While Google and Samsung have long sought to talk up their various partnerships over the years, there is little doubt for me that 2017 will be the year in which the two giants go after one another more aggressively than ever before in their history. Samsung actively presents a threat to Android's diversity, and Google must step in to stem the bleeding of an increasingly unprofitable device ecosystem. Samsung's challenges in wearables, television, and smart home also are a major cause for concern to Google as Samsung increasingly leverages its smartphone dominance.
Samsung and Google have been close collaborators from the days of the original Galaxy S, a phone launched almost seven years ago. Read More
We're deep in the heart of the new phone season, which means discounts on last year's devices. Today brings us another deal for the Galaxy S7 from Samsung's own website. You can get the Sprint version of the phone for $299, which is a respectable $250 off. Oh, and you get a free 64GB SD card to go along with it. If you're more interested in a larger, curved screen, then the Sprint S7 edge is also on sale. You can grab one for $445 ($250 off again) and you get a 128GB SD card with this one. Read More
For those of you T-Mobilites that don't dig the LG V20, I've got another deal for you to check out. The big LG plablet isn't the only phone that's currently on sale at Magenta Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are also marked down to the same killer low price of just $360. Yup, both are that price, no premium up-charge for the more svelte and curvaceous Edge. Read More
Quite a few 2016 flagships have been receiving updates to Android 7.0 Nougat in the past few days. Both T-Mobile and AT&T have pushed the official, non-beta update to the Galaxy S7 line, AT&T has begun sending it out to the LG G5, and Sprint just updated the HTC 10. Continuing this trend, Sprint's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are receiving their Nougat updates. Read More
Carriers in the US are finally starting to roll the official Android 7.0 Nougat update out to Samsung's flagship duo, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Yesterday, folks on T-Mobile began to see the OTAs hit their phones, but now, AT&T device owners are getting them as well. And yes, it's still 7.0 Nougat and not 7.1. Read More
Cameras and displays are areas in which Samsung Mobile traditionally excels; quick updates aren't one of them. However, with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge's Galaxy Beta Program, the South Korean company proved that it was willing to change that. Now, following a global rollout of a similar caliber, T-Mobile is rolling the official Android 7.0 Nougat update out to Galaxy S7 edge devices that were already running Nougat beta software. Given that the S7 edge is receiving it, it's fair to assume that the S7 also is, or at the very least, will be shortly. Read More
The Galaxy S8 is almost around the corner, but that doesn't mean the S7 and S7 Edge are all of a sudden bad and unusable phones. They still have an excellent display, a fast processor, enough RAM for the most demanding power-users out there, a fantastic camera, water-resistance, and plenty more to offer. But in a couple of months, they will be last year's news and it seems that Samsung wants to clear some stock now before that happens.
So the company is offering a few 256GB EVO+ MicroSD card with the purchase of an S7 or S7 Edge between February 8 and 14, for US residents aged 18 years and above. Read More
Samsung isn't well-known in the Android community for delivering quick updates, but with the Galaxy S7-series of phones and Android 7.0 Nougat, the company hasn't done too poorly. Following a beta program that began in November, some models of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now receiving official, non-beta builds of Nougat over the air. Read More
Back in November, Samsung started beta testing the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Since then, it has rolled out several updates to squash bugs and answer feedback, but it looks like the beta test is now over. The team posted a notice to those who were participating in the beta program saying that it will end on December 30 at 24:00 (so December 31 at 00:00). Read More
The end of the year has arrived, and it's time to make our picks for the phones that represented the best of what the [Android] smartphone industry had to offer in 2016. Without further ado, here are the recipients of the Android Police Most-Wanted award in 2016 for "Top Smartphone," in no particular order. Read More