T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 is Getting Lollipop Today (Updated: This Week)

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 Shows Off Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Packaging in Unboxing Video

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…)

Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Buyers to Receive 20+ Digital Freebies Through Galaxy Gifts

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…)

Samsung’s JK Shin Talks Decision of Exynos Processor Over Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810

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…)

Tuesday Poll: Missing SD Card Slot, Waterproofing, & Removable Battery – Dealbreaker on the Galaxy S6?

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.

Missing SD Card Slot, No Waterproofing, and Non-Removable Battery, Dealbreaker on the Galaxy S6?

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Monday Poll: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9?

It’s time, time to decide which of the new devices from MWC you are most interested in or excited about. HTC gave us the One M9, a safe device that is a lot like last year’s One (M8), except it has a 20MP camera on the back, more powerful processor inside, UltraPixel camera in the front, and some cute new software features built into Sense 7. Samsung, on the other hand, didn’t play it safe at all. They gave us two phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which push the limits of smartphone technology. Almost everything crammed into the Galaxy S6 and its slanted brother is new smartphone technology never used before.

Each phone arrives within the next two months, but if you had to pick today, which one are you going with?

Which would you choose - Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9?

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Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge vs. the Past, an Evolution of Samsung Devices

Over the years, we have continued to add new devices to our specs comparison chart of Samsung’s Galaxy devices. We started with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, because prior to those, Samsung was giving carriers their own custom versions of each and it was impossible to keep track of. But with those, we started seeing carriers adopt a single model, bringing consistency and a brand explosion to the Galaxy line. As you probably guessed, we went ahead and added the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to the list to show how far Samsung has come over the years.  (more…)