Early this morning, Samsung officially announced the Android Nougat rollout schedule for its line of devices. The company acknowledged that Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge updates started January 17 (in specific regions and carriers), but also shared the time frame for other devices, including the Galaxy S6 line and the Galaxy Note 5. (more…)
Two weeks ago, Verizon pushed a software update to remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices on its network that had not yet been returned after Samsung recalled the device. The update was supposed to limit the device’s ability to charge, rendering it useless to owners who refused to get rid of the phone. Today, according to a report out of Fortune, Verizon has said that it will take more extreme measures to kill off the Note 7 once and for all because thousands of people refuse to turn the phone in. (more…)
After having to recall the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung needs their next phone(s) to be a smashing success. Even though the Note 7 recall doesn’t seem to have bankrupted the Korean electronics giant by any means, I can’t imagine they aren’t going to try to knock it out of the park with the Galaxy S8 family to not only make up for any Note 7 losses, but also to help consumers move quickly past last year’s hiccup. After all, if the Galaxy S8 launches without much fuss and is as good as a device as the last couple of Samsung devices, I can’t imagine most of us will care about former battery issues.
While we don’t have any confirmed details about Samsung’s next phones, we are starting to see some of the same rumors and leaks spread about time and again. To try and catch everyone up before we get some official announcements, we thought a quick “latest rumors and leaks” post was needed. Samsung’s new Galaxy S line is the biggest of each new year, so let’s talk about what we might see over the next couple of months. (more…)
Samsung has not yet shared with us the results of its probe into the Galaxy Note 7 and why its batteries were catching fire, forcing the company to recall millions of devices, but a report out of Reuters claims that the batteries used ended up being the “main” culprit. That thought matches reports of faulty batteries following the initial Note 7 recall. However, additional rumors since the full recall and cancellation of the Note 7 have led people to believe that design may have also been a part of the problem as well. (more…)
As case manufacturers are doing their best to hype the Galaxy S8, maybe we should continue to ignore them and instead go to the source for a view of the future. Two videos from the Samsung Display YouTube channel are making the rounds today and they show Samsung in full hype mode over AMOLED panels used in phones with almost zero top, bottom, and side bezel. (more…)
This week marked the beginning of the casemaker battle over who could first post supposed realistic renders of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 without getting sued into oblivion by Samsung while also trying to catch that early money train and build upon SEO rankings. Mobilefun is the first out of the gate, as far as we can tell, with a bunch of listings on their accessory site for Galaxy S8 cases. We’ve included a bunch of their photos of cases with supposed Galaxy S8s inside here, but understand that these are by no means final or official on any level. (more…)
It’s a new year, meaning we have new flagship devices for the first half of 2017 to look forward to! If I’m not mistaken, we should be seeing the next big launches from Samsung, LG, and HTC rather soon, so we’d like to gauge which company’s flagship you’re most looking forward to.
For Samsung, the Galaxy S8 will be the first major launch since the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, so if you ask me, they’ve got to bring the heat. The LG G6 is expected to ditch the G5’s modularity, so that has me interested. And, as you may have seen, I recently posted up what I’d like to see from HTC, but it’s looking like they aren’t listening to me (courage aka headphone jack).
We also have devices from Moto (mid-2017), Sony (who knows exactly when), and other OEM (Huawei, Honor, ZTE, etc.) launches to look forward to. It should be a really exciting first half of 2017 for Android fans.
Yesterday, the FAA announced that airlines no longer have to start their pre-boarding notifications by telling the world that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a ticking time bomb and is banned from planes. That doesn’t mean the phone isn’t still banned from planes, but airlines no longer have to tell you every time you step foot on one of their planes. (more…)