You’ve probably already heard that the Galaxy Note 7 ships with an updated version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which has been internally codenamed Grace UX. We first caught wind of the UI when it surfaced in a relatively lengthy video last month showing it off from all angles, and, to be completely honest, we were pretty impressed with the minor cosmetic adjustments that the firm had made.
Grace UX kept the same general shape and form as previous versions of TouchWiz, but has taken a more Material Design approach to the appearance of icons. However, after playing around with the Galaxy Note 7 for the past couple of days, we’ve discovered one significant alteration that Samsung has made to Grace UX that’s a significant step down from the last build of the UI.
On the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge (and any other Samsung device), changing the brightness is an extremely easy task. All you have to do is pull down from the notification panel with one finger and the slider presents itself just below the row of quick toggles at the very top of the display. However, for some strange reason, Samsung has decided to relocate the option on the Galaxy Note 7.
Instead of swiping down with one finger, you’ll need to do so with two or pull down twice on the notification shade to trigger the brightness bar, which will reveal itself at the very bottom of the expanded quick toggles menu. This is the same procedure that needs to be followed on stock Android devices to adjust brightness levels, but we can’t seem to figure out why Samsung has taken a step back and removed its streamlined process. Maybe the company thinks its auto brightness algorithm is too good (which it certainly is, thanks to the addition of a second ambient light sensor at the back of the phone) for people to need to change brightness manually, but it’s still a significant move that makes things less convenient.
What do you think of Samsung’s decision to relocate the brightness bar on the Galaxy Note 7? Is it something that’ll frustrate you? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.