Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
Leaked Screenshots Suggest Dramatic New Direction for Samsung’s TouchWiz UI
Modern Samsung devices generally pack class-leading specifications, great battery life, fantastic screens, and more features than you can shake a stick at. They’re also one of the better OEMs for providing somewhat timely firmware updates on at least their flagship devices.
Arguably, all of this equates to some of the best devices on the market, and you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that their market share demonstrates this. But one thing that’s a bit harder to argue is the aesthetic beauty of their custom TouchWiz UI. Often the butt of many jokes, the company’s take on the Android UI is a face only the Korean OEM could love. And in its current version, it leaves much to be desired thanks to its childish colors and icons, cluttered interface, and overall outdated appearance.
New leaked screenshots posted by @evleaks show a dramatic shift in their artistic direction, with a flatter UI very reminiscent of HTC’s BlinkFeed. Aside from the similarities to BlinkFeed, the new UI jives much better with Android’s flat and modern UI than the previous releases that seem more at home on Android 2.x.
So will this new version of TouchWiz be your “Life companion?” We’re excited to see anything that makes TouchWiz a little less ugly. Share your thoughts on their new artistic direction in the comments below.
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There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...