Unlocked Galaxy S7, Which Samsung Hates and Never Updates, Received March’s Security Patch That Isn’t Nougat

The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are the absolute worst phones you could buy if you care about timely updates, current security patches, and fun new versions of Android that include new features and all that jazz. I say that because the US unlocked Galaxy S7 I have (and the S7 Edge I don’t own) is almost always behind in updates, still doesn’t have Android Nougat, and only today, received March’s security patch. Samsung hates these phones and has since day 1.  (more…)

Andy Rubin Just Teased His Company’s First Phone

Two days before Samsung will take the stage to show off the Galaxy S8, Android co-founder Andy Rubin just teased his new company’s first smartphone. First reported on in December 2015 and then again only a few months ago, Rubin is said to have put together a team of former Google and Apple (HTC too) employees to create a smartphone to compete at the top. Today, we got our first look at it.  (more…)

Samsung is Going to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Devices…Ugh (Updated)

Samsung announced today that they plan to recycle returned Galaxy Note 7 devices “in an environmentally friendly way.” In doing so, they also announced that they plan to sell some as refurbished. Seriously, not again.

To recycle bad Note 7s properly, Samsung said  that they will first determine if a phone can be used as a refurbished or rental device. After that, they’ll look for salvageable components (think semiconductors, camera modules, etc.) before extracting precious metals (copper, nickel, gold, and silver) from remaining parts as the devices are then trashed responsibly.  (more…)

Google Play Now Hosting “Free App of the Week”

Google has apparently jumped on board with the idea that you like free stuff every week. We’ll see how long it lasts, but Google Play is now offering up a free app of the week.

A new category for a weekly free app popped up over the weekend, showcasing a game called Card Wars – Adventure Time from the Cartoon Network. In order to grab this free item, all you have to do is hit up the link below, tap on the app, and then tap “Install,” as the price of $2.99 should be slashed to nothing.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: March 24, 2017

We are only days away from the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at this point. In fact, next Wednesday (March 29) is the day! After all these leaks, we’re almost there and can finally give you the goods without question marks. I can’t wait.

Until then, another week in Android news went by and there was some good stuff to consume. Android O dropped in preview form, plus we unboxed the Huawei P10, questioned Google’s messaging direction some more, and played a round or two of Super Mario Run. We also took a look at a whole bunch of new Android Wear watches.  (more…)