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Samsung’s Good Lock Contains a Small and Glorious Island of Vanilla Android

After Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 Edge, I wound up preordering one. When it came in (early, thanks T-Mobile) I was greeted with my first taste of Samsung’s Marshmallow TouchWiz. My Note5 just got 6.0.1 today (No thanks T-Mobile.) Overall things were fairly similar between the Lollipop and Marshmallow builds of TouchWiz. However, one thing...

2015 Samsung Lock Bypass Exploit Details Revealed

In December of 2015 an exploit was revealed on Twitter that showed a Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen being bypassed. https://twitter.com/rpaleari/status/674983960162787328 Not much was revealed at the time other than the proof of concept. Now that the disclosure period has expired the details are making their way out to the public. The exploit was pushed to Github on Monday...

Samsung Advanced UI: This New TouchWiz UI is a Giant Leap Forward, Two Steps Back

It feels like Samsung wants to make us scratch our heads and wonder what it is doing quite often and today is no different. Late last night a discovery on the Galaxy S7 subreddit led me to trying out a new application for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. It is not quite “new” since...

SCOTUS to Hear Apple v. Samsung Patent Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced this morning that they will hear part of the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. The order, published on the Supreme Court web site, limits the hearing by SCOTUS though to only the second of two questions presented. Samsung filed the request back on December 14th...

There is Native DPI Scaling Hidden in the Galaxy S7

My biggest pet peeve of Android is the DPI scaling (size the content is rendered on screen) that Google and other OEM’s choose for their devices. Large, beautiful displays are often marred by an endless array of status bar icons, thumb sized icons and huge UI elements. So when the Android N preview launched with the...

Unlikeliest of Heroes John Legere Working to Free the S7

Many of us, awoke yesterday to discover the unfortunate news that the Snapdragon 820 variants of the S7 and S7 Edge would likely not see any development support due to the bootloader, which in case you missed it can be read about here. For the foreseeable future it looked like the S7 would be one...

Samsung Knox Customization Hands On & Demo at MWC 2016

Our coverage is from MWC 2016 is still going strong. XDA TV Host TK found some interesting initiatives from Samsung. While Knox may be a bad word to us enthusiasts, but businesses love the features. In this video TK shows of some of Samsung’s interesting Knox Customization initiatives. Check out this video to learn more. In case...

Live Feed: Samsung Galaxy S7 Event

Join us for live coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as they launch at MWC. S7

Vulkan API Means More Control and Alternative to OpenGL [UPDATED]

Thankfully, the press release and materials on the Vulkan web site give us a wealth of information to start answering some of those basic questions that may be out there. First and foremost, Vulkan is not a replacement for OpenGL or OpenGL ES. It is an alternative approach to graphics development, one where much more of...

Samsung Hints at Feature Changes in Android N: Better Stylus Support?

We don't yet know much about Android N (after all, we're still a few months away from the next I/O) but we do know that Google works quite closely with several major OEMs to ensure that the OEMs can get the update incorporated into their own devices as fast as they possibly can. This means that...

What Does the S7 Need to Improve upon, Change, and Avoid?

The S7 is a much-awaited flagship by the android community at large, but like with every Samsung release, there are still many users skeptical of the upcoming Galaxy, and with good reason too. It’s undeniable that Samsung phones have packed some of the best hardware in the past, but their software has always left plenty to be...

IoT Scope: The War Between Standards and the Many Players Fighting it

If this year's CES has taught us anything, it's that 2016 will be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). We've caught glimpses of exciting IoT related products, services, and technologies in the past (Philips Hue and the Nest Thermostat among others). Those devices have only scratched the surface of home automation, as you can now add garage door...