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
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
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
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
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
If you recently bought a Note 7, you now have a tough decision to make. You can either go to bed every night wondering if your phablet is going to explode while you sleep, or you can exchange that ticking time bomb for a new phone with some peace of mind. Unfortunately, letting go of your beloved Note 7 won’t be easy, even if it’s only for a few weeks until the replacement models come in from Samsung – which are expected to ship to the U.S. no later than September 21, according to the official Note 7 recall page. With the Note 7 recall now official in the United States, carriers like T-mobile are offering complementary “loaner” devices to anyone who recently made an unfortunate purchase. For those thinking about going with a replacement or the dreaded temporary loaner, exchanging with another Samsung device means seamless functionality with your wearable devices and other accessories. Here are four suggestions worthy … Continue reading Need a Note 7 Loaner? One of these phablets will hold you off while you wait for a replacement
UPDATE 9/21/2016: More than 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 replacements have been shipped to the United States from Samsung. The new phablets are available for exchange at retail and mobile carrier stores as of Wednesday. UPDATE 9/6/2016: Samsung has posted an official announcement laying out Exchange Program Details for the Galaxy Note 7 on their website. UPDATE 9/5/2016: Gear VR owners are being warned by Oculus not to use their headsets with the Galaxy Note 7 until a replacement phablet is obtained. Now that the worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is official, new owners who waited so patiently to get their new phablet are probably wondering what to do next. According to an official statement by Samsung on Friday, owners may swap their phablets for new ones as early as next week. If you are looking for an immediate exchange, Samsung is offering up a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, with replacement of any Note accessories and a … Continue reading The Note 7 Has Been Recalled, Now What?
Update 9/21/2016: Samsung has shipped more than 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 replacements to the United States. The new phones are available for exchange at retail and mobile carrier stores as of Wednesday. Update 9/15/2016: Samsung recommends powering your Note 7 immediately and taking part in their Official Exchange Program. Update 9/5/2016: A new report by Phone Arena suggests checking the back of your phablet to see whether your device is fitted with a faulty battery. Looking at the stamp on the bottom rear of the handset shows where the phablet was made, models with the inscription “manufactured in China” are not believed to have the fire prone battery inside. If your Note 7 has the inscription “manufactured in Korea” or “in Vietnam” you should return the unit to the vendor, according to the report. Regardless of this new information, it’s still recommended that you swap your Note 7 out for a new one, or take up Samsung on their offer … Continue reading Is My Galaxy Note 7 Going to Explode?
With Android Nougat officially out, T-mobile has published a list of Samsung Galaxy phablets that are set to receive the 7.0 OTA update. No timeline was given for when you can expect Android 7.0 from T-Mobile, but Samsung isn’t exactly known for speed when it comes to rolling out OS updates, and we don’t expect that to tradition to change significantly with Nougat. Plus, carriers always add and additional delay to the process for their own certification and bloatware installations. Based on past performance, we might not see an update until late February or early March 2017 for the first OTA updates to start rolling. The list is preliminary and more devices could be added in the future, but currently it includes the following phablets: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ We can probably expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be first up, with the S7 Edge logically following right … Continue reading T-Mobile Samsung Phablets Confirmed for Nougat Update
In the weeks leading up to the release of the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 7, T-mobile received so many pre-orders for the device that the company had to ship units from store inventory to meet the demand, resulting in retail shortages on opening day. One Virginia T-mobile store in Manassas sold out of Note 7’s within hours after opening because they only received a grand total of eight units to sell on release day. An associate at the Sudley Road Store tells Phablist that the reason for the shortage was a high volume of pre orders. He says the store would have more units first thing in the morning. The supply restraint was disappointing but shouldn’t come as a surprise. More than 200,000 people pre-ordered the Note 7 phablet within in the first two-days of its announcement, surpassing pre-order numbers for the top-selling Galaxy S7. In a statement to Reuters this month, the Korean giant said, “Pre-order results for the … Continue reading VA T-Mobile Stocks Only 8 Galaxy Note 7’s on Release Day
Some mobile carriers put software locks on their devices to prevent them from being used on the networks of other service providers. This is usually the result of the phone being sold at a discounted rate (subsidized) and it’s meant to ensure the phone can only be used on the provided network until the service term is paid up. If you purchased the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ from a mobile carrier through one of these programs, chances are that your phablet will only work on that particular network – preventing you from using that same device if you decide to switch networks or sell it to someone else. In this guide, we will look at a couple fairly simple methods that will successfully unlock your Galaxy S6 Edge+ SIM, giving you some well-deserved freedom and flexibility. Method 1. Contact your service provider to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Sometimes getting a SIM unlock code only requires a phone … Continue reading Easily SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ with these tips