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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...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo Receives Functional Lollipop Port

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is without a doubt a pretty nice device. Released in April 2014, this phone is essentially a re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S III with 1.5 GB of RAM and KitKat right out of the box. It's not that popular as its older brother, but this phone is still a nice option if you are looking for wallet friendly handset. Samsung isn't planning to officially update the Galaxy S3 Neo to Lollipop. This isn't...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 26, 2014

Android 5.0 Leaked for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Android Lollipop is still making its way to many new devices. Firmware updates have been already pushed by Motorola, LG, and Samsung. Most of these updates have been officially released by these OEMs, and another device that should get an official update pretty soon is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as a Lollipop firmware build has leaked. The update for the Note 3 SM-N9005 (N9505XXUGBNL8) comes in at 1.1 GB, and it brings the Android 5.0 experience and re-designed Touchwiz...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Samsung Begins Production of 8-Gigabit RAM Chips

With the release of Android 5.0, our favorite mobile operating system has become 64-bit ready. Hardware used in some recently released mid-range devices like the HTC Desire 510 is already capable of processing 64-bit code. One of the main advantages of 64-bit computing is the ability for individual processes to address 4 GB of RAM and more. All top smartphones run 3 GB of RAM, but soon most flagship phones and tablets will have 4 GB of RAM. This will undoubtedly...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 17, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Receives Early CM12 Port

Samsung Galaxy Grand is a dual-SIM phone with a 5” screen that was announced two years ago. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, backed by 1 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera with LED flash at the back and a 2 MP shooter in the front. It's one of the mid-range phones released by Samsung to conquer Asia. Its low price and more than decent specs made Galaxy Grand Duos a...

Samantha · Dec 14, 2014

Highly Functional Android 5.0 Build Lands on Samsung Galaxy S Plus

Released in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy S Plus is one heck of an old device. Despite this, it remains privy to a very healthy dose of aftermarket development. Although having shipped with Android 2.3, support for this device has been going strong ever since--not from Samsung, but from its users. This can be witnessed with the dual boot functionality it received, and highly functional Jellybean and Kitkat landing on the device in the form of unofficial CyanogenMod 10 and 11...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 13, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe Receives a Lollipop, OTA Captured

Just over a week ago, we talked about two Google Play Edition devices getting their Lollipop updates. HTC released updates for the One and One (M8), as well as the kernel source required by GPL licensing. Another OEM started to roll out the Android 5.0.1. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505G should expect the OTA notification soon. Android Lollipop was announced back in June at the Google I/O Keynote. This revision of Google's OS brings tons of new features...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 6, 2014

Possible Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs Leak

The two latest generations of flagship Samsung smartphones were quite successful in terms of sales, but many users openly criticized their build materials and design. Samsung has always used plastic as its build material of choice, whereas HTC switched its high end devices over to aluminum. Various reports on the Web claim that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will be redesigned from scratch to keep the Korean OEM on top in terms of sales. The Chinese portal cnmo.com suggests that...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 3, 2014

Official Android Lollipop Lands on Samsung Galaxy S5 in Poland

Google's approach of providing work-in-progress source code to OEMs before the official release date seems to be working. A few weeks ago we talked about a video showing a Lollipop test build running on Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, the Korean OEM started rolling out the Android 5.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 to users in Poland. Here's the details of the Android 5.0 for Samsung Galaxy S5: • Model: SM-G900F • Model name: GALAXY S5 • Country: Poland •...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4 also Receives Android Lollipop Port

Once upon a time, when the original Samsung Galaxy S was just a dream for most XDA users, the Korean OEM was considered to be quite developer friendly. Then the their proprietary Exynos processor, which then made it difficult for the custom ROM scene to keep up thanks to its sparse documentation. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S II, developers have had lots of trouble porting AOSP-based Android to Sammy devices. A few weeks ago, we showed you Android Lollipop with...