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Faiz Malkani · Jun 18, 2015

Samsung Releases 16 New Themes on the Theme Store

The launch of the S6 and S6 Edge back in March saw the latest version of Touchwiz being released alongside the devices, with some serious effort put into it this time around, in a bid to move away from the notorious reputation Samsung's Android skin has gained over the past few years. Memory efficiency and decreased bloatware were the obvious fixes, but Samsung went above and beyond, adding features that end users actually needed. One of them is the homebrewed Theme...

Mathew Brack · Jun 11, 2015

AirDroid 3 Update – Win a Year of AirDroid Premium!

AirDroid has just received an update that gives AirMirror compatibility to most Samsung phones. This comes just days after their poll to decide the next IM client to receive support ended, showing Telegram as the winner and most likely to receive attention in the coming months.   The latest update has brought significantly improved AirMirror compatibility to Samsung phones. Airmirror now works on most rooted Samsung phones running Android 4.0 and above. AirMirror is a new feature introduced in AirDroid 3...

Eric Hulse · Jun 10, 2015

Fix For Galaxy S6 Memory Issues

Not unlike Nexus devices on Lollipop, Galaxy S6 users have been complaining of ram issues for some time now. Apps don’t seem to stay in memory very long, and there are launcher redraws abound. Ideally 5.1 brings some much needed help as it did with Nexus devices. In the mean time, a thread in our own forums seems to have discovered a potential fix. Apparently the memory management settings for Android that Samsung chose were a bit too aggressive. The fix involves some...

Mathew Brack · Jun 8, 2015

AT&T Announces The Galaxy S6 Active

AT&T has just announced the impending arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. An impressive IP68 rated device, with a sturdy looking body and mechanical buttons in lieu of their capacitive counterparts. The device also features a 3,500 mAh battery, that is almost an extra 40% on top of the regular S6's battery capacity.   The IP68 rating means that the device is water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes, is able to withstand dust, vibrations, temperatures...

Brandon Noskoviak · Jun 5, 2015

AT&T Hints At Galaxy S6 Active In Tweet

AT&T tweets an entertaining line and image today from their mobile account. It was last year during this time that they released the AT&T exclusive Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Are we seeing a hint towards the release of the Galaxy S6 Active? Learn more about our newest Samsung Galaxy variant after the break.   Last year during the early summer months, June 12 to be precise, AT&T launched their exclusive ruggedized Galaxy S5 variant. With a tougher build, stronger bezel,...

Mathew Brack · May 1, 2015

Brand Loyalty: OEMs Giveth and Then Taketh Away

The majority of users here at XDA will feel fierce brand loyalty for a company, whether it is Android itself, their phone’s OEM or something else entirely. It’s a topic that is shown constantly in the great “which is better” debates and whilst we may give it willingly in return for a quality product, many companies see much higher levels than others.   Be Together Not The Same One of the many perks we have as Android users is the...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 30, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Hits USA, but Is It Cheap Enough?

Samsung’s tablet repertoire keeps growing, this time abandoning the S for an A. The Korean giant had stated that they would be trimming and focusing their smartphone and tablet lineups by reducing the number of devices and making them more cost-effective for consumer (read, cheaper). While we still see many Samsung phones, critics agree that they do indeed feel more polished and with a clearer purpose. This is how Samsung’s Galaxy A line-up came to be, a spiritual successor to...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 11, 2015

Why a 4K Display on the Note 5 Is a Very Smart Move

Screen resolutions are a polarizing topic in the mobile enthusiast world, as with each new jump in pixel count come new requirements that are sometimes not met. Typically, the first generation of phones to handle a higher resolution display are the ones that suffer the most, given that the new panels can drain a substantially higher amount of battery as well as require extra graphics processing power. Last year’s G3 had a chipset and a screen that were not quite...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 6, 2015

An Exercise in Redundancy: Are OEM Features “Smart”?

Today we saw the release of promotional videos and announcements from LG, a couple of weeks before an unveiling event that will most likely result in lots of buzz surrounding an upcoming LG G4. Last year's LG G3 went on to win plenty of awards all over the blogosphere, as well as many Android fans' hearts. But while it was a great phone with seemingly impeccable specifications, many were quick to notice that the software was, once more, not as smooth as...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 26, 2015

Samsung Attempts to Buy AMD – Speculation & Discussion

Samsung’s semiconductor game and their Exynos chipsets have gained a lot of traction recently given the unveiling of the S6, and its subsequent testing showing a remarkable step forward in performance and efficiency. This advancement was put to contrast with the outcome of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset, which is said company’s incursion into the octa core big.LITTLE ARM model that Samsung has been perfecting over the past 3 years. Needless to say, said jump from their traditional Krait core arrangement...

Mathew Brack · Mar 12, 2015

Huawei Watch Price: A Lesson in Context

Rumors have emerged that the highly anticipated Huawei watch will cost somewhere around $1000. While many people referred to this as unreasonable for a smart watch, this may actually not be the case, once you realize just what you would be getting for your money. Further reports have stated that the device will come in several variations: the first costing $370 and coming with a black or silver finish and a stainless steel band. The second variant will cost $424 and...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 1, 2015

Samsung Unpacked Coverage: All About the S6

Samsung's Unpacked Event has now come and gone through Mobile World Congress 2015, and we've got a good look at what could be the most advanced phone of the year thus far. The event started shortly after its scheduled time at 12:30PM today and the only devices shown were the Galaxy S6 and its Edge variant, both of which pack an impressive amount of features, spectacular internals and an all-new beautiful design. The show began with a quiet voice whispering to...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 23, 2015

Galaxy S6 Round-up: What We Know, What We Expect

The Samsung Galaxy S line-up needs no introduction, as it is the insignia flagship of Android. While it thrived in glory a few years ago, though, it has now become a dying light of what was once one of the best handset offerings you could get. The Galaxy S3 was a landmark in phone history, and even last year it remained the most popular Samsung phone in the U.S. But the S4 took that formula and simply failed to innovate...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 17, 2015

Samsung Dramatically Slashes Handset Prices in India

Samsung has been in a thick conundrum this past year, as the company has seen their profits stumble season after season, with the last quarter hitting a disappointing $4.87 billion in revenue when the year before they had a much stronger $7.7 billion figure in the same fourth quarter. Numerous news surrounding Samsung's imminent demise surfaced, many focusing on their inability to sustain a good flagship model; it is no secret their Galaxy S line has lost much of its appeal to...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 11, 2015

Exynos Past and Future: An Old Chip Comes of Age

Chipsets are arguably one of the main components that drive innovation forward in the mobile space. The formula is simple: the more processing power you have, the more things you can pull off efficiently. In the past 7 years, we've seen smartphone chipsets evolve from single-core CPUs clocked at 412MHz to our current behemoths of power with clock speeds over 2Ghz and up to 8 cores--all in a 64 bit package to boot. While these numbers are usually the well-known...

Mathew Brack · Feb 7, 2015

A Look At Samsung’s Z1

In October of 2008, HTC released the G1 (HTC Dream), which was the first handset to run Android. For many of us, it was a game changer and in the first 6 months over a million units were sold in the US, accounting for roughly two thirds of all 3G devices on T-Mobile's network. Just over six years later, Samsung has released the first device to run their own Tizen OS, the Z1. Initially referred to by many as an "Android killer"...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015

Samsung Cutting Bloat, Trimming TouchWiz

Reports keep iterating over the rumors that Samsung has been trimming down TouchWiz for its upcoming devices. After years of customer complaints, particularly from power users, Samsung seems to finally have taken initiative towards cracking down the stutters that often plague some of its devices, particularly older ones or those that see a long life without clean-ups. But even handsets like the Galaxy S5 managed to be outperformed by low range devices. Android enthusiasts as a whole took disdain in Samsung's...

GermainZ · Jan 15, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 Rumored to Come in Two Variants

Rumors are going around about Samsung "dumping" Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC (System on a Chip) in favor of an Exynos chip (made by Samsung) for their next flagship device, the Galaxy S6. This wouldn't be the first time Samsung uses their Exynos chips (introduced with the original Galaxy S), nor the first time two variants are released. For example, the Galaxy S4 i9505 variant used the Snapdragon 600, while the i9500 version used the Exynos 5410. Similarly with the Galaxy...

Tomek Kondrat · Jan 9, 2015

The History of Flagships: Part II – Samsung

Recently, we started the History of Flagships series here at XDA. In the first chapter, we took a look at Sony's mobile history and their struggle to carve a niche in the Android world. Sony is just one of the many OEMs battling for a spot in your heart, pocket, and wallet. Today, we would like to walk you through some of the flagships produced by Android's most powerful player: Samsung. Despite growing competition around the globe, Samsung remained the clear...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 7, 2015

TouchWiz’s Current and Upcoming Theming Settings

TouchWiz has by far been the most controversial ROM to make it into a flagship. Since the early days of the S line-up, people have compared it to Stock Android, and the offerings of the competition, on a daily basis. While it is true that Samsung has often strayed from the path of Google's original and personal vision for Android, some of these diversions have proven to be successful not just for Samsung's revenue, but for the Android platform as...