SAMSUNG Posts on XDA

Samsung is Reportedly Increasing Production of the Galaxy S7

It seems Samsung is unable to end 2016 on a good note due to the Galaxy Note 7 issues. After the company's replacement Galaxy Note 7 units continued to have battery issues, multiple carriers and retailers choose to no longer sell the device anymore. Instead, they offered to let their current Note 7 customers come in...

Samsung Begins Mass-Producing the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 SoC for Wearables

Samsung has just announced mass production of their first wearable SoC that is built upon the company's 14nm FinFET process technology. The company has been expanding their 14nm technology since it was introduced back in 2015, and now they are bringing it to all sorts of wearables. This also marks the first in its class to offer full...

U.S. Supreme Court to Begin Reviewing Samsung & Apple’s Design Patent Disputes

Starting today, the top court in the United States will start hearing arguments from both Apple and Samsung over design patent allegations. This case has been going on for years and has seen appeal after appeal to get us to where we are this week. Interestingly enough, this is the first design patent case that the...

Samsung Sent us a “Note 7 Return Kit” with a Thermally-Insulated Box and Safety Gloves

Samsung is apparently sending out packaging for returning Galaxy Note 7 devices, and we received one of these "Return Kits" at our XDA office. The contents and instructions highlight the extents to which Samsung is going to ensure the safety of their customers. The Return Kit comes with various boxes, including a thermally-insulated box for the device...

Weekly Debrief

In this week's news we have Motorola phones getting nougat, new Google products announced, and Samsung continues to have trouble with exploding phones. Here are some of the best articles of the week. A Replacement Galaxy Note 7 Caught Fire on Southwest Airlines While this incident doesn’t mean the new, replacement Galaxy Note 7 units are having...

Samsung to Acquire Viv Labs and its AI Platform

This week has seen a lot of focus on Artificial Intelligence, primarily from Google. While we were excited for the launch of the Pixel, Google's grand plan involved putting AI at work wherever it could, in the form of Google Assistant. Not to be left behind, Samsung also seems keen to dip its toes into the...

Samsung will Reportedly Manufacture the Snapdragon 830 for Qualcomm

Qualcomm has generally hired companies like TSMC to manufacture the custom Snapdragon SoCs that so many mobile devices use these days. This worked out well for them for years, but changed last year with the Snapdragon 820. It's unclear if this transition happened because Qualcomm was unhappy with how the Snapdragon 810 turned out (which...

Samsung is Waiting to See How the VR Market Develops

Samsung is satisfied with the progress they've made in the mobile VR space thanks to the Gear VR for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. However, they do realize that the display technology isn't quite there yet and this is why they've been holding back on releasing a standalone VR headset. The company also...

Samsung: 60% of Recalled Note 7s Exchanged in U.S and South Korea, 90% of Users Choose new Note 7

Samsung has been dealing with their Galaxy Note 7 replacement program for close to a month now. At first, things were slow to start as the company didn't have new, safe units for customers to swap out. So those who participated in the replacement program early were forced to get a refund or switch to...

Indian DGCA Bans Use of Note Series in Flights After Galaxy Note 2 Catches Fire During Flight

It seems the Note series has become the favorite dropping point for all recent controversy. What started off with the Note 7 exploding and then Samsung initiating a massive recall of millions of the phones sold and pushing back much more of those unsold, the series of unfortunate event continues on with the Note 2...

Betrayal of Hype: Playing Fast and Loose with Release Dates Breeds Consumer Mistrust

Yesterday, Google launched Allo on the very last day of summer, just narrowly squeezing into their “Summer 2016” launch window. The product we got was compromised, and arguably doesn’t have a defined place in their product lineup, which raises the question of “Why was it launched now?” If Google had been upfront with us and come out...

The Note 7 Recall & iPhone Missteps Give Fertile Ground to Pixel Phones, Android OEMs

The last week has not been easy on Apple and Samsung: the two largest smartphone companies have been under fire from their respective camps, with Samsung in particular currently facing a recall of unprecedented magnitude. The iPhone 7 is actually a solid-looking phone with hardware advancements that should put competitors on edge, but the internet hasn’t...