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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 get July security patches

A new update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is on its way for European users that brings along Android security fixes for the month of July. The update comes not long after Samsung sent a similar one out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The update is posted as version N910FXXS1DQG5 and weighs in at a healthy 200MB. Aside from the latest security patches, the update fixes several bugs and improves the stability and performance of the three-year-old device. Samsung’s latest firmware transports patches for a total of 65 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android OS and 16 weaknesses in the firm’s Galaxy-branded smartphones. It’s unclear at this time if any kind of similar package is on its way to us across the pond. Meanwhile, back in the United States, the Galaxy Note5 has also started seeing a new update on T-Mobile, which brings along system improvements and security patches. This update is much smaller in scope, … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 get July security patches

This is why the Galaxy Note 4 still kicks ass in 2017

Following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 and the uninspired performance of the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy Note 4 has grown to become the preferred device for phablet fans. Despite the fact that the Note 4 is now well over two years old, it packs some great hardware and features that have continued its viability within the smartphone market. A high-quality camera, a huge replicable battery, a solid processor and a stylus to boot – the Note 4 has just about every feature a smartphone owner could ask for. Rapid LTE data speeds and a 2K Super AMOLED display easily make the Note 4 equal to other top-rated handsets — even after all these years. If you’re operating on a budget or simply don’t want to spend the best part of $1000 on a new phone, here are the many reasons why you should consider buying the Note 4 over a new mid-range handset. Removable … Continue reading This is why the Galaxy Note 4 still kicks ass in 2017

Galaxy Note8 Rumors: This could be the greatest phone of 2017

Last year, the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. The phone had major issues with exploding batteries, which ultimately resulted in a total global recall. With the release of the Galaxy S8, the company was able to redeem its reputation, and Samsung will be looking to continue its 2017 success story with the launch of the rebooted Galaxy Note 8. The company’s next flagship device is expected to make its official debut at IFA 2017, which kicks off on Sept. 1 in Berlin. Although the expected release is still a few months away, rumors and reported leaks will be in abundance as we get closer to the day. In this post, we take a closer look at all the rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 8, including what to expect in terms of design, hardware, and more. Keep in mind that this is just a rumor roundup, however, so take these leaks and tidbits of information … Continue reading Galaxy Note8 Rumors: This could be the greatest phone of 2017

These are some of the biggest smartphones you can buy in 2017

Phablets are all the rage for those interested in greater battery life and more screen real estate to get things done, but while most phablets range in screen size from 5.5 inches to 6 inches, some companies seemingly want to push the boundaries of what we can still call a smartphone. If you think the 5.7-inch LG G6 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ are huge phablets, then you might want to keep reading. We’ve rounded up some of the best phones larger than 6 inches that are worth considering in 2017. Simply put, these phones are so big you probably won’t be fitting any of them in your trouser pocket. Best phones larger than 6 inches 2017 Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Huawei Honor Note 8 Samsung Galaxy J Max Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra Huawei P8max Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Like its predecessor, the Mi Max 2 is targeted at users that consume a lot of multimedia on their phones. It’s 6.44-inch … Continue reading These are some of the biggest smartphones you can buy in 2017

Galaxy S8 and S8+: What you need to know before you buy (FAQ)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 duo is without a doubt one of the best and most attractive looking pair of Smartphones you can buy to date. Both phones feature innovative technology in terms of its hardware specifications – the main difference being screen size – and feature a design language that is arguably the best on the market today. Samsung’s latest flagship will be its first flagship since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and a lot rides on the success of the handset for the company. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ pack many new features and have changed a bit from Samsung’s previous flagships in a few ways. If you are planning to buy a new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ but have some questions first, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions and answers surrounding Samsung’s eighth rendition of the Galaxy S family. Check out our FAQ below for just about … Continue reading Galaxy S8 and S8+: What you need to know before you buy (FAQ)

Extend your Galaxy S8 battery life with these simple tips and tricks

No matter what kind of phablet you have, squeezing out every last drop of battery life is a constant struggle. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is equipped with a 3,500 mAh battery, which is smaller than the 3,600 mAh battery in the Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy S8 features a 3,000 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as the regular Galaxy S7. Odds are that either Galaxy S8 device will get you through a busy day with some juice to spare, but you might be wondering what can be done if you’d like to get even more time between charges. Below, we’ve compiled a number of tricks and tips that will improve the battery life on Samsung’s latest flagship. Some of these battery saving tips will be obvious to just about any Android user, while others require a little bit of digging. Of course, nobody is suggesting you use all of them, but you should test them all out and … Continue reading Extend your Galaxy S8 battery life with these simple tips and tricks

8 Fast Facts about the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 duo was officially revealed last week to glowing first impressions, and it’s easy to see why. It has a gorgeous infinity display, impressive internals, and a tried-and-true camera. Samsung is redefining the limitations of a smartphone and this is evident in the Galaxy S8. This year, the focus is on the big display and the large screen real estate of the S8 will blow you away. Here are 8 facts about the Galaxy S8 you might not know about: 1. The Samsung Galaxy S8 uses two different camera sensors Samsung has been known to make some of the best smartphone cameras in terms of performance and image quality. One of the reasons why they’ve gained that reputation is the innovation that goes into designing the Galaxy S series. As it turns out, Samsung is using two different sensors for the rear and front camera in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Units have been spotted using … Continue reading 8 Fast Facts about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

Another week goes by and we already have our first month of 2017 behind us, which means we are getting even closer to the annual MWC trade show and the release of the first exciting new flagships of the year. Below, you’ll find the biggest phablet stories of the week. The LG G6 is up first, making the biggest headlines of the week. We also got some new Galaxy S8 leaks to report, along with Android updates for a few T-Mobile phablets, and a new teaser by ZTE. LG G6 Leaks Everywhere We are just a few weeks away from the release of the LG G6 in Barcelona and photos alleging to be the upcoming 5.7-inch phablet have been popping up all over the place. New images obtained by Droid-Life show off what appears to be an early prototype of the LG G6, which reveal a metal exterior that LG is expected to use, with a minimal screen-to-bezel ratio around … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

8 Features expected to arrive with the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is getting ready to release a new pair of Galaxy S smartphones that are significantly different that anything we’ve seen from the lineup so far. Will these new features have what it takes to pull the tech giant out of its Note 7 quagmire and rebuild consumer trust? Here are eight features we are expecting to see on the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to various reports. 1. Bigger Edge Display with 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio Say goodbye to physical home buttons. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, sporting an almost bezel-less, edge-to-edge “infinity” display, according to details in a recent report by the Guardian. The two models, codenamed Dream and Dream 2, will feature 5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens that cover 83 percent of their front panel. Because they will lack the traditional navigation buttons found on every Galaxy device until now, both S8 models will feature displays that are even larger than Samsung’s traditionally oversized … Continue reading 8 Features expected to arrive with the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

Samsung has just announced several new mid-range smartphone releases slated for launch in just a few weeks. The most notable of the bunch is the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7 phablet, now boasting a refined design with certified water/dust resistance and Samsung Pay capabilities. Rumors of the new Galaxy A series of smartphones have been leaking around the internet for weeks and it looks like what we have been hearing about these new premium mid-range phones is true. The Galaxy A features a premium metal frame and 3D glass back that mimics Samsung’s premium design found on its flagship models. The Galaxy A7 is the most premium of the three devices, sporting a 5.7 FHD AMOLED display (1080×1920), 3GB RAM, and a pair of 16 megapixel f/1.9 cameras. Other models in the lineup include the Galaxy A3 with a 4.7 HD display and the A5 with a 5.2 FHD display. While all three phones feature similar metal designs, they vary rather dramatically … Continue reading Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

3 upcoming phablets in 2017 that are worth waiting for

It’s a new year and that means new phablets are on the way! It’s time to put 2016 behind us and look toward the horizon. If you are thinking about buying a new smartphone this year, don’t even consider an upgrade until you take a look at these upcoming phablets for 2017. 1. LG Stylo 3 LG recently announced that they will debut its third generation of the mid-range Stylo smartphone at CES 2017 later this week. The Stylo 3 (Stylus 3 outside of the United States) will offer some moderate upgrades over the previous version like an improved writing experience and fingerprint scanner. The new stylus will sport a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus to provide the feel and feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen, according to LG. The Stylus 3 also features a enhanced user interface with Pen Pop 2.0, Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo. With Pen Pop 2.0, your memos can be set to … Continue reading 3 upcoming phablets in 2017 that are worth waiting for

T-Mobile Phablets: 9 of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now

What are the best phablets on the market going into 2017? With an increasing number of handsets now coming with 5.5-inch screens and larger, the phablet spectrum isn’t as expansive as it used to be. T-mobile has a number of excellent phablets to choose from ranging anywhere from 5.5 to 6-inches, all with different key strengths and weaknesses. We’ve rounded up the best phablets available through T-mobile right now and grouped them by screen size and price point. T-Mobile phablets ZTE Z Max Pro (6″) $ – Runner up LG V20 (5.7″) $$$ – Our Second Pick LG Stylo 2 Plus (5.7″) $ Kyocera DuraForce XD (5.7″) $$ Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5″) $$$ – Our first pick Apple iPhone 7 Plus (5.5″) $$$ Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5″) $$$ Alcatel IDOL 4S (5.5″) $$ – Runner up Samsung Galaxy J7 (5.5″) $ 1. ZTE Z Max Pro For those obsessed with screen size, the ZTE Z Max Pro is … Continue reading T-Mobile Phablets: 9 of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now

7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 literally hit the market with a BANG. After being released in August, the Note 7 was an instant success and highly popular. Then, all of a sudden, units started catching fire and it didnt take long for the internet to respond with all sorts of really funny jokes, images, and memes. We’ve compiled seven of the best Note 7 explosion memes for your viewing pleasure. Click any image to view full size. Note 7 + Gear VR = Regret. Gear VR owners were warned by Oculus against using their headsets with the Galaxy Note 7 until a replacement phablet could be obtained from Samsung. Many believe, as the saying goes, “There is a grain of truth inevery joke”, and this meme is no exception. A man traveling to Australia on business claimed that his Galaxy Note 7 phablet exploded overnight in his hotel room as he slept with it charging nearby the bed. The explosion caused … Continue reading 7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

It’s been a crazy month for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7 after exploding batteries wreaked havoc across the globe, causing the tech giant to call back one million units following nearly 100 reports of injuries and property damage in the United States alone. The Galaxy Note 7 “Batteryexplosiongate” is among the largest smartphone recalls in history. Safety regulators in the United States have issued warnings in recent weeks cautioning consumers not to turn on their Note 7s on airplanes — and not to use their phones at all. Going down in the history books doesn’t always pay off, as Samsung has learned after losing more than $14 billion of its market share in the recall to cover the costs involved with providing loaner smart-phones and exchanging defective units in favor of other select Galaxy devices free of charge. Not to mention the additional parts and labor required to refurbish the phablets with new batteries. Samsung recently shipped 500,000 new … Continue reading I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

T-Mobile rolls out Safety Updates OTA for the Galaxy Note 7

Due to exploding batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 device, T-Mobile is rolling out a mandatory update from Samsung that will change the color of the battery indicator light to green if the phablet has been replaced with one containing an unaffected power plant. Users will also be greeted with a friendly reminder to exchange their phone after installing the update package. The package started rolling out over the air to Galaxy Note 7 users Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving a software update notice in their notification tray informing them of the mandatory installation: “Due to battery issues on Note 7 devices, this update checks whether your phone has been exchanged for one with a new battery. If it has been changed, the battery indicator light will turn green; if not, the light will not change. For your safety, if your phone has not been changed, a notification will be displayed when it turns on and after you charge … Continue reading T-Mobile rolls out Safety Updates OTA for the Galaxy Note 7