Galaxy series devices will begin to receive their Marshmallow updates in the near future.
While the updates include the usual Marshmallow features, such as Doze to improve battery life, Samsung has also packed in impressive new features for Galaxy S6 edge owners. Samsung has added new Edge Screen features to the update that include things like popular contacts, most-used apps, quick task shortcuts and a set of Quick Tools, such as a compass and ruler. These are all accessible by simply swiping in from the edge of the screen with the Edge handle, a fixed tab that users can place where it’s most convenient. The Edge tab will remain on the side of the display, regardless of what app you’re using, so you can always swipe in to open it up.
Additionally, the Edge tab will have a growing list of features, as Samsung has opened it up to developers to create widgets that make it even more useful.
Even though the update has taken its time to arrive, it will at least bring in some solid features for Galaxy S6 edge users. Let us know what you think of it when you receive the update!