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[Ultra Fast Storage] Forget MicroSD cards, Samsung introduces UFS removable cards with up to 530MB/s read speeds

Samsung has been championing Universal Flash Storage (UFS) storage for a couple of years now. Back in February of 2015, it started mass producing embeddable UFS chips at up to 128GB capacity to replace the typical eMMC cards that smartphones had been using previously and provide super fast read, write, and random read and write speeds. The goal, at the time, was to convince users to dump external MicroSD cards and see the benefit of fast embedded storage, which was even later raised to 256GB. That strategy, which was carried out in the Galaxy S6 (and corresponding line-up), didn't pan out all that well with the company's avid power users who loved the flexibility of removable storage, and Samsung resolved to adding back the MicroSD slot the next year in the Galaxy S7.

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AT&T finally updates the Galaxy S6 Active with Marshmallow and WiFi calling

There are certain things you have to expect when buying a phone on AT&T. For example, updates are going to take longer than other carriers (even Verizon as of late), and that's even more true when the device is a bespoke piece of hardware for the carrier. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is such a device, made exclusively for AT&T. It has just now received the Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) update, which includes WiFi calling.

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Samsung Galaxy J2 leak shows off Smart Glow notification ring

Rumors began percolating a few weeks ago that Samsung would be revamping the notification LED on future phones by making the entire border area around the camera sensor light up. The existence of "Smart Glow" was confirmed by a manual for the Galaxy J2, but the diagram in that left a lot to be desired. Now, SamMobile has a leaked image of the Galaxy J2 itself with Smart Glow. It looks... kind of not great.

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PSA: Samsung S Health added integration with Runkeeper, Strava, Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit, and Microsoft Health

Samsung's S Health app can connect to multiple apps and services to pull and push data through them. Notable examples are Nike's running app, Qardio for blood pressure monitoring, and more. But S Health has always lacked support and integration with plenty of known activity tracking services like Runkeeper, Strava, and Fitbit. This made the app a lot less useful as a central dashboard of your exercise, sleep, and various health metrics, and even diminished the appeal of Samsung's Gear watches since they couldn't share data to popular activity services.

But if you're running S Health 4.8.0 and above, you may have noticed a new hidden option that adds this very feature. Oddly, Samsung didn't publicize it anywhere, nor did it mention it in the app's changelog, and it even stuck it somewhere different from all the other integrated apps.

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[Deal Alert] Get a $75 gift card when you buy the new unlocked Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from Best Buy

Samsung announced an unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 for the US market yesterday, and Best Buy is already offering a sweet deal to entice buyers to pick one up. Buying the unlocked GS7 or GS7 Edge from Best Buy gets you a free $75 gift card. That effectively makes the unlocked phones much cheaper than the carrier versions.

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Samsung announces unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices for the US

Some OEMs thrive on selling unlocked phones, but Samsung has always been very chummy with carriers as a way to move its phones in the US. That has traditionally meant unlocked versions of the Galaxy phones on sale in the US were actually imported international models. Today, Samsung is announcing an unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge for the US, and it'll work on virtually all carriers.

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[Deal Alert] eBay has an unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge Duos for just $590, the lowest price yet

These days a $600 smartphone isn't exactly a deal, it's where the high-end portion of the market transitions into the super-expensive area that most people won't buy (unless they get sweet-talked by a carrier "payment plan"). So if you've balked at Samsung's stratospheric $800 asking price for the Galaxy S7 Edge, now's your chance to grab an unlocked version of the phone - with dual SIM capability, no less - for a much more reasonable price. One eBay vendor is selling them for $589.99. That's the lowest we've seen for this model.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Galaxy S7 dual-SIM on sale for $499.99 via eBay

The Galaxy S7 was an expensive phone when it came out a few months ago, and it still is if you go through standard retail channels. However, you can pick up a GS7 for the downright reasonable price of $499.99 on eBay today if you act fast. This is the dual-SIM (Duos) variant of the phone, and it's unlocked for use on any compatible GSM/LTE network.

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Samsung's updated 'Grace' TouchWiz UI for the Note 7 leaks

Samsung has traditionally made some minor UI tweaks to the Note devices every year, which are then adopted on the Galaxy S phones in subsequent updates. The Note 7, however, is expected to see more substantial UI changes. The so-called "Grace" interface for that phone has now leaked on video courtesy of HDblog.it.

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[Update: iris scanner and specs] Evan Blass confirms the name of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7

We know the next Galaxy Note device will be announced on August 2nd, but that's pretty much all that was quasi-confirmed about Samsung's upcoming big flagship. Rumors had said that the company might skip the number 6 and jump straight to 7, to stay on par with its Galaxy series and not confuse people. After all, most of Samsung's marketing for the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge this year was around the shape of the number 7.

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