Disable S Voice on your Galaxy S4 to speed up the home button

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pros

Samsung’s S Voice feature has improved considerably since its initial release, but if you’re still not a regular user of the feature it’s worth disabling it to get improved performance from your handset.

Going by the default settings of TouchWiz, S Voice is activated when you double tap the home key. This means that when you press the home key once, there is a short pause while the handset waits to see if a second tap is registered to activate S Voice. If you’re not using S Voice all that much, you may wish to disable the double tap feature to remove the lag.

To do this, load S Voice and go to menu > settings > open via the home key.

If you don’t want to disable S Voice but still want to speed up the home button, you could use gesture controls to launch the app instead. These are included within some launchers or can be configured with other apps, such as Trigger.

S Voice runs on Samsung’s Android handsets that have been updated to Jelly Bean, so you should be able to make the tweak on the Samsung Galaxy S2/S3/S4 and both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2.

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Which MHL Cable should I buy?

MHL Cable choices

The chances are that if you’ve come to this post, you’re already aware that your device has MHL (video out capability), so I won’t explain what an MHL cable is used for (there are good definitions within the linked products below) and we have also written about it before in our what is MHL post, which explains what MHL does and shows off some of its coolest features.

Click here to view MHL cables in our online store

MHL Cable

However, while MHL is an industry standard (meaning that in theory the same cable should be compatible with all MHL-enabled devices), that is not the case – some use an 11 pin arrangement, others use a 5 pin arrangement. The point of this post therefore is to tell you which MHL cable is compatible with your device.

While we do cover Samsung MHL cables below (as well as cables for other manufacturers), we now have a more detailed post that you may find useful if you use a Samsung handset: Which MHL adaptor does my Samsung Galaxy need?

Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S3 11 pin MHL Adaptor

We have created a video to show the description below in action, which you can view here

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL adaptors are interchangeable with both handsets. That’s to say, the S4 MHL adaptor will work with the S3, and the S3 MHL adaptor will work with the S4. However, there are still some differences.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses MHL 2.0. This means that there is no power connection needed for the MHL adaptor to work – the S4 can power the connection itself. That being said, it is advisable to power the connection if possible (using your handset’s microUSB charger) in order to prevent battery drain. Both the S3 and S4 adaptors work with the S4 without the need to power the connection.

The situation with the Samsung Galaxy S3  handset is the opposite. Both the S3 and S4 MHL adaptors will need to be powered if you are using them with the S3 because it uses an older version of MHL in the USB port. This isn’t a huge problem as the microUSB charger supplied with you handset is fine for this purpose, it just makes the setup slightly more inconvenient.

The other difference between the two adaptors is that the S4 adaptor has a 60MHz refresh rate, whereas the S3 has a 24MHz refresh rate. This means that the S4 adaptor will provide a better image on screen, whether you are using it with the S3 or the S4.

Galaxy Note range

All Galaxy Notes  include support for MHL. The rules for choosing  an MHL cable are the same as the Galaxy S device of the same generation and follow the same guidelines as above

  • Galaxy Note = Samsung Galaxy S2: available HERE
  • Galaxy Note 2 = Samsung Galaxy S3: available HERE
  • Galaxy Note 3 = Samsung Galaxy S4: available HERE

Samsung 5 pin MHL tip

Samsung’s change to 11 pins stopped their new adapters being compatible with older devices and vice-versa. Due to this, a small tip accessory was created to convert original 5 pin adaptors to the new 11 pin arrangement.

Be aware that whilst this will make older 5 pin adaptors able to output over HDMI on newer Samsung phones, the adaptor specification remains the same. Any new MHL features present on up to date adaptors designed specifically for newer devices will not be available.

  • This product has been discontinued since this blog was originally posted. There is no direct replacement.

11-Pin MHL adaptor

From the Galaxy S3 onwards, Samsung modified the MHL standard to produce a specific 11 pin adapter for their range of devices. As stated above there is some interoperability between the S3/S4 generation.

Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL Cable (demo video)(also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 MHL Cable (demo video) (also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 MHL Cable (demo video) (the same generation and adaptor as the Galaxy S3)

5-Pin MHL adaptor

The original MHL specification. Most devices use this standard. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was the first device with this connection and the adapter for this is universal across all 5 pin handsets. For this reason, many of the devices listed below used to have links to a Samsung MHL adapter, rather than one from their own manufacturer, as this was the most readily available.

The original Samsung adaptor we sold has been discontinued for some time. From 2015 we have this new 3rd party version which will cover the devices below and other 5 pin MHL compatible phones.

  • Huawei Ascend D1, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL, Huawei Ascend D2, Huawei Ascend P1, Huawei Ascend P1 S, Huawei Ascend P2
  • Alcatel One Touch 997, Alcatel One Touch 997A, Alcatel One Touch 997D, Alcatel One Touch 998
  • Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Note

Sony Xperia Z MHL connectivity demo video

HTC One MHL connectivity demo video

MHL 3.0

In August 2013, the MHL consortium announced the specification for MHL 3.0. Continuing the improvements to 2.0 that brought powered MHL, version 3.0 has support for 4K video (2160p@30fps). The full list of improvements is below:

  • 4K (Ultra HD): Support of 4K formats up to 2160p30
  • Simultaneous high-speed data channel
  • Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) with new commands
  • HID support for peripherals such as a touch screen,keyboard and mouse
  • Higher Power charging up to 10W
  • Backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2
  • Latest HDCP 2.2 content protection
  • Enhanced 7.1 surround sound with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD
  • Connector agnostic – uses as few as five pins
  • Support for simultaneous multiple displays

Other accessories that offer MHL capability

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock. Also compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3.

There was a similar product for Sony handsets called the LiveDock, but this has now been discontinued.

Handsets that you may expect to have MHL, but don’t

MHL is a relatively new standard when it comes to its inclusion with smartphones, so you could be forgiven for expecting it to be included with newly released handsets. however, some new handsets do not include it, but use other standards such as SlimPort, which we explain here. Here are a list of those that we are aware of that do not use MHL and the equivalent standard that they do use.

LG Nexus 4 – SlimPort

LG Nexus 5 – SlimPort

LG Nexus 6 – SlimPort

LG G2 – SlimPort

LG G3 – SlimPort

BlackBerry devices – SlimPort

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean rollout begins in Europe

Poland the first country to begin receiving update

samsung galaxy note jelly bean update

The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update has begun rolling out in Poland for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. Hopefully this means that the rest of Europe and the UK will not be too far behind. The update for the Galaxy Note brings with it the goodies that are already available for its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Note II. These include multi view for multi tasking and updates for a range of applications that are further optimised for use with the S-Pen stylus.

For users in Poland, the update is reported to be available via the KIES software. It may be slightly longer before the update is available as an OTA update, as is usually the case with Samsung firmware updates. Any UK users, be sure to give us a shout once the Jelly Bean update is available for your device.

Via GSM Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note II & Motorola RAZR i Shipping Monday 1st October

Good news for many of you reading this.  On Monday we will be shipping the first stock of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Motorola RAZR i.

The Titanium Grey Galaxy Note II has been delayed by 2 weeks until approximately 15th October, but white units will begin being shipped on Monday.

We will update you once the stock has actually arrived.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Accessories

We now have some Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 accessories in stock.

If you have been waiting for these, you can now order:

Note 10.1 Screen Protectors

Note 10.1 Book Case in Grey or White

Note 10.1 Keyboard Dock

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could run Jelly Bean out of the box

Alleged specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 leaked by newspaper

The heavily rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has had some of its alleged specifications leaked by a South Korean newspaper. If the leak is to be believed, the Note 2 will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

This will come as good news to fans of the Note range and if true, would make the Note 2 one of the first non-Nexus handsets to run Jelly Bean. If rumours of its 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor are also true, it will be the most powerful handset to run Jelly Bean to date. Here’s a look at other specs that have been leaked for the Note 2 so far:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor
  • 8MP Camera
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • S Pen Stylus

Samsung is holding one of its unpacked events at IFA tomorrow, when the Note 2 is rumoured for announcement.

Source: SlashGear

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

How does the tablet version of the popular Galaxy Note shape up?

The following is an extract from the Hardware Heaven review of the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. To read the full review, click here or click the image below.

Sometimes creating a device which takes a product category to the extreme causes consumers to stay away. Then on other occasions manufacturers capture the imagination of many and the product flourishes, one such device in recent times was the Galaxy Note. Look at it as a massive smartphone, or maybe as a tiny tablet… it really was somewhere in between… but whatever the device was it sold very well for Samsung. Certainly much better than many would have assumed. In fact it would be fair to say that of all the smartphones we have reviewed in the last year or so it was the Note which allowed us to be most productive on the move.

Clearly the success of the Galaxy Note as a brand inspired Samsung and despite having a well-established Tab range (of Android Tablets) their latest device goes with the alternative title which helps identify its key feature, a high functionality stylus. Today we have the Galaxy Note 10.1 on our test bench and will establish whether it has what it takes to compete with the likes of ASUS Transformer Pad, the alternative productivity tablet.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB White shipping Tuesday 21/08, other models due in 2 weeks

Following on from our announcement about the Samsung Galaxy S3 black earlier this afternoon, we’ve got some more Samsung news about the Note 10.1.

Pricing is now confirmed for all 16GB/32GB variants and the white 16GB Note 10.1 (Both WiFi and WiFi + 3G variants) will start shipping next Tuesday. Other variants are due to be available in approximately two weeks time. For more details or to place an order, see our Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 product page.

We’ll also have a hands on and unboxing available to view on our YouTube channel and blog early next week.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Pricing

The official announcement on the 6th August made no mention of price or release date, but we can today provide pricing* for the 16GB models.

At this time we do not have confirmation on when the stock will be available but we expect it to be available very soon.

The prices are as follows:


The 10.1 is a stunning Android tablet with a long list of features, just a few of which include:

  • 10.1″ touchscreen display
  • 1.4GHz Quad core processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • WiFi
  • HSPA Connectivity – Up to 21 Mbps download speed (3G model only)
  • Innovative Pen improves accuracy, control and pressure sensitivity
  • S Note for multi purpose note taking and document control
  • Polaris Office
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus & LED Flash
  • Front facing 1.9 megapixel camera
  • MiicroSD memory card slot
  • 7000mAh battery
  • 8.9mm thick
  • Pop up play video player
  • Smart stay
  • Adobe Photoshop Touch
  • AllShare Play & Cast
  • 50GB Dropbox cloud storage

What makes the Note 10.1 so powerful is the included S Pen and S Note, it transforms this tablet to make it a very productive computing solution, watch the promotional video below to see just a handful of things you can do with it.

We will bring you more news on availability as soon as we have it, but in the meantime, if you would like to pre-order it you can do so by CLICKING HERE.

*Subject to change

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note just got bigger

Take a look at the following video which promotes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

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