Samsung's Edge display gets smarter as part of Marshmallow update

The Galaxy S6 Edge and Edge+ curved displays can now launch specific tasks and keep you up-to-date on all the latest news.

The curved display of the Galaxy S6 Edge and Edge+ will soon perform some pretty nifty new tasks thanks to enhancements Samsung packed into its Marshmallow update.

Samsung detailed several new tricks that you can perform, which also helps to explain why you’re only now getting the latest version of Android after its debut several months ago (Samsung is also rolling out a Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6).

First up is a side order of extra content, as Samsung expanded the size of the slide-out panel so you can check stocks, sports scores, or other happenings.

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You can browse news, sports, or finance news on the Edge panel courtesy of Yahoo.

The contacts now include names below the image, which could help you out if you’re having one of those days where you can’t quite remember whose name that smiling face belongs to.

edge contacts Samsung

The People edge now displays the contact names below the photographs.

Also, the edge panel now holds double the number of apps and tasks. You can also specify shortcuts like adding an alarm or texting a particular contact, which can make this a useful hub for things you do throughout the day.

apps edge Samsung

The apps and tasks edge can display more apps or specific functions.

If you use your phone as a flashlight, compass, or a ruler (it’s way more useful than you might think) then the Edge panel is even more helpful, with a much wider display at 550 pixels.

ruler edge Samsung

Your phone might be a more versatile tool with a wider display for the ruler, flashlight, and compass.

The impact on you: Samsung says the Marshmallow rollout starts today, though it of course is going to vary by carrier and region. So if you have an S6 Edge or Edge+, you’ll finally get the new features of Marshmallow along with all of these enhancements. Expect to hear more about these when Samsung shows off the Galaxy S7 line at Mobile World Congress in just a few days.

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