Verizon’s Galaxy Note Edge the Latest to Get Marshmallow Update

Add another one to Verizon’s list. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge from Big Red is the latest to receive an update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The update will arrive as software version VRU2CPD1 and Android build MMB29M (6.0.1). Once it shows up on your phone, it’ll include features like Google Now on Tap, Doze, better application permission controls, WiFi Calling, a newish TouchWiz skin with new icons, and Ultra High Quality Audio.  (more…)

DEAL: Unlocked Galaxy S7 Returns to eBay at $529

eBay continues to be the best place to buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 if you have been on the hunt for one that will work with AT&T and T-Mobile. At just $529, the unlocked dual-SIM model (SM-G930FD) is today’s steal, since you are looking at a $151 discount over the T-Mobile S7 and $166 discount over the AT&T version.

In case you were wondering, I’ve been using a similar model (SM-G930F) on both AT&T and T-Mobile for a couple of months now and have had no issues, other than the fact that these international models don’t necessarily have access to Samsung Pay out of the box. There have been some strides made toward getting it to work by flashing specific software, but it’s not exactly the most beginner-friendly process.

Still, at $529, this is a heck of a deal on a phone that is probably the best available Android device.

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Poll: Do You Own a VR Headset?

VR, whether you are ready for it or not, is about to be everywhere. What’s that? You thought it already was? Honestly, I don’t think the big VR push has really even begun yet. Sure, we talk a lot about it because a bunch of big name companies are talking about it and it seems to be the next big focus, but a world filled with VR is really only in its infancy, if not pre-infancy.

I say that because the biggest player right now, is Samsung, with its mobile-powered Gear VR headset. Companies with big, stand-alone, PC-powered units, like HTC and Oculus, are just now entering with their more powerful options. Plus, Google has barely finished off announcing its VR platform for Android and Apple hasn’t said a word yet. Samsung should be given lots of credit for being one of the first out of the gate, but when you talk about all of these other players on the verge of entering the game, this really is only the early stages of the beginning.

Still, that doesn’t mean many of you haven’t already jumped into VR. You could have purchased (or been given as a bonus gift) a Gear VR, dropped hundreds on Vive or Rift, or picked up Google Cardboard for a couple of bucks at this point. And that’s where we go for today’s poll. Even though we asked you back in January if you were at all interested in VR (52% said “no”), we now want to know how many of you are already invested in the fun.

Do You Own a VR Headset?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Unboxing and Tour!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and its official self have arrived at the DL offices this week, so that means we will embark on a journey with it in pocket, on runs, and through waves of physical abuse to test its might. It should be an easy device to review, since it really is just a beefier, more protected Galaxy S7. That doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy it, though. The Active line has always been a DL favorite because of its toughness.

As a recap, you are looking at a device with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (that might be somewhat shatterproof), Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera, military grade protection, and a whopping 4000mAh battery. This phone is a beast on multiple levels.

So, to begin this review period, let’s unbox it! Also, let us know if you want us to test anything in particular. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Specs (Official)

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is official and arriving later this week (June 10!), you are probably weighing the decision over whether or not to buy one. As a fan of the previous Active phones from Samsung and AT&T, I’ve got to say that I’m actually quite excited to get this one in house. There are few phones on the planet that can take a beating like these phones can, and so that’s part of the fun when you have one – seeing just how much you can throw at it.

But the insides here matter too and that’s typically where the Active series shines. Instead of being a lesser version of the flagship Galaxy S of the year with some toughness thrown on the outside, Samsung keeps the Active as high-end in terms of specs as it gets along with the extra protection.

In case you were wondering what all of those insides were, we have them below.  (more…)

AT&T Announces the Galaxy S7 Active With 4000mAh Battery and Shatter Resistant Screen, Arrives June 10

This morning, AT&T went ahead and unwrapped the newest version of their exclusive Active line, also known this year as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. The phone, as you should have expected, assuming you have any knowledge of previous models, is a lot like the standard Galaxy S7 only it has been toughened up to be able to withstand the elements.

With the Galaxy S7 Active, you are looking at a phone with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED “shatter resistant” screen, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, rear 12MP Dual Pixel camera, front 5MP camera, 32GB storage with microSD support, and a whopping 4000mAh battery. It also has IP68 resistant to water and dust, Military Grade Body (MIL STD-810G), a customizable Active button (like previous Active phones), fingerprint reader, and access to Samsung Pay. Full specs here. (more…)

Unofficial Renders Provide First Look at Samsung Galaxy Note 6 (7?)

Even as we inch closer to the unveiling of Samsung’s next phablet (reported to be August-September), the industry is pretty uncertain as to what Samsung is going to call its next flagship device. Reports claim anything from Galaxy Note 6 to Galaxy Note 7, and even one insider states Samsung may launch two Note devices this year, with one featuring an Edge display. It’s getting pretty chaotic over at Samsung, apparently.

To most consumers, a name probably won’t matter too much, as long as the phone is awesome and a significant upgrade over last year’s Galaxy Note 5. Based on the latest renders to hit the web, the phone, whatever it is to be called (and seriously, we don’t care what they call it), is shaping up to be pretty righteous.  (more…)

Reports: Huawei’s Daydream-Ready VR Phone to Arrive in Fall, New Nexus This Year Too (Updated)

Through two separate interviews from Huawei executives that took place this week, we aren’t starting to understand that Chinese company’s plans for the fall. One of those plans includes their VR and Daydream-ready phone, but they may also include a new Nexus device.

According to Huawei’s Richard Yu, the man in charge of Huawei’s consumer electronics business who sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, we should expect a phone that will take advantage of Google’s new Daydream VR platform this fall. He didn’t provide any other details, so he’s really just confirming what Google told us at I/O while adding in a time frame. The “fall” makes sense since we expect Android N (which has Daydream built-in) to hit stable in late summer, which would then mean the first devices running it would arrive shortly thereafter.  (more…)