Items tagged with Galaxy S6

Samsung earlier this month started inviting users to beta test Android 7.0 (Nougat) on their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices, but those are not the only handsets it is focusing on. Earlier this week Samsung started cooking up Nougat for its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices, and now it has begun developing the latest version of Android for its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Tab S2 as well.That level of activity is always seen among Android device makers. The Android camp is notoriously fragmented due in part because of the multiple certification processes and all the testing that is involved, both by the device maker and wireless carriers that sometimes install their own custom software. Be... Read more...
In late August, we heard some rumblings that Samsung was in the process of launching a program that would offer certified refurbished Galaxy smartphones direct to customers. At the time, it was expected that Samsung would kick off the program sometime in early 2017. However, it appears that the South Korean electronics giant was much further along in the process than originally thought, because Samsung’s certified pre-owned and refurbished Galaxy store is open for business today. However, those looking to score a sweet deal on a refurbished Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge will need to look elsewhere — all of the phones available in the store are at least a year old. When you think about it, this makes a... Read more...
Law enforcement officials found a way to unlock a murder victim's Samsung Galaxy S6 by using specially printed copies of fingerprints on file from a previous conviction. It wasn't easy thwarting Samsung's biometric security, but with the help of Anil Jain, a professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, the detectives assigned to the case were ultimately successful in tricking the phone's fingerprint recognition.It took several tries and pricey equipment for this to work. The detectives brought the phone and a copy of the victim's fingerprints to Jain with the hope that by unlocking the handset, they'd discover clues about who killed him. Jain, along with doctoral... Read more...
Fingerprint scanning is quickly becoming a standard security feature on high-end smartphones. The perceived notion is that this type of biometric safeguard provides a superior means of security due to the unique patterns of everyone's fingers, but a new study and experiment conducted by researchers at Michigan State University shows that fingerprint scanning can be thwarted with a simple inkjet printer. Say what now? As rudimentary as that sounds, the researchers demonstrated in a video posted to YouTube exactly how this works. They used a color inkjet Brother MFC-J5910DW printer outfitted with three silver conductive ink cartridges and one normal black cartridge to print out fingerprints that... Read more...
It's often said that good things come to those who wait, and if you're an owner of a Galaxy S6 series device, you've been patiently awaiting the arrival of an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Well, good news folks—Marshmallow has finally arrived for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with updates being doled out over-the-air (OTA) today. Galaxy S6 Edge owners stand to benefit the most—not only do they receive all the benefits of Marshmallow in general, but they're also getting an enhanced edge screen with new features via this update. "Samsung has taken the unique user interface of the beautifully curved edge screen to the next level, making it faster and more convenient than ever to perform daily... Read more...
Typically the best HDTV deals can be found on Black Friday and in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Well, even though one of those events is now in the rear view mirror and the other still off in the distance, Best Buy has an offer that some people will find too good to refuse -- how does free sound?This will be of particular interest to Android fans looking to upgrade their smartphone. Here's the deal -- when you buy or lease and activate any Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 handset, Best Buy will give you a Samsung 32-inch class (31.5 inches) LED HDTV free of charge.You have a few different activation options at your disposable to qualify for the deal.... Read more...
AT&T started rolling out Wi-Fi Calling to iPhones in early October after it pitched a fit to the FCC about T-Mobile “bending the rules” to enable the feature. And it now looks as though the nation’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, is flipping the switch for Wi-Fi Calling starting this week. That would make it the last major wireless carrier to enable the functionality. Verizon announced in a blog post that Wi-Fi Calling will first be opened up to Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge customers starting this week. The updates will be rolled out in phases, so don’t be alarmed if your smartphone doesn’t receive Wi-Fi Calling right away. Verizon says that it will enable Wi-Fi Calling... Read more...
Savvy online shoppers know that the best time of the year to buy electronics is during the holiday season, and especially Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Black Friday. We're seeing lots of tantalizing mark downs, one of which is Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphone, unlocked and with 32GB of memory, for just $400.That's $200 off the regular price of what we consider one of the best Android handsets on the market (check out our full review). It has a beautiful and spacious 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution (2560x1440). We get the opportunity to play with a lot of phones, and the Galaxy S6 has one of the best displays out there -- the AMOLED screen just pops with vibrant colors... Read more...
You may have to don a costume and go trick-or-treating if you want to score free candy on Halloween, but no such accessories will be necessary to snag some free hardware from T-Mobile a weekend ahead of time. This weekend and this weekend only, you can march into a T-Mobile store and walk out with a Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB phone and Galaxy Tab A tablet for no upfront cost or monthly payments, costume optional.Yes, T-Mobile is giving them away for free, though of course there are caveats. The deal requires an eligible trade-in with T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand program. You'll also have to pay "taxes and fees," and if everything checks out, you're good to go.You'll need a relatively new device to... Read more...
We're so used to seeing the wireless wars being fought by T-Mobile and Sprint that we nearly forgot about the actual phone makers having dogs in this fight. Serving as a reminder of that, Samsung announced an aggressive promotion that involves erasing monthly device payments for select Galaxy devices, along with a special bonus for iPhone defectors.Samsung's offer is that it will cover "all monthly device payments" for the rest of the year (up to $120) if you lease or buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on an installment plan. The deal is even sweeter for iPhone users -- those who pre-register and trade in their iPhone handset towards an eligible Galaxy device will... Read more...
Earlier this week, we brought you news that Samsung made good on its promise to slash prices on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge following a disappointing quarter. Those first price cuts hit Europe, and now the price slashing spree has spread to the United States one week ahead of Samsung’s big “Unpacked” event. T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to take the plunge, cutting prices on both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. On the Galaxy S6 front, prices have been dropped by a modest $100 each for the 32GB and 64GB models. That means that you’ll be able to grab the smartphone off-contract for $579.99 and $659.99 respectively. The biggest price cut, however, is reserved for the 128GB model, which... Read more...
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were supposed to be sales blockbusters for Samsung. After all, the highly rated smartphones brought with them speedy octa-core processors, gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD displays along with premium glass and metal construction. However, Samsung witnessed a 38 percent decline in operating profit last quarter, which was attributed to a number of factors. For starters, Apple ate Samsung’s lunch at the high-end with the hot-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. On the low-end, Samsung’s share of the smartphone market was further eroded by the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei. And we can’t forget that the company made a huge blunder by underestimating demand for the pricier Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung has a special “Unpacked” event scheduled for a little under two weeks from now. The company will reportedly launch two new flagship phablets, and both are equally sexy. Thankfully for us (and not so much for Samsung), leaked press renders of both the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ have made their way to the Internet courtesy of serial device leaker Evan Blass. Not surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 5 looks like a supersized Galaxy S6 complete with a metal body, however, like its Galaxy Note 4 predecessor includes a stowable stylus. The Galaxy Note 5 is said to feature a 5.66-inch QHD (2560x1440) display and an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4GB of memory along with 32GB storage.... Read more...
Samsung did the right thing by ditching the plastic construction that had become so familiar on prior Galaxy devices and switching to a premium design for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Plus, but did a quality look and feel really have to come at the expense of a microSD card slot? Or a removable battery? Unfortunately that's the way things went, though Incipio's offGRIP extended battery case looks to save the day on both fronts.Let's start with the battery. The offGRID case sports a 3,700 mAh battery compared to the 2,550 mAh battery found in both flagship Galaxy devices. That means you can expect more than double the battery life when using the offGRID. Should you drain both batteries, Incipio... Read more...
If you live in Canada, go ahead and stop reading now to avoid any feelings of jealously and resentment. That's because Samsung is offering one heck of a bundle offer to U.S. residents -- purchase a select 4K SUHD television and receive a 32GB Galaxy S6 smartphone for free, zip, zilch, nada! That's a tantalizing offer that could be of interest to anyone shopping a TV or phone.It's an especially good deal if you're looking to upgrade your aging television to a 4K Ultra HD model. The only caveat is that you have to stick with a handful of specific models, those being the Samsung JS9500 (65-inch), JS9100 (78-inch), JS9000 (65-inch), JS8500 (55-inch), JS850D (65-inch), or JS8600 (78-inch).These are... Read more...
Many folks consider Samsung's more curvaceous Galaxy S6 Edge to be the more appealing of its two most recent flagship smartphone offerings, but there are also plenty of folks still holding out for an even bigger Galaxy. The follow-up to Samsung's popular Galaxy Note 4, not surprisingly expected to be dubbed the Galaxy Note 5, is due to hit the market some time in the not so distant future, but there’s also another Samsung phablet that should be arriving shortly. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is currently making the rounds in dummy form, and it’s just as gorgeous as its lesser sibling. Whereas the Galaxy S6 Edge features a 5.1-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus lives up to its “Plus”... Read more...
The mobile business is a brutal one, even for a tech giant like Samsung. On Tuesday, the South Korean handset maker announced its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2015, forecasting an operating profit of 6.9 trillion won (around $6.1 billion in U.S. currency). That's 4 percent below what it was in the same period a year go and well below the 7.2 trillion figure that most analysts had predicted before cutting their forecasts yesterday.Even with the launch of new flagship phones in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung's sales are down 8 percent year-over-year to 48 trillion won. Sales of the regular Galaxy S6 just haven't lived up to expectations, and while the Galaxy S6 Edge is... Read more...
The biggest hint yet that Samsung is preparing to release a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the "S6 Edge+." Filed on Tuesday, Samsung's application will be assigned to an examining attorney in approximately three months, the application status reads.There's not much direct information to take away from the filing, other than confirmation that the S6 Edge+ trademark is for a smartphone. And while it could ultimately lead to nothing, it goes in line with rumors that Samsung is working on an extra large version of the Galaxy S6 Edge.According to Dutch-language smartphone blog and community... Read more...
What Samsung did with its flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices amounts to pulling a rabbit out of its hat. Consider that just prior to launch, Samsung went into reorganization mode and fired three top level executives (but sparing mobile boss J.K. Shin) after being left with excess Galaxy S5 inventory. Consumers had grown bored and indifferent to the same design recycled with newer parts.Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, a pair of handsets that traded all that plastic construction found on previous Galaxy phones for a metal and glass design with a premium feel. It came at the expense at features such as a removable battery and microSD card slot, but consumers reacted well to... Read more...
The pre-installed keyboard found on more than 600 million Samsung mobile devices has a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user. Ryan Welton, a researcher with mobile security firm NowSecure, discovered the flaw and gave Samsung a heads up back in December of last year.NowSecure also felt that the vulnerability was serious enough to warrant notifying CERT, which in turn contacted Google's security team for Android. To Samsung's credit, it whipped up a patch and provided it to wireless carriers in early 2015, but it's not known if the carriers pushed it out to devices on their respective networks.Making matters worse, it's not easy figuring... Read more...
There good news for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners who are anxious to receive the latest build of Android. There's an over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 5.1.1, the newest build of Lollipop, currently being pushed out to Samsung's flagship handsets through T-Mobile in the U.S. While that doesn't help much if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, we suspect that updates through the other major wireless carriers in the U.S. can't be all that far behind. Android 5.1.1's been on the market for just a little shy of two months, though devices makers and wireless carriers have been a bit slow in adding their own bits and then pushing out qualified releases. Only a lucky... Read more...
Nearly a month after we first brought you images and some early specs for the Galaxy S6 Active, AT&T and Samsung today have officially announced the rugged smartphone. Needless to say, the early specs that we brought have turned out to be a direct match for the shipping product. The Galaxy S6 Active is very much a “standard” Galaxy S6 at heart, which means that you still receive an octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM, Samsung’s gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, the highly praised 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing unit, wireless charging support and Android 5.0.2. As we reported previously, the battery has seen a substantial upgrade to 3,500 mAh — up from 2,600 mAh on the... Read more...
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