Posts tagged with: TouchWiz 5.0
  • by | July 10, 2013 4:33 PM

    Yesterday, I recounted my experience re-adopting stock Android after an extended period using skinned builds of the platform. Since the vehicle for my reintroduction to the stock lifestyle was the Google-Edition HTC One, I spent the majority of my time in that editorial comparing the device with its skinned sibling, running the third-party UI called HTC Sense. But Sense isn't the only Android layer of note in the marketplace; quite the contrary, in fact. As of February, almost half of all Android smartphones shipped came from Samsung, and almost all of those ran a version of Samsung's ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    Sometimes ya ain't got time for dilly-dallyin', spit-swappin', or tall-tale-tellin'. Sometimes even dropping in a few time codes is too much to ask. Because sometimes the meat just needs to get out to the masses. This is one of those special times, and the meat we're putting on the market is our jawing. Our opinions. Our stories. And the subject this week is the two biggest Android smartphone launches of the year, coming from the two biggest sworn enemies of the entire Android landscape. That's right: this is the episode where we talk HTC One vs Galaxy S IV. We've had the One for just a ...

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  • by | July 4, 2012 8:28 AM

    Eleven years ago this month, I bought my first mobile phone: a Samsung SCH-3500 on Sprint. At the time, it was the hottest device on the market; its unique form factor and high-tech features like voice dialing made it a must-have. The wireless landscape has since changed dramatically, but two things remain true: wireless customers still seek out groundbreaking devices, and the hottest phone on Sprint is still built by Samsung. The Galaxy S III is the latest Android superphone to come out of South Korea, and it has a lot going for it. Indeed, our own Brandon Miniman gave it high marks on ...

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  • by | July 3, 2012 3:57 PM

    Samsung dropped a ton of features on us at the NYC launch event for the stateside arrival of the Galaxy S III. That's no surprise: the SGS3 is packing some of the most innovative -along with some of the most gimmicky- innovations seen in mobile in the past year. It's US variant is no different, bringing offerings like Smart Stay, Buddy Photo Share, and yes, S Voice to we Americans one carrier at a time. Those features are part of the custom TouchWiz 5 experience Samsung has crafted for the Galaxy S III; they function independently of other products and work right out of the box. But there ...

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  • by | June 28, 2012 8:29 AM

    Gestures in the smartphone world are nothing new, and neither is our commentary on them. Jaime Rivera wrote an iOS-focused editorial about the future of gestures in smartphone interfaces over a year ago, and last spring, Joe Levi took us on a brief video tour of third-party Android apps making use of gesture-based controls. Since I joined the team, Pocketnow has featured some more mentions of the late, great webOS, which featured generous use of non-button-based input. Indeed, Samsung seemed to take notice of webOS when crafting its new Galaxy S III. The world's top handset ...

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  • by | June 27, 2012 6:20 PM

    Before we begin, I'd just like to thank the technology world -Google and Samsung in particular- for bizarre or mysterious product names that make headlines like the one above possible. Ten years ago, I never thought I'd spend the daylight hours writing stories about how the impending arrival of a confectionary delight might affect one's attitude toward a spinning cloud of stars. Turns out the future is pretty awesome, though. But put those smiles away; this issue, like the internet, is serious business. As part of its annual I/O developers conference, Google earlier today announced Android ...

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  • by | June 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    Manufacturers are forever in search of new ways to encourage you to lock yourself in to their ecosystems. Google and Apple already do this to great effect with Android and iOS; Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Maps and other features make a compelling case for a heavy Google user to stick with an Android device, while iTunes, iMessage, iCloud and the rest of Apple's massive (i)nfrastructure encourage iPhone owners to remain iPhone owners. Part and parcel of the ecosystem approach is the notion of a back-end, or a web-management portal where a device (or device family) can be remotely tended to. ...

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  • by | June 8, 2012 3:49 PM

    When I wrote my reaction piece to Samsung's Galaxy S III announcement last month, I focused on a handful of software features the company was introducing with its new flagship smartphone. I found the phone's physical design rather unimpressive, dreaded the arrival of yet another version of TouchWiz, and wasn't buying Samsung's attempt to position this phone as some kind of nature-inspired river-rounded techno-pebble ... so the software innovations were the only thing getting me excited at the time. Fortunately, I had a lot of those innovations to choose from. Samsung really blew the doors ...

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  • by | June 8, 2012 1:59 PM

    For as long as manufacturers have put skins on Android, tech geeks have argued over their usefulness. Custom UI layers on top of older OSes like Windows Mobile -and even earlier versions of Android- enjoyed a less-criticized existence. Often, their interface and usability tweaks were seen as enhancements, filling gaps in functionality that the underlying OS had left open. I remember being relieved to discover, in the summer of 2010, that my next Android phone -the then-new HTC Evo 4G- was shipping with HTC Sense. To my eye, Sense looked and worked better than stock Froyo, and I still had ...

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  • by | June 6, 2012 8:17 AM

    When we heard the official confirmation for the American Samsung Galaxy S III specs we also heard of availability plans, including pre-order dates. June 6 was mentioned as the start of the pre-ordering process for both AT&T and Verizon and, since today is June 6, you can go online and secure your unit. Both carriers will offer the phone with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, as officially confirmed. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Orders The phone is available for pre-order in marble white and pebble blue colors, both going for $199.99 on a two-year contract ($549.99 ...

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  • by | June 6, 2012 5:07 AM

    You can find lots of Samsung Galaxy S III coverage to consume until our full review (spoiler: soon!) and until your U.S. carrier variant becomes available. We're checking out the International version which has a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM opposed to American flavors which will get a dual-core SoC and 2GB of RAM. If Verizon is the network of your choice you will like this one: the carrier has allegedly confirmed that the Galaxy S III on its line-up (landing in July?) will support global roaming. However, the feature will not be available at launch but will be added later on via a ...

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  • by | June 4, 2012 9:39 AM

    June 21 is the day to circle in your calendar if you are an Android, Samsung, Galaxy S III and Sprint fan. The Now Network just let everyone know that the most anticipated Android phone of the year will land on its line-up on June 21. The 16GB version will cost $199.99 and the 32GB version will go for $249.99 when you sign a new contract; however, the 32GB variant will be available exclusively through Web Sales. In terms of specs, don't expect the same internals as the International flavor: it will pack a 1.5GHz dual-core processor but an additional 1GB of RAM for a total of 2GB. Is that ...

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  • by | June 4, 2012 9:15 AM

    So far we have unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S III and we've compared it with last year's Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S II as its predecessor, but today we're putting it to some more work. It's going to be a tough fight because the Samsung Galaxy S III is up against the hottest HTC phone of the moment, the HTC One X. We're comparing specs, day-to-day/real-life usage/application launch speeds, benchmarks, internet browsing performance, gaming as well as the SLCD2 screen versus the HD Super AMOLED screen. You will also see a 1080p video recording comparison between the two so sit back and ...

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  • by | June 3, 2012 7:36 AM

    After we have just recently unboxed the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III, we are now taking a look at the current Samsung flagship Android compared to last year's Galaxy S model, the Galaxy S II, which was launched in February of 2011. Since many of you out there might be still on a contract and considering an upgrade to the Galaxy S III, we are comparing the 2011 and 2012 model, side by side, in a video where we take a look at day-to-day usage, benchmarks, gaming and internet browsing performance. Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy S III? Find out by taking a look at our video below!

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