Posts tagged with: TouchWiz
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    Software, for the time being, is the biggest differentiation between the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 by Samsung. Sure, as it's been explained countless times now, the specifications are different. The S4 has a larger, much more dense display, a faster processor (on both models) with more cores, the battery has 500 more milliamp-hours and the camera is a 13-megapixel sensor, versus 8-megapixels in the older model. But as I explained earlier today, the real world performance advantages between the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 will ultimately be negligible. The only truly significant upgrade ...

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    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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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Samsung's TouchWiz UI can be a significant component of what makes many of its Androids so desirable, and we always look forward to see how it's evolving with the release of the company's flagship models. It's no stranger from the low-end, either, and we just brought you news of a pair of decidedly underpowered Androids, the Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame, which run TouchWiz. Now, however, we're learning of another lower-end Android with quite similar specs to those two, yet one Samsung will be releasing without its iconic interface. The Samsung Galaxy Discover will be coming to TracFone's ...

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    We've poked and prodded it in unboxings and hands-ons, compared it to the LG Optimus G and Galaxy Note II, and we've given it the full review treatment. Since the Droid DNA's unveiling in New York City last week, we've been all over every inch of the new 1080p Android superphone from HTC and Verizon. From benchmarks to speed tests to camera samples taken out on the cold streets of Boston, it's all been done. So you can forgive Michael Fisher for being so tired he looks like a corpse in this latest video. So tired he now apparently refers to himself in the third person. But today, on the ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet is right smack in the middle of its coming-out party, and we're hard at work on the full review. In the meantime, since we've compared it to the Galaxy S III and given an S Pen lesson already, alongside a few written editorials, we thought it only fitting we should hold the new Note up to its predecessor, the former king of phablets and the one that kicked off the whole category, to see where the newer model excels. Nothing much fancy going on in this quick-and-dirty comparison video; just a lot of side-by-side comparisons and close-up & medium shots ...

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    Word's been spreading this morning of a newly-discovered attack on Samsung phones running TouchWiz, which has the potential to let a hacker remotely perform a factory reset on your smartphone, erasing all your data in the process. Just what's the issue here, and do you have cause to worry about your data? Like any smartphone, Samsung models have features that can be triggered by entering the appropriate code string in the phone's dialer. One such USSD code on TouchWiz-running handsets can be used to quickly perform a factory data reset. That's not a super-big concern on its own, but ...

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    Well, it's good to know that our guessing instinct here at Pocketnow is still pretty sharp. On Tuesday, we posted a piece speculating on what Samsung might announce at today's event in New York City. We offered up three possibilities, all of which happened to feature "Galaxy Note" branding, and said our leading contender was the Galaxy Note 10.1. Not that it was the most difficult puzzle we've ever solved, but we nailed it: Wednesday morning's announcement saw Samsung's newest tablet announced for American consumption (and creation), with general availability kicking off tomorrow, August ...

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    Apple's latest battle with Samsung continues to unfold in court, and while we've recently had the opportunity to check out lots of evidence in support of claims regarding copied hardware designs, Apple is just as concerned over what it thinks Samsung has been doing with its software. To that end, it's supplied evidence that supposedly reveals a pattern of Samsung copying Apple icon designs for TouchWiz. Some of the icons Apple accuses Samsung of ripping-off make for more convincing arguments than others. The "settings" icon, for instance, might not be a slam-dunk for infringement; not only ...

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    One of the exciting things about Android is the ability for skilled community developers to dismantle and port stuff from one phone to the other. HTC Sense 4.0 was a big deal when the One family landed -- and there were also ports -- and now it is time for those who want a cleaner launcher to get Samsung's own TouchWiz UX Nature from the Galaxy S III to their Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone. It has already been confirmed to work on a solid number of devices so your chances of success are rather high. You need to be rooted though; if you are, installation is as simple as dropping an APK ...

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    U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been announced (and anticipated) on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some carrier subscribers were luckier than others but Verizon fans seem to have to wait forever for their phone to be available. Initially, the Verizon Galaxy S III should have been available on July 9, which was before it got pushed back one day to July 10. Then came rumors of a July 11 availability -- later confirmed by Verizon on their website with the patches on the phone -- and the latest report comes from HHGregg who have a nice banner up on their page that says ...

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    Visually, they're almost indistinguishable. Aside from a carrier logo and a barely perceptible tint of the white polycarbonate underneath the "hyperglaze" coating, these Galaxy S III devices are identical twins. But looks, as they say, are only skin deep. One of these is the unlocked international version of Samsung's newest powerhouse, while the other is the just-released North American variant (Sprint's, in this case). Look under the hood and you'll find some significant differences, and not just in the radio either: the international device packs a Samsung Exynos quad-core CPU supported ...

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    No one can really question the success of the Galaxy series of smartphones from Samsung. Numbers represent an ever-growing tendency from the initial Galaxy S to the Galaxy S II (and Galaxy Note). The South Korean company is determined to capitalize on that buzz as it expects record sales for its current flagship, the Galaxy S III. JK Shin, head of telecommunications at Samsung, expects more than ten million Galaxy S III units sold in July, Reuters reports. While it isn't clear what the wording "cumulative sales" is referring to (sales to customers, sales to retailers, sales to carriers, or ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) popular Android smartphone of the moment and the International version has been already rooted with CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies available for the power users. However, users in the U.S., especially subscribers to one of the carriers that have the phone in their line-up can now also join the root party. The Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile has been rooted. The procedure is pretty much the same, including the use of Odin and flashing ClockworkMod but for specific files and instructions for each ...

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    After publishing the source yesterday for the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S III, Samsung is now also pushing out the kernel for the Sprint flavor of the phone. It is available in the Samsung Open Source Release Center at the source link below for everyone to grab and dismantle. With three out of four already published, we are waiting for the Verizon Galaxy S III source to be published too. And, while we wait for the phones, we can sit back and let the developers do their thing with all the bits and pieces for us to flash, test and feed our addiction. Source: Samsung Open ...

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    Opposed to the International Samsung Galaxy S III which packs a quad-core Exynos SoC, the American variants -- including the AT&T and T-Mobile versions we're referring to here -- pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core SoC but an additional gigabyte of RAM. You could see an initial face-off between them just a couple of hours ago and, at a first glance, there is no real difference between the phones. Samsung has made the source codes for the AT&T and T-Mobile variants public. This means that, from this point on, we can count down the days until super fast custom ROMs and ...

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    We knew that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the hottest device at the moment (now in the U.S. too) but we didn't think of it literally, like this unique specimen for instance, pictured above. It is apparently the International version of the Galaxy S III and it reportedly ended up in this stage while in an in-car holster. It got sent back to the manufacturer for investigations and Samsung said: "Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question. Once the investigation is complete, we will be able to provide further details on ...

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    Hey there, team. I'm here in the midst of an New York City heat wave, covering the North American launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The big announcements and hands-on time came earlier in the day, and after an afternoon spent downloading free mp3s and ordering drinks with S Beam and controlling a movie-sized 3D game with Smart Stay, I've got a list of SGS3 feature articles I'd like to write in the coming days. Before that, though, I thought I'd whip up a quick comparison video for you. Thanks to the awesome group taking care of us here in NYC, I managed to get my hands on both a Sprint- ...

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    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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    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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    No one seems to be able to talk about S Voice, the voice-control application shipping with the new Samsung Galaxy S III, without referencing Siri. The Apple-based equivalent launched first, of course, serving as one of the few features justifying the existence of the iPhone 4S, so comparisons are perhaps inevitable. Though voice command had existed before, Apple pulled its usual stunt of "doing it better" -and certainly marketing it better- with Siri, and voice command on mobile phones found itself thrust into the spotlight again. This level of advertising spending on vocal command hasn't ...

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    I think Samsung is hip to the fact that no one reads the manual anymore. For the cynical, burned out, or jaded, it's become something of a tradition in message boards across the internet: respond to an obvious question with "RTFM," or "read the frackin' manual," in Battlestar-speak. It's a predictable, dated response, but it's also become something of a joke on itself. The reality is that not a lot of users read instruction manuals anymore. Most manufacturers have stopped including big, bulky printed booklets, making their user guides available as PDFs to download. It's anyone's guess just ...

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    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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    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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    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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