ZTE managed to get Android 7.1.1 rolled out to the Azon 7 a few weeks ago, making it one of the few phones to have the latest build of Android. Now, it's the Axon 7 Mini's turn. Well... sort of. ZTE is starting up a preview program for the Nougat update, but not everyone will get access. Read More
The LTE on your phone is pretty fast these days as long as you've got a good signal. It's not as fast as LTE on the Galaxy S8, though. T-Mobile has posted a demo of the GS8 hitting nearly 1Gbps in a laboratory test. It won't do this in real life, but the hardware can do it. T-mobile is working to upgrade its network to take full advantage. Read More
Out of the different mobile payment solutions, Samsung Pay is probably my favorite — granted, my experience with Apple Pay has been limited thus far. Not only is there no bootloader restriction, but the support for old-fashioned magnetic terminals is a huge plus. But what about online shopping? Sammy has its customer base covered with the newly announced partnership with Visa, which will allow Samsung Pay users to shop at any virtual merchant who accepts Visa Checkout. Read More
The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus were launched in NYC just a few hours ago, but since it's now March 30th at 12am ET, pre-orders at the big four US carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon), Best Buy, and Samsung.com are now live. If you want one of these bezel-less beauties quickly (we techies can be an impatient bunch), now's the time to order. Read More
Some people want to deal with as few devices as possible - especially when it comes to their home network. If you happen to need a router, and also use anything in the SmartThings ecosystem, Samsung has just the product for you. Read More
The time has come for Samsung to do everything in its power to rack up big pre-order numbers for the Galaxy S8. The best way to do that, of course, is to give things away. Samsung will throw a free Gear VR at anyone who pre-orders the phone. If that's not enough, you can also get a deal on some AKG headphones and a big microSD card. Read More
Several smartphone companies have tried making phones that can 'dock' to become desktop PCs. Microsoft has developed Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile, Ubuntu Linux has Convergence, and Motorola tried the Atrix 4G Lapdock. Now Samsung is giving it a shot, with the S8's 'DeX' desktop environment.
DeX works like other solutions - just plug the S8 into the DeX dock, and connect a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. The phone then becomes a desktop computer, running Android apps in separate resizable windows. Any app compatible with either Android Nougat's multiwindow API or Samsung's old multiwindow solution should work.
Samsung is hoping businesses will adopt DeX, with the company working with Microsoft and Adobe to make their apps fully compatible. Read More
Samsung has a mixed track record when it comes to commercials - remember that awful ad for the original Galaxy Gear? Samsung's latest phone, the Galaxy S8, was officially revealed today. And the first commercial is pretty good. Read More
Samsung's Gear 360 from last year was a pretty neat little camera. Like many similar products, it recorded 360-degree video with two fish-eye lenses. But it had a few faults - it only officially worked with Galaxy phones, and it was fairly expensive at $350. Alongside the Galaxy S8, Samsung revealed a new model of the Gear 360. Read More
Bluetooth is simultaneously useful and annoying. It's great when you can get it to work, but the annoyances with Bluetooth audio are why many passed on the jack-less iPhone 7, Moto Z, and HTC U Ultra. Among the many other features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is Bluetooth 5 support; it's the first phone to include the new standard. Read More