One of the coolest Edge-related features Samsung showed off from its new Galaxy S6 Edge this week, had to be the strobing color it could produce when receiving a call while face-down on a surface. It’s not necessarily the most ground-breaking feature ever invented, but it looks neat and is super “Hey, look at this cool thing my phone can do!” friendly. And sometimes, that’s all we need to be sold on something – neatness and “Look! Look!” friendliness.
Since this is Android, you had to expect that someone would try and emulate that same feature through an app. I can’t say that I expected it to happen this fast, but it has. A developer over at XDA has already created an app that works in a similar fashion, but of course, isn’t just limited to Samsung’s new phone. His app, called Edge Color, works on Android 4.1+ phones. (more…)
Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster is in the news again, following more blunt comments he made regarding tier one OEMs like Samsung and Apple. In an interview with Business Insider, McMaster compares the path of Samsung to that of Nokia, stating that the big OEMs will be slaughtered in the next five years. (more…)
According to Sprint support, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on its network should begin receiving the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop as early as today. The update will rollout as build N910PVPU1BOB7. (more…)
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile is receiving its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, today. The update will rollout as build N900TUVUFOB5.
In the update, users will find all sorts of TouchWiz still. In our time with Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, we didn’t find much different from Kit Kat to Android 5.0, other than the notifications on the lock screen, subtle Material Design changes to stock apps, and Smart Lock buried where no normal person would find it. (more…)
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge won’t be available until some time in April, but thanks to an early unboxing through the company’s own YouTube channel, we get a look at the official, minimal packaging. Yes, that means the faux wood boxes are gone!
After the unboxing, we get another tour of each device’s standout features, plenty of looks at that beautiful glass-to-metal blended body, and the deep, color-changing tricks that the Gorilla Glass 4-covered backs play on your eyes. Samsung also talks about these phones not being able to bend, the new louder-than-ever speaker, and the brightness range on that QHD AMOLED display. (more…)
As part of its existing Galaxy Gifts initiative, buyers of the upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung will be treated to various app, games, and in-app content.
The list contains over 20 offerings, all of which will be downloadable via the Samsung Apps store. None of these, unless from your carrier, will come preloaded on the device. (more…)
Now that we have passed the Galaxy S6 unveiling from Samsung, it is official that the Korea-based company opted to use in-house Exynos silicon to power its two newest flagship devices, instead of contracting out the job to San Diego-based Qualcomm for its Snapdragon 810 chipset.
What makes the situation important were the early reports that devices running the Snapdragon 810 were seeing overheating issues, with LG coming right out and denying the reports completely. However, whatever the case may be, Qualcomm lost its chance to power the newest Samsung devices, and now we are left with a new 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor inside both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. (more…)
Few would argue that the new Samsung phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, are not massive upgrades over last year’s Galaxy S5. You could also argue that Samsung made almost all of the right moves with these phones in order to help them re-establish their dominance in the smartphone game after a terrible 2014. I say almost, because a number of our readers have made it clear that they are extremely disappointed to see three key features missing in this year’s flagship line-up – a microSD card slot, waterproofing, and a removable battery.
It’s more than likely that Samsung will defend these disappearances through talk of the 128GB option for storage hungry folk and the quick charging capabilities of each to fix battery worries. But what about the lack of waterproofing? And what about the bloated price we will surely see in the jump from 32GB to 64GB and 128GB. Or what about the person who doesn’t have the option to quick charge a phone, but could use a swappable battery in a pinch?
You tell us – are these missing features dealbreakers? If so, feel free to rank them by level of importance in the comments.