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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...

Three Actually-Hidden, Non-Clickbaity Tricks for Your New Galaxy S8 or S8+

If you had pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you likely woke up to your package tracker displaying a satisfying "DELIVERED TODAY BY 8:00PM." We would know, as our staff's Galaxy S8 and S8+ units are arriving today and tomorrow, too. Setting up a new Galaxy smartphone (or any smartphone, for that matter) is...

How to Customize the Size of the Quick Settings Button Layout on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Google introduced actionable quick settings toggles from the notification bar in Android Lollipop, but Samsung devices have had this feature for much longer. In the most recent version of Samsung's software (now called Samsung Experience, though most of us still think of it as Touchwiz) based on Android 7.0 Nougat, users are able to customize...

How to enable Quick Reply from the Lockscreen on Samsung Galaxy Devices running Nougat

Android Nougat was a huge update for fans of the stock Android experience. Besides official multi-window support and a whole host of other changes, the update also brought a new quick reply feature to allow you to reply to messages from the notification shade without opening the app in question. Before the 5th Android N Developer Preview,...

Rumor Suggests Samsung is Integrating Bixby in the Galaxy S8’s Native Apps

Back in October, Samsung announced they were acquiring Viv Labs and their entire AI platform. For those who are unaware, the founders of Viv Labs were the same group of people who worked on Siri (before Apple acquired them back in 2010). The big product from Viv Labs is an AI-powered voice assistant known as Viv. This...

With the Note 7, Samsung Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance

Every year we notice the same pattern: new Galaxy device comes out, it gets positive reviews (excluding, perhaps, the Galaxy S5), and among one of the positive points, you usually find performance... somehow. This is something that, of course, varies from publication to publication. But in general, the story is the same year after year: we...

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy Note 7

At a launch event in New York, Samsung has officially taken the wraps off the newest iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note lineup -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0a6Y9JvPqo So far, courtesy of leaks and rumors, we knew that the next Note device will come bearing the Note "7" moniker, instead of being called the Note...

[APKS AVAILABLE] Samsung’s TouchWiz Replacement Detailed on Video, Will Likely Arrive with Note 7

Samsung's TouchWiz UI has slowly been transforming itself over the years, progressively pleasing more and more enthusiasts by trailing away from the bloat and clutter it was so infamous for. While there are still improvements to be made, new details show big changes might be coming. With their upcoming "Grace UX", Samsung is seemingly putting forth...

A Song of Glass and Paper: How OEMs’ Obsession with Blur and Glass Breaks the Transition Between Apps and System

As the adoption and spread of Material Design increases at a tremendous rate among users as well as developers, the adoption and spread of a contrasting visual language around glass increases at a similar rate among OEMs. The uncomfortably sharp contrast between the reflective glass aesthetics and the flat paper ones causes a broken user experience,...

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,...
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