Samsung’s Android 6.0 upgrade includes updated browser and new ‘Cross’ app

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 17, 2016
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Samsung has slowly started trickling out Marshmallow updates for select devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, bringing all the expected Google additions like Doze, Google Now on Tap, and improved app permission controls. Of course, there’s also a number of Samsung specific tweaks heading to the new Marshmallow-based version of TouchWiz.

We’ve already talked about some of the aesthetic changes making their way to Samsung’s devices, but as a quick recap, you can expect some changes to the default theme with a white/light blue design in the notification drawer and a few other minor tweaks. While these might not appeal to everyone, the good news is Samsung’s theme store offers plenty of options, making this largely a non-issue for those willing to switch things up with a custom theme.

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Aside from the aesthetic changes? Probably the biggest change is addition of the new Cross App, which lets you operate select apps from within other apps. For example, you might be able to fire up your camera, gallery, or browser from within another Samsung app. Granted 3rd party apps already have this kind of functionality, but Cross app is about bringing this improved cross-app functionality to Samsung’s own apps.

The Marshmallow build also brings version 4.0 of the Samsung Internet Browser. This version is designed with Samsung’s ad blocking plugins in mind. There’s also fingerprint authentication added into this latest browser version, and support for browsing via the Gear VR.

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At least according to Samsung, those are the biggest changes you can expect to see. That said, what we can’t see could be just as important. While Lollipop has become more stable with time and updates, Marshmallow is a bit big step forward in this department, and so that should hopefully translate to an even more stable Android experience than you had up until now.

Anyone manage to get their hands on Android 6.0 Marshmallow for their Samsung device yet? If so, let us know how you are liking it in the comments below.

Next – Marshmallow new features explained

  • Aweso

    Did they switch from samsung’s fingerprint API to marshmallow’s?

    • I heard they did and it made the scanner blazing fast. Source: beta tester

  • Daniel James

    I have an unlocked S6 Edge, keep checking for

  • Hatsune Miku

    Has anyone here managed to obtain the update (officially)? Because I sure haven’t :/

    • Chris kazuto

      Not yet, carrier versions takes a bit longer. I’m hoping by the end of this month we can all be enjoying androids next sweet treat.

  • Rob

    Were promised this mess in December, then January, now February and still haven’t seen anything yet.

    • Jerry Rich

      The only “mess” is in your pants.

  • Nick

    Does anyone know how long Bell usually takes for updates? I have an s6 edge with Bell and I really want this update

  • Ryan Hadwick

    Love my Samsung s6, I was a original test applicant of 6.0 and can report it has much improved features…. I understand Samsung does a lot of work to improve android and optimise it for its own chipsets but the company is massive! Has 1000s of development staff and it takes them more than a year sometimes to upgrade its phones OS, google are already talking about android N but the S6 ( last years flagship) is still not on marshmallow yet its cheap end phones already are! can’t see how it takes so long and its really shocking

  • Arshdeep Singh Saini

    What about the s5? Will it get theme support?