Samsung Gear S2 Update Adds New Watch Face, Apps, Emoji in Keyboard, More

An update is rolling out to the Samsung Gear S2 this week, one that weighs in at around 91MB. The update arrives as software version R720XXU2BPA4, includes new apps for World Clock, ESPN, and News Briefing, but also adds new Mendini watch faces, search function in Contacts, screen time out setting, unread indicator, emoji entering from within the keyboard, and an alert when Bluetooth has been disconnected.

If you own the Gear S2, feel free to open the Samsung Gear app to initiate the process. If you aren’t prompted right away, head into Settings>About Gear>Update Gear software and tap on Update now.

Not only will you receive the update for the watch, but you may see an update to the Gear app as well.

Go get ’em.  (more…)

Report: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Pre-Orders Live February 21, Comes With Free Gear VR

According to a report from Android World, the same day that Samsung intends to unveil the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at MWC on February 21, the company will also open up a pre-order for the devices.

Not only could folks be able to pre-order the device, but Samsung is throwing in an additional incentive to purchase the phone. Claimed by a source, Samsung will include a free Gear VR headset with the pre-order of a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. According to the report, this pre-order special will be available February 21 through March 10.  (more…)

Here is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in Silver. It’s Hot.

After seeing leaked in-hand images of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in black, I think it’s safe to say that most of you thought it looked a bit cheap and weren’t all that impressed. I’d tend to agree, that those first images didn’t do the phone any justice. I would imagine that it will look much more premium in person, rather than through a semi-blurry cam quick shot, though you just never know. What I do know is that the S7 Edge in silver might change all of our minds.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 Gets an Amazon Bloatware-Killing Update

Our inbox has made it clear to us that a number of you still own the Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon and were prompted to update yesterday afternoon. The update, which is arriving as build VRU2BPA1, is still Android 5.1.1, but does include the latest in security patches, an upgrade to Samsung Knox, and kills off the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Widgets. Hooray for limited term bloatware contracts!  (more…)

Galaxy S7 Edge Will Have a 3600mAh Battery, According to FCC

Yesterday, a new batch of FCC filings popped up for new models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. These appear to be the Korean and international variants (FCC ID is A3LSMG935KOR), which likely only differ slightly (like in band support) from the batch of US models that cruised through last week. We typically wouldn’t take a second look through new filings, but depending on who is doing the testing, we often see minor differences in how things are reported. Because of those differences, there tend to be slip-ups that reveal new information.

In the new Galaxy S7 Edge listings, the FCC label document has confirmed to us the battery size for Samsung’s new curved edge phone. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the regular S7.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Wallpapers Leak, Available for Download

Thanks to a forum member who goes by the nick JK Shine (get it?) over at SamMobile, we supposedly have the wallpapers for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. There are 13 in total and they certainly look a lot like Galaxy S wallpapers we have seen in the past. They all feature those sort of swooping brush stroke, sea-ish, futuristic jellyfish designs that we have grown accustomed to with Samsung phones. They also tossed in a couple of Material Design friendly options.

And yes, the wallpaper you are seeing in the renders above, that hilariously looks like a “6” even though these phones are of the S7 line, is included.  (more…)