January 11, 2016
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Samsung's latest flagships all sport the formidable Mali-T760 GPU

Samsung has released an uncharacteristically brisk Android 6.0.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. At least in beta. Still, in spite of not being a full-blown release, this looks like a pretty massive update that brings practically all of 6.0.1’s functionality to these two devices, in addition to a couple of ‘icing on the cake’ perks for the Edge. If you’re a beta user, you can check it out by going to Settings > About device > Software update.

So what do we have different here? Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow’s most superficial change is the expanded catalogue of emoji, and this beta release brings the full basket of them to Galaxy S6 models. In terms of functionality, we’re seeing some tweaks and streamlining on the notification panel. The Private Mode has received some quick setting options that make it a little bit quicker to navigate. You can also now elect to use an “install overnight” feature that will automatically perform any necessary updates during the dead of night (2 to 5am) so that your usage isn’t interrupted.

Edgewise, the settings for Edge panels are now far more accessible. In Android 6.0.0, enabling and disabling different panels required the user to enter each specific panel’s submenu and toggling them on and off. Now there’s a checkbox beside each one in the main menu, enabling you to quickly choose which panels are currently active. The “Tasks” Edge panel is a welcome and highly customizable addition as well. It seems to work a bit like a (very) stripped down version of Tasker, allowing you to set profiles based on situations/locations and quickly perform tasks via a set of assignable shortcuts.

Again, this is still in beta, and there’s no word yet on when the fully polished version of Android 6.0.1 will roll out to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Are you an owner of either of these devices? What are your thoughts regarding this new update? Let us know in the comments below!

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