Lighter TouchWiz could increase usable space in Samsung smartphones
The next iteration of Samsung's Android overlay may include smaller changes to the mobile operating system's appearance and functionality than previous versions, according to rumors. Keeping the TouchWiz user interface closer to stock, and without adding Samsung's extra software features, could help users by taking up less of the internal storage space, granting more user-accessible free space in its future flagship devices.
Next Samsung flagship could have flat iconography in user interface
Samsung has hinted at the TouchWiz interface included in its expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress this month. The company's Twitter feed has posted an invitation to the event's live stream, with a collection of nine icons on one side suggesting the latest incarnation of the TouchWiz UI will have a flatter aesthetic than it has previously used.
Televised investigation forces Samsung to work on space issue
Samsung is working on reducing the amount of internal storage in the Galaxy S4 that is taken up by the operating system. After a number of customer complaints and an investigation from the BBC consumer affairs show Watchdog, the company will try to shrink the room its TouchWiz implementation and other items it has added to the base Android installation.
Samsung said prepping stock Android version of Galaxy S4
A surprise rumor is circulating ahead of Google I/O suggesting that Samsung and Google will reveal a new version of the Galaxy S4 that runs stock Android instead of Samsung’s own version of Android, TouchWiz. According to reports, the device will be known as the Samsung Galaxy S4 ‘Google Edition.’ However, it is not expected to form part of Google’s Nexus line as it the hardware was not-co-developed with Google as is typically the case for Nexus-branded devices.
New Samsung phone to support LTE, get Android 4.0.4
Yet another Samsung smartphone has been quietly revealed, this time by carrier KT in South Korea. The device, known thus far only by its SHV-E170K model number, would get an LTE radio and sport a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4. It will also ship with Android 4.0.4 onboard, SammyHub reported, but it will have Samsung's TouchWiz custom skin onboard as well.
Samsung Kies app makes clear Galaxy S III link
A sighting in Samsung's own Kies app may have cemented the GT-i9300's status as the Galaxy S III ahead of its release. As caught by SamMobile, the syncing software shows two "Galaxy S3" models, both using the i9300 name. One of them is badged as the i9300T, likely a reference to support for frequencies at a different carrier or country.
Samsung Galaxy S II unlocked gets OS update
Samsung on Tuesday started rolling out the Android 4.0 upgrade for unlocked versions of the Galaxy S II. Those whose phones were bought SIM-free, or unattached to any carrier, should have the option of updating through the Kies desktop app. Multiple European carriers had already seen their carrier-locked versions get updates sooner.
Samsung sees 2012 tablet setback due to OS issues
Samsung on Tuesday delayed the Galaxy Tab 2 line by a month. After having missed its March target, the company told IDG that the 7.0 and 10.1 variants should first ship at the end of April, to UK residents. It didn't give an indication of when other countries would get theirs, although these were originally meant to follow later.
Galaxy S III would steer away from Apple design
A posting in Reddit's Android section has shown what's purportedly the Galaxy S III. The render shows a thinner design, adding a dedicated camera button to the side, and with a 16:9 display. Its most conspicuous change may be trim: it has the same 'lips' as the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2, designed to avoid the accusations of copying Apple that have led to lawsuits.
Next Galaxy S II update wave starts with UK
Samsung confirmed in a follow-up statement that its Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy S II would spread to the UK quickly. The first British devices should start getting the upgrade on March 19, a spokesperson told Pocket-lint. It warned that updates would depend on individual carriers greenlighting the update and might be staggered over the future.
We try the Samsung Galaxy Beam at MWC 2012
We got the opportunity to try the newly rekindled Samsung Galaxy Beam on the Mobile World Congress show floor and brought back impressions to match. The device in many ways behaves like a typical Android 2.3-based, TouchWiz-using Samsung phone, but it's that projector that makes all the difference. Check ahead for our first take.
ATT preps tough Android and new tools
AT&T used the lead-in to Mobile World Congress to bring out a new phone and a pair of new services for users. The just recently spotted Samsung Rugby Smart both upgrades the Rugby line from its basic feature phone roots and gives AT&T a toughened Android option. It can survive the US military's 810F standards for dust, shock, and temperature, as well as splashes or full immersion in up to a meter of water for half an hour.
Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy mini 2 tackle budget world
Samsung late Monday swung out a pair of smartphones to upgrade its mid-range and entry-level Android packs. Leading the group, the Galaxy Ace 2 is comparatively advanced with a 3.8-inch, 480x800 display, a dual-core 800MHz processor, and 14.4Mbps 3G. It carries a five-megapixel autofocusing camera at the back and a VGA camera at the front, with 4GB of space and a microSDHC slot to store everything.
Samsung Galaxy M Style is economic Galaxy S II
Samsung brought out one more phone ahead of CES on Wednesday. The Galaxy M Style is its lowest-cost phone ever to carry a Super AMOLED screen and brings the four-inch, 480x800 organic screen to a smartphone that will cost under $500 US unlocked. Its construction is just as high-end for the category, carrying a metal body that's 0.39 inches thick and with a similar front face to the more upscale Galaxy S II.
Galaxy Ace Plus gets larger screen, speed up
Samsung in a prelude to CES upgraded its most important budget smartphone. The Galaxy Ace Plus keeps the 320x480 resolution but bumps up from a 3.5-inch to a 3.65-inch screen. A faster 1GHz processor (up from 800MHz) and an extra 1GB of internal storage, for 3GB total, keep it fresh relative to others in its class.
Verizon distributing update
Verizon has finally begun distributing a Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet equipped with a 4G LTE radio. The release brings Samsung's custom interface overlay, which was originally released in August for the Wi-Fi variant. Users can take advantage of new widgets, additional Live Panel apps, enhanced media player apps and other aesthetic tweaks.
Samsung to ship 20m smartphones vs Apple's 17m
Samsung will have temporarily outsold Apple to become the top smartphone maker over the summer, a corporate insider leaked on Thursday. The Korean firm was expected by the WSJ to report "more than 20 million" smartphones shipped for the past quarter versus 17.07 million iPhones. The role reversal would have been helped by customers waiting for the iPhone 4S along with strong sales of the Galaxy S II.
Samsung Captivate Glide and DoubleTime arrive
As part of a full-scale Android push at CTIA, AT&T on Tuesday put out two Samsung QWERTY phones packing Android. The often rumored Captivate Glide has arrived earlier than some had thought and promises to be relatively high end for its class: while the four-inch Super AMOLED, isn't new, the slider is the only Samsung phone with a dual-core Tegra 2 in the US and can shoot 1080p video. It similarly carries 21Mbps HSPA+ Internet download speeds and has eight-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras.
Samsung Stratosphere mixes Android QWERTY with LTE
Verizon helped kick off the CTIA show this week by confirming the frequently rumored Samsung Stratosphere. The Android 2.3 phone is Verizon's first smartphone to tout both a QWERTY keyboard and LTE-based 4G, and the carrier is treating it as a pro device. It gets fresh remote connection services from Cisco for VPNs as well as improved Exchange and Sybase's tools for remotely wiping a lost phone.
Samsung commits to shipping Galaxy Tab, Player
Samsung at a special event Monday pledged itself to shipping three of its most delayed devices in the US. The Galaxy Tab 8.9, which we first tried in March, is in pre-orders at Best Buy immediately and will ship to stores October 2. Versions will ship with 16GB or 32GB of storage for $470 and $570 respectively.
Samsung Illusion confirmed early
Samsung inadvertently gave the game away for its upcoming Illusion smartphone Thursday when it posted a preview through Flickr. Although shy on details itself, it confirms the SCH-I110 badge and that it will top out at 3G for data. It should use a variant on Samsung's most recent TouchWiz interface for Android 2.3 scaled down to smaller screens.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 official at IFA
Samsung met expectations with a slew of new Android hardware. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the direct sequel to Samsung's very first mobile tablet and is also the first to use a tablet-sized AMOLED screen, fitting its own 7.7-inch, 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus screen. Despite the smaller size, it's also possibly Samsung's fastest tablet with a dual-core, self-made 1.4GHz processor fast enough to play 1080p video.
Samsung Wave 3, M, Y unveil early
Samsung confirmed part of its IFA launch plans early Tuesday with the launch of three Bada 2.0-running smartphones. The Wave 3 headlines the group with a four-inch Super AMOLED screen like the Galaxy S, a 1.4GHz processor, 14.4Mbps HSPA for 3G, and a five-megapixel camera. Although it has an aluminum body, it weighs a light 0.27 pounds, and it ships with the new ChatON messaging along with Wi-Fi Direct support.
We review the Galaxy S II as it reaches the US
With the Galaxy S II just hitting US shores, Samsung is poised to make its biggest impact on the smartphone market ever; it's already the second-largest smartphone maker after Apple. The phone itself is, at least on paper, a powerhouse with a dual-core processor and a massive display. Will it give the iPhone 4 (and possibly iPhone 5) a reason to worry in Apple's home territory? Our Galaxy S II review will find out.
Samsung mends Galaxy Tab 10.1 TouchWiz video flaw
Samsung has quietly posted an update to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to address the tablet's graphical corruption bug. The unceremoniously titled P7510UEKME fix keeps the Wi-Fi version of the Tab at Android 3.1 and appears primarily bent on fixing the widespread flaw, which came with the semi-optional TouchWiz update. Owners who upgraded saw the display often rendered unusable until the tablet was given a reboot.
Samsung fears losing control to Google over OS
Samsung is worried enough that Google's buyout of Motorola might put more control back in the hands of the OS maker that it may buy out companies to compete, according to leaked details from an emergency corporate meeting. Company chair Lee Kun-hee reportedly urged management to improve its software engineer ranks to the point where buying companies might be needed. The Korean executive cast it as a fundamental shift of power in Android that Samsung had to resist, Yonhap said.
Ice Cream Sandwich photos see Honeycomb, iOS roots
A pair of leaks have provided the first glimpse at Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS has its expected influences from Android 3 tablets but also appears to take some direct cues from iOS. The always-on app shortcuts on the home screen now have an iPhone-like grid, RootzWiki saw, and now also appears to have iOS 4-style app folders.
TouchWiz UX update for Galaxy Tab 10.1 now live
The promised TouchWiz UX update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been released on time. The upgrade so far applies to the Wi-Fi version of the tablet and includes a new set of Live Panel apps, a tray for mini apps and a version of Swype's custom keyboard in tablet form. At the same time, the Media Hub sports a new look.
Samsung to require TouchWiz on Tab 10.1 for new OS
Samsung as part of the kickoff of its TouchWiz rollout for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 revealed that the update wouldn't be optional in practice for real users. Although owners will have the option of declining the custom interface, they won't have the option of upgrading to Android 3.2, Ice Cream Sandwich, or any other patch. The move would leave everyone preferring the original, stock experience locked to 3.1 for the device's remaining lifetime.
UX update to arrive on August 3
Samsung appears to be ready to release a major software update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The company has sent invitations to an August 3rd event, where attendees will be presented with the TouchWiz UX interface overlay. The software has been enhanced with Live Panel and Mini Apps features, while the company's Media Hub has also been redesigned.
Samsung YouTube vid details TouchWiz interface
Samsung has just posted a 12-minute long video (embedded below) that shows off both new and known features of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Most interestingly, the upcoming TouchWiz interface is shown off in the video in much detail. Similar to what was shown at CTIA, the interface will include six Mini Apps that are preloaded and include a calendar, task manager, clock, notepad, calculator, and music player.
Samsung 5in Galaxy Player 8GB price escapes
Best Buy's mobile app inadvertently gave away possible pricing for the Galaxy Player 5. Also known as the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 5.0 elsewhere, the five-inch, 8GB Android player is shown costing $270. The price puts it well above a similar iPod touch, although it has a much larger display, a higher-resolution three-megapixel camera, real GPS, FM radio, and a microSDHC card slot.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 landing with 3.1, TouchWiz
Samsung has revealed through Facebook page that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship with Android 3.1 on its release in the US. The product information page on its US website has also been updated to reflect this. However, it won’t be shipping with a plain vanilla version of the Honeycomb OS. Instead, it will incorporate latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz customization with L!vepanel.
Samsung Galaxy S II gets massive 120-nation intro
Samsung on Thursday kicked off the official launch of the Galaxy S II we first tried at Mobile World Congress. Its 4.3-inch, range-topping Android phone is available in Korea immediately and should get one of Samsung's largest launches ever. Galaxy S IIs should reach 120 countries and 140 carriers, including the UK on May 1 and possibly the US.
Samsung Galaxy S II speeds up to 1.2GHz
Samsung has quietly given the Galaxy S II a speed upgrade that likely contributed to its moving back to May. The company said on its Estonian Facebook fan page that the in-house Exynos processor was jumping from 1GHz to 1.2GHz. No reason was given as to why, but bragging rights were the most likely since Samsung claimed it would have the "fastest" dual-core Android 2.3 phone.
Samsung Star II made official
Samsung has gone ahead and announced the official successor to its Star S5230 entry-level handset, with the aptly named Star II. Many of the new phone's specs remain the same or are slightly upgraded, including the same 3-inch, 240x400 touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel and the same Bluetooth functionality. The TouchWiz UI is retained but new are preloaded social networking apps built into the Social Hub, including Facebook, Twitter and IM apps.
Leak shows Samsung 4G LTE phone for Verizon
Samsung will join HTC in having one of the first 4G phones on Verizon's network, a leak uncovered today. The SCH-i520 superficially resembles a Galaxy S phone and still uses Android 2.2, but has the requisite LTE support to get 4G access. A front camera is also new in the Gizmodo tip and would borrow loosely from the Nexus S as a result.
Sprint servers pushing OTA update to handsets
The Samsung Epic 4G is the first Galaxy S series phone in the US to receive an Android 2.2 update in the US. Sprint is pushing the official Samsung TouchWiz UI skinned over-the-air (OTA) update through its servers and it is slowly working its way around the country. Despite releasing its iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy S phone after AT&T’s Samsung Captivate and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Sprint has managed to get its official Android update out the door before the other carriers as it did with HTC’s EVO 4G.
Solstice II marks latest TouchWiz handset
AT&T has finally put a price tag on Samsung's Focus handset, which will be available for $200 with a two-year contract. The carrier has also introduced Samsung's Solstice II, a TouchWiz handset geared for messaging. The Focus will hit the market alongside several other Windows Phone 7 offerings from AT&T, including the HTC Surround and LG Quantum.
Froyo update begins appearing in Europe
The five million Samsung Galaxy S owners patiently awaiting Samsung’s version of Android 2.2 are beginning to receive the anticipated update. The TouchWiz tweaked version of the Froyo upgrade has so far surfaced in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and is a available for download through Samsung’s Kies or PC Studio applications.
Devices headed to Russia and Europe
Samsung has introduced three new phones in its Wave series of low-cost smartphones. The Wave525, Wave533 and Wave575 are each based on Samsung's own Bada platform, which utilizes the TouchWiz interface. The devices are built with 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreens, Wi-Fi radios, GPS receivers and 3.2-megapixel cameras.
Running Samsung’s TouchWiz OS?
Leaked images of the Samsung Craft have surfaced again. The marquee phone for the MetroPCS LTE (Long Term Evolution) launch later this year, it appears to be running the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI normally reserved for its its basic phones. Many had assumed Samsung would opt for Android or Windows Phone 7 to push Internet access.
Galaxy S Pro gets unofficial early hands-on
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Pro smartphone has received preliminary, unofficial specs from a reliable tipster, courtesy of AndroidCentral. The phone is still said to be in the testing phase, however, so some of the below specs may still change. The QWERTY slider is said to be about a half-inch shorter but thicker than the Sprint Evo 4G.
Samsung Reality handset due at Verizon this week
Verizon on Monday said it will begin shipping the Samsung Reality handset starting on Thursday. The horizontal slider is relatively advanced among feature phones with both a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch, 240x400 touchscreen display. The device has Samsung's TouchWiz interface that lets users customize the home screen with widgets.
T-Mobile may get Samsung Android flagship
A listing for the Samsung T959 at the Bluetooth SIG has dropped a strong hint that the Galaxy S could soon reach T-Mobile in the US. Although the two phones aren't directly linked, the T959 conspicuously shares the same 4-inch AMOLED screen and Android platform as the phone revealed just last month. While it inaccurately mentions a 480x320 screen, the existence of TouchWiz 3.0 makes it doubtful this is a different or older model.
Samsung Wave gets last-minute reveal
Samsung's first phone based on its Bada platform, the Wave, has been leaked early and reveals some of the company's plan for its first entirely self-developed mix of smartphone hardware and software. The full-touchscreen device itself is now known to be a very high-end handset with a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 2GB of internal storage (plus microSDHC) and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Its centerpiece will be the first use of Samsung's 3.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, which will not only be more vivid but tackle AMOLED's chronic problem with visibility outdoors.
Device offers GPS, Wi-Fi
Samsung has introduced its latest feature phone, the S5620 Monte. The device features Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Samsung's TouchWiz 2.0 Plus interface provides quick access to apps for social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. A 3.2-megapixel camera is paired with software capable of smile shots, panoramas, and face detection.
Interface based on TouchWiz
Several screenshots show Saumsung's upcoming bada OS for mobile phones. The interface is essentially an adaption of the company's current TouchWiz UI. Following in line with Android and LiMo, bada is an open platform that will allow developers to tweak and modify attributes of the software design.
Samsung outs Diva handsets made for women
Samsung on Tuesday introduced a pair of Diva-series phones meant to appeal to women, with the S5150 Diva flip phone and the S7070 Diva touchscreen phone. The former has a hidden LED screen on its outside that only lights up when a notification needs to be displayed. The interface has special fonts and features, including a wish list for shopping. An etiquette mode quickly silences the phone, and the device can be programmed to call itself in order to give its owner an excuse to leave a conversation.
Flagship Omnia II due for VZ in one week
Verizon today finally set out a launch for the Samsung Omnia II on its network. As confirmed in a leak, the Windows Mobile 6.5 flagship will reach the carrier's stores on December 2nd and should sell for $200 on contract, though only after a $100 rebate. The new edition also brings support for Visual Voice Mail, VZ Navigator and V CAST media apps.