Watch: 15-Minute Video Details Updated TouchWiz for Galaxy Note 7

Posted by Italy’s HD Blog, the below 15-minute video could be our first look at what to expect UI-wise from the Galaxy Note 7. Typically, Samsung redesigns TouchWiz once a year to make it appear more polished. On the Galaxy S7, the latest iteration of TouchWiz isn’t what we would label as terrible, but it still isn’t anywhere near the simplicity of running stock Android.

In the video, the gentleman working the camera takes us on a tour of the pulldown notification area, the updated look for the system toggles, device settings menu, theme management, TouchWiz Home app, and pretty much everything else you would need to see to get a feel for what to expect. As you might guess, this build of TouchWiz is likely a beta build, so it’s possible things may change before launch.  (more…)

Samsung Reported to Decouple All Bloatware Apps From TouchWiz

According to the latest news regarding the Galaxy S6 from SamMobile, Samsung is set to remove nearly all bloatware apps from TouchWiz, slimming down the system’s weight significantly. However, for those who would still want these apps, they will be made downloadable via Samsung’s app store and possibly Google Play.

On previous versions of the Galaxy S line and Galaxy Note line, Samsung has been known to pump their UI full of software, most of which probably goes unused by users. Because of this, when you buy a Samsung device, your usable memory is nowhere near what is advertised on the box, as apps and software tweaks easily take up a few GB of space.  (more…)

New Video Shows TouchWiz Running on Top of Lollipop, Samsung Trying Its Best

For many users, TouchWiz, Samsung’s custom skin, leaves much to be desired in the performance and aesthetics department. And sadly, every time Android receives a major update, which brings new design guidelines, we hope TouchWiz receives the same type of makeover, making it more attractive and less processor intensive.

With the Android 5.0 update, the OS is receiving a major makeover from Google, but as we saw previously in a leaked build of the Android L developer preview running on a Galaxy S5, it appeared that Samsung was sticking with TouchWiz’s current state. However, a new video, running what appears to be a full build of Lollipop, shows that Samsung is trying their best to conform to Google’s “standards,” while not compromising the TouchWiz we have known over the past few years.  (more…)

Galaxy S5 Reported to Receive Lollipop Update in December

According to sources of SamMobile’s, owners of the Galaxy S5 may not have to wait too long to see Android 5.0 hit their devices. As stated by the source, Lollipop should arrive for Samsung’s flagship device in December, but that is no guarantee that it will come to all markets within that time frame, especially when the update would need to be approved by our carriers.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 Camera Software Info Leaked, Samsung Continues Tradition of Bloating

Leading up to any major device launch, we always see a plethora of leaks, which is always fun for us. The newest, posted by SamMobile, gives us a few major details for the camera software that will be baked into the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung. As a reminder, this device is set to be announced on September 3 at IFA in Berlin, Germany.

Thanks to the detailed leak, we can take note of the different picture and video resolutions Note 4 owners can shoot in, as well as all of the insane camera modes that Samsung has included for the camera. To list just a few, which are not exactly new, Samsung has added in a “Create a GIF” mode, Selfie Alarm, Wide Selfie, and Eraser camera modes.

Sources claim that the Note 4 will feature a 3.7MP front-facing camera, and as for the rear-facing 16MP sensor, it is a Sony IMX240; the same one used in the Galaxy S5 LTE-A variant.   (more…)