For most manufacturers, the home screen is the most important part of the Android interface. Why? Because, on the home screen, they can easily apply their own branding and style, and, in theory, differentiate their devices from the sea of competing Android products. The need for differentiation is understandable, but unfortunately, for end users, overlays like TouchWiz, Sense, or Motoblur are just sources of slow updates, bloatware, and poor performance.
However, it’s not like the home screen of vanilla Android is a major step forward when compared to the manufacturers’ overlays. All you get in the stock version are apps and notifications, plus the clock widget. For [...]
It’s official– At&T will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G come December 4th. In addition, the phone will (supposedly) be offered in white. But only time will tell. As soon as the announcement is made, we will keep you updated. As for the device itself, you can pick it up from Amazon Wireless today for $189.99 with a new contract or upgrade, and $589.99 unsubsidized here. Furthermore, here are some of the key features for the device:3G/4G/4G LTE connectivity Android 2.3 OS 1.5 GHz dual-core processor 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen 16 GB memory 8-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video capture GPS navigation Wireless-N Wi-Fi Bluetooth [...]
If you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, then you’ll be glad to know that an upgrade to the interface is now available. The TouchWiz update adds new functionalities and streamlines the whole navigation to make your Android tablet use that much easier and more enjoyable.
Interface customizations are usually scoffed at, particularly by long-time Android tablet users. The TouchWiz update, however, is a different story. With it comes a few nifty changes that are sure to highlight exactly just how powerful the Honeycomb 3.1 OS is.
At the bottom of the screen you can find Live Panels, a taskbar-like application where functions like the [...]
I posted my review of the Samsung Behold II for T-Mobile USA earlier this afternoon. A real mixed bag on this one. I like the hardware quite a bit, especially the camera and the AMOLED display, but the software leaves much to be desired.
There are some real wonky text input bugs, for example, and the TouchWiz homescreen is just a flat out fail. Some of the stuff that Samsung added to Android works pretty well, or at least well enough, but the homescreen just doesn’t cut it. It has all of the same problems that other TouchWiz devices have – it’s hard to keep organized, counter-intuitive, and [...]
Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but I’ve been pretty sick. That sickness is the reason I am not up in New York right now picking up a Samsung Behold II, in fact.
But there are other people there, of course, and the word from my friend Eric at PhoneScoop.com is that T-Mobile is going to sell the Behold II for a pretty high price: $229. We’re told it will be available to the public on November 18th (next Wednesday) and that it will also feature Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, which means it won’t be dead boring like the Moment for Sprint.
I’ll have a Behold II tomorrow if all goes well, so look for a video soon.
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