The Galaxy S7 Active is only available in the US SamsungThe rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active smartphone is now available to buy but comes with one catch: it's only available in the US and is exclusive to ATLike most smartphone manufacturers, Samsung likes to milk what it can from each cycle of its flagship range, giving birth to sub-series like the Active, Mini, Neo and Zoom.The S7 Active has been adorned with a reinforced shell with rubberised edges to make it more drop-proof – up to five metres, to be precise.The battery is where the S7 Active has received the biggest bump – 4,000mAh compared to the S7's 3,000mAh.Each comes with either 32 or 64GB storage, which can be expanded via microSD, IP68-certified waterproofing and comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.The Active series already had a limited appeal, but now that Samsung's flagship phones come water-resistant as standard, there seems to be less of a case than ever for the company's ruggedised range.US buyers can grab the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active from AT from 10 June, with contracts starting at $26.50 £18 a month for 30 months.
Google s latest Android build is now live on more than 10 percent of devicesGoogle has confirmed Android Marshmallow is now running on 10.1 percent of all active devices powered by its mobile software, as more and more products running the version hit the market.The company s last quarterly Android usage report back in March showed that only 2.3 percent of devices were running Marshmallow, marking a major increase for the software, thanks to the launch of premium Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.SweetGoogle AndroidHowever Marshmallow, which was revealed in August 2015, still has some way to go if it wants to topple the current Android leader, which embarrassingly for Google was released several years ago.Google s figures show that Android 4.4 KitKat, first released in October 2013, remains the most widely-used version of the software, present on 31.6 percent of devices.Google revealed the next version of Android last month at its Google I/O conferece, although Android N s official name is still yet to be confirmed.However the software will feature a number of significant upgrades from Marshmallow, including support for multi-window support, allowing for more than one app on screen at any time, and tweaks to notification display and speed improvements for the Android launcherAlso included are more unique emojis that add a number of people-focused designs as Google looks for a more human-looking design that includes a variety of skin tones.
The LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 line both have screens that never turn off, with each manufacturer claiming their respective solutions are optimized to use as little battery as possible.In reality, the technology powering the two different implementations is very different.This is particularly handy for those who prefer not to have his or her phone light up a dark room late at night.When a new notification is received, a fairly large version of app s icon replaces nearly all information displayed on the screen, and is then minimized.The Galaxy S7 Edge had service through Verizon Wireless, while the G5 had an AT SIM.As you can see from the chart above, the G5 used a surprisingly low 5% of battery over the course of a half day.
A Samsung foldable smartphone concept from 2014Samsung s next big smartphone innovation will be devices with a flexible, foldable displays, according to reports on Tuesday.Bloomberg sources via VentureBeat say the world s leading phone maker is plotting to unleash a device that folds in half, onto itself, rather like a make-up case.A second device would be a 5-inch smartphone that would unfurl into an 8-inch tablet, according to the report.The sources say the initiative, codenamed Project Valley, will be unveiled as soon as Mobile World Congress 2017 next February.See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge reviewSamsung has been at the forefront of display innovation for years, thanks to its AMOLED tech.The plan, according to the sources, would be give Samsung a headstart over Apple s rumoured deployment of OLED screens for the iPhone 8 in late 2017.
Rumours suggest that Apple is lining up a switch to AMOLED screen technology, like Samsung, but that this won't occur until 2017.It certainly bests the iPhone 6S' A9 CPU in our own tests, at least in the multi-core stakes.They can provide a number of benefits, from a crude optical zoom solution to a choice between a wide-angle and close-up shots, and even as a tool for adjusting the focus in post-processing.It's hard to match Apple's fire-and-forget auto algorithms, but for those willing to compose their shots, the Galaxy S7 rules.5 iPhone 7 to be an audio pioneerThere's one particular area in which we're expecting the iPhone 7 to rip up the rulebook, as early rumours suggest that Apple is going to do away with the 3.5mm headphone port.In fact, as something of a pioneer on this front, the iPhone 7 could even be viewed as less user-friendly than Samsung's phone, requiring a clunky adapter to use your existing gear.
Still, the fit of the Wireless Freedom is better than anything else on the market, but that s not saying much.Jaybird claims you ll get four hours of battery life without the charging clip, which adds weight to the buds and gives you a couple more hours of use.I have to give credit to Jaybird for the MySound app, which customizes your listening experience in a way that the app for the Parrot Zik 3 doesn t. You ll definitely want to turn off your native equalizer and use the one in Jaybird s app instead.The app came in most handy when listening to the BPM EDM channel on Sirius XM, an app that doesn t have its own native equalizer.While using the earbuds with the iPhone, the connection would sometimes go out — something that never happened when using the buds with the Samsung Galaxy S7.However, once you get out of the gym, you ll probably want to use wireless headphones from Bose, Sennheiser, or Bowers & Wilkins for the rest of the day.
Samsung has finally announced the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active after numerous leaks and rumours.Now Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S7 Active as an AT exclusive for now in the US.It's built to take a pounding, with a shatter-resistant 5.1-inch screen, a water-resistant case, and rugged physical buttons in place of the S7's capacitive back and multitasking keys.As a result, it's 30g heavier and 2mm thicker than the regular S7.That includes a Snapdragon 820 CPU which the US model of the S7 also has , 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, and 32GB of storage.Next, check out the main Galaxy S7 problems and how to fix them:There's been no word on a UK release yet, but we ll keep you updated if we hear anything.
Samsung could release two phones with bendable screens next year, a new report has claimed.The South Korean manufacturer has been researching and prototyping flexible display technology for years, but it could be preparing to finally launch its first commercial products next year.Of course, we've heard similar claims before, but this time there are a few more details that lead us to believe there could be something happening.Of course, Samsung has already used its flexible OLED display technology in several of its phones, from the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in 2014 to the recent Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.Related: 7 Samsung patents that will shape the future of smartphonesThe biggest obstacle to Samsung creating a truly flexible phone lay in being able to make durable transparent plastics.It's claimed that these two phones, code-named Project Valley, could be unveiled as soon as February at the next Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The BlackBerry Priv, the maker s Android smartphone, isn t doing so great.The lagging sales are despite efforts on BlackBerry s part to boost sales — back in April, for example, the company lowered the handset s price in the U.S., U.K., and Europe, bringing it down to the same general price range as the Samsung Galaxy S7.Unfortunately for BlackBerry, a relatively small price cut can't help bolster sales for a phone no one wants.Speaking to CNET, an unnamed AT executive has cropped up to say, The BlackBerry Priv is really struggling.That s bad news for BlackBerry, a company that has, despite some pretty big efforts, failed to reverse its increasingly doomed fortunes.The Priv was the first among BlackBerry handsets running Android instead of the maker s own OS, and some had anticipated the combination of keyboard, Android, and the BlackBerry name to make the Priv an at least moderate success.
Today we're having a peek at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Active model has a battery that's so extremely large, it'd be difficult to use it all up in a single day.Tablet battery-sized difficult.You'll see three red stars showing the places where the Active model differs from the standard Galaxy S7.The Galaxy S7 already lasts around a full day with regular use - the Galaxy S7 Active's much more giant battery is sure to push that activity to well over a day.Or - since it is meant to go with you when you're headed out into the wild, you'll need extra battery because you'll be taking lots of photos and recording lots of video.
Passwords on the device - be they text based or fingerprint based - seem to be lost or distorted as the newest update is installed.You need to enter a password, pin code, or pattern unlock every time your device is booted - unless you turn this feature off.UPDATE: It would appear that this issue is not limited to Samsung smartphones - which makes sense, since the issue at hand is almost certainly having to do with this Android update VS Samsung's implementation of device unlocks.Of course you'll need to have had a Samsung account to find your mobile device with this tool in the first place.If you're heading in to an update soon, you'll want to make sure you sign up for a Samsung account before you do - if you want to use this tool.Let us know if you've experience this issue with your device, and if you've been able to get back in to your device without resetting the whole thing or contacting Samsung for a fix.
It s called the Galaxy S7 Active and will be available as an exclusive on US network AT, but what makes it different?While the regular S7 is sleek, curvy and pretty darn sexy, the S7 Active isn t. It s like the difference between a Burberry and a North Face coat; one looks good, the other is bulky for a reason.It s taller and wider than the S7, and the capacitive buttons have been replaced by physical ones.Basically, the S7 Active looks like a phone that also has an Otterbox case on it.Samsung is also claiming that the S7 Active is MIL STD-810G rated, which is a military standard.It ll still record 4K video too, great for capturing your outdoor exploits.
Samsung's flagship smartphone has received the rough and tough upgrade that we were all expecting.Much like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, the S7 Active is clad in a camouflage design that you'll either love or hate.The S7 Active is obviously made to withstand an intense beating, and its huge 4,000mAh battery only adds to the already impressive list of specs.The S7, by comparison, has 3,000mAh and the Nexus 6P packs 3,450mAh.Will the S7 Active see the world over?Who knows, maybe we'll see the S7 Active floating into new waters soon enough.
AT and Samsung have unveiled their annual ruggedized version of the Korean manufacturer s Galaxy S flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Active via Droid Life .As VentureBeat previously reported, while the 5.1-inch handset is nearly indistinguishable, aesthetically, from last year s Galaxy S6 Active, it does include a number of functional enhancements.Besides the upgraded Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip from Qualcomm, boosted 4GB of RAM, and bulkier 4000mAh battery, the QHD-resolution, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-powered device also brings a microSD slot, home button-embedded fingerprint reader, and new shatter-resistant screen this time around, to complement its IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.Most of the other specs, including its 12-megapixel camera featuring DualPixel technology and 32GB of internal storage, carry over from its Galaxy S7 linemate.The S7 Active goes on sale Friday, June 10 — in either Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, or Camo Green — for $750 outright, or either $26.50 or $33.13 per month as part of a 30-month or 24-month AT Next plan, respectively.Purchasing the phone on a Next plan also entitles customers to a complimentary Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active vs Galaxy S7By this point, the recipe for Samsung to make the Galaxy S x Active is pretty simple: take this year s flagship Galaxy Swhatever, add some physical buttons, a rubber exterior, some waterproofing, and then sell it to Jeep owners.DON T MISS: Mark Zuckerberg s social media has been hacked, because no one is safeThis year s S7 Active is an AT exclusive, because apparently it s 2007 again and there are carrier exclusives.If you choose to sell your soul for a 24-month contract, you ll be paying about $795 for the phone when it s all said and done.That s a lot of money for a smartphone, but the S7 Active is an impressive pony with many tricks.Oh, and of course, it s waterproof for everyone but scuba divers.Looks-wise, it s basically a bigger and more rubbery Galaxy S7.
When smartphones, led by the iPhone 5s in 2013, started marching towards 64-bit processors, there was a lot of talk around RAM sizes greater than 4 GB.Of course, that was one of the most obvious consequences of the new CPU architecture, but back then it was still more of a hype.Going by AnTuTu's Top 10 Performance devices in May, maybe not so much yet.The popular benchmarking website notes that the top 3 in its list are all smartphones sporting Snapdragon 820 CPUs paired with 6 GB of RAM.At face value, they are indeed impressive when it comes to performance, topping even the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s.They rank higher, however, because they have smaller screens with smaller resolutions, compared to the WQHD most flagships have these days.
This version of the device comes in three colors: Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, and Camo Green.You'll be able to find this device in the United States at AT exclusively, starting on the 10th of this June, 2016 - that's just a few days from now.This device has many specifications that match the Galaxy S7, including the processor, display, and cameras.The green camo and sand colors are not available as original Galaxy S7 units - the gray is very similar to the gray you can get with the original Galaxy S7.This AT version means you've also got GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz, and 3G-UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz.This device's biggest unique bits include IP68 certification against water and dust, a customizable Active Key, and a "shatter resistant screen."
Apple s iOS is generally considered the more usable operating system, and for good reason.The S7 Edge holds the same magnetic power over you from the moment you first lay eyes on it.It s remarkable how much Samsung managed to slim down the S7 Edge.My favorite was a galaxy-themed shot with colorful planets.Since Samsung doesn t sell unlocked versions of its phones, there s no avoiding this mess.The tasks are mostly limited to Samsung apps right now, so if you use an alternative calendar or email app, you re out of luck.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f105992%2fbatman-5New fact: The Batman-themed Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition is even sexier.The bundle includes a special S7 Edge with Batman logo and gold trims, all-black Gear VR headset, an armored Batman case, earbuds and a gold batarang.SEE ALSO: Samsung's Gear Fit 2 still looks hot as hell, now comes with built-in GPSThough the Injustice Edition bundle isn't available in the U.S. only China, Korea, Singapore, Russia and Latin America currently , Mashable got to check the set out and unbox all the Batman goodies.The Injustice Edition Galaxy S7 Edge has the same specs as the original: 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, 3,600 mAh battery, 12-megapixel f/1.7 rear camera and 5-megapixel f/1.7 front-facing camera, water-resistance and wireless charging.As the international model, the phone's rocking an Exynos 8890 processor instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of RAM.But enough yapping, let's look at the loot:
That is assuming you're the sort of person who has a whole bunch of Android phones and tablets and whatnot.Even if you're not, the newest feature on this app allows you to access your Android phone's fully interactive screen via your PC or Mac or Chromebook both through a USB cord remotely and through any computer connected via a shared link.That link is passed on to the second computer, which then installs Vysor if they don't already have it installed and the phone on the first computer appears on the second, again with full control.Opening a Samsung Galaxy S7 on this first computer was super simple.Controls include full touch and keyboard - copy from a text document outside the phone screen, on your desktop, and paste inside the phone - works just fine.You can find access to this app for your Chrome web browser at the Vysor homepage.