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How Bixby’s Incompleteness Pushes its Voice Assistant into Functional Redundancy

Around 3 months ago, Samsung took the stage at Unpacked 2017 to announce their new Galaxy S8 phones. During their keynote, the company spent around 10 minutes hyping up Bixby, their contribution to the newly-crowded virtual assistant space. Bixby was billed as “a new way to interact with your phone.” Essentially, Bixby aims to be...

Substratum Beta for Unrooted Samsung Experience/TouchWiz ROMs Now Available

XDA users are quite fond of substratum, a theme engine that has assumed the mantle of previous projects and is quickly becoming not only a standard among tinkerers, but also an all-time favorite. This theme engine has been made available on all sorts of devices, with a Play Store application and a rootless release for OMS-based...

How to Automatically Toggle Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging while at Home

While we haven’t seen a breakthrough in battery technology, many companies have instead opted to focus on innovations in charging technology. Qualcomm offers their Quick Charge technology, Huawei offers what they call SuperCharge, Motorola has their TurboPower, Oppo offers its VOOC, and Samsung has Adaptive Fast Charging. (Our personal favorite charging technology is OnePlus’s DashCharge,...

Automatically Toggle Samsung’s Always On Display When Charging [App]

Samsung gets a lot of flak for its performance optimization with regards to its software (though how much of that criticism is legitimate and/or accurate is a debate for another time), but it’s hard to deny just how much added value their software brings. I could go on and on about all of the features...

Pro-Tip: Move Gear VR Apps to the SD Card to Save Space on the Samsung Galaxy S7/S8

Debloating your Samsung Galaxy smartphone is one of the most recommended first steps users on our forums take when setting up their new phone. Disabling pre-installed apps is usually done for performance reasons, though, as you aren't likely to save much space at all by removing most Samsung apps. But there is one major way...

Galaxy S8: How the Developer Community Radically Improved My Experience (Without Root)

Sometimes it needs a little help to make it truly yours... again Last week I wrote about why I felt the Galaxy S8’s software was a major letdown in comparison to its hardware, but despite its faults it is still my go-to phone, for the moment. So how do I deal with software I admittedly hate, and...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8’s Bixby Voice Won’t be Available Until Late June

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are undoubtedly two of the hottest smartphones of 2017 with their gorgeous edge-to-edge display and top-of-the-line hardware without significantly widening the phone. One of the most talked about features of the Galaxy S8 during Samsung's Unpacked event was its new virtual assistant called Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's take on the virtual assistant,...

While Android Leaps Forward, Samsung’s Software Still has Trouble Catching Up to its Hardware

I don’t tend to keep it a secret that I am a fan of Samsung phones. I wrote about how I felt the Note7 was a "Remarkable Phone for Life", meaning that it was suited for everything life throws at it, and I could probably rewrite that article substituting every Note7 reference for the Galaxy...

Galaxy S8 CrashGuard Drop Test Video [Hint: Phone is Unscathed]

The Galaxy S8 and the S8+ are without a doubt some of the nicest phones you can get, plus they have the latest specifications with excellent performance and a stellar camera. Samsung worked hard to create a great looking body and an infinity display that would be a sin to hide behind a boring case. You can...

A Summary of Google’s 101 Announcements at I/O 2017

The most anticipated event of the year for Android developers and Google fans is officially over. During the I/O 2017, Google announced many new features and improvements that should make their projects even better. Emily Wood, Google's Manager of Global Communication and Public Affairs, published a blog post with all 101 announcements that took place in...

Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and LG’s Next Flagship Receiving DayDream Support, Stand Alone Headsets Coming

At Google I/O 2017, the Mountain View giant has been announcing all sorts of new services, frameworks and products, from computer-vision assisted features to Android O design improvements and a juicy beta. DayDream was not left out, as the company aims to double-down on its Virtual Reality efforts to improve the experiences it provides. DayDream currently...

Samsung Sold More Than 5 Million Units of Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus; Expected to Release in China Next Week

Samsung's latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, went on sale in South Korea, the US, and Canada last month. Both of these devices have received rave reviews from critics and consumers for its symmetric design and outstanding curved display. Initial reports suggest the devices have been doing well in terms of...