As a way to enhance the User Experience, Samsung will be making some major changes to the TouchWiz UI on its upcoming flagship, Samsung Galaxy S6. According to the the latest reports, Samsung will remove some of the pre-installed default Samsung apps such as S Voice, S Health, S Note and Scrapbook from TouchWiz UI.
Those apps will be available for download through the company's Galaxy Apps store. Samsung may pre-install few of Microsoft apps in their place as a result of the deal between the two companies regarding their patent royalty case.
If true, the Galaxy S6 will come with Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile bundled with a free Office 365 subscription as well as Skype. Trimming the TouchWiz features is also allegedly making the Galaxy S6 Lollipop experience a lot more fluid and quicker than the similarly updated Galaxy Note 4.
Changes that will be made to TouchWiz on Galaxy S6:
• Samsung's default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
• More theming options are available.
• All Samsung's apps are more colorful.
• You can select between 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer.
• The app drawer no longer supports endless cycling through the list of apps.
• The music app still runs in full-screen mode at all times.
• The dialer app looks "green as grass", or that's what we were told.
HTC surprised its users by shutting down its Sense TV services, HTC One M8 users have noticed that the Sense TV app which is a smart TV remote using the built-in IR blaster, has started notifying them that the service has shut down and they have to install Peel App from the play store.
The move isn't surprising given that HTC's shipping a regular Peel remote app instead of Sense TV on its latest One M9. However we now have confirmation from HTC that the move away from Sense TV is taking place, and that it'll affect Android owners as well as its most recent Windows device. Peel will import all the settings needed from Sense TV App.
HTC has confirmed that the shutdown will affect the Android and Windows versions of Sense TV, and that when the app closes up shop it'll point users in the direction of the Peel app, whether they're on Android or Windows. Just to let you know, Sense TV was essentially just a branded version of Peel anyway, the core experience shouldn't change too much, and HTC owners will be kept updated through Play Store updates whether they're using Peel on an M7, M8 or M9.
Earlier on December,9th The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station (Main TPB data cener), a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm, Sweden. since then "thepiratebay.se" domain remained inaccessible, until today.
thepiratebay.se domain is Now Live, the website is still not functioning thought. Currently The Pirate Bay website is displaying a waving black flag background with the TPB logo along with a counter, counting up the time that's passed since the raid.
A few minutes ago came another big change when The Pirate Bay's main domain started pointing to a new IP-address (188.8.131.52) connected to a server hosted in Moldova. All this is indicating that the website may back to function again very soon.
ThePirateBay website went down on Early December last year, resulting of a police raid on Data center that has all the Pirate website data. Today, ThePirateBat.se official website has put a countdown to the date "February,1st". The website has also added firework animations and a "WeAreTPB" (We are The Pirate Bay) banner, but nothing else appears to be new.
It looks like the Pirate Bay is coming back online on the first day of Next month (Feb,2015)... As per their past history, The Pirate Bay has always managed to jump back into action, since their services are all cloud-based and their database is not in a single location, the timer suggests that the website will bounce back into action next month. We can only wait and watch to find out what will happen on February,1st.
As far as Android smartphones are concerned, Samsung is still pretty infamous for its own software slowing down even the company's flagship offerings in the past. According to reports from multiple users, the security update from June is further adding to this problem by significantly slowing down the Galaxy S9+.
The good news is that the lag in performance can be addressed by cache partition clearing and optimization tools, while the bad news is that such fixes seem to have only temporary effect. After a while, the smartphones are reverting back to being laggy. The only solution as of now is to uninstall the June security patch and erase the entire device, but that's a lot of hassle, which is not advised unless you know how to install ROMs with Odin 3.
Even for the average Joe, the problem might disappear pretty soon though, because the July security patch has already started rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in many regions. Hopefully, it will be able to address this issue effectively.
Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.