Unlocked Galaxy S7, Which Samsung Hates and Never Updates, Received March’s Security Patch That Isn’t Nougat

The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are the absolute worst phones you could buy if you care about timely updates, current security patches, and fun new versions of Android that include new features and all that jazz. I say that because the US unlocked Galaxy S7 I have (and the S7 Edge I don’t own) is almost always behind in updates, still doesn’t have Android Nougat, and only today, received March’s security patch. Samsung hates these phones and has since day 1.  (more…)

Samsung is Going to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Devices…Ugh (Updated)

Samsung announced today that they plan to recycle returned Galaxy Note 7 devices “in an environmentally friendly way.” In doing so, they also announced that they plan to sell some as refurbished. Seriously, not again.

To recycle bad Note 7s properly, Samsung said  that they will first determine if a phone can be used as a refurbished or rental device. After that, they’ll look for salvageable components (think semiconductors, camera modules, etc.) before extracting precious metals (copper, nickel, gold, and silver) from remaining parts as the devices are then trashed responsibly.  (more…)

Samsung is Showing Off Some Pretty Cool Concept Watches at Baselworld, Including a Pocket Watch

Samsung is at Baselworld right now, the luxury watch tradeshow taking place in Basel, Switzerland* each year, where the world’s top watchmakers (Rolex, Omega, and Patek Phillipe, on down to Oris, Seiko, and TAG Heuer) show off new pieces for the coming year. Why is Samsung at Baselworld? As a smartwatch maker, and a company who likes to dabble in the concept world from the time to time, they have some unique Gear S3 pieces to show off.  (more…)

Best Galaxy S8 Pictures to Date: Show Grey, Gold, and Black in High-Res

This sh*t isn’t exciting at all anymore, but that doesn’t mean some of us aren’t at least a little bit curious about some high-res renders of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Today, @evleaks posted up promotional material that features the device in black, gold, and purple grey. The photos are about as clear as we’ve seen to date and do give us a clean look at the device.

OK, I don’t know what else to say. I’m officially over Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks at this point and just want the phones to get here already, so that we can play with them, test them, and share actual thoughts that matter.

Also, I don’t care what the official color names are. These phones are black, gold, and purple grey.  (more…)

And Now the Galaxy S8 on Video, Working…Briefly

It looks big, like a Note 7, and curvy. Pretty cool overall design; my how far we have come. I’m just hoping that fingerprint reader isn’t tough to reach and the phone can withstand a 4-inch drop.

How about those on-screen buttons, though? (Will be looking to theme them and re-order them as step one out of the box, after setup.)