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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...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 3, 2015

Analysis of the Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Leak

When I first heard about the Vietnam leak of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) I was hesitant to install it. I was comfortable with my highly modded custom ROM which gave me a solid performance boost to the traditional TouchWiz configuration of the Note 3. I had disabled DVFS, overclocked my CPU, changed the kernel, switched the CPU governor, and had per-app profiles to ensure I’d get the last drop out of my phone’s powerful Exynos 5420...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 2, 2015

Korean Note 4 Revision Will Not Feature A Newer Chipset

According to reputable Samsung information provider and whistle-blower Sammobile, the new version of the Galaxy Note 4 set to be released in South Korea will not sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset, but rather an in-house chip designed and manufactured by Samsung - the same one found in the already released version of Note 4. However, it will feature a new modem listed as Shannon 333. Sammobile suggests the possibility of said modem being manufactured by Intel. The new phablet variant will...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Samsung Allegedly Discontinuing Galaxy Alpha Line

Samsung has been on fire for the last few days. The Korean OEM recently announced a new version of Note 4 phablet able to download big files in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately not all news from this manufacturer is good news. According to the Korean IT news site etnews, this leading OEM plans to cancel the Galaxy Alpha production and focus on its successor: the Samsung Galaxy A5. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is undoubtedly one of the most...

Faiz Malkani · Dec 30, 2014

Samsung Expands European Galaxy S5 Lollipop Rollout

A while back, we spoke about the start of the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout to Galaxy S5 users in Poland. According to reports, the update is now rolling out to users in Spain. While the Polish release was bug-free for the most part and much faster than previous versions, the rollout was restricted to users located within Poland--perhaps for further testing and bug fixing. With that seemingly complete,the Spanish rollout is the second wave in what seems to be a staggered...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 29, 2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4 Refresh with Super Fast LTE

Samsung is preparing its hardware to get some real LTE speeds. The Korean OEM has announced an improved version of the popular flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will be shipped with powerful hardware and shouldn't be afraid of an extremely fast LTE connection. The new Note 4 has been armed with LTE Advanced Tri-Band with Carrier Aggregation. This fancy technology allows the phone to download files at speeds upwards of 300 Mb/s. Needless to say, such speed is but...