February 21, 2016

Samsung officially announces Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

After months of rumors and speculation, Samsung finally announced its next flagship handsets at a crowded event here in Barcelona. Thousands of tech journalist watched on as Sammy took the wraps of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which, in many ways, are the upgraded models we needed from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge launched […]

June 15, 2015

T-Mobile started rolling out Android 5.1.1 to Samsung Galaxy S6/edge owners

A few weeks after T-Mobile started rolling out Android 5.1.1 to Nexus 6 owners, it is now doing the same for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, reports SamMobile.

[New features] include a simplified exposure control system in the camera, a wallpaper parallax effect, and numerous changes in the user interface (like the option to remove the S Finder and Quick Connect buttons from the notifications shade.)

The upgrade is a 635MB over the air update.

If you’ve been holding out for the more rugged model, the Galaxy S6 Active hit AT&T’s online store last week.

April 21, 2015

New Samsung ad for Galaxy S6 pushes charging & power-saving capabilities (Video)

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Samsung’s latest ad for the Galaxy S6 promotes Fast Charging mode, where a 10-minute top-up claims to give the phone enough juice for four hours of use; wireless charging; and Ultra Power Saving mode, switching to a greyscale display and limiting functionality to maximize remaining battery-life.

The company posted a drop-test video of the S6/edge earlier this month, while Dom Esposito put the smartphone’s video capabilities to the test and described it as “the best camera you can get on an Android smartphone.”

February 27, 2015

Latest sketchy image of Samsung Galaxy S6 – a claimed Sprint promo

A pupported Sprint promo image for Samsung’s Galaxy S6, set to be revealed on Sunday evening, was posted to a Reddit thread. The main thread link is to a Sprint pre-registration page, but a claimed Sprint employee posted the above image. The images appear in line with earlier claimed leaks, but it’s of course not uncommon for […]

February 3, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6: What to expect (Video)

Recently, Samsung sent out invitations to its Unpacked 2015 event during MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, and we’ll be there to bring you coverage on all of the flagship smartphones announced. Samsung is expected to launch its Galaxy S6 along with a couple of other goodies, but what can you expect? Well today, we’re talking […]

February 11, 2015

Bloomberg supports suggestion of Note Edge style wraparound display on Samsung Galaxy S6

Bloomberg is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be released in two versions, one of them with a wraparound screen similar to the Note Edge but curving around both left and right sides of the display. Samsung Electronics Co. plans to release two new versions of its top-tier Galaxy smartphone next month, including a model with a display […]

August 10, 2015

Galaxy Note 5 leaked in clearest images yet, complete with retail packaging

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 has been leaked in full, showing the device from almost every angle, complete with packaging and compared alongside the iPhone 6 Plus to show its relative size. As you can probably tell from the images, the photos were snapped by a retail worker. A Samsung rep had been in to […]

August 11, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6+ August 21 preorder date ‘accidentally’ leaked

Samsung is set to announce the brand new Galaxy Note 5 alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge+ at an Unpacked event on Thursday, this week. Although the company hasn’t officially shed any light on what it intends to reveal, we’re pretty certain by now that the aforementioned phones will be shown off. With the number of leaks, including the most recent retail photos, it’s hard not to be confident of that fact. What we weren’t entirely sure of was the exact retail launch date.

Thanks to some sharp eyes from Dutch Samsung blog, Galaxy Club, we can see that the French Samsung site accidentally revealed the pre-order time frame, before promptly removing the information. Roughly translated, Samsung’s site says the phone will be available to pre-order between August 21st and September 3rd, perhaps suggesting a September 4 retail launch. What’s more, there’s a special where customers get a free pair of Level On headphones and three months of Google Play music with the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

While this leak seemingly confirms the pre-order date for French customers, it doesn’t reveal anything pertaining to its global launch schedule. We’re yet to discover if the US, UK and other nations will all receive their devices on the same date. Although we’d hope Samsung would synchronize the launch multi-nationally, we can never be sure with the giant Korean tech giant. It has prioritized Europe often in the past. Thankfully, we only have two days left to wait before Samsung reveals all.

Samsung’s Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are expected to share similar specifications, including a 5.7-inch QuadHD AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos processor and 4GB RAM alongside a 16MP main camera and wireless charging. The one feature that should set the Note 5 apart from its sibling is the redesigned S-Pen, which will again act as the unique selling point for Samsung’s flagship phablet.

 

August 13, 2015

Samsung embedding its Unpacked livestream into banner ads around the web

I think Samsung saw OnePlus do something unique for its recent product announcement and said, “We can do something like that too!”

If you haven’t already noticed, technology sites across the web have been blanketed in advertisements promoting Samsung’s Unpacked product event where it just unveiled the much-anticipated (and much leaked) Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. But there’s something unique happening here.

These advertisements have the Unpacked livestream embedded within themselves. Yes, no tricks here — it’s the actual YouTube stream, 100% in-sync and all. It does end after about 30 seconds, though, and directs you to continue on YouTube or Samsung’s website.

These unique banner ads are also similar to OnePlus’s VR-based product unveiling (read: shenanigans) in that they’re pretty annoying and unnecessary. Nobody likes banner ads as-is, but autoplaying video ads incite an even different level of rage. Even better is that sites like ours already had the stream embedded in posts.

Samsung teases round Gear S2 smartwatch, unveiling on September 3rd at IFA

With Samsung deciding to host its own event to launch the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ today, we assumed the company was ditching IFA altogether. Turns out that’s not the case. Right at the end of today’s presentation, the Korean tech giant teased its next smartwatch, the Gear S2. It will be unveiled in Berlin on September 3rd.

Carrier Availability: Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ in the US

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ have just been announced and carriers aren’t holding back in letting us know when and where we can get hold of these new devices. The US is going to be one of the first countries to get the latest flagship phablets. Here’s where you can get them […]

August 15, 2015

Samsung’s first Galaxy Note 5 commercial airs: It’s all about that S-Pen

Samsung pushed its first Galaxy Note 5 TV commercial to YouTube today, and no surprise, it’s all about what you can do with that S-Pen. Set to a fast-paced percussion soundtrack, with speedy cuts in the edit, it has been designed to make you excited at all you can do with the stylus as well as convey a sense of productivity and speed.

August 18, 2015

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ cases already available to order

After first unveiling its new phablets five days ago, Samsung will start selling the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones this week. Some carriers will be selling it already, while others are waiting for the official August 21st release date. Chances are, you don’t want to take any risks with damaging your precious […]

August 21, 2015

Samsung is showing ads to device owners through push notifications

Not you too, Samsung. After reporting early this month that HTC was sending advertisements to owners of its devices through push notifications, it appears that Samsung is doing something similar.

Android Police is today reporting that owners of Samsung devices have reached out to the site to share with them screenshots of ads appearing in the slide-down menu that includes all their notifications. The ads — one for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is pictured — appear inside cards that looks just like every other notification. They’re delivered via the Samsung Push Service, a piece of software Samsung pre-installs on its Android devices to send helpful information to device owners. Not exactly helpful this time, though.

We weren’t terribly surprised when HTC started doing this, being in the kind of financial straits they are, but it’s definitely surprising coming from a technology giant like Samsung. The company’s software is already notoriously bloated and known to kill running apps a little too quickly, so this is just another blow for a company that has only just began to produce great phones again after an uninteresting Galaxy S5.

Aside from people just not liking ads in general, much of the frustration here centers around the distrust it creates. While we pay for cable television and still see ads there, it hasn’t become acceptable practice to see ads in and around the gadgets we buy with our hard earned money. Hopefully OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) don’t think they can make it okay.

August 24, 2015

McDonald’s preparing staff for Android Pay launch this week

McDonald’s has been circulating an update to its staff relating to changes in its mobile payment offerings. If the details being sent internally to employees are accurate, Android Pay could be available to customers from August 26th (two days away). Android Pay, of course, was one of the big announcements made at Google’s I/O conference last month and was unveiled alongside Android M, which we now know is 6.0 Marshmallow.

There are reasons to be skeptical about this date. Mostly, the two communications shown by Android Police state that McDonald’s is rolling out Samsung Pay support on August 21st (last Friday). That date, we know, is incorrect. Friday may have been the release date for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, but Samsung’s mobile payment solution isn’t expected until next month. This could simply be an honest mistake. If so, it seems strange that we’ve heard nothing about McDonald’s higher-ups not informing staff of its error. Another explanation is possibly that the company is rolling out support way ahead of launch to make sure they’re ready. After all, they have some 14,000 stores in the U.S. alone.

There is a chance that the Android Pay launch date is accurate even if the Samsung Pay one isn’t. If it is accurate it would come as something of a surprise. We’d initially expected that Android Pay would be publicly available around the same time as Android 6.0 Marshmallow to tie the two launches together. In fact, Google stated as much when it was announced. Saying that, it was also announced that Android versions from KitKat and later would support it, suggesting that it would at least be possible to launch Pay before Marshmallow, even if it isn’t probable.

If I had to guess, I’d say McDonald’s got its dates wrong by about one month. Still, I’ll be delighted if Android Pay does launch this week.

May 8, 2015

Gear VR for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge now available online for $199

Samsung announced today that owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge can now order the Gear VR Innovator Edition online for $199 through either the Samsung website or BestBuy.com. The headset won’t be available in Best Buy retail stores until May 15th, however…

May 12, 2015

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – Ultimate comparison (Video)

If you’re having trouble picking the best 2015 flagship Android phone to buy, let me make your choice a bit easier. Today, I’m looking at the hardware, design, specifications, software, and camera performance of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 to see which device comes out on top…

May 22, 2015

Samsung teases Avengers-themed Galaxy S6 Edge launch, coming “next week”

Following rumors and then a confirmation of the device’s existence last week from Samsung’s @SamsungTMRW Twitter account (the tweet has since been pulled), a new Facebook photo posted by Samsung Mobile Korea all but confirms the impending launch of an Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge.

March 31, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge now available for U.S. pre-order

Almost a month after Samsung formally announced its new flagship handsets, the S6 and S6 edge, the company has tweeted that the handsets are available for pre-order in the US. Both models will go on sale on April 10th from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,  Verizon, and U.S. Cellular … 

April 8, 2015

Samsung posts drop-test video of Galaxy S6/edge (act surprised when they pass)

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psyNKKKOKgY] Samsung has posted a video of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones being put through drop-testing. It will come as no surprise, in a manufacturer promo video, to see that both handsets come through unscathed. To be fair to the S6, though, it did fare well in a recent independent drop test when […]

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