Report: Samsung Galaxy S7 to have software optimization that rivals the iPhone

by: Darcy LaCouveeDecember 18, 2015
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This year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 finally brought the major shakeup in design that many had long been hoping for, alongside tweaks and improvements to Touchwiz that made it a bit more streamlined than in years past. While the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge weren’t without their faults, there’s no denying that their arrival signaled a new era for Samsung. Now the question is where Samsung will go from here.

The rumor mill has been churning with increased intensity as of late and we are starting to get a clearer picture of what the Samsung Galaxy S7 will bring to the table. First, we can reportedly expect only minor changes in design this time around, though the microSD slot could be making a much desired comeback.

Where the Galaxy S7 could really shine is in the software. A new report out of China suggests that Samsung is taking a software-centric approach to their Next Big Thing, and no that doesn’t mean throwing on a bunch of unnecessary extra software features (that’s what the Galaxy S4 and S5 were for).

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Reportedly, Samsung has actually teamed up with Google engineers to help optimize and reform TouchWiz in a way that goes above and beyond the positive steps we saw with TouchWiz in 2015. Supposedly Samsung is aiming for optimization levels that would rival or even exceed what Apple has accomplished with iOS.

A lofty goal to say the least. After all, Apple is able to achieve its level of optimization due to its tight control of iOS, an advantage Samsung simply doesn’t have. Regardless, if the rumors prove true, that means we could be looking at a slimmer, faster, and more optimized software experience with the Galaxy S7.

You might be wondering if Google would really lend its engineers to Samsung in such a manner. While the legitimacy of this claim is unknown, we can say that it makes sense on some level. For many casual consumers, there are two accepted choices for smartphones if you want to be trendy: a Galaxy or an iPhone. That means the first taste of Android for many users comes from those who buy a Samsung Galaxy device, and so it isn’t surprising that Google would want to work with Samsung to ensure that the experience is a pleasant one.

For now, we’d take the entire report with a healthy dose of skepticism, but we can’t help but be a little excited over the prospect of a ultra-optimized Samsung Galaxy software experience.

What do you think, would you purchase a Galaxy S7 with more optimized TouchWiz onboard? Do you think that Samsung could achieve the kind of optimization it is hoping for? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Marty

    But are they going to improve the god-aweful ugly system icons and colors. Probably not. Shamsung has no intelligent design engineers. Either that or they’re lazy and simply copy the looks of Chinese knockoff brands. My bet is the latter, since “copy” is a strong part of Shamsung’s business model and legacy.

    • jasonlowr

      Too bad I prefer samsung. Your hate is not spreading well enough. Try harder please. :)

      • pjs_boston

        These iClowns will not let us Android users just be happy with what we like. I have used a few different iPhone’s before, even the latest, and I am not impressed. I will stick with my Note 5 any day of the week over the latest and greatest iPhone. Now I got my mom a shiny new iPhone, and she’s 75. She loves the thing even though she only makes calls with it. She just wants to fit in with the other grandparents out there. And my little nieces and nephews also like iToy’s as well. Go figure.

        • Armaan Modi

          haha

        • An Droid

          Ha ha, you hit the nail on the head.

        • Diego

          Please go back to BGR.
          And spread your hate there.

    • john doe

      Knockoff chinese brand ?, more like Chinese brand are copying popular phone manufactures style. Those cheap Chinese phones are copying HTC Samsung,Motorola,Iphone etc. So im not sure if you’re on some sort of drugs or just dumb

      • Marty

        Yeah, Chinese knockoff brands in appearance. Those system icons are remenicent of the looks and style of MIUI and other Chinese brand launchers and systems…completely ugly and inelegant.

        • pjs_boston

          iOleSS is the ugliest mobile OS on the planet. YuckyPoo.

          • Arton Haziri

            The problem is they are told is beautiful and that is the best so they use it no matter how low end it is

          • Scr-U-gle

            That’s why Google copied it?!? Just go ask Andy Rubin and Chris deSalvo, they will happily put you right.

            Must be nice to be a smug arse who thinks he knows what he is talking about.

            By the way, your gran will get five years of updates while you can only hope for one if you are lucky!

        • Armaan Modi

          MIUI is pure awesomeness,BUT yes samsung’s icons are horrible.

        • Phillip

          Dude where have you been the last 2 years the Chinese try to make a copy of every popular phone they can . And it’s not just phones Samsung has been using the same basic style seems the first Galaxy. Now stop trolling long enough to do your homework before open thy mouth

      • An Droid

        He’s just a hater, which is the same as being on drugs with a healthy dose of dumb thrown in.

    • Carlitos

      Or you can just change the icons with themes. Or the thousands of other options available in the play store.
      The beauty of android man. You never have to comform to what other tell you is best

      • Marty

        Nah, no way to do that in Google Now Launcher. Don’t like the other launchers because they’re too bloated and inefficient. And they don’t provide the GN homepage.

        • Kazahani

          Try nova launcher. It’s run butter-smooth on every phone I’ve put it on.

          • Marty

            Can’t have the GN homescreen in Nova Launcher.

          • Kazahani

            They added “OK Google” support a while back and it works great. You should try it again if you haven’t in a while.

          • Marty

            But not the useful homescreen.

          • pjs_boston

            My 2 year old son cries less than you bruh.

          • Joseph Rego

            Dude all you have to do is set up a gesture like “swipe up” and boom there is your precious GN page lol

          • Marty

            Yeah, that works good. Still have to get used to it, though. That’ll be hard because I have so many phones that I rotate the Sim between. All of them use GN Launcher. It’s second nature to just swipe the GN homepage into view sideways.

          • Marty

            In the process of converting all my phones and tablets to Nova launcher I discovered the tablet version is lacking the better looking homescreen Google search bar in landscape mode. Google Now launcher uses two little round buttons along the side of the screen for the search bar while in landscape mode. Nova uses the whole bar along the side and its ugly and distracting.

          • pjs_boston

            Cry Me a freaking river.

    • pjs_boston

      Shush iToy Boy.

  • Javid Nazim Mammadov

    Apple is definitely going to take this to court

    • pjs_boston

      Deez Nutz will take your mom to court.

  • Diego

    All believe it when I sea it.

    • Kazahani

      This comment is a mess.

      • pjs_boston

        True Dat. A laughing mess. :)

  • SeljD

    Am i the only one that thinks those synthetic benchmark scores, especially on iPhone, look faked?

    • Hans Pedersen

      The problem with benchmarks is that it’s so easy for a manufacturer to optimise their drivers to shine on them. Even easier on a locked down ecosystem like iOS.
      As a life-long PC user, I know you should always take cross-platform benchmarks with a pinch of salt, because there are too many unknowns in the equation.

      • SeljD

        yea, I would really like to test that Apple A9 on Android or some other ARM operating system

        • Diego

          It has been done.
          Not a full version of android, but its functional.
          Hell, I know how to dual boot them both.

    • D13H4RD2L1V3

      I wouldn’t be surprised.

      But the processor on the iPhone is a pretty damn strong one. It also has NVMe storage, which explains the storage performance.

      • schahram

        I think iOS uses all CPU cores at all time, but Android uses all cores in specific situations, when it is required. I could see, because of this iOS runs smoother in overall experience.

        • An Droid

          Octacore is for both performance enhancement, as well as power optimization.

          • tiger

            Yet fail miserably in both.

          • An Droid

            Please educate yourself on the advantages of multi-core processors, and then join the conversation.

          • Diego

            Power optimization.
            Funny, my note 5, when I had it, didn’t last a day.

          • An Droid

            Well, it all depends on what you did with on that day doesn’t it? Please educate yourself on the advantages of multi-core processors, and then join the conversation.

      • An Droid

        UFS 2.0 storage, as used in the latest Galaxy and Note products are far superior to NVMe.

      • Avieshek Rajkhowa

        Is UFS 2.0 or the upcoming 3.0 faster? How many and what type of storage options more are there?

    • Diego

      You would probably be right if the a9 and a9x didn’t have high single core and pore multicore.

  • nicolas99

    I’ve got the S5 and so I’d like get a new phone next year. The S7 will be very interesting. The biggest drawback with the S5 has been the overload of preinstalled apps, if the S7 will be lighter in this departement, it would be a great plus.

    • Maya

      S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and other Samsung phones are now on sale online at

  • dc

    nothing Samsung does will ever make me buy their phone (I’d only consider a nexus). I honestly find all their phones ugly as hell, hardware and software. how the majority of people claim the new phones are so nice simply because they’re made of metal is beyond me…they’re still god awful ugly. everyone needs glasses.

    • Hans Pedersen

      you forgot the sarcasm tag… :D

    • lol

      I love Samsung phones. Like it or not, they make the best phones, period.

    • Usually this is the part where I say “Well, enjoy your crappy battery and camera” but then 6p came along and changed all that. Nexus is now a good choice. I wish it was available in more places though.

      • An Droid

        6P is as ugly as a bucket of smashed crabs! And that cracking camera glass…….

    • Phillip

      Oh yeah cause the nexus 6 was sooooo damn pretty. …not there not a better looking phone on the market then the gs6 note 5 edge . That opinion is shared across the globe. You don’t like Samsung we get it no need to troll

      • Emanuel

        I would go for a Nexus, but unfortunately I need MHL and Miracast support…

    • An Droid

      Click bait. Get a life fool!

    • roguedoge

      All of the samsung phones i have ever bought still work. Every single one of them. From the legendary D600 and other dumbphones that came after it, up to the s2, s3, s4, and I don’t have a single problem with my current s6 (apart from the lousy battery life). Nexus 4 – dead with loads of bugs throughout it’s life. Nexus 5 – dead, loads of bugs. While i dislike samsung’s software experience, I can tell you first hand that their phones just work, and will continue to function for a long time.

      If everyone needs glasses, you need a reality check. You’re trying to hard to fit in with the crowd, with the whole “samsung is shit” and “Apple is shit” and “Nexus is god of phones” thing. The only good thing about a Nexus is the software optimization, but even that is riddled with bugs and glitches, some of which were never fixed. Price/performance was also a big factor, but that certainly isn’t the case nowadays. I loved the n4 more than any phone I’ve owned, but let’s not delude ourselves and try to be objective for a change.

  • Abraham Sarmiento

    As long as I can have a level of control, like reversing the navigation buttons and the ability to remove apps I don’t want (either Carrier or Samsung) I’m on board.

  • Biga173rd

    Any Android phone from 2012 and up surpasses and rivals the iPhone in terms of OS.

    • i_say_uuhhh

      I wouldn’t necessarily say that. That is just blind loyalism. I’ve been an Android User since the Droid 2 and as much as I hate to say it, iOS is still a bit smoother and less clunky than Android while in other areas Android has actually surpassed iOS. But to say that anything from 2012 is surpasses iOS is just a hugely informal biased opinion.

      • andrekenji

        Android and iOS are different things, essentially because iOS does not proper multitask. When I used a ipod Touch my podcasts had to be manually updated – I would only note that I would be carrrying old podcasts when I left home. iOS is smooth(And I have my doubts about it) because it does less things.

        • Mahesh Rao

          Sorryy but I own a note 5 and iPhone 6s. All my apps actually stay on my iPhone 6s longer. Also owned an iPhone 6 Plus before. It was not great for multitasking but 6 s is fantastic. Split screen in note 5 isn’t great multitasking tool because only few apps work with it.

          • An Droid

            Staying up to date with what’s playing on Google Play Music, while trolling on Facebook is an indispensable function for me, so I wouldn’t call split window useless.

      • Biga173rd

        Il say in terms of features,customization,hardware,and tons of devices to choose from Android wins. in terms of smoothness, fast updates,easy to use software,better apps and reliability il give it to Apple. Like I said to each it’s own that’s just how I feel. I own a both devices Android as my personal device and iOS for work not by choice of course..

        • An Droid

          I agree with you 100%. iPad, issued by my company, is as boring as a kitchen appliances, and I might use it 5% of the time for non-working activities. My S6 edge, on the other hand, is my daily driver, and I love the TW/Android interface. Had a S3 & S5 before, and have experienced the improvement in TW with every new model. Luckily I skipped the horror that TW was on the S4.

        • Kamalnath

          nicely put…

    • D13H4RD2L1V3

      Not really.

      That is true for Nexus devices and other devices running a more stock version of Android.

      But iOS still somehow has that really high degree of fluidity throughout the UX. Not to mention the current iPhone has really strong single-core performance and NVMe storage.

      I’m not an Apple fanboy. I’m just saying that saying that any Android phone from 2012 can rival a 2015 iPhone is a pretty blind statement. And I have 5+ Android phones lying about.

      • Biga173rd

        I understand what you’re saying but any OS aka iOS that just runs on a grid of icons since 2007 with mediocre wanna be Android features of course it’s going to run smooth. I bet you any money you put an Android OS on any iPhone with their so called fast hardware it might be a different story. To each it’s own.

        • Daggett Beaver

          Android has overhead that iOS doesn’t. iOS apps are essentially native apps. Android apps are (for the most part) Java-based apps that run on top of a Java-based API engine that runs on top of Linux. The only way to match iOS would be to strip out the middle layers in Java and write Linux native apps on top of a Linux native API engine. But you can’t do that because it’s the Java layer that makes it possible for Android phones to be based on just about any hardware.

          So you have a choice. Do you want the optimization of native apps but you can only get your phone from one company? Or do you want flexibility and the ability to get your phone from just about anyone at the price of some execution overhead? I prefer the latter. And the user experience of Android is simply superior, even if it’s not quite as fast and smooth.

          • Biga173rd

            So true

          • An Droid

            I use an iPad and a S6 edge, and the speed of the OS’s is the same. I do not notice the fluidity and smoothness on iOS, over TW, that you refer too. I think it’s overhyped.

          • Emanuel

            Not really, Windows 10 Mobile runs on a lot of phones and It doesn’t have those middle layers, so Android could have native apps running in all those phones, it’s just some additional work would be needed to make it stable. Linux runs in all hardware you know.

          • Daggett Beaver

            Windows 10 does have an abstraction middle layer. It’s just not the same as a Java Virtual Machine.

            The fact that Linux runs on multiple platforms doesn’t mean you can write a single Linux app that runs on all those platforms. You’d still need a different version of that Linux app for each platform. A single Linux app built for Linux on Exynos isn’t going to run on Linux built for Qualcomm.

            The Java VM is what makes it possible to write one Android app that runs on all Android phones.

        • Diego

          I managed to put android on one.
          Its smooth as hell.
          Feels just like a nexus.
          Considering I was using a clean version.

    • Arton Haziri

      True and especially in hardware, i mean come on iphone 6s in still on 720p screen and dual core… What a joke

      • Ichibanmugen

        Not sure where you got your 720p comment which is wrong..
        On paper it might be a joke but in reality it had the best optimization compared to any Android device.

        Better hardware optimization. As it doesn’t use Dalvik or Art like Android. Code is directly read on the platform. Gaming is superior on IOS and the benchmarks don’t lie either.

        Android is good in many other things.

        • Arton Haziri

          Its Dual core check the specs better said check the joke

      • tiger

        Dual core is bad? Dude, get educated first before talking more stupidity.

        Think of it this way…an iPhone 5s (from TWO YEARS AGO) provides gaming experience that kills Samsung S6.

        • Emanuel

          What? No it does not! That’s only because released that Metal language! Android still has to wait for Vulkan for that to happen!

          • tiger

            Yes, that is very true on games that are coded with METAL. But, even on non-METAL games, iPhone 5s beats Galaxy S6 (and every Android) in gaming stability AND (lack of) frame drops.

          • Avieshek Rajkhowa

            Example includes, Infinity Blade III

          • Diego

            Even if Vulkan is out, developers wouldn’t put effort into it.
            As a developer, I can’t sea anyone putting work, only for their apps to be pirated.

        • Arton Haziri

          I just hope youre not that dumb and are just trolling

        • Arton Haziri

          If you check gsm arena and other reviewers youll see galaxy s6 stomps iphones cpu in single and multi threaded benches while pushing 4 times the the pixel density

          So your argument sounds just as dumb as you maby get education and then troll or just feel sorry you paid a fortune for 2013 spec phone

          • tiger

            Really? Google this: Gamebench and look on that ANDROID-centric site for real world gaming comparison.

            So, S6 matching single core scores of iPhone 5s (from TWO YRS AGO) is your proof of superiority??????? How’s the iPhone 6s compared to S6? Oh, ouch!!

            Is it ignorance that drove you to the S6 and the 2k display? Because 2k makes sense?! Let me guess, you love 4k display on the Sony too?? Pure stupid marketing that you fell for! It is not my fault.

    • fredphoesh

      I have not owned an iphone in 4 years, and only owned it for two weeks… couldn’t bear the suffocating OS… BUT… only pure android is as smooth as IOS, my Note 4, with any and every ROM I have tried, is just not as smooth as an average iphone. A Sad Fact.

      • Emanuel

        You just made a paradox. Stock Android is as smooth as IOS yet you said that Note 4 with every ROM (which includes Stock Android) is not smooth.

  • Joe Contreras Jr

    There is still noticeable lag and slight delay when I’m transitioning between apps on my S6. I would never go IPHONE, but this does intrigue me. I wouldn’t mind an overall smoother experience.

    • Phillip

      I suggest you try the note 5 are GS6 edge plus no lag here . Hey apple makes a nice phone and is smooth and fast but so is my GS6 edge plus and has been since day one the old Sammy lag is not there. My opinion Samsung has done a Hella good job with there 2015 phones and I suspect 2016 to be even better . There’s nothing apple sells that I can’t get from samsungs just my 2 cents

  • schahram

    Samsung got very late into software development. I can see them developing better OS every step moving forward. I feel that they figured it out that the best hardware wouldn’t do well without optimized software. I love my GS6 Edge, but can’t wait for the next generation.

    • My Galaxy Prime

      I was thinking the very same thing last night. It’s seriously almost like you read my mind and typed my thoughts. They make excellent hardware but it means nothing without the software and Samsung is definitely late to the game. I would like to go a bit further to say most, if not all, Android OEMs are late as well. It wasn’t until Samsung decided to optimize their software that other OEMs decided to do the same thing. Which is pretty sad. For years, one of the biggest complaints about Android was lag. You would think, after hearing the same complaint for almost a decade, you would address it sooner rather than later.

      • Jura

        I love my S5, but the apparent lag at times, although extremely minimal and only when unlocking the device, can get very frustrating.

        • My Galaxy Prime

          I had the S5 also and experienced what you’re going through

          • Jura

            Any fixes? Or ways to minimize it/make it less apparent?

          • My Galaxy Prime

            The lag for me started after a verizon update for the S5. This was, fortunately, around the same time the S6 came out. So I didn’t bother to look for a fix and decided to upgrade instead. I sold the S5 right after so sorry, I don’t have a fix for the lag on the S5.

          • Jura

            I too have Verizon, and I’m hoping Marshmallow will fix it.

            I can’t wait for Marshmallow’s ability to format my SD card as internal storage so I can put EVERYTHING on there. Then I can nuke my S5 back to factory settings without losing anything important, and have a fresh, clean device.

          • Yadwinder Gill

            Try rooting your phone and get rid of all the bloatware. Also you can try custom ROM like CM for much better performance.

        • Btort

          it’s not minimal it’s extremely laggy especially coming from a htc one or ANY NEXUS

        • Fat Bitch

          I don’t know why everyone says that they have lag with the S5. My S5 runs smoothy.

          • Jura

            Honestly, its lag is very minimal, so I normally wouldn’t really complain about it. But once the Marshmallow update comes out, and I can format my SD card as internal storage and put everything on it. I’ll then be able to do a clean factory reset, and I’m sure the any lag at at all will be gone.

            Who do you have as your service provider for your S5? (In US Sprint, ATT, Verizon etc.?

          • Fat Bitch

            I have Sprint

  • rttr

    nice joke :D green junk wants to be fluid :D

  • My Galaxy Prime

    I would love further optimization. I have the S6 edge and the software is great but it can always be better. I’m very excited about this and most of the rumors surrounding the S7

  • AbbyZFresh

    I’ll see it when I try it. I heard the same exact rumors about the S5 and s6. Neither phones felt optimized.

    • Phillip

      Two words note 5 try it it’s a beast 4 gigs of ram makes all the difference

      • Diego

        Well hello their Phillip.
        I sea you are still pushing samsung marketing around?
        4gb of ram, yet can’t make proper use of it.
        :d

  • mrjayviper

    why can’t OEM optimize their software with their devices now since AOSP is freely available? not enough talented software engineers? not enough time? others? thanks

  • basejumpbr

    Samsung need support Multi Language…too…All brands can change language easily..less Samsung…TThe World turn in a Global Market..with peoples living out of your Home Country…

  • Steve Brain

    You know what? I’ll consider it if they get rid of Knox, release the dev kit for the Exynos SoC, make Touchwiz have less than 50 “service” apk’s running in the background (last tally on a completely stock S6 I did was about 120) and bring on-screen buttons in and have a battery life that is equal to the Note 5 on their smaller (S6) size phones.

    Good luck with that Samsung.

    • Phillip

      Are you could buy a note 5 and forget about it trust me 4 gigs of ram makes all the difference

  • Leandro Brandão

    is android, so, no, it will not rival the optimization that ios have.

    • Hyung-Woo Jung

      Depends on the optimizations the manufacturers did on their Android ROM. My old phone is a Galaxy S III, and that suffered from poor optimization after 4.3 and 4.4 update, which left me with doubts on the optimization of Android. That wasn’t the case with Android as a whole though, as I later found out with the Xperia Z3 and SHIELD Tablet. They use software that is near-stock and have no lag in daily use.

  • 1213 1213

    Personally I think the s6 was a bit lacking in features

  • Wjdzm

    I usually don’t give a crap about rumors & alleged “leaks” but I am really looking forward to this optimization. Imagine if S7 comes with almost stock experience + some big apps like Samsung Pay but no more.

    • momo

      u guys treat stock as if it’s jesus

      • Wjdzm

        guilty as charged.
        While i prefer custom skins for appearances and features but stock build performance is just so damn fast.

        • momo

          cuz the nexus 5x is blistering fast

  • Stephen Alexander

    How interesting! The way the article is written has everyone arguing Samsung Galaxy versus Apple iPhone! Samsung has been complaining that their sales are low. That is because there are so many Galaxy S5 owners disappointed that the three main functional features were dropped from S6 and we have been hoping to see them return in S7….. removable battery, slot for microSD card, and waterproof resistance. All these functional features have NEVER been part of iPhone…. hense why we are Galaxy owners…. O:-)

    • Jura

      +1

      This is the most perfect, accurate comment ever. These dropped features are exactly why I’m glad I got my S5 instead of waiting for the S6’s/Note 5.

      If Samsung can perfect their software, and bring back these three killer features, we’d end up with the best phone ever, trumping Apple’s devices tremendously. Let’s just hope Samsung listens and comes through.

    • Slaughter

      For samsung the S5 was a flop. What’s your point?

  • Jake

    Here’s the point: Samsung has done an excellent job with hardware. On paper it should blow IOS away. The S6 was so superior it actually almost did. So if they’ve now decided to focus on software and OS optimization I say FANTASTIC! If they can improve it to just come within sight of IOS I believe a stunning and crushing blow would be coming to Apple.

  • Freekid

    They should have done that years ago. I’ve been using Samsung phone for 3-4 years now. Shame it took them this long to realize software was the problem. Instead they try to woo people with useless gimmicks. My next phone is a nexus, end of story.

  • Tommy

    I’ve been using apple phones since iphone 4. 4S, 5S and recently get galaxy S6 Edge and I have to say I love it however galaxy S6 ain’t perfect got couple of problems but would take new S7 Edge when relised and when my upgrade is due with mobile operator.

  • Emanuel

    As long as that Optimized software arrives for the Note 4 It’s fine by me!

    • Diego

      Good luck.
      Samsung has a reputation for leaving old devices in the dust.

      • Andreas Larsson

        I got the latest update on my note 3 :p maybe you should check their actual update record instead of listening to reputation

  • #tihor

    After reading through this article..I couldn’t stop laughing !! A Samsung phone to beat an iPhone in terms of optimization

    Doesn’t anyone realize that the S7 is supposed to run Touchwiz ?? ?? (sarcasm intended)

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    Will Android 6.1 release in March? And have dark theme?

  • Ork

    So many people I know missing waterproof, what’s with that? Love my s5!

  • Michael Merten

    Definitely but not an S7. Note 6.

  • Michael Merten

    And only if the External memory card comes back.

  • rocketryan

    Hardwear of the s6 , battery life of an xperia and smoothness of a moto x would be amazing

    • Andreas Larsson

      Battery life of the note 5 would be better, just saying

      • rocketryan

        Cant get them in uk so wouldnt know, but if decent bring it on

  • jbelkin

    It doesn’t mean anything – it’s like putting in a 64-bit chip when the OS is not optimized, it’s just a checklist – same here, it’s designed to look great in benchmarks but how many apps will be optimized? AND optimizing samsung apps is like putting a flame sticker on a Geo.

  • SamsaraGuru

    As with the Note 5, so long as there is no removable battery no Samsung Galaxy S7 in my future. Should this stupid mistake on Samsung’s part remain a forevermore thing, then buying a Galaxy anything will be equally a never again thing for me. I will not pay good money for planned obsolescence – no matter how pretty a face they put on it.

  • David

    Wouldn’t this newly optimised software also come to the S6 and so on ? If that were the case, then the S6, and the S7 would be very similar.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Can’t happen, androne still runs through virtual machine to avoid paying oracle for copyright infringement.

    For androne to be optimised like iOS, they would have to start from scratch and Google don’t care enough about performance when the current OS gathers enough data for them to be profitable.

    Why do you think you never get decent software support!

  • Roberto Virga

    “For many casual consumers, there are two accepted choices for smartphones if you want to be trendy: a Galaxy or an iPhone”
    Actually, that was much closer to the truth a couple of years ago than it is today.

  • madcanada

    so why not just abandon touchwiz and snap to cyanogen???

  • Brandon Harden

    If the rumors of a no gimmick 6″ Galaxy S7 are true just make a Google play edition and I’ll be happy. But I’m already happy with my 6p. The next big thing to replace my 6p is a pixel phone.

  • Kamalnath

    good for Sammy & it’s users…
    i’m expecting,
    Removable battery, SD card slot and IP certificate on top of it though….

  • PAUL E

    I have an s6 and just got the nexus 6p, didn’t realize how much the s6 lagged until I used the 6p, if samsung can get the lag out I’ll be back on board, I love the samsung features but hate all the pre-installed apps and now lag, don’t mind not getting the latest google updates because it’s usually something the oem already have in their phones.