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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active (AT&T) review: a phone that's tough to kill and tough to recommend

This review is about 4500 words long. We do that a lot here at Android Police, and if you want an exhaustive breakdown of the hardware and software in the Galaxy S7 Active, then by all means, read on. But if you want the long and the short of it, here it is: the S7 Active is a Galaxy S7 with a permanent "tough" case around it and an extra 1000mAh of juice. If that sounds like a good thing, and good enough that the $100 premium AT&T asks is reasonable, then the phone is right up your alley.

If you'd rather have something smaller, or more trendy, or with a bigger screen or a modular capacity, look elsewhere.

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Samsung's rumored Smart Glow feature could completely revamp the notification LED [update: confirmed]

I love a good notification LED - really. When I had my Nexus One back in the day, I absolutely adored my multi-color trackball. I had it decked out with custom colors and pulse speeds using a third party app, and I could tell from across the room if the notification I'd just received was an SMS or a Facebook message just by glancing at the color of that pulsating little trackball.

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Samsung Pay launches in Australia for Citibank and American Express cardholders

Samsung Pay has been in the news quite a lot lately as it has added more banks in the US and expanded its availability to China, Singapore, and most recently Spain. Today, it's putting its foot in the land Down Under for the first time and officially launching in Australia.

The mobile payment method is available starting today for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7, and S7 Edge. Upon installing the app, users can add their Citibank credit cards and American Express cards and use their phones to securely make payments across different retailers, whether it's through NFC or MST.

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[Deal Alert] The Galaxy S7 Edge Duos is on eBay for just $620, almost $300 off

What is it about the Duos (read: dual-SIM) version of Samsung flagships that makes them get discounted on such a regular basis? Whatever the reason, deal hunters appreciate the incongruity. After several sales already, an eBay vendor is offering the international 32GB dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S7 Edge for just $619.99. That's new, not refurbished, and it's a little less than three hundred dollars off the price of the same phone at retail. Go forth, penny-pinchers, and save.

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Leaked Image Shows "The Next Galaxy" Event Scheduled For Aug. 2nd, Probably Next Note

A leak posted by Sammobile, pictured above, claims that the next Galaxy will be unveiled on August 2nd at the Lincoln Center in New York at 11AM local time. Interestingly, the leaked image contains the text "The next edge is just around the corner" - suggesting an edge-branded device. There has been speculation and rumor suggesting the next Galaxy Note will be known as the Note 7 (because iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7) and have a curved display like its S7 edge cousin, though will be larger than the last Galaxy Note.

This has led Sammobile to speculate that the name of the upcoming device could be Galaxy Note7 edge, which, well, gross, but plausible.

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"Galaxy Beta Program" Reveals Samsung Is Testing A TouchWiz UI Overhaul, App Drawer Optional

If you often find yourself asking "yeah, but what if it didn't have an app drawer?" in regard to your Galaxy phone, good news: Samsung is testing a very big TouchWiz redesign that eliminates makes it optional... in China and Korea. Sorry, I know that was kind of a tease. But Samsung is testing something called "New Note UX" (I WONDER WHAT THAT REFERS TO) on the Galaxy Note 5 as part of its new Galaxy Beta Program. It looks different-y.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Hands-On And Initial Impressions

Now that the primary Galaxy S7 series has regained its water-resistant powers, one might wonder why we need a ruggedized "active" version. And the answer is that, while the S7 and S7 Edge are some damn fine phones, all that delicately curved and exposed glass isn't exactly what you'd call durable. If the general tank-like construction of the Galaxy S7 Active isn't enough to turn your head, consider that it has almost exactly the same capabilities as its more mainstream brother (which is fairly unusual for rugged phones), plus an even bigger 4000mAh battery.

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Samsung Rumored To Release Phones With Foldable Screens In 2017

If you've seen photos from any technology trade show in the last decade, you've probably seen someone showing off a flexible screen. It makes for a nice demo, but a real product? According to Bloomberg, Samsung is planning to launch not one but two phones in 2017 with foldable screens.

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Gear Fit 2 Available For Pre-Order On Amazon And Other Retailers

Samsung's Gear Fit 2 is due to launch on June 10, and right on cue, Amazon and other retailers have the wearable up for pre-order, priced at $179.99 and available in three different colors - black, blue, and pink. Samsung previously announced the sequel to the original Gear Fit on June 3, alongside the wireless Gear IconX Earbuds.

The Gear Fit 2 uses a curved 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display for showing fitness information, such as step count or heart rate. It also allows checking and responding to text message notifications, and a GPS sensor is built in, as you might expect with a high-end fitness wearable.

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Samsung Posts Its Own June OTA Security Bulletin With Additional Vulnerabilities Fixed

A little earlier today Google posted the Android 6.0.1 security updates for June to the AOSP changelog. Being the responsible Android citizen that it is (well, most of the time), Samsung has immediately followed suit with its own list of code updates. These are the issues that are problems for specific Samsung devices and their related software builds, or at least, the ones that have been addressed since the same security bulletin last month. As usual, they're limited to "major flagship models."

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