It's that time of the announcement cycle: as everyone fawns over Samsung's newest toys, carriers are tripping over themselves to tell you when you can buy them. The "big five" US carriers have all confirmed their support for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, to greater or lesser degrees, which are expected to land in various markets sometime in March. Let's break it down, shall we?
AT&T says it's happy to take your pre-orders for the new phones starting on February 23rd, and they'll be available in retail stores on March 11th. They'd also like you to know that in addition to official Death Star service, they integrate well with DirecTV. Read More
Samsung just announced the Galaxy S7, and it's going big on VR this year. Not only is there a spiffy new 360-degree camera, you can get a free Gear VR with purchase of a GS7. You'll have to jump on this fast if you want to get in on the promotion, and as usual, there are several caveats. Notably, this promo is valid in the US only. Read More
In addition to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung also announced an extra-special accessory at its Unpacked event. The Gear 360 is Samsung's first action camera, and not content to compete with GoPro and other conventional models, the company designed a camera that records video in 360 degrees at once. This is achieved with a ball-like body design and two sensors, each paired to a fish eye lens that captures 180 degrees of action. The camera and Samsung's software then stitches the video together for easy 360-degree presentations and VR playback.
The Gear 360 isn't the first 360-degree camera on the market, but with Samsung's marketing muscle behind it (not to mention integration with the company's smartphones), it could become the most popular. Read More
Samsung's flagship announcements have become cornerstones of the Android upgrade cycle. Just like last year, the company has announced two new Galaxy-branded phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Both phones are modest bumps over their previous designs, both in terms of hardware and style, but there are some notably improved features that power users and practical consumers will both appreciate.
The new phones bring back two of the most-missed features that were dropped from the S6 generation: expandable storage (via MicroSD cards) and water-resistant bodies. The former comes from a new "hybrid" nano-SIM tray, which houses both the SIM card and the MicroSD card in a single metal tray that slides out via a standard SIM tool. Read More
Can you even? I cannot even. I am sitting in a giant room in Barcelona with hundreds, possibly thousands, of chairs, each equipped with a hard-wired Gear VR (likely for antitheft purposes).
A box under my seat reads "do not touch." I touched the box. Nothing happened.
We'll be hearing all about the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge shortly. And I will probably leave this press conference with a headache and a sore nose. But I will be able to say I went to the first press conference conducted [partially] in virtual reality. Which is something, maybe? You can watch the live stream below. Read More
"Connected cars" are all well and good, but you need a pricey new model or a mobile hotspot to see the benefit. Samsung thinks it has a solution for everyone with an older car: a gadget that plugs into a standard On-Board Diagnostic port (OBD) and rebroadcasts mobile Internet on local Wi-Fi. It's a simple idea, but one that's easy and unobtrusive. The company calls it the Samsung Connect Auto.
The Connect Auto was announced in Samsung's home country of South Korea, though the timing coincides with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There's no date or price for the gadget, but Samsung has already announced its first network partner: AT&T. Read More
The hype train can't be derailed. With just a few days until the Galaxy S7 is announced, there are plenty of leaks to go around. The latest from SamMobile includes a more detailed look at this phone's specs. According to the leak, the GS7 will indeed have a 12MP camera sensor as previously rumored, and the speaker will have 1.2W of power. Read More
Phone manufacturers are having a harder and harder time getting our attention when it comes to drumming up interest for new releases. LG decided that cheeky marketing would be best when announcing cases and covers for phones that don't officially exist yet. In contrast, Samsung has decided to be just plain baffling. In the "Seven Days of Unboxing" promotion, Samsung lets someone see the new phone (which is almost certainly a Galaxy S7 and/or S7 Edge) for 30 seconds, after which they get to make an artist's interpretation for the audience. Read More
Samsung had an unexpected hit on its hands with the Edge display on the GS6 Edge and Edge+, but that was all because of how it looked; there was hardly any additional functionality tied to the curved screen. With the Android 6.0 update (and upcoming Galaxy S7 Edge, I'm sure), Samsung is adding some new features that make the Edge display more worthwhile. Read More