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…)

And Here is the Galaxy Note 7 in Three Fun Colors

Moments after the long, 3-day weekend kicked off here (that’s code for: we peaced out and never looked back), we welcomed in a first set of press images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Because you (hopefully) did the same and are just now firing up a computer for the first time in days, let’s take a late look at them!

Black. Ooooh. Silver. Ooooh. Blue. OOOOOOOOOOH.

OK, then.  (more…)

DEAL: Buy Unlocked US Galaxy S7 From Best Buy, Get a $75 Gift Card (Updated: S7 Edge Too)

Should you have managed to hold off on buying the newly released US unlocked Galaxy S7 when it initially went live yesterday and are ready to pull the trigger today on payday, just hours before we step into a holiday weekend, we’ve got a decent deal for you. Best Buy is one of the few retailers in the US who has them in-stock, ready for pickup, so if you are considering buying from them, how does an additional $75 gift card with purchase sound?

The $75 gift card comes after purchase, so you still need to fork out the $670 for the phone, a phone that works on all US carriers and is the Galaxy S7 (or S7 Edge) to buy if you have yet to do so. Best Buy says that the gift card ships free, has no expiration, and can be used in both stores and online.

UPDATE: The Galaxy S7 Edge is now available from Best Buy and a part of the deal.

Hit up that link to buy and pick-up in your nearest store.

Deal Link  (more…)

Where to Buy the Unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge (US Model)

Samsung surprised us this morning with news that it was releasing the Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935U) in unlocked form here in the US. While we’re a bit annoyed at the fact that it took them this long to do so, we still appreciate having the option. After all, not everyone buys the new shiny toy the minute it comes out and some have probably been waiting for the right moment to upgrade. Now would be that time.

These unlocked units work on all US carriers (including Verizon and AT&T), so if you champion unlocked phones like we do, these are great because they give you flexibility to jump around on carriers and never feel locked down. They also lack bloatware and may even receive timelier updates (might is the key there).  (more…)