Have a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge? Great! Want to use OK Google's hotword functionality from anywhere but the Google app or the Google Now launcher? Not great!
You see, for the past month or so since the S6 launched, there's been a slight issue with OK Google Everywhere on the Galaxy S6. Specifically, it just stops working completely. All the options except "From the Google app" disappear, voice model training goes away, and you can only use the 'OK, Google' hotword from the Google app or the Google Now Launcher (which is, essentially, the Google app). Read More
Samsung is quite chummy with Marvel lately, and that apparently goes beyond cases and (very ugly) TouchWiz themes. The Samsung Electronics Twitter account has just posted a little teaser for an Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge. That could either be really cool or really gaudy.
Did you remember that Samsung made an Android Wear device? To be honest, I had almost completely forgotten. It seems no one ever talks about that watch, and apparently not many people were buying it either because Google just pulled the plug on the device on the Google Store. When you open the product page you are greeted with this sad sight (or site, your call).
Gone before I've ever seen one in the wild. What a pity. Alas, Darwin's law of natural selection appears to be in effect even in the world of wearables. If you were longing for the warm embrace of a Samsung wrist hug and are crushed by this news, never fear, the Gear Live can still be purchased on Amazon for $200. Read More
Every time Samsung releases a new high-profile phone or tablet, it also makes a bunch of pricey first-party cases to go with it. And why not - they're high-margin accessories that get stocked by the likes of Best Buy and carrier stores, and most of the time they're actually pretty nice. But the first round of official cases for the Galaxy S6 Edge are showing some remarkable problems: they might actually be damaging the gadgets they're designed to protect.
We're talking about the "Clear View" series of cases in particular, which wrap around the back of the phones and cover the screen with a translucent piece of plastic, allowing the time and other information to shine through. Read More
Samsung's Active line of phones have been dull but reliable machines for the last few flagship generations, and it looks like they're bringing them back for another round. GSMArena has posted photos of what definitely looks like a Galaxy S6 Active, and we've been able to confirm that this is what the phone will look like (with a very small margin of error) thanks to a secondary source. Read More
Samsung was early to the recent smartwatch craze, but its products haven't exactly sold like gangbusters. While Samsung has made an Android Wear watch, it seems more interested in moving forward with its Tizen-based Gear platform, and the new Gear SDK offers a lot of detail about that next device. It'll be round, but that's not the only thing we know.
The watch will have a 1.18-inch round display with a resolution of 360x360. That's not very large, but the overall device will probably be much less ridiculous as a result. Samsung is planning to use a metal frame with a large crown button that makes the device look more like a real watch. Read More
When it comes to device skins, dbrand is my go-to company. After going hands-on with some of the company's Nexus 6 offerings back in February, I was extremely impressed with the quality - both materials and precision cutouts. I highly recommend checking them out if you're interested in giving your gadgets a new look. (And if you missed out on the Nexus "X" symbol promotion, well, I'm sorry.)
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The Galaxy S6 is the hottest Android phone on the market right now, but it's not perfect. Some owners of this device have started reporting a bug that prevents them from dismissing a Samsung terms and conditions popup. Oh, it goes away at first, but then it takes over the screen again several minutes later.
It's a regular rite of passage for new Android phones: most flagships get the root treatment within a day or two of being released, allowing power users access to tools and apps that most people aren't all that interested in. But there are some exceptions, namely those draconian carriers who insist upon locking the bootloader of their Android devices. Their reasons for doing so could charitably be described as "bull hockey," but they're pretty effective: it's sometimes months or years before these phones get rooted, if they do get rooted at all.
Not so with Samsung's new pride and joy, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Read More