Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 Gets an Amazon Bloatware-Killing Update

Our inbox has made it clear to us that a number of you still own the Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon and were prompted to update yesterday afternoon. The update, which is arriving as build VRU2BPA1, is still Android 5.1.1, but does include the latest in security patches, an upgrade to Samsung Knox, and kills off the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Widgets. Hooray for limited term bloatware contracts!  (more…)

Galaxy S7 Edge Will Have a 3600mAh Battery, According to FCC

Yesterday, a new batch of FCC filings popped up for new models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. These appear to be the Korean and international variants (FCC ID is A3LSMG935KOR), which likely only differ slightly (like in band support) from the batch of US models that cruised through last week. We typically wouldn’t take a second look through new filings, but depending on who is doing the testing, we often see minor differences in how things are reported. Because of those differences, there tend to be slip-ups that reveal new information.

In the new Galaxy S7 Edge listings, the FCC label document has confirmed to us the battery size for Samsung’s new curved edge phone. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the regular S7.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Wallpapers Leak, Available for Download

Thanks to a forum member who goes by the nick JK Shine (get it?) over at SamMobile, we supposedly have the wallpapers for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. There are 13 in total and they certainly look a lot like Galaxy S wallpapers we have seen in the past. They all feature those sort of swooping brush stroke, sea-ish, futuristic jellyfish designs that we have grown accustomed to with Samsung phones. They also tossed in a couple of Material Design friendly options.

And yes, the wallpaper you are seeing in the renders above, that hilariously looks like a “6” even though these phones are of the S7 line, is included.  (more…)

We Might Only be Two Years Away From Week-Long Battery Life for Phones

According to a report from Bloomberg, smartphone users may see a major upgrade in smartphone battery technology over the next couple of years. In the world of mobile devices, while displays are getting more pixels and processors are getting faster, battery tech has fallen behind. It seems that the only way to see decent battery life from devices would be to throw in large amounts of capacity, or just don’t use your phone all that much. However, thanks to an investment of $7.5 million from an unnamed smartphone maker, the UK’s Intelligent Energy is working to change all of this.  (more…)

Best Android Phones on AT&T: February 2016

At the end of January, we shared with you the best Android phones you could walk into a Verizon store and buy. Some of you agreed with our picks, while others disagreed and pointed out that there are far better phones that work on Verizon, even if they aren’t sold there. While we agree that the Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition would likely be on each list for each carrier, they aren’t sold at Verizon stores and thus were left out. Same goes for today’s list, which is a short list of the best Android phones on AT&T.

The list of phones below are those that can actually be purchased at an AT&T store, not those that could technically work if you knew how and where to buy one. So, we’ve got three options for you below, two of which are/were unique to AT&T at one time or another.

Ready?  (more…)

Report: Google is Going to Release a Gear VR-like Headset, Android VR Technology

Whether or not virtual reality (VR) is the next tablet frontier, the tech world has fully embraced it as their next focus. Now that the wearable craze (Wait, was there a wearable craze?) has slowed, companies like Samsung and HTC are pushing VR as hard as their little budgets can. According to Financial Times, Google is also ready to fully jump into VR both on hardware and software levels, which means they are graduating from Cardboard, their little inexpensively made VR viewer.  (more…)

Next-Gen Samsung S-Pen Could Double as Stand, According to Patent Application

According to a patent application from Q3 of 2015, detailed by Patently Mobile, the next generation of Samsung’s S-Pen stylus could double as a stand for a smartphone. As shown in illustrations that go along with the application, they show a stylus with a joint in the midsection, allowing users to bend it and hold a smartphone up when on a flat surface.  (more…)

Galaxy S7 Appears in the Wild, in Hand (Updated: Another Image!)

We kick off this beautiful Monday morning, where none of you are hungover from the Super Bowl, showing you what may be the first in-hand picture of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The image comes to us courtesy of ReviewDao, who seems to have stumbled upon a photo of the device in the hand of a person on Facebook who enjoys an apple or two as they test out unreleased phones. Yummy. (more…)