Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and 8.0 With Impossibly Thin 5.6mm Frames

Samsung announced new flagship-level tablets this morning as the Galaxy Tab S2 in 9.7-inch and 8.0-inch variants. Each features gorgeous new Super AMOLED displays with resolutions of 2048×1536, octa-core processors, 3GB RAM, 8MP cameras, 32GB or 64GB of storage (with microSD support), Android 5.0 Lollipop, big batteries, and WiFi or LTE configurations. All of that is somehow housed in a body that is just 5.6mm thick.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ All Over the FCC This Week (Updated: Sprint Too)

You know that report about Samsung moving up the launch date of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to give them some breathing room ahead of Apple’s next iPhone unveiling? I wouldn’t be shocked at this point if Samsung really has decided to release these two new phones earlier than originally anticipated. Yesterday, a Samsung phone under model number SM-N920 showed up at the FCC for almost every single major US carrier. We’ve got listing for T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, just not Sprint (UPDATE: Sprint is live). If that wasn’t enough, we are also seeing listings for another model number of SM-G928 that is largely thought to be the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a bigger version of the original S6 Edge.  (more…)

Report: Apple and Samsung May Help Mobile Industry Kill the SIM Card

A report out of the Financial Times suggests that the GSMA, an organization representing the “interests of mobile operators worldwide,” is in “advanced talks” with Apple and Samsung to potentially help make an electronic/embedded SIM the standard for mobile phones, including smartphones. The idea behind an E-SIM is that it would act as an embedded SIM in phones, leaving you open to freely connect to carriers of choice without the hassle that is typically associated with signing up for new wireless service.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Trial Kicks Off in Korea in Preparation for Full Rollout

Samsung Pay, arguably one of the most noteworthy features of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge because of its ability to make payments at both NFC and traditional credit card terminals, is getting ready for prime time. Samsung kicked off a trial for select customers in Korea yesterday in preparation for the payment service’s full rollout to countries like the US.  (more…)

Report: Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Unveiling Set for August 12, Release on August 21

A date has been reportedly set for the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, scheduled to be unveiled on August 12, then going on sale a week and a half later on August 21. The push-up in unveiling and release is said to be in relation to Apple, as Samsung wants to hit the market before Apple has time to announce any new iPhones.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Now Receiving OTA Update

The massive 2GB update for the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 that we told you about last week is now rolling out over-the-air (OTA). The update was originally only available via Kies, but readers of ours are now seeing it pop-up for installation.

Curious what’s in a 2GB update? Not much it seems. The update is VRU2BOF1, but it only includes Exchange Active Sync fingerprint authentication, preloads Milk Music on your home screen, and auto installs Galaxy Apps. Yeah, that sounds like a bunch of “No thanks, Samsung.”

The update could be live for all, so feel free to head into Settings>About phone>Software update>Check for updates.  (more…)

Unlocked Galaxy S6 Receiving Android 5.1.1 Update

The rollout of Android 5.1.1 to unlocked Galaxy S6 models picked up over the weekend. This update first started rolling out to unlocked models in India a week or so ago, but now is hitting devices in additional countries, like here in the US. At least that’s the case with my unlocked Galaxy S6 (SM-G920I). I would assume this is available for the Edge variant as well.

The update above, which ends up as G920IDVU2COF8, showed up as a whopping 609MB file that took some time to install.  (more…)