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AT&T updates the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, adds NumberSync support

The first-generation Galaxy Tab S hails from a time when Samsung was still using swipe-based fingerprint scanners - yeah, it's that old. Just look at that stock wallpaper; Galaxy S5 flashbacks, anyone? Around three weeks ago, Verizon updated its 10.5" Tab S to Marshmallow, and now AT&T is doing the same. The Death Star is also throwing in support for NumberSync.

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[Deal Alert] Original Samsung Gear VR only $50 ($49 off) on Amazon

Samsung's attempt at virtual reality manifested in the original Gear VR, which was essentially a suped-up version of Google Cardboard. If you have a compatible device, and want to give the Gear VR a chance, the original model is now half-off on Amazon.

To clarify, this is the microUSB model that is compatible with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, S6 edge+, S6 edge, and S6. This is not the 2016 model designed for the explosive Galaxy Note7 (but thanks to a modular connector, also works with older devices).

The original Gear VR has a 96-degree field of view, as opposed to the newer model's 101 degrees.

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Samsung to permanently discontinue production and sales of the Galaxy Note7

Following two days of non-stop news on carriers halting sales, reports of Samsung temporarily stopping production, and official partners disabling apps on the device, the only piece of news that could conceivably be next has arrived: Samsung will permanently discontinue production and sales of the Note7 worldwide, with filings made to regulators in South Korea.

The Note7 fallout has deeply damaged Samsung's brand, so it is no surprise to see the company make this decision. This is in light of multiple 'safe' replacement handsets also catching fire, just like the originals, 2.5 million of which were recalled. Samsung is known for its expertise in manufacturing - it originally said the fires were due to a faulty battery component from a manufacturer - so this botched device will have repercussions for some time.

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Oculus disables Gear VR app on the Note7

I've not been near a Note7 when it explodes, but having watched videos and seen pictures of said event, I'm assured fire, heat, and general explosiveness are involved. Probably best, then, not to use it with Samsung's Gear VR headset. With that said, Oculus has duly disabled the Gear VR app on the Note7, in the interests of safety.

reddit user /u/Bahaman23 posted on the official Galaxy Note7 subreddit (sidenote: that must be hot right now), saying that the Gear VR app on his device no longer worked. Upon opening the app, a message is displayed:

Customer safety is Oculus' top priority.

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Samsung advises all Note7 owners to power down their phones while it investigates fires

The latest chapter in Samsung's ongoing Note7 nightmare has unfolded with the company's official statement on the new wave of battery fires. It says all owners of the Note7 should immediately turn off the phone while Samsung continues its investigation. This includes any original Note7 devices that might still be floating around as well as the replacements.

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Samsung will need to use extreme care handling a second Note7 recall, and it will suffer regardless

The Galaxy Note7 is in full-on product free-fall right now. Retailers are pulling it off shelves, Samsung has stopped production, and the once-deemed-"safe" versions of the phone are very obviously not. Things, frankly, could not have gone worse for Samsung. The Note7's launch has been brought to a screeching halt, and while many consumers may have been OK with Samsung's first battery fire flub given the relatively quick turnaround and response, this second round simply has no hope of retaining that goodwill.

This means Samsung will have to be walking-on-glass-covered-in-vinegar-and-angry-snakes levels of careful in how it manages what happens next.

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[Update: Sprint and Best Buy too] Verizon halts Galaxy Note7 sales, replacement devices can be exchanged

After AT&T and T-Mobile confirmed they are both halting Samsung Galaxy Note7 sales, and reports claiming Samsung is temporarily halting production of the device, Verizon has followed suit and halted its selling of the handset as well. The phones - both original and replacement models - can still be exchanged for something less, um, likely to explode, though.

This follows after it was claimed a replacement Note7 - i.e.

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Report: Samsung is halting production of the Galaxy Note7

At this point I think it's safe to say that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most embarrassing failure in the history of Android hardware. A spate of statistically high battery fires caused a worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 units, followed by multiple reports of explosions from the allegedly "fixed" replacement phones. American carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are no longer selling the device, all four major carriers are accepting unconditional exchanges, and we at Android Police are officially recommending that consumers not buy the phone for now. It's an unmitigated disaster for Samsung.

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AT&T is the first US operator to halt all sales of the "safe" Galaxy Note7

AT&T, speaking to The Verge, has confirmed the US's second-largest mobile operator will no longer sell the Galaxy Note7 smartphone because of recent incidents with units catching fire (i.e., on planes). AT&T did not provide any window as to when or if sales might resume, but you can probably assume the halt is indefinite, contingent upon the result of Samsung and various agencies' investigations. Bloomberg reported AT&T was considering the move on Friday.

AT&T will no longer provide "safe" replacements to owners of the original defective Note7, either. Customers coming in with a Note7 eligible for the first recall will have to choose another device.

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Two new, reliable reports of replacement Note7s catching fire in the US

Two new reports in the US emerged late yesterday of Samsung's "safe" replacement Note7 smartphones catching fire. One, in Kentucky, actively went unreported by Samsung (the fire happened on Tuesday) and caused a man to be treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation when his phone caught fire in his bedroom overnight. The second gave a 13-year-old a minor burn when a Note7 battery failed in her hands.

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