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A first look & walkthrough of TouchWiz changes coming with Android 6.0 Marshmallow


With the latest version of Android, version 6.0 Marshmallow, reportedly scheduled to start arriving for Samsung devices at the end of the year and into next, today we get a look at changes to Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay coming in the update via XDA-Developers.

Among the changes are tweaks to the user interface (most noticeably in the notifications panel) with a new color palette that the report notes is now “ predominantly white, with the same green accents” as the previous design, as pictured above on a Note 5.

There are touches of Material design throughout, new animations, and cleaned-up menus, while some of the stock TouchWiz apps also get a fresh coat of paint. Here’s a quick look at few:


Additionally the report claims quite noticeable performance improvements with the update on the Note 5:


Some benchmark scores have gone up, but the device generally feels more responsive and smoother than it did on Lollipop. The multitasking menu, in particular, feels and looks smoother thanks to a new animation and instant responsiveness. The lockscreen, too, opens up much faster due to a new animation. In terms of aesthetics, it looks the same, but with full customization of the shortcut apps.

XDA-Developers has more screenshots and details on the changes coming in TouchWiz.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.