Samsung Begins Production of Exynos 7 Quad 7570, Aimed at Budget Devices

Samsung has begun mass production of the Exynos 7 Quad 7570, otherwise known as the Exynos 7570. The silicon is designed to bring high-end performance to budget-friendly devices, built on 14nm process technology. According to Samsung’s press release, the Exynos 7570 features four Cortex-A53 cores, delivering 70% improved CPU performance and 30% improved power efficiency.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7: First 10 Things You Should Do

Many of you probably already own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, since it has been out now for almost two full weeks. On the other hand, many of you may have just picked one up within the past couple of days or are planning to do so in the very near future. Either way, we want to help you get started on a path to a greater Note 7 experience. To do so, we’ve whipped up another “First 10 Things You Should Do” post featuring, you guessed it, the new Note from Samsung.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Available in Pink Gold, Exclusive to Best Buy

Samsung announced availability of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in Pink this morning, finally bringing this highly-desired colorway stateside. According to Samsung, this color is Pink Gold, available exclusively at Best Buy. Looking over Best Buy’s website, you can grab this color option from Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, although, the Verizon model is still listed as a pre-order.  (more…)

Gallery: Here Are a Ton of Pictures Taken on the Galaxy Note 7

While we’re busy plugging away at our Galaxy Note 7 review (coming soon, we promise!), we figured we should at least provide a bit of insight into how it’s going. Over the past few days, we have been snapping a lot of pictures, trying to get a sense for just how good the device’s camera is. So far? It’s really, really nice.

Without diving into too much detail, as there will be plenty of that when we launch our review, enjoy the below gallery of photos that we have taken so far. None of the photos have been edited with software, with exception to a simple resizing. With this gallery, what you see is what you get with regard to how the camera performs straight out of the box.  (more…)

US Unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Finally Get First Updates

Just last week, I spent a good minute complaining about Android software updates and how we can’t even expect unlocked phones from the biggest manufacturer in the world (that would be Samsung) to receive them in a timely manner most of the time. I talked about the fact that carrier-tied phones seem to be getting updates more regularly than unlocked phones, even if unlocked phones don’t have that extra party (the anal carrier) meddling in update affairs. And then this morning, almost as if Samsung reads Droid Life (not likely that they do), updates popped up on both US unlocked variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge!  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 7 Another Example of Carriers Interfering for No Good Reason

Before I signed-off for the weekend, I took part in a bit of a tweetstorm about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from Verizon, as it just-so-happened to arrive on my doorstep during the DL Show. The tweetstorm’s focus, in case you missed it, was about all of the unnecessary changes that Verizon had made to the phone that immediately pissed me off as I went about setting the phone up. I’m not talking about bloatware (though that is a part of it) as much as I’m talking about UI changes and feature removals for no good reason. Well, unless that reason is for Verizon to push an agenda or package of services I want absolutely no part of, then I get it.

Now, I don’t mean to throw a fit just for the sake of throwing a fit on a Monday where we were killing time in hopes that we may see the launch of Android Nougat to the stable channel (which happened), it’s just that in 2016, I don’t see why what I had to deal with on Friday is still happening. Samsung, the biggest smartphone seller in the world is essentially still being told how to setup and tweak a phone by Verizon. How is that still a thing? How is Samsung not just selling the phone they made, setup the way they want it setup, everywhere across the globe? (more…)