Samsung Reportedly Testing Android 7.0 on Galaxy S7

According to the Samsung wizards at SamMobile, the company has officially entered the firmware testing phase for the Nougat update on the Galaxy S7. What does this mean for us? Sadly, not much, as the company has been hesitant on ever delivering any type of solidified timeframe for when customers can expect to see major updates. On the bright side, something is happening, and that’s never a bad thing. (more…)

Verizon is Selling the Galaxy Note 7 Again (Updated: Sprint Too)

Samsung released a statement earlier today to remind all Galaxy Note 7 fans that the phone would be back in the hands of carriers on September 21 for those who had previously purchased the device and were looking to exchange their original Note 7 for a safe one after the battery recall took place. What they didn’t tell us was when we could expect to be able to buy one again. Previous rumors suggested the Galaxy Note 7 would not go back up for sale until late October, but Verizon appears to be selling the phone again right now.  (more…)

Samsung: Only 25% of Note 7 Devices Exchanged so Far, 500,000+ New Units Available Tomorrow in the US

Samsung updated press today on the status of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and exchange program, announcing that over 500,000 new replacement devices are in the US and on their way to carrier partners. They also reminded us that a software update to make you feel warm and cozy about your new phone is rolling out, but you already knew that(more…)

Samsung Pay V2.3 Update Adds Iris Scanning, Card Restoring

Samsung Pay v2.3 is available for download on your compatible Galaxy devices.

In the update, Samsung says that the mobile payment system now supports “more of your favorite gift cards” and membership cards, restores those cards when you sign back in to Samsung Pay, and supports “iris based authentication” on supported phones. There is a single phone with an iris scanner at the moment, the Galaxy Note 7, so should you find yourself in the possession of the non-exploding variety, give the iris scanning a go!  (more…)

Verizon Pushes Battery Indicator Update to Galaxy Note 7, Also Adds Warning to Unsafe Models

Whether you own a new, safe Galaxy Note 7 or are holding onto the bomb-in-waiting version that was recalled, Verizon has an update for you this morning as software version VRS2APHE. The update serves two purposes, really, to turn the battery indicator green if you have a safe phone or to splash warnings all over the phone should you have a potentially unsafe version.  (more…)

How to Tell if Your New Galaxy Note 7 is Safe

New Galaxy Note 7 stock, without the exploding battery feature, will arrive no later than September 21, according to Samsung. Because Samsung attached that “no later than” part to their re-stock announcement last week, there is a good chance that your carrier or retailer of choice already has exchange devices available. And because they do, that also means you might have a new Note 7 to pickup (at least one of our readers picked one up Saturday) and are probably wondering how you can tell if this new Note 7 in your pocket is safe or not. Samsung provided official details on all of that this morning.  (more…)