Android Tips and Tricks

Optimising Samsung’s TouchWiz (Galaxy S4/Galaxy S3/Note 2/Note 3 and others)

Optimising Samsung’s TouchWiz (Galaxy S4/Galaxy S3/Note 2/Note 3 and others)

As you’ll have gathered from my comments in both my review of the Galaxy S4 and my editorial on hardware flexibility, I’m something of a fan of Samsung’s approach when it comes to giving users the choice – replaceable batteries, microSD expansion, alternative back covers and battery solutions, and more.

Which means that I’m often recommending people buy an S3 or S4, or perhaps a Note II – except I then have to qualify the recommendation with advice over how to make it leaner and faster in order to get the most from it. Advice which I reproduce below for general edification. And yes, I know there’s a whole world of replacement firmwares and (rather easier to implement) replacement application launchers, but there are steps even relative beginners can take to optimise any of Samsung’s TouchWiz devices, from low end to high end models, making them more efficient and more responsive.

Change Navigation Bar Icons on Android Device [How-To]

Change Navigation Bar Icons on Android Device [How-To]

With the Galaxy Nexus, Google ditched capacitive/physical keys in favor of an on-screen navigation bar. Since then, apart from the Nexus devices, only some Motorola and Sony handsets use on-screen buttons. While the Android community is divided on the hardware vs. on-screen navigation buttons, the latter have the distinct advantage of being fully customizable, provided you use some custom ROM.