TouchWiz

Samsung’s notification bar may get the KitKat treatment

With the Samsung-Google partnership, a lot has been speculated. Much of the talk involves Android, and Samsung’s increasing pull away from what Google envisions it to be. If Google is trying to bring Samsung back to center with regard to Android’s new styling and operation, there might be a hint it’s already begun.

CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik talks GALAXY S 4

CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik had been employed with Samsung since August 2011 however that employment has since come to an end. But perhaps key for those curious about the GALAXY S 4, Kondik has taken to Google+ and shared his thoughts on the handset. At the risk of giving a spoiler, he seems to be fairly impressed with the GALAXY S 4.

GALAXY S 4 gets uniform “no” from top hack CyanogenMod

The most famous and widely-used customized user interface for Android devices - CyanogenMod - has been declared a no-go for the brand new Samsung GALAXY S 4. This will come as a relatively large blow for Samsung if they do seek the Android hacker bid - or dollar, rather - as such a lack of support for the device from the developer community (hacker community) will result in a distinct lack of fun for those that call hacking their home. In other words, this essentially means Samsung will be selling phones to those that are happy with the way the phone works out of the box.

Galaxy Note II ‘hack’ briefly exposes homescreen and apps

A recently discovered security flaw shows how you can gain brief access to the homescreen of a Samsung Galaxy Note II running Android 4.1.2. This flaw can be used regardless of which method you are using to secure your handset. That is to say it will work against the pattern locks, PIN locks and even Face Unlock. But while that may sound on the scary side, we will also point out that this flaw has limited use.

Samsung to launch the Galaxy Discover without TouchWiz

The Galaxy Discover was revealed as coming to Straight Talk and Net10 earlier this morning, however it seems Samsung has opted to do something unique with this particular handset. They are going to launch it without the TouchWiz user interface. This will not change the fact that the device is launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but still, we suspect some may prefer a vanilla ICS as compared to a TouchWiz filled Jelly Bean experience.

Some Samsung handsets vulnerable to factory wipe hack

It looks like there's bad news on the Samsung front today, as it's been discovered by security researchers that a single line of malicious code can factory wipe a handful of Samsung smartphones. This means that clicking on a link can automatically trigger your phone to wipe itself with no warning and no way to stop it. The exploit was detailed at the Ekoparty security conference using a simple USSD code. It can be sent from a website or be pushed to the phone with NFC, as well as be triggered by a QR code.

Galaxy S III TouchWiz ported to Galaxy S II and Note

There's no denying the Galaxy S III is an awesome phone. One of the things that impressed us during our hands-on was the user interface. Samsung's new TouchWiz UX is as impressive as ever, stable, and extremely smooth. While waiting for the phone to be released we now have an early taste for a few lucky Samsung owners. When S-Voice and the full ROM was leaked developers started work on a port, and today we have just that.
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