February 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

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
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