Samsung Makes It Official: Galaxy Note 7 is Coming August 2

The rumors were spot in, as Samsung has announced this afternoon that they are hosting an Unpacked event at 11AM Eastern (8AM Pacific) on August 2nd to unveil “the latest in mobile innovation.” In case you haven’t been following along, that means that they will announce the Galaxy Note 7.

As you can see from the teaser image that they sent to us in an invite, we are getting the confirmation on this being the Note 7 through the “7 UNPACKED 2016” with an S Pen sitting above it and the circle of pen tips with the 7th lit up.  (more…)

Samsung Develops Slot That Supports Both New UFS 1.0 and MicroSD Cards

Last week, Samsung announced a new form of removable storage for devices like smartphones, DSLR cameras, action cams, and drones, that put the microSD format to shame. These new cards are built off the UFS 1.0 standard and are at least 5x faster than the microSD cards we all own and use today. By all means, these UFS cards should help to create the new standard for removable storage.

But what does that mean for the microSD card? What does that mean for future devices and storage? Will manufacturers have to choose to support one over the other? Will there be backwards compatibility? Does anything currently on the market support these new cards?  (more…)

Every US Olympian is Getting a Limited Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition

Samsung introduced a new variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge this morning, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Edition. To be presented to each US olympian headed to Rio, this device is the same Galaxy S7 Edge we all know, but comes with a unique coloring that matches that of the Olympic Rings. The Rings can also be found on the backside of the device.

The UI has also been outfitted with Rio 2016-themed wallpapers, dialer, and other various apps. If you are a fan of Rio 2016, even with the Zika, polluted waters, and the killing of a jaguar, you’re gonna want this phone.  (more…)

Samsung Stomps on the MicroSD Card With UFS Line of Cards, Including 256GB Option

This morning, Samsung announced that it has taken expandable storage to a ridiculously fast level. Their new removable memory cards are more than five times faster than the typical microSD cards you probably have in your phones now. Read that again: five times.

The new cards are build on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 standard, which means read speeds of up to 530MB/s and write speeds of 170MB/s. The current crop of fast microSD cards that we all own are built on the UHS standard and mostly top out around the 95MB/s read mark. That’s nuts!  (more…)

Galaxy S6 Active Gets Marshmallow Update Today

AT&T has approved the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow today for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. The update will arrive as software build UCU3CPE4 through a file that is roughly 1.4GB in size.

AT&T isn’t divulging any of the dirty details, but you should expect to see access to Google Now on Tap, Doze Mode (for better battery life), and better app permissions controls. I wouldn’t be shocked if you also get the latest UI update that came with recent Note updates(more…)

Root Achieved for Snapdragon-Powered Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Devices

Root has been achieved for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, appearing to be stable on all carrier variants. Just to be clear, if you own a Galaxy S7 (SM-G930) or Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935) featuring a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, and not the Samsung Exynos processor, you may proceed.

The letters that follow the model number, such as A (AT&T), T (T-Mobile), or V (Verizon) indicate which carrier variant is being referred to. At this time, root is achievable for what appears to be all carrier models, which is a big time win for Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge owners who love complete system access.  (more…)

S Health Gets More Competitive, Adds Leaderboards and Challenges

For those utilizing the S Health software, prepare to have your fitness data turned into a friendly game among your peers. If you have a few S Health users in your circle, you can now challenge and compete against them using Samsung’s fitness app.

For example, to see who will buy the next round of coffee this week, challenge them to a step-off, seeing who can get through the most steps in a work week. Once a challenge is submitted to your friend, S Health will keep you up to date on your friend’s step total, and if you fall behind, the app will notify you with how many steps you will need to regain the lead. (more…)