In about a month, we will get the newest version of Android, Android L (or whatever they will call it) featuring Material Design. The big question is what, if any, changes will manufacturers make to their interfaces? Samsung is by far the most popular brand when it comes to Android phones, but their TouchWiz interface has never excited anyone. Will they finally change that dated Gingerbread look?
The folks over at Sam Mobile got their hands on an early build of the next version of TouchWiz on the Galaxy S 5. Although very buggy and slow, it reveals where Samsung is headed with Material Design.
Yesterday, Samsung tweeted a little teaser revealing a new circular icon look for TouchWiz. Not that we needed confirmation from something that was offered by the company itself, but a leaked screenshot from the Galaxy S 5 does just that. As you can clearly see, the image probably comes from China, but is has some of the same icons that were shown in yesterday’s teaser. Hit the break to see the comparison.
In late January, word came out that Samsung and Google had reached some agreements to work on presenting a more unified user experience on Android devices. As part of that agreement, it appears Samsung is on the way to phasing out the Magazine UX it had been working on despite the recent release of new tablets equipped with Magazine. A new screenshot of the KitKat notification bar that Samsung is working on for their devices shows how the company is in fact reversing course to come closer to Google’s vision for the platform. The choice of color for the icons may seem like a simple thing, and it is, but it reveals a lot about the direction of development.
When Google released KitKat last year, one thing users noticed almost immediately were the white-only icons in the notification bar. The change to a monochrome design was significant enough that Google even had to spend some time explaining why this had occurred. The new image shows that Samsung has adopted Google’s direction in this area and extended this design cue to its own TouchWiz interface. Eldar Murtazin, @eldarmurtazin, indicates in his tweets about this change that it also means a lot for the future of the TouchWiz interface. This likely means the flat, monochrome concept may be extended throughout the user experience on Samsung devices.
source: @eldarmurtazin tweet 1, @eldarmurtazin tweet 2
The race to release the first smartphone with a flexible screen is over. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round have been released
in all their glory. Now, the race begins to create an a smartphone that actually utilizes the flexible screen correctly.
Some Samsung sketches just leaked, which show exactly what they’re trying to do here with their next generation of smartphones. These ideas aren’t anything new, as Samsung showed us a prototype with a bent screen on the side of the device, creating a control/information bar.
Bloomberg brings us today’s leaked plans. Hit the break to see just a few things that could be done with such a phone:
The MoDaCo.Switch for the HTC One is awesome, there’s no denying that. Seamlessly switching between a carrier skinned ROM and vanilla Android on the fly is a feature that most people would love to have on their phones. Considering it was done on the HTC One, though, it would only be fair to extend that to the Google Play Edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, right? If you’re an S 4 owner, your wait is (almost) over. The MoDaCo.Switch developers started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to bring the switch to the S 4, and in less than five days, they hit their £1,000 goal.
There’s still a few days left to go in the campaign, so if you want to chip in a bit extra to get early access to betas as they come available (or a cool T-shirt) you can hit the link below to throw some money at your computer monitor. Who’s excited to get this running on their S 4?
When you first turn on any Android phone, there are always a few things to set up like your Gmail account and location settings. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a little different since there are so many new features with the latest version of TouchWiz. To help users, Samsung added a quick settings menu that will appear during your initial setup of the device. This is where you will be able to turn on or off specific things like Air View, Air Gesture, Smart Scrolling, and so on. You will also have the opportunity to learn about each feature as well.
This video guide we will show you the initial setup process as well as tell you about the major changes with TouchWiz. Most of what you have been used to in the past will be the same, but Samsung added some enhancements like an improved power toggle menu, a newer look to the settings menu, a brand new sidebar for multitasking, and a new quick launch menu as part of the stock Browser. We won’t get into the major software features in this guide, just the changes to the TouchWiz user interface for now. Don’t worry, we have plenty of guides planned, so keep an eye out. Hit the break for the full video walkthrough.
Owners of the American version of a particular device may be seething at this time— but if you’re an owner of a carrier-branded variant of the Galaxy S III, try not to be too angry: owners of the unlocked model in the UK can now look forward to the 284MB Jelly Bean update being pushed to their devices or via Kies Desktop software. Reports indicate that in addition to the latest version of Android (as of now), TouchWiz has been updated to include a “blocking mode” and “easy mode”— both of which offers better overall management of the device. If you live in the UK and own the unlocked variant of the device— head on down to your settings -> About Device -> Software update to get the latest update today. Oh and try not to rub it in the rest of our faces, pretty please?
source: Android Central
As we approach the close of 2012, there’s not much left to anticipate or look forward to… unless if you’re a T-Mobile customer. Thanks to our friends at TMoNews, we now know what Android devices will join T-Mobile’s line up and when they will be released. According to a leaked roadmap, we’re all set to see the LG Optimus L9 and Huawei Summit released on Halloween (10/31), a Samsung Galaxy S II color refresh on 10/29 and a mysterious Samsung Toba device— which is possibly suspected to be a new tablet– released on November 7th.
Naturally, the major focus for the close of the year will likely be the HTC One X+ and Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, but it’s still nice to see additional options being available to T-Mobile customers as well.
Today’s a joyous day for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 operating on Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE network— Verizon has officially announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to roll out to the masses. The update will bring the Android version to 4.0.4 and the software version to i815.LP10, while also bringing items like facial unlock, an updated Music app, revamped Calculator app and a desktop view in the stock browser. For now— only the change log is available for view, but Verizon should begin rolling out the 289MB update within the next week or too, so there’s no need to fret too much.
So there you have it: the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be getting a new lease on life after all.
source: Verizon Wireless
Today a rather catastrophic exploit was found in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The new hack allows websites to run a USSD code commanding the device to wipe itself back to factory state, and possibly even damage the SIM card. This means that just by simply visiting a infected website could remove all your pictures, contacts, apps and most importantly: your high score on Temple Run.
Luckily this piece of malicious code will only interface with the TouchWiz interface, so if you’re running CyanogenMod or any other custom ROMs, you’re most likely safe. The current list of affected device include the aforementioned Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S Advance.