The two flagships have remained stuck to Android 7.0 Nougat for a while now, which also brought a newer version of TouchWiz called Grace UX on board.
But the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ introduced the new Samsung Experience 8.1 which received an update to version number 8.5 when the Galaxy Note 8 made a debut.
But while other Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy J5 or the 2017 Galaxy A series received Samsung Galaxy 8.1, year’s flagships continue to run the same UI. But according to a Samsung Members community admin, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will get Samsung Experience 8.1 as soon as the next update – which will probably be Android 8.0 Oreo – starts rolling out. No exact timeline for the release was provided.
Given that the Samsung Experience 8.5 update is more cosmetic in nature and not feature-oriented, it would make little sense for the Korean tech giant to invest time and resources to deliver only a UX-focused update. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge haven’t been updated that many times anyway and with Android 8.0 Oreo out, it’s quite unlikely the phones will get the bump to Android 7.1 or Android 7.1.2 now.
Skip the Seven is definitely for the Galaxy S7, Note 7 and the new iPhone 7. So what’s Motorola aiming for their aggressive ad campaigns?
Motorola, after its acquisition to Lenovo, is now well-known to many as just Moto. It even claims that Samsung stole the whole Always On Display feature which the Korean giant used on most of its flagship smartphones in the past few months. This allegations took place around a month ago which came off as a desperate move for Moto, bitter even.
Moto Z even continues its rampage to the already troubled Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It says that Samsung is not complying to “the highest standards in quality and testing”. This, without doubt, pertains to the defective Note 7 batteries. This may sound true but to have a competitor ganging on to the already down competition backfired to Motorola. It just doesn’t fell right.
In a follow up pursuit to this aggressive marketing, Motorola released the “Skip the Sevens” advertising program. In this video, Motorola admits that incremental improvements isn’t enough to wow the current consumers so they invite iPhone fans to see an iPhone prototype to see something new and different.
Namely, the Moto Z with Moto Mods, which “reimagines what the smartphone can be”, unlike all those “new” 7-branded devices that aren’t very different from old, 6 or 5-labeled products.
Moto is looking at Samsung there, but also and especially Apple, uploading a promo clip on YouTube starring a focus group of iLoyalists who were quickly impressed by “iPhone prototypes” which turned out to be modular Moto Z copies. Apple and Samsung users are also “directly engaged” in full-page print and digital ads, with more likely to come as part of the same compelling Skip The Sevens campaign.
Will this stunt propel Moto Z forward? With the new iPhone 7 out, it will be tested and confirmed if this aggressive ads and campaigns can really push a product ahead.
OnePlus 3 beats Galaxy S7 in a timed charging race
OnePlus 3 is still holding on to its moniker as the “flagship killer” specifically targeting the giant Samsung Galaxy S7 in a charging race.
With the rate that we have to recharge every single day, it is convenient to have a very fast charging phone to use. For busy people with less time to deal with a dying battery, Samsung and OnePlus have solutions for those basic need to fast recharge a smartphone.
Samsung with the Adaptive Fast Charging versus the Dash Charge from OnePlus. Who’s gonna own the faster charging smartphone in this face-off.
OnePlus have released a video doing just this. This may be biased in some way but the OnePlus 3 just have the edge in technology in its charger to win this match hands down. The Dash Charge is so much better than Adaptive Fast Charging. Period.
First test was recharging the phone with the screen off. OnePlus 3 got to the advertised 64% within 30 or more minutes while the Galaxy S7 has just reached 50%. The parameters of this comparison is not revealed if both phones are in airplane mode or are connections stayed on working in the background.
The last test was done with both of the smartphone’s display turned on with maximum brightness. Once again, the budget-friendly OnePlus 3 reached 67%, dashing past the Galaxy S7.
This is not to say that the Adaptive Fast Charging of the S7 is not good. It is. Dash Charge is just way, way faster.
No more Note 6 and with the S series and Note range now in sync, we can now comfortably compare the two flagships from different class. Are they that far apart?
Size – The Huge Difference
A quick look at both the S7 and the Note 7, even the untrained eye or the non-fanboy will say that they are made by the same company. Just with the glass and aluminum construction, they are but separated by one factor: size.
5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 – 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm / 169g
5.1-inch Galaxy S7 – 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm / 152g
Amazing and common features includes:
IP68 water resistance (surviving for up to an hour in 1.5m of water)
microSD expandable storage
Displays – Gorilla Glass 4 and 5
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and S7 have the standard edge displays. This trim finish even made the Note 7 slimmer than the Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 7 also has obviously a bigger display than the Galaxy S7:
Galaxy Note 7 – 5.7-inch curved panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels (518 ppi), Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5
Galaxy S7 – 5.1-inch flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi), Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4
The Gorilla Glass 5 makes the Note 7 sturdier than that of the Gorilla Glass 4 of the Galaxy S7. In terms of the pixel density, the S7 have a slight bump in number but it is totally negligible.
Performance – Same Same?
Both the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 share identical internals:
The disappointing part of this is that the Note 7 was rumored to have an even bigger ram capacity and a more modern chipset. In terms of the spec sheets, sadly, the Note 7 was just a bigger S7.
But then again the Galaxy Note 7 does have one key performance advantage over the Galaxy S7: security. Samsung claims the new Iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 7 is up to 100x more secure than the fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S7 or any other smartphone.
Software – The Note Domination
The Note 7 has totally different software particularly because it has the iconic S-Pen stylus.
Yes, the S7 can do what the Note 7 can but the features like quick translations, creating gifs and writing on the aforementioned Always-on Display is totally out of the smaller S7’s league. Added to the Note 7’s arsenal of features is the Edge software due to it having the slightly curved edge displays. So widgets and shortcuts are just a swipe away from either edge.
The Samsung flagship may be newer than the iPhone 6s, but the Galaxy S7 is putting up a good fight in 2016 and my put an end to Apple’s domination.
The iPhone is losing ground. On the first quarter of 2016, the world\’s most popular smartphone is finally showing signs of backing off. Kantar Worldpanel only proves this right. The data shows the following, American consumers in particular.
16% buying Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge
14.6% buying iPhone 6s or 6s Plus
In retrospect, the S7 and its curved edge brother, the S7 Edge is newer compared to the iPhone 6s. However, even in this market landscape, Apple typically wins all the time. This year is different.
Second quarter of 2016 has even been a better one for Samsung gaining the biggest share in the US market with 37% to 29% of Apple. In terms of loyalty, both of the companies share the same loyal consumers who would still opt for the brand of their choice. That is 88% for Apple and 86% for Samsung. This figure for Samsung is a great improvement over its history of selling ground breaking new devices but leaving out the customer being valued in its marketing.
The Korean company has made one of its best year because of the improvement in camera quality and user experience. The upcoming release of the Note 7 is still an exciting one, expecting to topple the phablet market or even the tablet space.
Unlocked S7 and S7 Edge Available for US starting at $670
Consumers in the United States can now have an unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for sale in various carriers. This US version is worth a look.
The two-year contract schemes for most American mobile carriers are diminishing in terms of public patronage, many people are switching to unlocked smartphones for more flexibility. And whenever an unlocked version of a flagship is available, there seems to be a greater market on that compared to a rigid postpaid plan.
HTC, Motorola and Samsung have seen this trend rising and themselves retailing unlocked variants of their smartphones for US consumers. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are on sale starting today. Unlocked and on a steeper price tag.
Samsung Galaxy S7: $670
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: $770
Both phones can work on GSM and CDMA operators like AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular with an achievable 4G LTE speeds on appropriate places.
Samsung Sales for the 2nd Quarter Blooms with the S7
Banks are on to the accounting sheets as they project what the profit margin of Samsung for the second quarter of this year. Samsung is yet to release the official report.
First quarter (January to March): $5.7 billion
Second quarter (April to June): $6.8 billion (projected)
Banks are on to the betting game of what Samsung\’s operating profit this quarter. The primary factor for this optimistic and flourishing sales is their ever popular Galaxy S7. The consumers are even more keen to try out Android with the marketing and form factor allure of Samsung\’s flagship device.
Yuanta Securities is estimating about $44 billion in sales revenue with that resulting $6.8 billion profit target. Other firms’ projections begin from at least $6.4 billion. Samsung’s consumer electronics unit saw a gain in profit margin to 4.8 percent in the first quarter.
Samsung will report earnings in about a month’s time.
A great feature of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge is its full support use with Samsung Pay. This app can take in as many as 10 credit cards and store the card information and encryption right inside your smartphone. Convenient, isn’t it? Here’s how to set it up.
You would want to prepare the following:
Your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge;
Samsung Pay (download and install the app from the Google Play for free);
Your credit card (know if your card can work with Samsung pay from your financial institution).
Sign in to your Samsung account to login to Samsung Pay.
Lock and Security
Select USE FINGERPRINT and if you haven’t set up your fingerprint security yet, put your finger on the home key and let it scan your print until it’s done.
When prompted to enter your backup password, fill it up for added security.
Samsung Pay Pin
Create and enter your 4-digit Samsung Pay Pin. Remember this at all times.
Encode Card Details
To encode your credit or debit card into your Samsung smartphone, use the camera to take a photo of your card and account number. Samsung Pay can accommodate up to 10 cards with a single device.
Enter Card Info
Manually enter your card info, then tap NEXT. If problems are encountered, contact your bank or financial institutions for assistance.
To validate your card, you can call, text or email your bank for a secure one-time password so you can use Samsung Pay.
This is the one you received from your bank. Enter it. Tap DONE.
We know how you love the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the endless number of features this flagship have, but do you know the hidden ones? Those that are important but unfamiliar; cool but completely hidden from view. Now, you will know and use these features for a whole new experience.
1. Long Presses
The multi tasking and home buttons can also be used for other stuff when long pressed.
Tip:Long press the multi-task button and it will bring up split screen. This lets you run two apps simultaneously.
Long press the home button and it will bring up Google Now. This one’s for your quick searches online.
2. Full Settings
On your homescreen, we know what features would be dragged down when you swipe with one finger. But what about two?
Tip: Swipe down using two fingers to bring the entire array of settings including those that are hidden from view. In case you really want to go deeper down the menus of a setting, long tap on it. So when you want to setup your Wi-Fi, long tap and you will find yourself in the Settings page.
3. Do Not Disturb
You can still ignore calls on times when you really don’t have to take them. Here’s how on a Samsung Galaxy S7.
Go to Settings -> Sounds and vibration ->Do Not Disturb
Turn it on.
On this same page you can set exceptions and schedules.
4. Mute Calls
You can mute calls by covering the screen with your hand or flipping the phone downwards. But this works only if you are in Sound Mode. Here’s how to do it.
Go to Settings -> Sounds and Notifications
Tap Sound mode and set it to Sound.
Use this gesture if you want a convenient way to silence you phone with one gesture.
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10 Best Apps for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
So you like your new Samsung Galaxy S7? Or maybe you had the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? Excited to show it to your friends but don’t know what to install? These are the essential apps for Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy Edge you should have.
There’s nothing more important than security and privacy. So when it comes to your data and apps that you don’t want other people to have access with, download Samsung apps that cater to this very need – the AppLock!
AppLock generally uses the fingerprint scanner on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to make sure your phone is secure without the need to remember some pin codes for each app. Block apps or even incoming calls just by going to the setting.
2. Galaxy Button Lights
This is a simple app to let you choose how long the capacitive buttons (recent apps and back arrow) at the bottom of a Samsung Galaxy phone stay lit. You can choose a time duration, always on when the screen is on, always off, or reset to the default duration.
One of the Samsung Galaxy apps to dowload if you want to get rid of the annoying button lights that you are already familiar of.
We all know that data is one of the biggest power drain. If you keep your data on all the day, apps can run out of full battery even without using your phone.
When screen is off, Doze prevents your apps from sending or receiving data without disabling your Wi-Fi or 2G/3G/4G data. In this way it adds more hours to standby time and makes significant difference to battery life.
Apps can resume normal activity when screen is on.
4. Omni Swipe
Omni Swipe allows convenient access to your favorite apps, contacts, settings, and incoming notifications using just one hand.
To use, just swipe from your screen’s bottom left or right corner on any screen to instantly open a customizable radial menu that keeps what’s important and most useful to you always within a thumb’s reach. Unlike other accessibility tools, Omni Swipe stays hidden and out of your way until you swipe it into view to use it.
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With a single swipe this gesture launcher allows you to launch up to 120(!) of your favorite apps, shortcuts and even widgets regardless of which app is currently running.
Wave Launcher is a multitasking android launcher accessible anytime, anywhere! Even on your lockscreen! It is the fastest app switcher out there, and provides you with the best user experience of an android launcher. It doesn’t replace your current home screen launcher. It works independently.
6. Edge Color Notification
Emulates the Galaxy S7 Edge features Edge Lighting and People Edge!! Get colored notifications for your incoming calls and notifications. Get fast access to your favourite contacts and get notified by their missing sms and calls.
You can also set different animations with glow effects, set different colors for your contacts and incoming app notifications.
7. Clean Master
Clean Master is made for people who always wants to make room for new stuffs. Do you want to make your phone faster? Do you want to delete old, unnecessary files? It has the most effective and safest cleaning engine and great ability to accelerate Android device. With the smallest installation package, this is one of the Samsung Galaxy apps that can improve your phone to the best performance.
Tapet (An old word for “Wallpaper”) is a first of its kind app that automatically generates high-quality wallpapers, even Android-Lollipop Material-Style ones.
You can either select a random wallpaper or let the app generate one for you hourly or daily.
If your problem is falling asleep because you feel so awake while using you smartphone, then Twilight may just be for you.
The Twilight app makes your device screen adapt to the time of the day. It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter. The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times.
10. Sparkling Edge
Sparkling Edge will give your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge a nice & beautiful animation running across the Screen. You can set the Animation speed, the Glowing color and the thickness of the line running across screen for individual Phone and SMS.
You could enable / disable the effect for each incoming phone or SMS by pressing the switch on/off button.
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