Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Preview: A Closer Look: Software

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a recent face

The Galaxy C7 Pro runs Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Unfortunately, the Nougat update is nowhere in sight and there is also no intimation on when the update will be available to users.





Homeclassy screen

Starting with the launcher, we see the C7 Pro stick to the homeclassy screen + app drawer layout, complete with the app drawer button in the corner that is obligatory for Samsung phones. The leftmost homeclassy screen is still taken over by Flipboard Briefing but that can easily be disabled.

The C7 Pro comes with 5x5 layout by default for the icons, which makes remarkable utilize of the available classy screen space.

You can press and hrecent on the icons to acquire a small popup but instead of having some fascinating app specific options such as on the Pixel launcher or 3D Touch on iOS, you just acquire the options to uninstall the app or to put it to sleep.

By default, all the icons have a square border around them, something Samsung picked up from the Chinese OEMs. The fine thing is this can be disabled and you can just have the default icon shapes for every app if that's how you prefer them.






The App Drawer

The app drawer still has the sliding pane design unlike the vertical scrolling in the Pixel launcher. You acquire folder support and by default most of the apps are grouped together in some folders.

You can choose to arrange the icons in alphabetical order, which doesn't upset your folders. When you have the apps sorted alphabetically, the recent apps that you download no longer go to the discontinue of the grid but instead descend into place in accordance with the alphabetical sequence.





Notifications

The notification shade has also been improved with a row of toggles that does not slide horizontally as before and can be expanded by swiping down again. You can rearrange these toggles or add or rego from them. Being a dual SIM phone, you also acquire options to choose your default SIM for calling, texting and data but you can't change anything from here and tapping any of these opens the Settings app.

Unfortunately, Samsung has buried the brightness slider in the second level so you have to swipe down twice to adjust the brightness whereas previously you could just swipe once.

Additionally, Samsung continues to utilize a tiny Clear all button that requires way too much precision on the user's part to touch it without hitting the notification below which it appears.







Settings app • Wallpapers, themes and icons • Advanced features

The recent UI also comes with a recent Settings app, which has a simplified structure and the top level menu items list some of the options contained within to create things easy to find. It's still quite convoluted, however, and you'll often need to utilize the search function to find things in there.





Multitasking • Split view • Pop view

Samsung has always been at the forefront when it came to having features built-into the UI. However, that has changed in recent times and they've dialed back on going too crazy with recent features. They are instead focusing on mostly the tried and tested (and most of all practical) features.

We'll try and sum these up:

  • Split-classy screen mode, which would normally require you to have Android Nougat
  • Blue light filter
  • Easy mode for a simplified interface
  • Always-on display (AOD) feature that shows the time and date along with your notifications when the classy screen is off
  • Customizable icons and themes
  • Single-handed mode, which can be enabled by triple tapping the home button
  • Game mode, which automatically combines all your games in a single folder and provides options like suppressing alerts during gameplay, locking the tough keys under the screen, locking the touch input on the screen, taking screenshot of the gameplay or even recording the action as a video.
  • Locking apps on the device with your fingerprint or passcode.
  • Quick launch of the camera, which lets you start the capturing camera by double pressing the home button.
  • Smart capture, which shows additional options for sharing, drawing, cropping and even taking a longer screenshot after you capture one
  • Direct call that calls the number on classy screen by simply picking up the phone and putting it against your ear
  • Smart alert, which vibrates the phone when you grab the phone if you have pending notifications
  • Easy mute, which lets you silence the phone by keeping your palm on classy screen or turning the phone over.
  • Unicode 9.0 emoji set, which Google introduced in stock Android only with Android 7.0 Nougat but is available here even though the C7 Pro runs on Marshmallow.
  • Finally, there is a background app monitor that puts apps to sleep if you don't utilize them often.

Then there are some frivolous features, such as swiping your palm on classy screen to hold a screenshot. Or the Pop-up view gesture, which shrinks the current app down to a small window so you can run it on top of other apps. This one is yet to prove useful considering the classy screen is not gigantic enough to have multiple apps on-classy screen at the same time. And finally, there is the ever-so-popular (and not really needed) storage and Random-Access Memory (RAM) cleaner.







Device maintenance options

But frivolous features are fine. What isn't fine is the amount of bloatware that comes installed. Samsung still insists on having the entire Microsoft suite pre-installed. That means Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype are just chilling there on your phone, taking up space. Naturally, you cannot uninstall any of them.

Then there's Opera Max, which is a VPN service that also compresses data. The app is probably not all that poor to have on its own, but the phone will remind you to utilize it literally every single time you turn on Wi-Fi. In fact spam notifications are a bit of a concern on their own, as there seem to be a myriad different apps and services on the phone that will spit notifications at you every now and then. You also cannot disable some of these apps or stop them from showing notifications.




The Opera Max integration can be nagging

It's worth mentioning that the C7 Pro, like the bigger C9 Pro, has no support for Samsung Pay, at least in India. Samsung is currently playing favorites with its devices, with only the Galaxy S, Note, and A series getting Samsung Pay. The last one is particularly odd as the Samsung A5 and A7 cost roughly similar to the C7 and C9 but have Samsung Pay support while the C-series devices don't. Customers buying these devices hoping to acquire Samsung Pay will likely be disappointed.


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