Best Android Phones on Verizon: January 2016

I don’t know that I can count on one hand, the times that we have been asked to give our opinion on which is the best phone for this carrier or that network. So, like we have done in the past with these types of questions that pop up time and time again, we thought we’d just start talking openly about the topic on regular intervals. And since many of you are still attached to Verizon, possibly even holding onto an unlimited data plan, we’ll start there before making our way through the rest of the major carriers.

Now, our answers will change as the year progresses and new devices arrive, but we need to start somewhere and so we decided January would be the best time to get this going. What we have for you below are the three best Android phones we think you can buy today on Verizon.

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Marshmallow Updates for Galaxy S6 Variants, Galaxy Note 5 Reportedly Pushed Until February or March

According to latest leak of information, Marshmallow updates for a string of Samsung Galaxy devices have been delayed, pushed back about a month to even two months. It was first reported in November that Android 6.0 updates would hit devices such as the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in late December, but as we stroll into late January, updates in the US have yet to take place.

As seen in a portion of the leaked document, all devices have been pushed back rather significantly, with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ now listed as receiving the updates some time in February. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have also been delayed, now listed as February/March. As for the Galaxy S5, that device is now listed to receive Marshmallow in March/April, instead of “awaiting approval” as it did in November, which is a good thing.  (more…)

Gear S2 Classic in 18K Rose Gold and Platinum Availability Begins Today in China, Not Yet for US

Samsung announced that the Gear S2 Classic in 18K Rose Gold and Platinum are available starting today, although, buyers in the US will have to wait a little bit longer to get hands-on with the new colors. For now, these two models of the Tizen-powered smartwatch are only available in China, with additional regions getting them a little later in 2016.

We spent a bit of hands-on time with the latest models of the Gear S2 Classic at CES in January, concluding that besides a shell made out of either 18K Rose Gold or Platinum, it’s the same Gear S2 Classic watch that is already available to buyers in the US.  (more…)

Years After 3D Phones and the HTC One M8 Failed, Samsung and LG Think the World is Ready for Dual Cameras

I can’t say that I have read a single comment on Droid Life within the past couple of years asking for the return of dual cameras on the backs of phones, but they are coming, at least according to a report out of ETnews. Apparently, wide-angle, focus-adjusting, and 3D photography, along with a future full of iris scanning, are the next hotness in mobile tech and suppliers of smartphone parts are beginning to prepare for a competition.  (more…)

Alleged Photos Show Off Upcoming Galaxy S7 From Samsung

In the latest development in the Galaxy saga, alleged photos of the Galaxy S7 have hit the web, detailing what we might expect from Samsung in the year 2016. As far as we know, these are the first reported images of the phone, taken straight from what appear to be a cleanroom in one of Samsung’s testing facilities.

Upon inspection of the photo, we see a device, inside of a grey protective box. On the top and bottom portion of the phone, we see plenty of bezel, and there appears to be quite a bit of black surrounding the display itself. There is a white sticker covering up what is likely a Samsung logo on top, and on the bottom, we have capacitive buttons and a physical home button.  (more…)

Report: Galaxy S7 Coming to US on March 11

Would you be OK with Samsung releasing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge on March 11, here in the US? According to @evleaks, that’s what we’re looking at.

March 11 means we could see an incredibly quick turn-around from the time Samsung announces each phone until they hit stores. MWC, the conference that Samsung is expected to make each of the new phones official, starts February 22. Samsung, assuming they do use the event to announce the new Galaxy devices, will likely do so on February 21. So if March 11 is correct, that’s a 3 week window for pre-orders to open and then stock to arrive in stores.  (more…)

Please Ignore: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Cases are All Over Amazon Already With April 1 Release Dates

Our favorite time of the year! (That’s sarcasm, by the way.)

Before our inbox fills up with, “ZOMG Galaxy S7 cases, with April 1 release dates!” and our RSS apps are blowing up with “MASSIVE GALAXY S7 LEAK” stories, we thought we’d jump out in front of this one. Yes, case makers are already taking to Amazon with their products that will support the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Should you look into any of this as a leak or hot tip as to what you can expect from Samsung in the next month or so? No, not really.  (more…)

Poll: Who do You Want to Make the Next Nexus?

It’s only January, but already, Nexus rumors for 2016 are getting interesting. In the latest rumor, it is said that HTC will create two Nexus smartphones in partnership with Google, bringing the company right back to the forefront of the Android community.

In 2015, we received two Nexus smartphones, one from LG and one from Huawei, which allowed US consumers to really embrace what Huawei, as an Android OEM, is capable of. If we gave all OEMs a fair shot, it seems that 2016 should be Samsung or HTC’s year to show off what they can do with vanilla Android. However, that’s not how the Nexus program works.

If it was up to you, who would you want to create the Nexus smartphone for 2016?

Who do you want to make the next Nexus?

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