Report: Samsung Will Offer Own Phone Leasing Program, Like the One Apple Just Announced

According to a report out of Forbes, who spoke with an anonymous “industry executive with knowledge of Samsung’s plans,” the Korean electronics giant plans to introduce a phone leasing program similar to the one Apple just announced at its iPhone 6s event. Their exact plans or launch timing are not known at this time, but with Apple making this move and Samsung potentially on the verge of announcing another disappointing quarter, they could “accelerate” the new program.  (more…)

Samsung’s S Health Arrives for Non-Samsung Phones With Android 4.4+

Samsung is much more open to other Android phones, it seems these days. First, they announced that its new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic watches would be compatible with almost all Android phones, a move we didn’t exactly see coming. And now, they have opened up S Health to all running Android 4.4+. Big things are in motion here, folks.

S Health, for those not familiar, is Samsung’s fitness-related app that will act as your coach to getting healthier. It not only tracks typical exercise, but it connects with 3rd party apps and devices, and offers up specific programs depending on your goals.  (more…)

Report: Samsung to Launch “Foldable” Smartphone in 2016

According to a source on Weibo, Samsung will look to launch Project Valley, its platform for foldable smartphones, next year in January. Claimed by the source, Samsung is currently testing two models of the device, one with a Snapdragon 620 processor, and another with the top-tier Snapdragon 820 processor. Other specs could include 3GB of RAM, built-in battery (non-removable), and microSD slot.  (more…)

Thoughts on the Galaxy Note 5 from an iPhone User [Opinion]

Late last year I was sitting in my car playing with my tiny iPhone 5c. I had just finished reviewing the Sony Z3v and it dawned on me. I missed Android. I started messaging with everyone at Droid Life and within a few minutes I decided I was going to switch to Android. I have an upgrade coming up in October so I figured I would upgrade to the Note 5 since it would be the latest phone out then. Then I got to spend some time with the Galaxy S6. It was a great phone with some shortcomings, but surely the Note 5 would be the phone for me.

More time passed and I continued to evaluate. Would the Note 5 meet my needs? Can I live with a more advanced OS that doesn’t get apps or updates first? Can I give up iMessage for SMS? I had lots of questions and few answers. Read on to get my impressions of the Galaxy Note 5 and what I decided.  (more…)