Tag Archive: Software


Do you think Samsung software has too much bloat?

Let’s chat with the AC forums.

If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, it’s often hard to go wrong with one from Samsung. The company’s Galaxy S and Note flagships are consistently some of the easiest to recommend for most people, offering things like great displays, performance, cameras, etc.

For some folks, however, Samsung phones are a tough sell because of their software. We’ve come a long way from the dark days of TouchWiz  [Read More…]

Android phones need to get software updates for a lot longer than two years

With $ 1,000 flagships being the new normal, Android device makers need to match Apple when it comes to software updates.

The iPhone X set the stage for $ 1,000 flagships back in 2017. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t far behind, with the phone launching at $ 929. Ever since then, phone prices have been regularly trending upward, and the latest Android flagships now start off at $ 1,000. The regular Galaxy S20 retails for $ 1,000,  [Read More…]

Why software is infinitely more important than any other phone spec

(And also the most subjective).

All of us at AC recently got together for a fun roundtable talking about features in a phone that we think are the most important.

Out of all the features that were mentioned, “camera” stuck out as the thing that was brought up the most — and rightfully so. It’s a hugely important feature, as our phone is often the only tool we have to preserve family gatherings, sleepy pets, and jaw-dropping  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro review: Outstanding 108MP camera, annoying software

Xiaomi delivers its best phone yet, but MIUI gremlins from years past continue to plague the Mi 10 Pro.

Xiaomi knows how to make a good phone; after all, it is the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. But the brand owes its success to the entry-level and budget segments, where it is dominant. Xiaomi also makes flagships in the Mi and the Mi Mix lineups, with the Mi phones in particular aimed at the value flagship  [Read More…]

Lack of updates for Mi Mix 3 5G highlights Xiaomi’s continued software woes

Xiaomi’s 2019 5G flagship is stuck on Android 9.0 Pie, and it doesn’t look like it will be updated to Android 10.

Xiaomi introduced MIUI 12 last month in China, and is set to introduce the global version of the ROM in the coming weeks. MIUI 12 comes with a host of exciting new features and much-needed privacy controls, and will be rolling out to devices starting next month.

But one device that has fallen by the  [Read More…]

Software updates are what set the iPhone SE apart from mid-range Androids

In the case of the iPhone SE, it’s what’s inside that counts.

Ever since Apple announced the much-anticipated second coming of the iPhone SE, tech reviewers on both sides of the iOS vs. Android camp have been dumbfounded by just what a great value the smartphone seems to be. And while it is an impressive specimen in terms of fit, finish, and features, the hardware and appearance of the device are not what make it truly special.  [Read More…]

These are our top antivirus software options

Here are seven of the great antivirus solutions currently available. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus gets my top vote this year, but I’ve thoroughly tested and have no problems recommending each of these programs. The first time I tested the software five years ago, I was very impressed with how fast Bitdefender recognized malware and stopped it before it even had the chance to start downloading. Plus, rather than automatically placing them in quarantine, Bitdefender completely removes most threats from  [Read More…]

Keep in contact with co-workers with video conference software

So you’re working from home, and now you need to check in with teammates, collaborate with colleagues or address an HR issue – tasks that can’t be easily done through email or instant messaging. Video conference software is the tool you need to conduct face-to-face meetings and interviews even when you and your coworkers are out of the office or spread across the globe. The quickest, easiest and most cost-effective solution is Google Hangouts Meet. But there are  [Read More…]

One UI 2.1 update brings S20 software features to the S10 and Note 10

What you need to know Samsung just announced that it’s bringing previously S20-exclusive features to the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. Single Mode, Night Hyperlapse, Custom Filter, Pro Video, an advanced Night Mode, and 4K/60fps video on the front camera are all making the cut. Both phones will also get an improved gallery and upgraded sharing features.

Samsung says it wants to bring “more of what you love” about the Galaxy S20 to its previous generation flagships, the  [Read More…]

Samsung is bringing select S20 software features to the S10 and Note 10

What you need to know Samsung just announced that it’s bringing previously S20-exclusive feature to the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. Single Mode, Night Hyperlapse, Custom Filter, Pro Video, and an advanced Night Mode are all making the cut. Both phones will also get an improved gallery and upgraded sharing features.

Samsung says it wants to bring “more of what you love” about the Galaxy S20 to its previous generation flagships, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 10.

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