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Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

Samsung has confirmed the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is due in January. The confirmation comes via the Beta notices in the Galaxy Beta Program, although there’s still an element of doubt to the deadline: “We will do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible”.

See also:

Android Nougat review: an Android version for Android fans

October 21, 2016

While this is clearly just Samsung hedging its bets in case something unforeseen comes up, “doing their best” and “as soon as possible” are not the kinds of phrasing you want to hear from your OEM when you’re waiting on a major new Android release. But as we can probably all agree, it’s much better to get a stable update than a patchy buggy one.

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

That said, the Galaxy Beta Program has been very popular and that level of popularity means a lot of pre-release bugs will have already been identified long before the official rollout. The Galaxy Beta Program will be officially wrapped up at midnight tonight and while Samsung will stop monitoring the “error report” and “suggestion” channels of the beta program, it will still pay attention to the “community” feed.

Did you participate in the Galaxy Beta Program? Are you happy to wait a little longer to get a stable update?

Best of Android 2016: Performance

What is Best of Android?                

In Best of Android, we take the most important smartphones of the year and compare them side-by-side and in-depth. This year, with so many good phones available, we’ve stepped things up a notch and brought the 10 biggest Android phones of the year to the competition.

Read more about Best of Android and thanks for being such a valuable part of the Android Authority family!

We know how important performance is when it comes to a high-end Android phone. No one wants to fork out several hundred dollars for a phone and then suffer from lag. And if there’s a phone out there that costs half the price of most mainstream flagships and has better performance we know you’re going to want to know all about it.

See also:

Best of Android 2016: Display

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In this installment of the Best of Android 2016, we’re tackling the sticky issue of Android performance. Do the best specs on paper always result in the best stats under pressure? Or is software more important? What about RAM? Is more always better or can optimization be the key to heavy workload dominance?

We’ve run 10 of the biggest Android phones of 2016 through a series of popular benchmark tests, all available in Google Play so you can install them too and see how your phone stacks up against the best of the best in 2016. Results in each individual benchmark are ranked and at the end those results are averaged out to declare an overall winner.

DeviceCPUGPU RAM (GB)Display
resolution
Xiaomi Mi 5Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304FHD
OnePlus 3TSnapdragon 821Adreno 5306FHD
Huawei Mate 9Kirin 960Mali G71 MP84FHD
ZTE Axon 7Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304FHD
Moto Z Force DroidSnapdragon 820Adreno 5304QHD
Sony Xperia XZSnapdragon 820Adreno 5303FHD
HTC 10Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304QHD
LG V20Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304QHD
Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeExynos 8890Mali-T880 MP124QHD
Google Pixel XLSnapdragon 821Adreno 5304QHD

At the heart of every smartphone is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) that contains the CPU, the GPU and a whole bunch of other stuff like a DSP, ISP and the cellular modems. Obviously the choice of SoC will have a significant impact on the overall device performance, however it isn’t the only factor. The speed of the internal flash storage is certainly a factor, especially when it comes to app loading times. Secondly, the screen resolution will also influence performance as the CPU and GPU will need to work harder to maintain smooth animations.

Looking at the table above you can see that the Snapdragon 820/821 is the dominant SoC. The 821 is a slightly tweaked version of the 820 with improved performance and power efficiency. The only device not using a Qualcomm SoC is the Huawei Mate 9 which uses Huawei’s own Kirin 960. There are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, one with a Snapdragon 820 (which we used for the results in this test) and another that uses Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 SoC (which scored slightly lower on most benchmarks, hence using the 820 results here) .

AnTuTu

AnTuTu is one of the “standard” benchmarks for Android, it measures both CPU and GPU usage as well as a few other things like RAM bandwidth and I/O throughput. Although all of its workloads are completely artificial, meaning they don’t reflect real world usage, the benchmark is still useful for establishing a baseline about the general performance of a device.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

As you can see the OnePlus 3T gets the highest score from AnTuTu followed by the Moto Z Force Droid and the LG V20. Having said that, all the devices performed amazingly for AnTuTu. Last year’s winner was the Galaxy Note 5 with its Exynos 7420 SoC, however it scored less than 70,000. Now all the devices in our test score over 120,000! The Xiaomi Mi 5 was the weakest performer in AnTuTu.

GeekBench 4

GeekBench is another popular Android benchmarking tool, however this app only tests the CPU performance. The test is split into two parts, the single-core tests, which measures the speed of an individual core, regardless of how many cores there are on the SoC; and the multi-core tests, which exercises all the cores on the SoC simultaneously.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

The Geekbench king is the Huawei Mate 9 with its Kirin 960 SoC. The Kirin 960 uses four ARM Cortex-A73 cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores plus the Mali G71 MP8 GPU. The Mate 9 gets the top score for both the single-core tests and the multi-core tests.

Next up is the OnePlus 3T and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The former does better on the single-core tests but comes third in the multi-core tests. Conversely, the Samsung comes third overall for the single-core tests but second for the multi-core tests. The weakest single-core performance was shown by the Mi 5, with the HTC 10 producing the poorest multi-core results.

Basemark OS II

Basemark OS II is an “All-In-One” benchmark that tests the overall performance of a device including system, memory, graphics, and web browsing. As well as these individual scores there is a overall rating calculated (graph below includes Vellamo scores).
Best of Android 2016: Performance

The OnePlus 3T comes out on top of the Basemark OS II tests with a score of 2,719. Next comes the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with 2,659 and the Huawei Mate 9 with 2,588. Interestingly there is only a 5% difference in score among the top three devices.

At the other end of the scale, the Xiaomi Mi 5 was weakest (2.091), followed by the LG V20 (2,188) and HTC 10 (2,197) in second and third last places, respectively.

Vellamo

Vellamo is Qualcomm’s own benchmarking utility, which breaks tests down into three main “chapters”: Browser, Multicore and Metal. We ran the Browser test on the default internet app on each device to see how well they handle web content and then ran Metal to evaluate single-core performance of the mobile processor.

For the Metal test of Vellamo the top scoring device is once again the OnePlus 3T with 4,238, the only device break the 4K barrier. Next comes the ZTE Axon 7, the first time the ZTE has appeared on the podium! In third place is the LG V20. The poorest result in Metal was the Xiaomi Mi 5 which was the only device to not make 3K (interestingly, the Pixel XL only just scraped by with 3,040).

Turning to the Vellamo web browsing tests the top place goes to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with 7,778. In second place comes the Huawei Mate 9 and after that the OnePlus 3T. The weakest Vellamo browsing result was from the ZTE Axon 7 (3,756).

Jet Stream

JetStream is a JavaScript benchmark tool that focuses on advanced web applications, performing tests for latency and throughout (sustained peak performance). Jet Stream covers a variety of advanced workloads and programming techniques to avoid the possibility of software tweaks to “game” individual benchmarks and runs 39 different tests to produce a single overall score.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

Like the Vellamo web browsing test, the top three phones are the S7 Edge, the Mate 9 and the OnePlus 3T, but this time the ordering is different. First came the Huawei Mate 9, then the OnePlus 3T and in third place the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The HTC 10 was the worst and the Xiaomi Mi 5 just a little better.

3DMark

3DMark is probably the world’s leading benchmark tool because of its cross-platform nature and because of its emphasis on 3D graphics. The Slingshot Extreme test is designed specifically for the OpenGL ES 3.1 standard. 3DMark not only has rules for manufacturers to avoid OEMs modifying the way the system runs when tests are being performed, but you can compare 3DMark results with over 3,000 Android devices as well as the latest iPhones and iPads.

It is worth re-emphasizing at this point that devices with lower screen resolutions rank better as the GPU has less work to do. In fact QHD displays have 77 percent more pixels than Full HD displays!

Best of Android 2016: Performance

As we can see the top three results all go to devices with Full HD displays: the OnePlus 3T, the ZTE Axon 7 and the Huawei Mate 9. However, what is even more impressive is that the score for the Google Pixel XL is only 17 percent less than the Huawei Mate 9 but yet the Pixel XL is pushing around 77 percent more pixels! The worst 3DMark performance came from the HTC 10 by a wide margin.

GFXBench

Like 3DMark, GFXBench is primarily concerned with GPU performance. It includes a new 1440p Manhattan 3.1.1 for OpenGL ES 3.1 test and other assorted benchmarks that test Android Extension Pack features like hardware tessellation on game-like content. We ran the demanding T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 benchmarks for our tests. Again, be mindful of display resolution differences.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

The winner for the T-Rex test is the ZTE Axon 7, in second is the Xiaomi Mi 5 and in third is the Sony Xperia XZ. Not too surprisingly, all three of them have a Full HD display. The leading device with a QHD display is the Moto Z Force Droid, which is just 2fps slower than the Sony Xperia XZ and only 1fps slower than the OnePlus 3T.

As for the Manhattan test, the top performers are the Sony Xperia XZ and the OnePlus 3T which both scored 32fps. Again, both devices have a Full HD display. Next comes the Pixel XL (30fps with a QHD screen) and in third is the Huawei Mate 9 (28fps and Full HD again).

Wrap up

Overall, the best performer came first by quite a wide margin. It came first in AnTuTu, Basemark OS II, 3DMark and GFXBench Manhattan (tied with the Sony). It also managed a top three result for all the other tests with the exception of the GFXBench T-Rex test, where it came fourth. So which Android phone has the best performance in 2016?

The OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T sports the brand-new Snapdragon 821 SoC, combined with 6 GB of RAM and a Full HD display, a killer combination that made it unbeatable where these tests were concerned.

In second place is the Huawei Mate 9. It has the highest Geekbench score plus it came in first in the JetStream JavaScript benchmark suite. It also finished in the top three repeatedly across other tests, helped in part by its Full HD display (a feature our top three all share).

In third overall place is the Sony Xperia XZ. While it didn’t win any of the tests outright, it did come in joint first for the GFXBench Manhattan test and scored well for the GFX T-Rex test.

It is also worth mentioning the ZTE Axon 7, which took fourth place overall and was the highest performing device with a QHD display. The Moto Z Force Droid was next, followed by the Pixel XL, both of which also feature QHD displays.

1. OnePlus 3T9.076. Google Pixel XL5.29
2. Huawei Mate 97.797. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge5.00
3. Sony Xperia XZ6.798. LG V204.57
4. ZTE Axon 75.869. Xiaomi Mi 53.14
5. Lenovo Moto Z Force Droid5.6410. HTC 102.14

A note on results: Our overall performance scores were calculated by assigning points between 1-10 to each device for each tested benchmark. The best performer scored 10 points, second place 9 points and so on, regardless of how close the margin was. Those category scores were then averaged for the final grading you see above.

There are obviously a few things that can affect how well any given device performs in benchmarks. Screen resolution, CPU, GPU, RAM, firmware, software optimizations and so on can all affect the results.

As you can see above, devices with Full HD displays did better overall due to having fewer pixels to push around but we also had some standout results from QHD devices. If you don’t think 2K is worth the drain on performance and battery life, then the OnePlus 3T is the obvious choice. But if you’re looking for a QHD smartphone with top notch performance, you can’t go past the Axon 7. Interestingly, these are two of the most affordable devices on our list.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the other categories in the Best of Android 2016 series.


Credits

Tested by: Gary Sims, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Velasco, Joshua Vergara, Lanh Nguyen
Series Contributors: Rob TriggsEdgar Cervantes, Kris Carlon
Series Editors: Nirave Gondhia, Bogdan Petrovan, Andrew Grush

Deal: Buy a Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and get a free Samsung EVO+ 256 GB memory card

If you’re considering buying the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, you should check out the deal Best Buy is currently offering. The retailer is giving out a free Samsung EVO+ 256 GB memory card to customers who buy one of the already mentioned smartphones.

As always, some conditions do apply, as the device you purchase has to be activated on Verizon Device Payment, AT&T Next, or Sprint 24-Month Installment if you want to score the free memory card. The Galaxy S7 Active is also included in this deal, but keep in mind that it’s an AT&T exclusive device.

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2 days ago

We think that this is quite a good deal, especially when considering the price point of Samsung’s 256 GB memory card. It is quite expensive, as it normally retails for $249.99.

Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this deal will last for. So if you’re interested in getting it, you should probably do so as soon as possible. Visit Best Buy’s website by clicking the button below to place your order.

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And if you do decide to get the deal, let us know which device you opted for in the comment section below.

Best of Android 2016: Display

What is Best of Android?                

In Best of Android, we aim to answer the single most important question that we get asked every day: what’s the best Android phone you can buy right now?

Looking at 2016, here are the 10 phones we feel make up the best currently available on the market from each of these manufacturers

Check out the rest of this year’s edition and find out more here; Best of Android. Thanks for being a part of Android Authority!

To kick off our Best of Android 2016 series we are going to delve right on into every smartphone’s big upfront piece of tech – its display.

This year’s phones are a mixture of LCD and AMOLED and are either Full HD or QHD. Interestingly they are all over 5.0 inches with the smallest entrant being the Xiaomi Mi 5 with its 5.15 inch display. The largest is the 5.9 inch Huawei Mate 9.

 SizeTypeResolutionPixel density
Galaxy S7 Edge5.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi
HTC 105.2-inchesSuper LCD52560 x 1440565 ppi
Sony Xperia XZ5.2-inchesIPS LCD1920 x 1080424 ppi
Pixel XL5.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi
Xiaomi Mi 55.15-inchesIPS LCD1920 x 1080428 ppi
Moto Z Force Droid5.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi
OnePlus 3T5.5-inchesAMOLED1920 x 1080401 ppi
LG V205.7-inchesIPS LCD2560 x 1440513 ppi
Huawei Mate 95.9-inchesIPS LCD1920 x 1080373 ppi
ZTE Axon 75.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi

Before we dive into all of the results, a quick word about our test. We paired up an X-rite’s i1 Display Pro spectrophotometer with CalMAN’s ColorChecker software and its MobileForge companion app, which is used to wirelessly sync up the test images between the phone and our PC software. We set the phone to our desired brightness for each test, attached the i1 Display Pro to the middle of the display, made sure that it was flush to the screen, and then ran the software. Some phones have the option to adjust the screen colors and temperature but each phone was set to its default out-of-the-box state.

How do they compare? Let’s find out.

Display Luminance

To start with, we ramped up each phone to full brightness and measured a white light output with the i1 Display Pro. Since some devices don’t actually use the absolute maximum brightness when set manually to 100%, we also set the displays to “auto brightness” and shone a torch into the light sensor. On some phones that makes the display go even brighter. For example, the LG V20 has a brightness of 526 nits on 100% manual, which is a good result. However on “auto” the same display can be pushed to 708 nits!

The LG V20 is by far the brightest display with a massive 708 nits, followed by Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Sony Xperia XZ with 650 and 613 nits respectively. The Huawei Mate 9 also manages more than 600 nits. At the other end of the scale we have the ZTE Axon 7 which can only manage 339 nits. The rest of the devices manage at least 400 nits. It is also worth noting that like the LG V20, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Moto Z Force Droid also have significantly different brightness levels on manual and auto.

Color temperature

Color reproduction and the science of color can be quite complex, but it is worth noting a few things that will help you understand the display on your smartphone. Incidentally it might also help you improve the photos you take and how to buy light bulbs! Color is a characteristic of light, and it depends on the frequency of the light you are seeing. The lower frequency colors are red and orange while the high frequency colors are blue and purple. In between are all the colors of the rainbow.

When you see something as red it is because that object is reflecting the red light waves better than the other colors. In fact some of the other light waves are being absorbed and turned into heat. When an object reflects all of the colors equally we see it as white. Now since color is an attribute of light you will have noticed that objects take on a different hue when seen under different light. The sun at dusk shows things differently to the sun at noon. The light from a football stadium portrays things differently to candle light, and so on.

To help define the composition of light we use the Kelvin scale. Candles and sunsets give off light that is closer to red (which we call ‘warm’) but the light from the sun when we have “clear blue skies” is… yes, bluer… or “cooler.” Cool colors like blue generally have color temperatures over 7000K, while warmer colors like red and orange lie around the 2000K mark. For a variety of reasons, that we won’t get into now, the sweet spot for white light is 6500K. Color temperatures lower than that will be “warm” and above it will be “cool.”

So, what does this all have to do with displays? Basically, the display on a smartphone is a light source, similar to a TV or the monitor on a PC. The light it generates has a temperature. The closer that temperature is to 6500K then the closer it is to that sweet spot for white.

We tested all the devices to get a color temperature reading and here are the results:

Best of Android 2016: Display

The first thing to note is that none of the displays on test are actually configured to 6500K by default. But we can see that the Samsung  Galaxy S7 has the closest color temperature to 6500K, followed by the Moto Z Force Droid and the ZTE Axon 7. At the other end of the scale are the LG V20 and the Huawei Mate 9, both of which have color temperatures in excess of 8700K, giving the whites a clear blue tint:

Best of Android 2016: Display

The reason that 6500K is important is because most media is calibrated to 6500K which means that the further a display is away from that sweet spot then the further away the reproduced colors will be from the intended colors.

Color range

Since displays produce the whole gamut of colors it is important to know how faithfully those colors are reproduced. You might think that red is red and green is green, but as always it is a bit more complicated than that! Starting from the white 6500K sweet spot, a display needs to generate colors by increasing the amount of one (or more) colors while decreasing others, this mixture of red, green and blue yields the desired color. But how well a display can do that will determine its color accuracy.

Here is a set of color space diagrams generated for each display. The closer the different plot circles are to the target squares then the better the accuracy.

As you can see the best display is the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The white dot in the middle is almost on target and the different branches shoot off in the right directions. The display is particularly good in the blues (including cyan and magenta). However by contrast the color accuracy on the LG V20, the Huawei Mate 9 and the HTC 10 is disappointing. Starting with the LG V20 and the HTC 10 you can see that the cyan and magenta targets are way off and none of the colors (except blue) are on the right line. The graph for the Huawei Mate 9 tells a similar story to that of the other two, but with an additional twist, here the cyan and magenta lines actually curve!

One thing to note is that all three devices have LCD displays and not AMOLED displays. The other two LCD panels in our test are the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Sony Xperia XZ. These both exhibit the same tendencies as the other LCD devices however to a less extent. However it is worth pointing out that the magenta line on the Xperia XZ starts to the left of the target (more blue) and crosses over the line to yield redder colors. On top of that the greens are certainly more blueish-green that normal green!

That doesn’t mean that all the AMOLED panels are automatically “better.” Take a look at the ZTE Axon 7, it shares many of the faults seen on the LCD panels, however at least its cyan and magenta reproduction actually hits the target in some cases! The closest device to the S7 Edge is the Moto Z Force Droid, which does well in the cyan, blue, magenta and reds, however it does wander a bit for the greens and yellows. Third place goes to the Google Pixel XL which is almost as good as the Moto Z Force Droid, but not quite.

Conclusion

In terms of color temperature and color accuracy the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the clear winner. And while it has a display brightness of over 400 nits there are AMOLED displays that are brighter, most notably the Moto Z Force Droid. As for the LCD displays in our test, these tend to be brighter, however their color accuracy and color temperature are not as good.

If you want the brightest LCD panel with the best color temperature and highest color accuracy (among the LCD panels) then the Xiaomi Mi 5 is the winner, however it only offers Full HD rather than the QHD of the S7 Edge and the Z Force Droid.


Credits

Tested by: Gary Sims, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Velasco, Joshua Vergara, Lanh Nguyen
Series Contributors: Rob TriggsEdgar Cervantes, Kris Carlon
Series Editors: Nirave Gondhia, Bogdan Petrovan, Andrew Grush

Latest Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 Edge fixes rebooting issue

Samsung is currently rolling out another Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t bring new features to the table, but it does contain a few minor stability enhancements that are more than welcome.

According to the change log, the update fixes the intermittent rebooting issue and, as always, takes care of a few bugs to make the device run smoother. According to SamMobile, it is currently being rolled out to users who are part of the Galaxy Beta program in the UK and South Korea. But we expect that it will soon be available to Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge users in the US as well.

See also:

Samsung officially announces Galaxy S7 edge in Black Pearl

3 weeks ago

Samsung is really working hard to update its flagship device to the latest and greatest Android Nougat and has already released a bunch of updates to users enrolled in the Galaxy Beta program. This is the sixth update so far. The fifth one was released only a week ago and also came with a small change log, as the only major change was the removal of the Samsung Notes app.

Did you receive the latest Nougat beta update from Samsung yet? Let us know if you have by posting a comment down below.

Black Pearl version of Galaxy S7 Edge now available in India

Samsung

If you’re thinking of buying the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, you’ll be happy to hear that the device is available in a new color in India. You can now get Samsung’s flagship device in Black Pearl.

Compared to the other color options available, the Black Pearl version of the device comes with a slightly higher price tag. While you can get the Galaxy S7 Edge in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Blue Coral, and the recently announced Pink Gold for Rs. 50,900, you’ll have to fork out Rs. 56,900 in order to get the device in Black Pearl.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge cases

September 12, 2016

The reason for the higher price is that the Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge comes with more storage. It has 128 GB of space on board while all the other colors mentioned only come with 32 GB.

The device is already available for purchase on Samsung’s website, with shipments starting on December 30.  Samsung is also offering a one-time screen replacement for the device, which will set you back Rs 990, as well as the Gear VR headset for Rs 1,990.

In case you’re interested in getting the Galaxy S7 Edge in Black Pearl, head over to the company’s website by clicking the button below.

Get the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Black Pearl

Do you like the Black Pearl version of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, or do you prefer a different color? Let us know which one down below.

Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Tab S2

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If you’ve been interested in grabbing a new smartphone or tablet, why not take advantage of an opportunity to get two of the best mobile products of the year absolutely free?

Right now Tech Deals is hosting a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and a Galaxy Tab S2 giveaway! All you have to do to enter is sign in with an email account. Once you’re entered, you can gain additional entries by sharing the giveaway on social media.

The Galaxy S7 Edge might be the best smartphone we’ve seen all year. It has top-of-the-line specs, a headphone jack (unlike some of the products we’re seeing going into 2017) and… it doesn’t catch fire!

The Tab S2 is also an incredible device that really showcases what Samsung is able to bring to the market in the tablet category. These two additions to the Samsung line could be yours without costing you a dime, and you can continue to make additional entries all the way up until the giveaway’s end date.

The ultimate winner is chosen at random, but by staying involved over the course of the giveaway, you greatly increase your chances of winning. That means that getting in early and participating frequently is the ideal gameplan here. But heck, even if you don’t plan on being that involved, you might as well toss in your basic entry. There’s literally nothing to lose and $1,149 worth of the latest mobile tech to gain!

While you’re there, you might as well check around the Tech Deals website. We’ve been seeing some pretty intriguing discounts coming from them lately.

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Pink Gold Samsung Galaxy S7 edge now available in India; Black Pearl coming soon

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is one of the best smartphones of the year. When released, it was available in three colors — Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium. But soon after, Samsung announced the Pink Gold version of the device, which initially went on sale in April. Then, after the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we also got Blue Coral and Black Pearl options.

Now, the tech giant is bringing the Galaxy S7 edge in Pink Gold to India. The device is already listed on Samsung’s official website and it can be yours for INR 50,990. Samsung is also offering a one-time screen replacement for the device, which will set you back INR 990, as well as the Gear VR headset for INR 1,990.

Get the Galaxy S7 edge in Pink Gold

But if you don’t mind waiting for just a little bit longer, you might be able to get the device in Black Pearl. According to a recent report from MySmartPrice, Samsung will release the Black Pearl version of its flagship smartphone in India in the first week of January. The device, which has 128 GB of storage, will retail for INR 59,990.

Would you rather get the Pink Gold or Black Pearl version of the Galaxy S7 edge? Let us know down below.

T-Mobile has a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal on Samsung Galaxy phones

T-Mobile is launching yet another smartphone promotion just a few days before Christmas. The wireless carrier is giving both new and current customers a way to get a second Samsung Galaxy phone for free if they purchase one of a select number of phones from the company.

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Best T-Mobile Android phones

1 week ago

The new promotion is for folks who buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, along with the lower end Galaxy J7. The deal also covers the older Galaxy Note 5Galaxy S6Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Existing T-Mobile customers who are still on the carrier’s Simple Choice Unlimited plan can take advantage of this deal by adding a second Simple Choice Unlimited line. All other existing customers, and all new T-Mobile users, will need to sign up with the recently launched T-Mobile One plan for this promotion. When they pick the phones they want to get with this BOGO deal, they can then go to the carrier’s site and type in the “HOLIDAYBOGO” promo code. After eight weeks, they should see a prepaid MasterCard gift card sent to them in the mail to cover the cost of the second phone.

Be aware that the promo code must be used by January 27, 2017 to get this prepaid card. This deal would appear on the surface to be a faster way for customers to get their money back, versus deals where they would get credits on their bills for 24 months to pay off the cost of the second phone.

Fourth Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Nougat beta removes Samsung Notes

Samsung has released the fifth Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to users who have signed up for its Galaxy Beta program in the US and the UK. This is technically the fourth major beta release (and is labelled as such in the ‘beta notices’ notification), with an earlier patch simply fixing a Facebook crash issue.

See also:

This is Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

3 weeks ago

The 280 MB update has a pretty small change log. The only major new update is that Samsung Notes has now been removed as a pre-installed app. Having said that, some people who have already downloaded the new beta have reported that Samsung Notes is still there after the update has been installed. So your mileage may vary.

Other than that, the change log states that other unnamed bugs have been fixed, and some stability improvements added. SamMobile also notes that the “About device” section of the phone no longer mentions Samsung Experience, which was the new name given to TouchWiz in the last Nougat beta update. It’s possible Samsung may be planning to make yet another name change in the future.

Despite Samsung stating the beta program would last until mid-December, this is not necessarily the last beta update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users. The company has already announced that when the final version rolls out, the Nougat version will jump to Android 7.1.1.

If you have installed the latest beta, let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments.