Set up quick access to the Galaxy S3 or Note 2 camera

This How To isn't about lock-screen widgets. Yes, they are exciting. And yes, they bring additional functionality to your lock screen -- but unfortunately, a lot of people have not had their devices updated to Android 4.2 as of yet. If you have, check out Jason Cipriani's post on how to set up lock-screen widgets.

Instead, let's work with the wonderful world of TouchWiz that comes preloaded on your Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2. TouchWiz, in short, is a home replacement for Android (think Facebook Home), that adds proprietary theming and options. … Read more

Get the Galaxy S III experience on your S II right now

Interest in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III is so far out of this world it's forcing me to pull out all my most revolting puns.

The flagship Android phone has already smashed preorder records in the U.K., and is causing global pangs of jealousy today with word that it's apparently gone on sale early in Dubai.

If you just can't wait any longer, or your personal jet is in the shop and you can't make the trip to the UAE right away, there's still a way to get your hands on the Galaxy S III experience. Kind of. … Read more

How to change the docked icons on Samsung TouchWiz

The dock area is very handy when you need to access your favorite apps on the fly. However, when all of the icons are for anything but your favorite apps, it makes the dock a lot less appealing. That's why there's a way to change this, but it's hidden in a menu that only appears when looking at your app drawer. Here's how to set up shortcuts you'll actually use:

Step 1: Open the app drawer on your device.

Step 2: Press the Menu button on your device and choose View type.

Step 3: Pick … Read more

How to take native screenshots on your Touchwiz Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Touchwiz update finally added native screenshot support--hoorah! Here's how to use it and share the screenshots, all without having to connect it to your computer:

Step 1: In the taskbar, you'll notice the new Screenshot icon next to the Recent Apps icon. Tap the Screenshot icon to take your screenshot. You'll see a message pop up that says, "Screen captured. Saved as image file."

Step 2: To find your screenshot image, go to your Apps list and select "My files."

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom … Read more

Samsung releases SDK for its TouchWiz phones

On Monday, Samsung released its Mobile Widget SDK, giving developers the opportunity to create new widgets for the company's various TouchWiz phones, such as the upcoming Samsung Omnia II for Verizon Wireless.

The SDK is built on the Eclipse platform and includes developer tools for various platforms, such as Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Java, education resources, and guidelines on application distribution and marketing. Developers will also have 24-7 access to Samsung's Virtual Device Lab, where they can remotely test their applications on all current Samsung phones.

Once developers have finished their widgets, they'll be given the opportunity … Read more

Samsung touts TouchWiz phones, opens UI

In addition to the Samsung Mondi and Instinct s30, Samsung announced its plans to add mobile-connected applications to future TouchWiz cell phones and smartphones at CTIA 2009.

The company said it has been working with Yahoo, Google, and to bring one-touch access to Yahoo OneSearch, Google search, and worldwide weather information right from the home screen of your mobile.

The new apps will come preloaded on select TouchWiz devices and will be available through the widget tray, such as the one found on the Samsung Omnia. However, it doesn't stop there.

Samsung said it will release an … Read more

Samsung gussies up TouchWiz mobile interface

We're still one week away from the official start of GSMA Mobile World Congress, but Samsung's getting the party started early by introducing its revamped TouchWiz user interface.

Making the announcement in Korea on Monday, the company revealed that it will show off its updated TouchWiz UI in Barcelona, highlighting new features like flashy 3D effects, new gesture controls, better integration of photos and contacts, and more haptic feedback.

There will also be a new widget dock from which you can manage and download widgets for your home screen. This is something we're particularly excited to hear, … Read more