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Not alone: the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, along with the LG G5, have a notification shade shortcut

LG has for years let users add a fourth soft button (along with the standard set of three navigation buttons) to bring down the notification shade. Huawei’s P9 has that feature too. But you still can’t do this one [sic] a myriad of phones, from the HTC 10 to Samsung Galaxy S7. So if you’re on those phones and you want to check for any missed calls or Instagram likes, you have to use a second hand or streeeeetttch that thumb (Ben Sin, “LG’s Software Is More Functional Than All Other Android Skins, Including Stock.” July 3, 2016, Forbes).

I’ve had the pleasure of spending the last several weeks with the LG G5, and have been able to experience a UI different from that of Samsung’s TouchWiz. Sure, it can be said that LG’s UX has some things I’d like to see in TouchWiz, such as the brightness number percentage (35% brightness, for example), as opposed to a brightness adjuster that only lets me approximate a level without any numerical indication whatsoever), but I’ve also discovered that Samsung’s TouchWiz UX is more functional than many give it credit for.

Such is the case with an individual who recently took to writing about how he prefers the LG UX over all others. Sure, when it comes to stock Android, I likely agree with him (and that’s no small thing for a diehard Samsung fan to say), but I take issue with the individual’s claim, cited above, that Samsung’s TouchWiz has no “soft button to bring down the notification shade.” Sure, it can be said that there is no software button on-screen that matches the LG notification button, but Samsung does have a software button of its own that, once enabled, floats around the mobile experience with you on every page and website that does pull down your notification shade.

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