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Samsung launched the Pink Gold variant of its smartphone Galaxy S7 Edge in April earlier this year. Prior to this launch, the phone was already available in colour variants Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl (not in India), and Silver Titanium. Now, the South Korean company has finally brought this colour variant to India. The pricing of the phone has been kept unchanged at Rs. 50,900.

Users can further pay Rs. 2,980 and get the Gear VR headset as well as a screen replacement offer from the company. Notably, a Blue Coral colour variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was also made available in India earlier this month. A Black Pearl colour variant was separately launch in South Korea in the same time-frame, however, the company did not make that colour variant available in India. This means the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available in Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Pink Gold, and Silver Titanium colour variants in the country.

When the colour variant was first launched, the company said, “Pink Gold was chosen as it, like the other colours available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, is a natural colour that provides a sense of comfort. These hues glitter and shimmer as if illuminated from inside their glass surfaces,” in its blog post. In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch Super Amoled display with QHD (1440×2560 pixels) resolution. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The always-on display on the Galaxy S7 Edge allows users to check notifications, time, and date without waking up the device. The phone features a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The phone has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 Edge houses a 3600mAh battery. The phone comes with a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, which allows users to either expand the storage via microSD card (up to 200GB) or use it as a second SIM slot.

A passenger on a Virgin Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston reportedly created an emergency situation for the crew and fellow passengers as he created a Wi-Fi hotspot with name “Galaxy Note 7_1097” during the flight. As the infamous Samsung smartphone was earlier banned from all US airlines due to the explosion cases reported against it, the hoax ended up creating a panic situation.

After realising that there was a Wi-Fi hotspot with Galaxy Note 7 name on the flight, the crew asked the passenger with the phone to press their call button, as per a report by BBC. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Lucas Wojciechowski @lucaswoj Open my laptop on the plane and notice a Galaxy Note 7 wifi hotspot https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-all-samsung-galaxy-note7-phones-airplanes … 12:34 PM – 20 Dec 2016 282 282 Retweets 485 485 likes

“This isn’t a joke. We’re going to turn on the lights (it’s 11pm) and search everyone’s bag until we find it,” the crew was quoted as saying in the report, citing a passenger onboard – a Twitter user named Lucas Wojciechowski.

When nobody pressed the button, the pilot had to get involved in the situation and warn the passengers that the flight will have to make an emergency landing if nobody claimed responsibility for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

After the announcement was made, the passenger who played the prank came forward and confessed that there was no Galaxy Note 7 on the flight and he had merely renamed the Wi-Fi hotspot. Wojciechowski told the BBC that he believed no further action taken against the prankster by the airline. The BBC cites another Twitter user to report that the incident delayed and cancelled several other flights in Boston.

Another Twitter user points out that the prankster may not have been trying to play a prank at all – citing his own case where after migrating from a Galaxy Note 7 to a Galaxy S7, his Wi-Fi hotspot name remained the same.

To recall, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued and recalled by the South Korean company after several cases of explosions were reported regarding the device.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are receiving December security updates. The update is being rolled out in India as well. The size of the update varies depending upon your current version and it brings the Android December security update as well as other stability improvements and bug fixes.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930XXU1BPL2 while the Galaxy S7 Edge is getting version G935XXU1BPL2. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users can manually check to see if the update has arrived by going to Settings > About Device > Download updates manually.

The update also suggests some new features, but it is unknown at the moment as to exactly what those features might be.

Google earlier in December began rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, which includes the December security patch, to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One users.

Samsung last month rolled out its ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. However, Samsung recently confirmed in a response to a user query that it will skip the Android 7.0 Nougat roll out for the devices altogether and jump directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

 
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 remained in news for all the wrong reasons in 2016 as the smartphone was recalled by Samsung after several explosion cases were reported regarding the device. After the second recall of the phone, it was discontinued by the company. Samsung has been urging all users to return the phone to the company for their own safety. However, a shocking new statistic has surfaced that claims that the Galaxy Note 7 is still being utilised by more users than the LG V20 and OnePlus 3T smartphones combined.

Research firm Apteligent has claimed that the number of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices currently in use far exceed smartphones LG V20 and OnePlus 3T, and are only marginally less than the Moto Z smartphone, 9to5Mac reports. However, Pixel smartphones from Google and Sony Xperia XZ, which were launched around the same time as the recall, managed to beat the existing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices in the market.

Samsung announced earlier this month that it will disable Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to discourage people from using the discontinued device. The South Korean company claimed that 93 percent of the total Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from US have been successfully recalled by the company.

Considering the latest stats shared by Apteligent, Samsung will have to actively recall the remaining devices, which seem to be pretty large in number. On the other hand, from the comparisons, it can be further concluded that the sales of LG V20 have been largely disappointing.

 
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There’s no doubt that Samsung’s next focus will be its upcoming flagship smartphone after untimely demise of the Galaxy Note 7. Now, new details have emerged around Samsung’s rumoured next flagship believed to be called the Galaxy S8. Samsung is said to have postponed the launch of the Galaxy S8 to gain confidence from consumers before making it available in markets worldwide. Previously, it was reported that Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the side-lines of MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 26. Other reports tip pricing and feature details.

A report claims that Samsung will hold a dedicated event in April and before the event, the South Korean company will work with several external agencies to re-gain confidence from consumers. The report mentions that the external agencies have been asked to come up with comprehensive plans ahead of the release of the Galaxy S8.

A separate report has claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may be priced higher than the current Galaxy S7 series. The Korean report cites financial firm, Goldman Sachs, which predicts that the Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. According to the financial firm, the price rise will be due to rise in cost of raw material and this will eventually trickle down to consumers.

Another report has claimed that Samsung may place the fingerprint scanner at the back. There have been recent reports suggesting that Samsung may integrate an optical fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 which will boast off high-res scanning through 1mm of glass with button-free design. The report however contradicts earlier rumours that Samsung may ditch the home button and claims that the home button will be present but not feature a fingerprint scanner.

There have been reports that suggest Samsung may be the next company that will ditch 3.5mm audio jack on smartphones. An earlier report claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will only come with a USB Type-C port, and come with a 3.5mm-headphone-to-USB Type-C adapter.

 
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After a long and gruelling investigation, Samsung has reportedly ended its investigation to find out the root cause of the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean manufacturer has submitted its findings to the Korea Testing Laboratory, UL (an American safety organisation), and other regulatory bodies.

The Investor reports that Samsung has completed its internal investigation and reported its findings to outside laboratories. The findings have not been made public (yet), nor has any media house got hold of it so far. The report has been pending for a long time, and one of the reasons for killing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 altogether was because the actual reason for all the explosions was not found.

Findings from third party investigators does suggest that because cramming many features into a small frame put a lot of pressure on the battery, leaving no room for it to expand either.

In a tale that is surely to go down in smartphone history, Samsung had to recall all of its Galaxy Note 7 units from the market because of unexplained explosions while on charge. There were several dangerous implications of these explosions as well – including a jeep set on fire, and a man who had to bear a huge hotel bill because of the sudden explosion in his room causing damages.

Samsung had bet big on the Galaxy Note 7 this year, and even launched it way ahead of its regular cycle, to fend off iPhone 7 competition. However, this early release backfired badly, and Samsung spent the rest of the year making amends. The company even had to delay its work on the Galaxy S8 to find the root cause of these explosions.

In any case, Samsung is looking to compensate for the damage by bringing unique feature on the Galaxy S8, scheduled for launch in February. Samsung is reportedly going to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and the Home Button for its next flagship. The smartphone is expected to come with a selfie camera that can auto focus. Furthermore, it is tipped to sport 6GB of RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage.

 
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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930XXU1BPL2 while the Galaxy S7 Edge is getting version G935XXU1BPL2. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users can manually check to see if the update has arrived by going to Settings > About Device > Download updates manually.

The update also suggests some new features, but it is unknown at the moment as to exactly what those features might be.

Google earlier in December began rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, which includes the December security patch, to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One users.Samsung last month rolled out its ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. However, Samsung recently confirmed in a response to a user query that it will skip the Android 7.0 Nougat roll out for the devices altogether and jump directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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With Xiaomi having released a bezel-less smartphone this year with the Mi MIX, and rumours pouring in of Samsung going for a bezel-less OLED display for the Galaxy S8, it looks like 2017 will see a lot more smartphones that will sport thinner bezels and Synaptics is one of the first to have begun preparing for this – with the launch of the FS9100 optical fingerprint scanner.

Synaptics on Tuesday unveiled what it claims is the industry’s first optical fingerprint scanner for smartphones and tablets, which is capable of high-res scanning through 1mm of glass with button-free design. This essentially means that the new optical fingerprint sensor will work under the cover glass, including 2.5D glass, and will not need to take up any space on the front panel.

The FS9100 optical sensor also eliminates the need of physical button cut outs and glass thinning that was earlier required for capacitive fingerprint sensors. Synaptics describes the new optical sensor as excelling “with wet finger performance”. It also says that the new sensor is “durable, scratchproof, waterproof,” among other things. It also features a thin form factor and reduces power consumption. Anthony Gioeli, vice president of marketing at Synaptics’ Biometrics Product Division described the sensors as “a new breed of optical fingerprint sensor technology that is designed to meet the needs of mobile devices, including the ability to image through thick 2.5D glass.”

It was earlier rumoured that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will abandon the Home Button and sport an optical fingerprint sensor and the latest unveil by Synaptics is perhaps the confirmation that was needed. However, without an official confirmation, it still remains to be seen if Samsung will use Synaptics’ latest technology for its fingerprint scanner.

Synaptics says that the new FS9100 optical fingerprint sensors are scheduled to sample in Q1 of 2017 with mass production in Q2. This makes it highly likely that its optical fingerprint sensor will debut with the Galaxy S8, which is rumoured to launch during the MWC 2017 in February .

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Last month, Samsung officially rolled out its ‘Galaxy Beta Program’, which allowed users of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. Now, it looks like the South Korean manufacturer might skip the official rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat update and directly bump up the smartphones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat – which was released to Nexus and Pixel devices last week – instead.

In response to a user query, Samsung has confirmed that it will be updating Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of first updating them to version 7.0.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brings along new emojis that reflect gender equality, support from GIF images right from the keyboard, and app shortcuts right from the home screen. Users will be able to get access to actions regarding the app just by long-pressing the icon.

Earlier this month, Google released the Google Play distribution data for the seven-day period ending December 5, which showed that Android 7.0 Nougat is now running on 0.4 percent of active Android devices. This marked a relatively minor 0.1 percent improvement from the data shared a month ago by the search giant.

It will be interesting to see how the adoption rate of the latest version of Android is impacted by Nougat’s availability on Galaxy S7 smartphones as the numbers seem to be struggling as of now. Even though most manufacturers are yet to roll out the Nougat update to their smartphones, the start doesn’t seem to be particularly promising.

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Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.

The South Korean electronics giant, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, said 93 percent of Galaxy Note 7 phones in the United States had been returned to the company after its recall earlier this year, which came amid reports of devices exploding or catching fire.

But to get any remaining devices off the market, Samsung said it would deliver an over-the-air update that prevents the phones from charging.

“To further increase participation (in the recall), a software update will be released starting on December 19 that will prevent US Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices,” Samsung said in a statement.

(Also see: Galaxy Note 7 Recall Didn’t Damage Samsung Brand in the US, Poll Finds)
The company recalled some 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s in 10 markets following complaints that its lithium-ion battery exploded while charging, and then had to expand that as reports emerged of replacement phones also catching fire.

As many as 1.9 million of the phones were sold in the United States, where authorities banned the device from use in airplanes and even from being placed in checked luggage.
Samsung said the latest move is “in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and in partnership with carriers and retailers.”

“Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, we are asking consumers with a Galaxy Note 7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where they purchased their device,” the statement said.

Consumers are able to exchange their phone for another Samsung smartphone, or receive a refund.

US carrier Verizon said, however, that it would not participate in the update to disable the phones “because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to.”

“We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation,” Verizon said in a statement.

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