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28
Dec

Samsung executives blame lackluster software for company’s problems


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Samsung’s growth recently reached a stall, which caused the company to go back to the drawing board and redesign its products form the ground up. Lesser build qualities seemed to be the blame, but some current and former Samsung executives seem to disagree with this idea; they believe the real issue with the Korean giant is the lack of software expertise.

Samsung is great at making hardware, but these unnamed sources claim the company has done very little to differentiate itself from the competition, naming failed software attempts like ChatOn and Samsung Milk Video as proof of this argument.

“Samsung’s upper management just inherently doesn’t understand software. They get hardware – in fact, they get hardware better than anyone else. But software is a completely different ballgame.” -Anonymous Samsung former employee

It does seem like Samsung has been focusing more on hardware. Their big focus with the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) was definitely build quality and design. And they have always been all about innovative technology like fingerprint readers, NFC, heartbeat monitors and the like.

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Furthermore, we do know that Samsung’s Android skin (don’t-call-it-Touchwiz) has always been one of the least popular in the Android universe. It can be sluggish, heavily customized and full of features you probably don’t use.


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The big question here is: how can Samsung make customers more loyal through software? If you were to ask me, I would say cleaning it up is about the best option. Take Motorola as an example. They cut down on their UI to make it look mostly stock, and the few features they tout are not so “straight in your face”, but they are compelling enough to make a positive difference. Voiceless Actions is my favorite, for one.

Samsung has made some progress, but they keep tackling problems that already have solutions. Samsung Pay is good, but both Apple Pay and Android Pay are already out there. SmartThings is a good product too, but there are plenty of IoT (Internet of Things) platforms out there. And the same applies to things like ChatOn and Samsung Milk Video – there’s plenty of good (and often better) solutions in the market.

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I wouldn’t say that by improving software Samsung’s numbers will go back up in this mature tech market (everyone has been struggling, after all), but it would definitely be a big start. So far I have to say the only cool software introductions from the Korean manufacturer have been some of those gimmicky features on Galaxy phones… and many of you hate them.

But what do you guys think Samsung could do to improve its game? Should improving software really be the main focus? Should they do more with hardware? What would make you a more loyal Samsung user?

They clearly need to start doing something different soon. Their revenues are down and even CEOs are already suffering from it. As are we.

23
Dec

How to install the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge


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Samsung has been known to drag its feet when it comes to bringing major software updates to its devices, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year. The company just recently announced that Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners in the U.K. and in South Korea can beta test the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update if they’d like.

If you happen to live in the United Kingdom and own one of these two devices, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to install the Android 6.0 beta. Please be mindful that you should only do this at your own risk. Also note that you’ll need to have an unlocked version of the device with model number SM-G920F or SM-G925F. You can check this by heading to Settings>About device.

Now is also a good time to check if your device’s current firmware has the proper BTU product code. To do this, you can download this handy Device Info app from the Play Store, swipe to the Firmware section, then check the product code. If there is a BTU code mentioned after the model number, proceed to the next step. If your phone doesn’t have the BTU code mentioned after the model number on your device, you can still download the firmware, but there are a few hoops you’ll need to jump through. We’d recommend jumping to the source link below for more details on this process.


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Next you’ll need to download the Galaxy Care application from the Google Play Store. Once you pass the welcome screen, swipe through until you see the “Participate Galaxy Beta Program” tab. Click the Join button, the press the Registration button at the bottom. You’ll need to agree to the license terms, then you’ll be given the option to download the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta at some point within the next 24 hours. Pretty easy, right?

Have you tried the Marshmallow preview on your Samsung device yet? If so, how are you liking it so far? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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22
Dec

Deal Alert: Samsung Galaxy S6 for $400 from eBay


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Looking to treat yourself to a swanky new gadget before the year is out? Well, check out this offer on the Samsung Galaxy S6, which can be yours for just $399.99 through eBay.

The model on offer is the SM-G920TZKAXAR, unlocked and with 32GB of internal memory. The phone is only available in Black Sapphire, but that’s pretty good look. This is the standard unlocked model that retails in the US, but you can double check compatibility with your carrier’s 4G LTE bands below.

  • 3G: B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850);
  • 4G LTE: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4 (AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B12(700), B17(700), B20(800)

Although lots of flagship smartphones have hit the market this year, the Samsung Galaxy S6 remains one of the best. The phone features a 5.1-inch QHD AMOLED display, cutting edge Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. The phone also ships with built-in wireless charging and now works with Samsung Pay in the US.

Galaxy S6 versus:

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The same Galaxy S6 model costs $600 directly through Samsung’s online store, so it’s quite the steal at $400. Stock is limited, so I will leave you to your shopping.

Buy a Samsung Galaxy S6 for $399.99

22
Dec

Samsung launches a Marshmallow beta program for the Galaxy S6 in Korea


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Samsung is offering Galaxy S6 users in South Korea the chance to beta test Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

More Android manufacturers are using beta programs to test and improve their software updates. Google itself has offered developer preview releases since Lollipop, and it’s safe to say that new previews of Android updates will be published every summer going forward. Sony recently extended its Marshmallow Concept program and even Huawei’s up and coming Honor brand will open a Marshmallow beta program in the close future.

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Now Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world, is announcing its own beta Marshmallow update program, though at least for now, it’s very limited in scale. Specifically, only users of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Korea Telecom and LG U+ are invited to participate, and there is no indication that similar beta programs will be offered in other markets.

To sign up for the Marshmallow preview, users can download the Galaxy Care app from the Play Store or from Samsung’s Galaxy store. Users will receive an OTA notification for the update within 24 hours of signing up.

Like any beta, the goal of the program is to gather useful feedback from a small number of users, before Samsung pushes updates to its tens of millions of users. Given Samsung’s checkered past when it comes to software, this is a highly welcomed initiative. Hopefully, it’s also a sign of better things to come – it’s high time Android OEMs started treating updates as more than afterthoughts.

On a related note, a recent rumor claims that, come the Galaxy S7, Samsung will be paying more attention than ever to the optimization of its software and apps.


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Samsung’s Marshmallow beta program will be open through January 18. That means we shouldn’t expect the official OTA for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge before that date. For a high-level view of the updates across manufacturers, check out our Marshmallow updates roundup.

17
Dec

Buy one of Samsung’s latest smartphones from Sprint, get a 32-inch Samsung LED TV for free


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Just a few hours after T-Mobile announced its plans to discount the top Samsung smartphones for the holidays, Sprint joined in on the fun. Beginning Friday, December 18th, Sprint will give you a free 32-inch Samsung LED TV with a qualifying purchase or lease of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The phones included in this promotion are the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. It’s available for all new and existing customers who’d like to upgrade or add a new line of service. To be eligible for the promo, you’ll need to sign up through Sprint Lease, Sprint Easy Pay, sign a two-year contract or pay full retail price for your smartphone.

The promotion ends Thursday, December 24th, or while supplies last.

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It should be noted that Samsung’s latest flagship phones are really expensive when buying full price through Sprint (the 32GB Galaxy S6 still costs close to $600), so we’d recommend buying your device through Sprint Easy Pay or Sprint Lease. You’ll need to submit your offer claim form by December 31st to get your television. It will be delivered sometime within 4-6 weeks. Oh, and the television is a Samsung 32-inch LED J4000 Series, which is normally sold for around $200 on Samsung’s website.

For more details on this holiday promotion, head to the source link below.


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16
Dec

Take $100 off Samsung’s latest smartphones, get a free year of Netflix from T-Mobile


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T-Mobile has been giving its customers some incredible gifts this holiday season. And for its final Un-carrier Unwrapped holiday promotion, T-Mobile will be taking $100 off Samsung’s latest smartphones for new and existing customers. These include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. In addition to this hefty discount, the carrier will also throw in a full year of Netflix with the purchase of one of these smartphones.

What makes this deal even more great is that you can stream Netflix for free on T-Mobile’s network thanks to the recently introduced Binge On program. Binge On lets you stream Hulu, HBO Go, HBO Now, Sling TV, Showtime and many more services for free on the carrier’s 4G LTE network as long as you’re a Simple Choice customer. This is similar to the carrier’s Music Freedom program, which allows users to stream unlimited music from popular services like Spotify, Google Play Music and more without using up precious mobile data.

This promotion begins Friday, December 18th in T-Mobile stores and online and ends Wednesday, December 23rd, with the Netflix promotion running until December 31st.


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If you aren’t in the market for a Samsung smartphone, the Un-carrier has a few other promotions you may want to take advantage of. The carrier announced that it would give an extra $200 bill credit to Sprint customers who switch for a limited time, only a few days after giving the gift of unlimited data to all its Simple Choice postpaid customers. And if you happen to switch to T-Mobile from Verizon, you’ll score yourself a free year of Hulu.

If you’re interested in any of these deals, head to the source link below for more details.

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16
Dec

Deal: Unlocked Galaxy S6 from eBay only $400, 128GB Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge for $600


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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge flagships may have launched more than a few months ago, but they’re still some of the best Android smartphones available on the market. They’re both incredibly sleek and powerful, though depending on which mobile carrier you have, you might need to fork out an arm and a leg to get one of these bad boys. Well, that is until now. Right now, you can buy an unlocked 32GB T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 from eBay for only $399.99, which is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen thus far. If you’re looking for more storage and perhaps a curved display, though, you can pick up the Verizon 128GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for just $599.99.

The Galaxy S6 unit is an unlocked T-Mobile variant, so it’s also compatible with AT&T’s network. It also supports all of AT&T’s LTE bands, so you should have no trouble getting service. The Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge unit is unlocked as well, though you’ll definitely have the best coverage if you choose to use it on Verizon.

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These are still some of the best Android phones out there. They both sport Samsung’s in-house built Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM and some of the best cameras available on a smartphone to date. This is truly a great deal for these flagships, so you might not want to delay if you’re at all interested.

Follow the links below for more details.


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12
Dec

Get a Galaxy S6 free when you buy another Samsung phone from AT&T


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A free Samsung Galaxy S6? There’s gotta be some kind of catch. Yeah, actually, there is. But let’s see what this deal looks like on paper before we get to the fine print.

Through the end of the year only, AT&T is offering a frankly jaw-dropping deal. If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, or a Note 5, they’re going to give you the option to take a Galaxy S6 on the house. It’s a holiday offer that seems generous enough to put anyone in a festive mood, but this buy-one-get-one combo isn’t quite as straightforward as similarly described deals found in department stores and fireworks stands.

REVIEWS AND COMPARISONS OF THE GALAXY S6

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To be eligible for the offer, you have to be opening up a new line of service for the additional Galaxy S6. Both the new line of service and the service plan for the originally purchased device have to sign up for AT&T’s 24-month Next installment plan ($70/mo minimum). Furthermore, you actually still purchase the “free” Galaxy S6 – either through financing or outright – and AT&T will give you $21.67 per-month off your billing statement for the next 30 months (capping at $650), effectively refunding you the device’s cost as you go. If you terminate service at any time, you have to pay any of the unpaid remaining value of the phone back to AT&T.  

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So while this is still clearly a good deal for people who were already looking to purchase two new phones and add a new line of service for the next two years, this isn’t exactly an extra scoop of ice cream AT&T is doling out to get into the Christmas spirit. For some it looks like it could be a godsend, but others may want to pass. Click the button below to check out the official promo page and decide if AT&T’s two-for-one offer is right for you.

What are your thoughts on this free Galaxy S6? Potentially good deal or not your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments!

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Dec

10 Android phones you should consider for T-Mobile (December 2015)


Are you in the market for a new smartphone? Is Sprint the service provider you’re considering? You’re in luck!  We’re here to help you pick out that next handset. If you’re an existing smartphone owner, picking out an upgrade won’t be too much of a challenge. But, for others, particularly first-time buyers, the idea of buying an Android might make them nervous.

Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? We’re here to help you dig mine through the muck and pull out a few gems.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 Android smartphones you should consider for Sprint this December. Here, in no particular order, are ten Android handsets that you should consider for Sprint if you’re currently contemplating a new device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Galaxy-Note5_front-with-spen_White-PearlThe fifth generation of Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone experience boasts a gorgeous metal and glass design. The S Pen digital stylus is smarter than ever and works without even powering on the display. Up from previous models, storage options are now 32GB and 64GB. The battery, which comes in at a commendable 3000mAh capacity, allows for fast charging, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

An almost identical sibling to the aforementioned Galaxy Note 5, this one trades out the stylus for the dual curved display. If you don’t need to jot down notes or mark up documents, consider grabbing the more sexy counterpart.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ at T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S6

Announced in the spring, it’s hard to beat the annual Samsung flagship smartphone. The 5.1-inch Quad HD screen is a stunner and feels oh-so-right in our hands and the premium design includes glass and metal. It’s the first Galaxy S model we’ve wanted to coddle and protect in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop (with an expected 6.0 update), comes with at least 32GB storage, and has 3GB RAM to boost performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 at T-Mobile

LG G4

LG continues to impress with a steady stream of flagship models that demand attention. We long ago fell in love with the rear button layout and this year’s version has one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The specs are top-notch and the screen is a real looker.

LG G4 at T-Mobile

LG V10

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The newest phone of the bunch, this LG features two displays. Indeed, there is the 5.7-inch quad HD screen which looks gorgeous on its own. However, up at the top you will find a small secondary display which offers quick access to favorite contacts, apps, media player buttons , or an at-a-glance view of your schedule.

But, as if that were not enough, you will also find 64 gigabytes of internal storage with a microSD card that allows for another 200GB of space. The removable 3,000mAh battery is more than enough to get you a day or two of life. The rear offers up a 16-megapixel camera while the front houses a pair of 5-megapixel shooters. One works for close-ups while the other has a wide angle lens for group shots.

LG V10 at T-Mobile

HTC One M9

carousel-htc-one-m9-gunmetal-380x380-1The lone HTC model here is also one of the oldest flagship models to make this list. Don’t let that concern you, though, it’s still a kick-ass phone with a great build.  The 5-inch screen looks great and fits well in the hand while the 20-megapixel camera snaps excellent photos. The microSD card keeps media lovers content with room for up to 200GB of external storage. And, perhaps the best part, the included Uh Oh Protection will replace your water damaged or cracked screen for free inside of 12 months.

HTC One M9 at T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Somewhat of a trimmed-down take of the Galaxy S line, this one gives new smartphone users more than enough to learn the ropes. What’s more, it comes at a fraction of the cost of the flagship brand. Specs include a 5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel rear camera, and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop, you also get to enjoy expandable memory via microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime at T-Mobile

ZTE Obsidian

Priced to move, you’ll have a hard time beating the value in the ZTE Obsidian. Those looking to get into the smartphone game should find the 4.5-inch phone meets their needs. The Android 5.1 Lollipop provides the Material Design aesthetic that’s become all the rage; the 8GB storage with microSD expansion (up to 32GB) ought to be enough to store your music, pictures, and other media.

ZTE Obsidian at T-Mobile

Kyocera Hydro Wave

carousel-kyocera-hydro-wave-all-380x380-1Does your lifestyle find you spending time around water? Plumbers, lifeguards, and parents of toddlers will enjoy the waterproof Kyocera handset. Not only that, but the Military Standard 810G rating ensures this one can take a beating. Go ahead, drop it, if you can. The non-slip finish won’t make it easy on you.

Kyocera Hydro Wave at T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

When all you need is the essentials, consider picking up the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime.  It’s a pocketable 4.5-inch experience with a 5-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 2-megapixel shooter. The quad-core processor and 1GB RAM won’t set any benchmark records, but what do you expect for about one hundred dollars? Give this one to the kids for their first taste of Android.

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime at T-Mobile

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Dec

Verizon begins Wi-Fi Calling rollout for Android and iOS



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Verizon Wireless, the largest carrier in the United States, is rolling out Wi-Fi calling for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on December 8th. The feature will also be coming to iOS devices in early 2016. The full statement from Verizon’s site is as follows:

Beginning December 8, Verizon customers with Advanced Calling on two different Samsung smartphones can make and receive calls and initiate video calls over a Wi-Fi Internet connection.  Verizon customers already enjoy the largest and most reliable wireless network in the United States, and Advanced Calling with Wi-Fi Calling provides an alternative for those who wish to use Wi-Fi in the home, office or while traveling.  Wi-Fi Calling will initially be available on the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Samsung Galaxy S 6 Edge and will be rolled out as a software update in phases. Additional Android and iOS devices will receive Wi-Fi Calling capabilities via future software updates expected early next year. All Wi-Fi calls made to U.S. phone numbers are free. Calls made to foreign numbers are billed at international long distance rates.”

Instructions on how to enable Wi-Fi calling on Verizon smartphones were also posted on the company’s website, and are as follows:

To activate Wi-Fi Calling on Android, customers must first download and install the latest software update and turn on Advanced Calling from the settings menu. Once Advanced Calling is enabled, customers can activate Wi-Fi Calling. When a customer uses Advanced Calling on our 4G LTE network and travels outside of coverage, the call will seamlessly transfer to a known Wi-Fi hotspot when available. Advanced Calling has been available for more than a year and enables HD Voice (on 28 smartphones) and Video Calling (on 21 smartphones) on the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. For more information on Advanced Calling from Verizon, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/landingpages/advanced-calling.”


The FCC granted Verizon Wireless the waiver needed to launch Wi-Fi Calling last month. However, Big Red is a bit late to the game on this feature as AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have had Wi-Fi Calling for some time now.

You may be wondering what the benefits of using Wi-Fi Calling may be. The feature allows for calls and texts to be done over any Wi-Fi network, rather than over a traditional cell tower. This is extremely handy if you find yourself in a situation in which you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, but poor cell service. I, personally, use T-Mobile and the Uncarrier has had this feature for some time now and has proved to be useful in some circumstances, particularly when I traveled to Michigan last summer. I had relatively poor service in my family’s home, but I was still able to make calls and texts like normal over their Wi-Fi connection.

Do you utilize Wi-Fi calling on your existing carrier? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Verizon Wireless; Via: iClarified

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