TOUCHWIZ Posts on XDA

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...

Galaxy S7 Edge Tentative RAM Management Test Shows Improvement Over Predecessors

Let's just admit it upfront: Samsung makes good phones. As a loose and general statement, there is a lot of truth in it. At any given point of Android's history, Samsung has been making devices that are competitive to the prevailing market leaders, and in a lot of instances, they are the market leader themselves. Samsung...

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge — What You Need to Know

Coming hot on the heels of the LG G5, Samsung has made the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge official, showing the world that they cannot be left behind when we talk about the greatest and the latest. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the flagship duo for the first half of 2016,...

This is TouchWiz Lag — And it Better Not Show its Face in the S7

Before buying my Note5, the last Samsung phablet I owned or used was the Note 2. Suffice it to say, the Note 2 TouchWiz experience made me quite weary of Samsung’s offerings. I’ve been an unapologetic Nexus/Motorola fan for a while now. I’m a huge fan of the hardware and build quality of the 2015 Samsung...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Boots up its First AOSP ROM

Thanks to the efforts of the development community on XDA, you can have the option to switch over to an AOSP-based ROM - if you're willing to wait. Most flagship devices on the market have been blessed to operate on Snapdragon SoCs, making it easier for developers to port AOSP over to their hardware thanks...

In Defense of TouchWiz: How the Kitchen Sink is Getting Cleaner

Samsung’s approach to mobile evolution has largely consisted on a strategy that not many agree with: throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. While this often results in half-baked, quickly-abandoned products, it also allows for a special kind of evolution not many could afford. That last part is particularly important, given that Samsung’s size...

This is TouchWiz on Marshmallow — Note 5 Android 6.0 Leak Hands-On

Those of you who checked our front page yesterday might have read about the Note 5 Marshmallow update hitting a forum member’s device, and about a subsequent system dump. Now, we can actually boot into Marshmallow thanks to the community! TouchWiz on Marshmallow has changed in various ways, and after a few hours of testing it...

Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow System Dump Available!

A few hours ago, reports started emerging of a XDA user receiving Touchwiz based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow on his T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Many media outlets reported on it with the information that the system dump was available at their moment of writing. We refrained from doing so till we actually had the System...

The Grand Journeys of XDA Phones: To Kill or Not To Kill (A Device)

A few days ago, we wrote about Sony's Open Device Program. The interview that followed after the talk focused on the realization that the devices that we possess are much more powerful than what we normally give them credit for. Phones launched 3 to 4 years down the line are still powerful enough to be repurposed...

Stock Lollipop Theme Now Available for S6 Theme Engine

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge still featured the same-old TouchWiz design language with aesthetics plenty of power users find unappealing. Despite its theme engine, the phone did not come with any themes that truly captured the simplicity and cohesiveness of Stock Android. Nevertheless, given that developers and designers could create their own themes, everyone...

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...