Samsung's Galaxy S7 EDGE has been officially announced - we take a look at the handset
Let's take a look back at the best of 2016 shall we? If you're an iPhone fan or you're embedded in Apple's ecosystem already, then you're left with the iPhone 7 series; not bad, but the major overhaul is coming in 2017 by all accounts. For everyone else in the Android space that basically leaves a handful of options, including the LG G5 or Samsung's Galaxy S7/S7 EDGE series, all three of which launched in FEBRUARY, so are bascially the oldest phone's of the year and are still kicking pretty much everything else's ass. The last choice came in at the last minute, and that's Google's Pixel and Pixel XL, which launched in October, and are pretty much the only other phones this year to draw our attention properly away from Samsung and LG's stuff.If Richard's glowing review of the Pixel XL is anything to go by then we may finally have a contender fit to take on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE inside 2016. Yes folks, so far the Galaxy S7 series, despite being announced in February this year, has managed to fend off pretty much all comers as the king of the smartphone space - not a bad innings by any stretch. While the LG G5 was an innovative piece of kit, which launched around the same time, for whatever reasons consumers didn't flock to it the same way they did to Samsung's devices.
In the run-up to the big reveal, both Galaxy S7 devices proved possibly Samsung's worst-kept secret to date, not that this is meant as a slight against Samsung - pretty much every manufacturer is unable to keep things wrapped up tight these days and in-development products always leaks onto the web in abundance. Consequently, once again much of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge design, and many of the features, are not a surprise to anyone who had been keeping an eye on things in the six months or so ahead of the launch.
As per the rumours, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are not tremendously different design-wise from the Galaxy S6 series, and this is no bad thing because those devices were absolutely gorgeous, made from high-end materials, and offered a premium feel in the hand - in my opinion some of the best handsets Samsung has ever made. All good stuff.
But there are still some noteworthy differences and new features to make the Galaxy S7 edge stand out from its forebears.
Enough that consumers are very interested, it seems, as according to a statement from Samsung's Dutch branch pre-order figures for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in Europe were 2.5x higher than the Galaxy S6 series the previous year. The Galaxy S7 edge also proved the most popular model, accounting for 61% of all pre-orders inside Europe. The news came a few days after Samsung's chief of mobile, Koh Dong-jin, made a less precise statement that pre-orders globally had exceeded the firm's expectations.
Although Samsung has lost a LOT of money and brownie points off the back of the Galaxy Note 7 "explosiongate" fiasco, there are signs that it is now clawing things back. That $5bn hit from the Note 7 is still there, of course, but of the $14bn decline in share market value the firm experienced following the catastophe it has now clawed back $9bn in one day of trading on November 30. Prior to the Note 7 debacle, back in August 2016, Samsung's share price peaked to an all-time high of $1480 per share, of course following the emergence of the Galaxy Note 7's issue, that figure drastically dropped off a cliff. Now though, Samsung has seen a share price increase up to a new all-time high of $1496 per share topping the firm's market valuation at $224 billion.
"Gloss Black" Colour Variant To Launch Early DecemberDreaming of a shiny black Christmas? No? As weird and non-traditional as that sounds, it's apparently what Samsung is conjuring up right now. The firm has clearly been paying attention to Apple's handsome sales figures of its high-gloss "Jet Black" colour variant and wants a piece of that inky ebony pie, if only to help shore up the losses made by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Word comes out of Samsung's home nation of South Korea, on November 21, via local publication The Investor and its anonymous "industry sources" on the inside.
These mysterious persons claim that a new colour variant of the Galaxy S7, which is notably much shinier and glossier than the matte-finish Onyx Black Galaxy S7, will arrive in early December. At present it is not clear what kind of fancy name this new variant might have, whether it will be a limited distribution (South Korea only?) or global.
On November 23, images have leaked showing the Galaxy S7 EDGE in the new glossy black finish, apparently confirming that the new colour variant will include the EDGE model. The photos were posted by a Samsung employee on the Chinese Weibo social network. There is still no confirmation on exactly when (other than early December) the new colour will arrive, or what regions it will be distributed in, but we're expecting it to see quite a wide distribution globally and an arrival as early as possible to maximise Samsung's Christmas profits!
Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE Pops Up Running Google Daydream VR
When Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL alongside the Daydream VR headset it was quickly established that the duo would be two of the first devices to operate with the new VR kit. At the same time, we'd previously heard about how the in-development Galaxy S8 featured an alleged 4K display purpose-built for VR, and its "Project Dream" codename. While we wouldn't like to jump the gun ourselves, we could hardly blame anyone for assuming that this focus on the Galaxy S8 as a VR-built handset from Samsung might mean that the already launched Galaxy S7 series would not be compatible with Daydream VR. However, there's new evidence which suggests this might not be the case after all.
A video has appeared on Youtube showing Galaxy S7 EDGE users in Canada (with the Exynos 8890-based variant) running with the Google Daydream VR hardware and managing with the Google virtual museum application without too much fuss. Obviously what this means is that it is possible to run a Galaxy S7 EDGE on Daydream with plenty of poking and tweaking; technically it's not officially supported in this way, at least not yet - the Galaxy S7 EDGE isn't an officially Daydream compatible device, nor does it officially have Android Nougat right now (a minimum requirement for Daydream VR) but clearly someone has loaded it onboard probably through Samsung's Beta program using non-final software.
Apple might start reporting launch weekend iPhone sales numbers again next year, assuming this report is accurate: renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone 8 will convince a massive number of buyers to purchase the phone, helping Apple eclipse the current record.
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Apple had announced before iPhone 7 sales started that it won’t report launch weekend numbers, prompting many to speculate that Apple is not expecting the new phone to top the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s’s launch weekend performances. Even so, indirect analytics data revealed that Apple did very well, with the iPhone 7 sales performance being comparable with previous years.
Kuo said in a note to investors that Apple might sell between 120 million and 150 million iPhone 8 units in the second half of next year. Apple sold between 110 million and 120 million iPhone 6 units in 2014. The iPhone 6 represented a major redesign, and the first iPhone series to feature a bigger display.
The new OLED iPhone would drive this unprecedented iPhone demand, although the other two iPhone 8 models will not be boring. The same Kuo said the 4.7-inch LCD model will also have an all-glass design and feature wireless charging support, just like the OLED version.
Kuo said that the OLED iPhone 8 will represent Apple’s major redesign, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would be iterative updates to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. All iPhones are expected to offer similar specs when it comes to internal hardware. Furthermore, the OLED and iPhone 8 Plus versions should have dual-lens cameras on the back.
Apple is expected to launch the new iPhones in mid-September, so we’ve got plenty of waiting to do.
When you purchase a phone from a carrier like AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, the device is essentially locked to that specific carrier. If you ever want to use your phone on another compatible network or sell the device to someone else for use elsewhere, you will have to ensure that it is unlocked or sell it to someone who uses the same carrier. The process is fairly simple but may vary depending on your hardware and your original service provider.
Over the years carriers have locked devices to their networks in order to ensure that customers would fulfill their contracts or payment agreements. By locking smartphones to one carrier, the service provider has final say on which networks the device can connect to. This makes sense when considering the discounts that some providers offer when you sign up for a new phone or new service.
Certain requirements must be met before a carrier will unlock a phone and those requirements can vary depending on what type of agreement you have with the service provider. If you purchase a phone outright from a non-carrier retailer, chances are that the device is already unlocked and can be sold or transferred without any issues. However, if you purchased a smartphone through a carrier and signed an agreement, then you need to fulfill that agreement before it can be unlocked. Let’s take a look at what’s required for each carrier before the unlocking process can be done.
What about those who don’t have an unlocked version? HTC says that carrier versions will get the bump up to Nougat early next year. We certainly hope that’s the case, because as we all know carrier-bound phones are a bit tricky when it comes to updates.
HTC plans to update the One M9 and One A9 next, so if you have one these phones at home keep your eyes on them.
Anyway if you haven’t received a notification yet, don’t worry. The update might hit some devices sooner than others. Some Reddit users already got it, the the Nougat build for HTC 10 is definitely live.
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Apple will release three new iPhone 8 models next year, according to reports from a source with an outstanding track record. The new models will supposedly include a flagship handset that features an OLED display, and then there will also be two LCD versions. The LCD iPhones would still come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flavors, while the OLED model would measure 5.1-inch or 5.2-inch — that’s tipped to be the active area of a curved screen, not the full diagonal measurement. While the OLED iPhone will be the talk of the town in 2017, the same source believes that the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will launch along with a big surprise that Apple fans (and analysts) are going to love.
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Today is Black Friday so you knew that there was going to be a huge number of iPhone and iPad apps that went on sale for free. Well, you can sift through them all yourself, or you can check out our list of the best paid iOS apps that are on sale for free right now.
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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.
T-Mobile came out with a great iPhone 7 Black Friday sale earlier this week, and Sprint was quick to respond with its own special sale. Verizon, which already announced a great Google Pixel deal the other day, is now back with an iPhone 7 offer to take on its rivals.
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Starting on Thanksgiving, Verizon will let buyers purchase one of the hottest smartphones of the year for $0 when bought with an installment plan. You’ll also have to trade in one of the 13 eligible phones. In addition to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Pixel, Pixel XL, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Droid Force, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 are also included in the deal.
However, you’ll have to turn in one of the following devices to take advantage of the deal: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Note5, LG V20, LG G5, and Moto Droid Turbo 2.
In early September, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was released to much fanfare with promises of a powerful smartphone with more of everything from security to storage. Samsung delivered on these promises with a water-resistant device with an iris scanner for security, a powerful camera, expandable storage and wireless charging options.
Unfortunately for Samsung, their flagship device that was supposed to be their answer to the iPhone 7 had its debut marred by reports of the battery malfunctioning and catching fire or exploding.
Our team takes an in-depth look at the Samsung Note 7, looking at all the positives and negatives about this device to ensure that you have all the information to make an informed decision when purchasing devices.
Samsung Note 7 ProsThe Samsung Note 7 is the flagship phone for this company, it has all the features that Samsung has been perfecting with the earlier models of the note and some new features that make it stand out in the marketplace.
The S Pen The tech world saw the introduction of the S pen in 2011 with the first Galaxy Note, but in the last 5 years, this handy little tool has proven to be a powerful partner to the Note devices. With the Note 7, the S pen is redesigned and allows users to write, draw, edit and more right on your Note 7.
More Security Samsung recognizes that our phones now carry almost our entire lives. From work emails and bank account access to family schedules and the contact information of loved ones, the Note 7 keeps that information secure. The new iris scanner ensures that user’s information is protected from prying eyes.
A Better Camera The Note 7 has a new camera with Pro Mode, a faster autofocus allowing users to effortlessly take amazing pictures. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has a camera lens that lets in 95% more light than the Note 5 allowing users to take better pictures in lowlight and when they are in motion.
More Storage While the Note 7 already comes with 64G of storage, a removable SD card slot allows the memory on the device to be expanded to up to 256G for maximum photo, app, video and music storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Cons While the Samsung Note 7 has some great pros, there are some pretty serious cons to consider before purchasing the phone.
Recall of Note 7 Unfortunately for Samsung, the unveiling of their new Note 7 and all its features was tarnished by reports of battery malfunctions in the device. Users began reporting that the batteries in the device were heating up to extreme temperatures causing the devices to catch fire or even explode. This has led to an official recall of the devices.
As a note, any U.S. users who purchased their Samsung Note 7 before September 15th should immediately discontinue use of the device, power it down, refrain from charging it and return the device to the retailer they purchased it from to obtain a replacement device (new Note 7, Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge) or a full refund.
Users can check if their device is one of the defective ones by entering the IMEI or serial number (found by going to Apps > Settings > About Phone or General Management > Status > IMEI information or Serial number) of their device here: http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/
You can also use the following guide from TechRadar to check if your device is one of the ones impacted by the recall: http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/how-to-make-sure-you-have-the-new-galaxy-note-7-1328892
Other Common IssuesAside from the battery issues and subsequent recall, some users have reported a variety of other issues with the Note 7. Here’s a quick list of some of the issues that have been reported thus far:
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 : To Buy or Not to Buy? Since the company has officially recalled the faulty devices and is working towards a full resolution of the battery problem, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a good option for users looking to purchase a powerful smartphone device with a host of new features. At the end of the day, the choice to purchase relies mainly on the trust that all the issues with the phone have been repaired.
The device itself is a great smartphone for people looking for an alternate to Apple, LG, or other phone manufacturers. With all of the new features offered on the device, the new Note 7 is a great smartphone option for people in the market.