Devices catching fire is nothing new. We’ve seen multiple isolated incidents of Samsung flagships supposedly burning up spontaneously. A new report is now talking about a Galaxy S6 edge+ that has apparently seen the same fate and the findings are rather interesting.
When a situation like this arises, the first question on our minds is if the user was charging the device with a third-party or unofficial charger. It is often found to be the case. But here, it is said that the original Galaxy S6 edge+ charger was used. Much to our surprise, the device was supposedly not being charged at the time of this incident, as the user is believed to have unplugged it from the charging adapter after finding the phone to be overheating.
Subsequently, the phone was found to be burning up with its innards melting, resulting in the bed getting some damage as well. So from the looks of it, it seems like the user is not at fault. But since we don’t know the entire episode and have only heard the customer’s version as of now, we won’t ready our pitchforks just yet. Samsung hasn’t commented on the issue, although we should expect the company’s PR team to get right on it.
We must remember that incidents like these are very rare in nature. So if you own a Galaxy S6 edge+, there’s probably nothing to worry about.
Following a successful rollout for the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 4 last month, Sprint has today started distributing the long-awaited Marshmallow update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S5 Sport and Galaxy Note Edge located in the United States.
As you’d expect, the upgrade transports the latest build of Android 6.0.1 to the handsets, together with the contents of this month’s security patch, which is great news for those who’ve been complaining that their devices have been left out of Samsung’s monthly maintenance releases.
It’s important to bear in mind, however, that due to the sheer size of the update, Sprint is unable to push the OTA to all units at once — so it has no other option than to roll it out in stages. The operator hopes to have the firmware available to download on all its models of the Galaxy Note Edge by May 2 and Galaxy S5 Sport by May 11.
To see if the upgrade is ready for your phone, simply head into Settings, followed by About Device, locate and select Software Update, then hit the Update Now button.
Every new Samsung flagship is accompanied by a host of accessories. Since the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung’s accessories have become more premium and also more useful, with the addition of new options like a keyboard accessory and a fast wireless charger. According to our insiders, Samsung’s current offerings will not change with the Galaxy Note 6, which should come with the same set of accessories as the one for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Here are the confirmed accessories for the Galaxy Note 6:
G Grace LED Flip Wallet_Case EF-NN930
G Grace Leather Cover_Case EF-VN930
G Grace Screen protector_ETC ET-FN930
G Grace S View Cover[Stand]_Case EF-CN930
G Grace Backpack[WPC1.2_3.1Ah_IP68]_Battery EB-TN930
P Grace Kit[Lens Cover]_ETC ET-CN930DBEGAE
P Grace S View Cover[Clear]_Case EF-ZN930CYEGCN
This isn’t the complete list, so we still expect accessories like the keyboard cover to be made available for the Galaxy Note 6. As for the lens cover, it remains to be seen if Samsung will actually sell that thing when the Note 6 comes to market, as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge version still hasn’t gone on sale despite having been announced back in February at the company’s Unpacked event.
Samsung was able to sell over 100,000 units of its current generation flagship smartphones in South Korea within the first two days of the launch. Combined sales of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge reached 60,000 on the first day and 40,000 on the second day.
According to the sales data acquired by Yonhap News, the Galaxy S7 edge accounted for 40 percent of the total sales. The initial pace of sales is said to be roughly on par with the demand generated by the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung claimed that sales on Saturday, which is usually a slow day, were pretty well.
Last year, the South Korean smartphone giant miscalculated the demand for flat screen and curved screen variants of the Galaxy S6. The company produced more units of the Galaxy S6 than necessary and underproduced the Galaxy S6 edge, which affected sales negatively. Hopefully, the company won’t repeat the mistake this year.
Also read: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Something great becomes even better!
Samsung started selling the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 worldwide last week, and the sales have exceeded the company’s expectations. These devices brought back features like a microSD card slot and water-resistance, which were present in the Galaxy S5.
There has been little doubt about the existence of the upcoming Galaxy S7 edge(or its name).
Still, confirmation of both by Samsung’s own website is a welcome step towards the final launch.
Samsung has recently added a new section about the edge screen functionality on its own website where the company distributes SDKs and other such tools to developers. This section not only explains several edge screen functions, but also mentions the devices for which they will be available. The usual suspects, the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ are there, as is the Galaxy S7 edge. This confirms the existence (and the name) of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone in one fell swoop.
Moreover, new edge screen features, which are the same as those of the S6 edge models after receiving the Android Marshmallow update, have also been showcased on the website. Next to the regular, narrow edge panels (‘Edge Single’), there will be wider type (‘Edge Single Plus’) panels that offer more information and functionality. These wider edge panels will definitely please those who liked the extensive functionality of the edge screen panels on the Galaxy Note Edge.
It is good to see Samsung actively seeking new and improved ways to make use of a feature that, until now, mostly wowed users with beauty but fell short on with functionality part. The Galaxy S7 edge is off to a good start, it seems.
Samsung recently conducted a beta test in which it allowed people with unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge to test a beta build of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This beta program was not open to any other Samsung device but that didn’t stop the Marshmallow beta from being sent out by mistake first to a Galaxy Note 4 and then to a Galaxy S5. It appears that this has happened yet again, a lucky user in France has received the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update by mistake on the Galaxy S5.
The security patch date
The security patch date in this release is listed as “1 January 2016,” which indicates that this isn’t a build that’s meant for public release and it possibly may not even be final yet. No other device has received an update as yet with the January security patch. The user received this build on the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) over-the-air and we can see from the screenshots that the firmware does look legitimate, it doesn’t appear to be a port of the firmware previously released in the beta test. Samsung has not yet revealed when it’s going to start releasing Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its handsets but many expect that it shouldn’t take more than a couple of months from now.
The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ come with an official keyboard cover from Samsung, but this case isn’t available for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. If you’re looking for an alternative, One2Touch – a company specializing in NFC solutions – has released a keyboard case for the original S6 lineup. This case is a regular flip case that incorporates a full QWERTY keyboard on the flap that covers the screen.
The case is called SlimType, and the keyboard gets laid out in landscape mode when the case is open. In addition to all the letters of the alphabet, the keyboard has numerous alternate functions that can be accessed using the Function key and also has a key dedicated to emoji. The case has NFC, so you can start pairing it to your S6 or S6 edge as soon as you put the phone inside (making the back of the phone and the NFC chip in the case come together, which is what is needed to initiate the connection.)
Oddly, One2Touch says the SlimType case doesn’t need batteries, which might be because NFC-enabled devices use very low power and the keyboard is, after all, simply a device for text input. Of course, the biggest concern is whether it will be easy to type on a QWERTY keyboard that’s not very wide, and also the fact that you won’t be able to keep the device and keyboard in your hand and will need to lay down your phone on a flat surface to be able to type.
It’s an interesting case though, and some folks are likely to find some use for the thing. The SlimType is available for pre-order from One2Touch’s website in Black Sapphire, Cherry Red and White Pearly color options. A price isn’t mentioned, though Android Authority says the SlimType case will cost $39 for a limited time after launch.
It has been a few months since the Galaxy Note 5 was launched in the United States and several other markets across the globe alongside the Galaxy S6 edge+, however the company made it clear from the very start that the Galaxy Note 5 won’t be released in Europe this year. Since then there have been many rumors and reports about when this phablet will arrive in the continent, a new report suggests that the Galaxy Note 5 Europe release has now been slated for early next year.
The new report claims that the Galaxy Note 5′s Europe release will kick off from the United Kingdom where the handset is likely to go on sale starting late January 2016. It will later will rolled out across other European countries, precise pricing and availability information will only be provided once the release has been confirmed. It merits mentioning here that Samsung had never said it wouldn’t release the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe at all, it just said that there were no plans to do so in 2015. However, we are aware that no firmware development is taking place now to hint at an impending launch in Europe, so take this report with a generous dose of salt.
One week after Samsung wowed the world with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphones in New York City, the Galaxy S6 edge+ has hit store shelves in the select markets including U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Korea. Now consumers can see for themselves the stunning design and cutting-edge technology that makes the Galaxy S6 edge+ the ultimate multimedia device.
With a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S6 edge+ offers the biggest screen yet in the Galaxy S series of smartphones, along with a dual-edge display for a truly immersive viewing experience. But despite the larger screen, the Galaxy S6 edge+ provides a perfect fit for your hand thanks to a slimmer and sleeker design.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ also features a wide range of enhancements, including Video Digital Image Stabilization on both the front and rear cameras, allowing for sharp, clear videos and the ability to share those videos easily via YouTube with the built-in Live Broadcast function.
Furthermore, the signature curved edges of the phone now have an “Apps edge” function, making accessing your favorite applications quick and easy. It joins the “People edge” function, allowing users to send emoticons and handwritten memos to friends.
The release of the new smartphone was accompanied by the debut of a new TV commercial, highlighting the unprecedented innovations of the Galaxy S6 edge+.
Samsung’s other flagship phone, the Galaxy Note5, is already on sale in several countries around the world.
The best mobile devices are never built around technology, but around people. And people using smartphones in 2015 no longer wish to be chained to a desktop to edit video or enjoy high quality entertainment. Neither do they wish to settle for sub-standard quality when sharing experiences with friends online. That’s because those special moments become a lot less special when they can’t be shared in a way that does them justice. They become lost forever.
And that would fly in the face of one of the biggest trends for mobile devices: They are now expected to be full-fledged multimedia powerhouses, delivering the quality and performance once the domain of laptops and desktop computers.
Piece of the Action
Meeting and exceeding these high expectations are Samsung’s two newest mobile devices, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5. Both have gone big on displays—5.7 inches to be exact—but it’s the way they can be used that really shines. Samsung has brought new features to both phones that enhance the mobile entertainment experience. It’s moving with the times, really, because when it comes to the cameras on mobile device it’s not just about still pictures and selfies anymore. People now increasingly share self-edited videos on their social networks, and watch videos online through streaming services. Samsung’s answer? Offering better video features than ever.
Ultimately, Samsung wants to help people that want to do more with their smartphones. For video, that means not just easier sharing, but also the ability to shoot film like professionals. Take shake-less video recording, for example. The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 both have an improved front camera for selfie videos with video digital image stabilization (VDIS). In other words, the camera will detect your face for a smooth selfie video and keep it in the center of the screen with less shake. The rear camera, meanwhile, can record video that is much more stable and has less motion blur because it can combine the power of both VDIS and OIS (optical image stabilization).
While the combination of VDIS and OIS improves the quality of your recordings, the Video Clip mode in the native camera app allows you to add some creative flair. You now have a wide variety of options to soup up your videos: Collage, Slow Motion and Series. And the best thing is, these features works straight out of the box; you don’t need to install any other apps.
With the Collage mode, you can combine two to four different videos into one video clip, depending on the layout you choose. The Slow Motion mode with the rear camera will automatically produce one video and three slow video clips at different speeds. The Series mode lets you combine multiple short clips into one video without a complex editing process.
The native camera app in the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 also has the Live Broadcast mode. Sharing video is always at its best when friends and family can enjoy the experience in real time. This special mode is a quick and easy way of making that happen. When you choose Live Broadcast mode, you can invite people to watch from your contacts. Anyone you invite can watch your broadcast on their own devices (mobile, PC, or TV) via YouTube. However, if you want, you can go public and share the broadcast through e-mail or social networks.
With the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5, you will benefit from Samsung’s advanced camera system, including Quick Launch (double click the home button to launch the camera in less than one second), Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). And the 16MP OIS Rear and 5MP Front cameras take better photos thanks to two major upgrades. One of these is the blur-less photo function, which minimizes the blurring of moving objects under low light conditions. The effects of motion blur and hand shakiness are reduced, as the camera takes two to three photos with a short exposure time to produce one clear image.
The other major upgrade is to the filter controls. You can use them to adjust the strengths of a filter and level of vignette effects to create your own style. You can top up your pre-loaded filters with additional ones from Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store and give your pictures a unique look and feel.
SideSync includes a call pop-up window, which will notify you of a call even when your phone is on mute. When you receive a text message, you can keep your hands on the keyboard and reply directly on your PC monitor.
New for SideSync is two-way file sharing. You can easily move files between your phone and PC by simply dragging and dropping the files. For phone to PC sharing, you can view the mirrored phone screen by selecting the “Phone Screen Sharing” menu on the dashboard, and move files from your smartphone to the desired folder on a PC. When you drag and drop files from your PC to your phone, the files will be stored in the SideSync folder. Installation is easy and free, and SideSync for PC can be downloaded from www.samsung.com.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 are two distinct smartphones, but they have one principle in common: they are both built with digital content at heart. And whether you’re enjoying the latest chart hit or want to share your holiday highlights with family, you will be guaranteed an amazing multimedia experience.