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1 month ago

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 + S7 edge in the UK

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Shut up and take my money

With the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge now officially available, here's a roundup of some of the major outlets offering it for sale on launch day.

Today is the global launch day for Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which means the major networks and independent retailers are finally free to unleash the latest Android flagship on customers around the world.

In the UK, there are countless ways to get hold of the phone, and so we've rounded GS7 deals from the major UK networks, as well as retail behemoth Carphone Warehouse. You'll find them all right here.

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1 month ago

Your 'unlocked' Euro Galaxy S7 is still region-locked — but that's not a huge deal

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You'll still need to use your unlocked Euro Galaxy S7 for a while before trying to use it with a non-European SIM.

Over the past couple of years, Samsung has introduced region-locking to some of its unlocked handsets — particularly in markets like Europe and Latin America. The idea is you wouldn't be able to pick up a new Galaxy phone in one region and immediately use it with a SIM card from somewhere else. (This is not to be confused with network-locking, where a phone bought through a carrier is locked to its network.)

The same applies to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — models SM-G930F and SM-G935F, if you're keeping track — which have just officially launched across Europe.

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1 month ago

What color Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge should you get: white, gold, silver or black?

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No green or blue in the mix this year, but still something worth thinking about.

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are official and on sale, it's time to decide which color phone will be the next in your pocket. Samsung made an interesting choice this year by not offering all of the same color options for both phones. On the Galaxy S7, you'll be able to pick between white, gold and black.

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1 month ago

General Mobile 4G added to Android N Developer Preview device list

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The surprise launch of the Android N Developer Preview now comes with an equally surprising addition to the devices that are eligible to run this pre-released OS. The Android Beta Program has added the General Mobile 4G, which is part of the Android One initiative, to that list.

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1 month ago

How the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge perform in the Gear VR

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Long time Gear VR users will be pleased to see some minor performance upgrades with these new phones.

If you've used the Samsung Gear VR on anything before the launch of the Galaxy Note 5, you know Samsung's VR experience is really great right until it isn't. Early models overheat frequently, several of the more demanding VR experiences aren't even available on those early models, and the Galaxy S6 could be drained to dead in under an hour in VR. Things got a lot better with the Note 5, and now that Samsung is hooking so many people up with free Gear VR there's an expectation that the experience will continue to improve with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

The good news is things are absolutely better with these new phones. The OK news is those differences aren't all dramatic or significant.

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1 month ago

Galaxy S6 on Sprint now receiving its Marshmallow update

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Sprint has started pushing its Marshmallow update out to the Samsung Galaxy S6. The update weighs in at around 1.2GB, and brings a number of big changes and improvements to the phone. With this update, you'll get the new version of TouchWiz which changes some visual elements and improves the usability. Additionally, you gain Doze, enhanced permission controls and more with the update.

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1 month ago

Samsung Pay now available for the Verizon Galaxy S7

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The Samsung Pay app is now available to download from Google Play for the Verizon Galaxy S7, following a short bout of confusion going around the Internet concerning its availability.

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1 month ago

Android N's Recent apps key has grown a bunch of awesome new features

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Android N task switcher

The Recents key in the Android N Developer Preview makes it quicker and easier than ever to jump between tasks.

The Recents key — the square you see in the bottom-right corner of most Android phones — is a staple of the OS, letting you see a card-deck of recently-used apps. In the Android N Developer Preview, along with the new split-screen view for phones and tablets, the Recents key becomes more useful than ever before, with brand new features making it easier to hop between apps.

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1 month ago

Samsung Pay not blocked on the Verizon Galaxy S7

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Update 2: And it's available now. Huzzah.

Update: Verizon exec Jeffrey Nelson tweeted that Samsung Pay is still in testing but will be available on March 11, the official launch date of the Galaxy S7.

There's been a little bit of confusion over the Galaxy S7 and whether Verizon has blocked or removed or otherwise squashed Samsung Pay from being loaded on the new phones. Here's the deal:

Verizon has not blocked or removed or otherwise squashed Samsung Pay from being loaded on the Galaxy S7. As we noted in our Galaxy S7 review, the app itself isn't preloaded on the phone. But the framework very much remains in place, and in fact we've been using Samsung Pay without issue on our review unit GS7, as loaded from Google Play on March 1.

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Verizon Wireless spokesman Albert Aydin reiterated to Android Central that Samsung Pay absolutely is not being blocked.

"Samsung Pay is supported on the Verizon S7 models," Aydin said in an email. "It's accurate that it's not a preload but we have not blocked or prevented the app from working on the device. Once it's available for download, customers can add or remove it whenever they'd like."

But Samsung Pay currently cannot be loaded from Google Play on the GS7, nor does it show up in Samsung's own app store. So what gives? Most likely is that Samsung Pay is missing because the Galaxy S7 isn't officially available until March 11. While that doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, it's certainly more rational than thinking Verizon's blocking an app it clearly isn't blocking, and says it isn't blocking. (We've got Samsung checking on things as well and will update when we hear back.)

Why's this a big deal? First, Samsung Pay is a really good mobile payment system. While it's still adding banks (and doesn't have the same workaround for that as Android Pay), it makes up for that deficit with a its MST feature — that's magnetic secure transmission — which allows the phone to pay for transactions anywhere there's a traditional card reader.

But moreover is that Verizon not supporting a major feature of a new Samsung phones that it supports on its other Samsung phones just doesn't make sense. And in this case isn't true anyway. We should see Samsung Pay available very shortly.

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1 month ago

Android N adds a potentially life-saving feature

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Emergency Info gives you a place to show allergy, blood type, emergency contacts and other vital details.

Nobody likes to think about it, but if you're involved in an accident or medical emergency, your phone might be the first place a first responder looks for vital information. In the new Android N developer preview, Google is making it easier for owners to show medical details and personal contact info, as well as details of an emergency contact.

Here's how it works.

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1 month ago

Android 7.0 Nutella? Google's 'nut tellin'

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With Google's unexpected release of the Android N Developer Preview today, we're getting a very early look at the next version of Android. Of course it's just "Android N" for now — the company won't reveal the actual name of what will presumably be Android 7.0 until it's fully baked. But the company is already teasing the new version's nickname.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available at Cricket on March 18

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Cricket has announced that its customers will be able to purchase the Galaxy S7 beginning March 18. This is just a week after it launches on the major U.S. carriers, but it will be available both in-store and online for purchase. Customers who purchase from Cricket will be able to claim the free Gear VR headset, and games, which is roughly a $150 value.

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1 month ago

Get a second Galaxy S7 or S7 edge from T-Mobile when you purchase one

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T-Mobile has announced that for a limited time the carrier will be offering a buy one get one (BOGO) deal on both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. That's right, customers who make the leap to one of Samsung's new smartphones will be able to get a second at no additional cost to them. AT&T recently announced a similar promotion in which it will give customers a bill credit over 30 months to make the phone free, but T-Mobile is handling it differently.

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1 month ago

Watch our Samsung Galaxy S7 review video!

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So much to see. So much to learn.

Now that our Galaxy S7 review is complete and out for everyone to read and enjoy, it's worth a reminder that we also have a great comprehensive video review for you to see as well.

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1 month ago

Watch our Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review video!

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A complete multimedia experience for one of the biggest phones of the year.

This year the "edge" version of the Galaxy S phone is actually notably different from the standard model, and in the Galaxy S7 edge we have a really interesting phone to get to know. Aside from our full written review, we have an awesome full-featured video for you to take in and get to know the brand new phone.

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