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Hands on with the evolutionary Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

Florence Ion | Feb. 22, 2016
Samsung's flagship devices incrementally improve on last year's devices with a beefed-up camera, faster processor, and curvier design.

I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can customize the Galaxy S7’s always-on capabilities. Credit: 
Florence Ion

Android’s glance notifications are certainly helpful, but the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s always-on notifications are even better. You can customize what shows up when the screen is off, and you can even select a design to the background for a bit of added flair. 

The Galaxy S7 Edge now does more than just display contacts or add an extra overlay for icons. You can even use it as a news ticker if you please. Credit: 
Florence Ion

A look at the Edge settings panel for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Credit: 
Florence Ion

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a helping of new and improved Edge panels. To access them, you simply swipe in from the right or left side of the display to reveal a launcher overlay. From there, you can swipe again for Tasks Edge, which offers up quick shortcuts to commonly-used functions, or swipe again for quick access to your most frequented contacts. You can add up to nine Edge panels in all, including a Yahoo News ticker and My Places, which displays your most frequently used apps based on your location.

When can I buy it?

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are both expected to go on sale March 11. When they do, we’ll have a full-blown review of each device, complete with benchmarks, beauty shots, and a lab test with the Galaxy S7’s newly refined 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as more details on the software features of both devices.


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