Report: New Samsung Smartwatch Will Offer Mobile Payments

According to a report out of Electronic Times, Samsung’s next smartwatch will have NFC so that the Korean manufacturer can extend its payment system from phone to wearable. The current target for release is “second half of the year,” but I would imagine a new watch with payment capabilities will launch alongside the Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Pay in September(more…)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Specs (Official)

Samsung and AT&T unwrapped their latest Active exclusive this morning with an announcement of the Galaxy S6 Active. The phone is the latest in the Active line that has been an exclusive for AT&T dating back to the Galaxy S4.

For those new to the Active line, think of it as a phone that is every bit as good as the current flagship (the Galaxy S6) except that it was created for an active life style. The phone is dustproof, and water and shock resistant, comes in camo colorways, and should be able to withstand drops, scrapes, and bangs. The phone still features the 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, cameras, and Exynos 7420 from the Galaxy S6, but again, has been given some rugged strength. Oh, Samsung also tossed in a massive 3500mAh battery.

The full specs are below.  (more…)

AT&T Finally Announces the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active With 3,500mAh Battery (Updated)

Well, they sort of did through YouTube. Unless they pull this  video, we will go ahead and assume that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is now official for AT&T.

As we expected, this is very much a Galaxy S6 only with an “active” body and special set of features. It still includes a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (577ppi), Samsung’s Exynos 7420 octa-core 64-bit processor, 32GB internal storage, and 16MP/5MP cameras. But, it does also feature a big ol’ 3500mAh battery and a quick launch action button on its left side, so you can quickly pull up a flashlight, compass, or other goodies from the phone’s “Activity Zone.”  (more…)

Samsung Pay Launch Pushed to September, Likely to Debut With the Note 5

When Samsung made Samsung Pay official on the day they announced the Galaxy S6, they told us that the payment service would arrive at some point this summer, maybe as early as July. Shortly after that announcement, rumors surfaced suggesting that we should actually set our sights on September as the launch month, which depending on the day, still would technically be “summer.” A new report this afternoon out of Bloomberg suggests that Samsung Pay has actually been delayed until September to launch alongside the company’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 5(more…)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Update Previewed in Video

Thanks to the folks at SamMobile, owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge can get a look at what to expect once Android 5.1.1 hits their device. As detailed in the video below, Samsung brings a few tweaks to users, including a new manual exposure setting inside of the camera app, a feature which was not there before. Unfortunately, it does not appear RAW support is in the build featured in this video.  (more…)

Samsung Posts Complete Galaxy S6 Active Specs and Manuals, Still No Announcement From AT&T

Without any official announcement from AT&T or Samsung yet, the Galaxy S6 Active is now up on Samsung’s site, just waiting for people to acknowledge it. Last night, more photos of the device hit the web, but thanks to Samsung’s website, we now have full specifications and user manuals for the phone that details everything we may want to know.  (more…)

And Here is the Non-Camo Version of AT&T’s Galaxy S6 Active

After showing us supposed photos of the yet-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy S6 Active on its way to AT&T, @evleaks has returned this afternoon with a fresh photo of the device. This time the camouflage is gone in favor of a much more traditional back which Evan refers to as being a bit more “tasteful.” I don’t know that there is anything tasteful about a rugged phone, designed to withstand the elements through blocky protective gear, but it is at least a little less obnoxious.  (more…)