If you are an AT&T fan or you just want to jump ships to another US carrier, this may be your chance, especially if you love Samsung devices! The carrier currently has a holiday season promotion on Samsung Galaxy S6 where it offers buyers the option to get one free Samsung device when they buy one.
If you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, a Note 5 or an S6 Active, you will be able to get a free Galaxy S6 from AT&T. There are a few conditions you must agree to, of course, as nothing is truly free in this world of ours.
Firstly, you have to start a new mine of service in order to be eligible for a Galaxy S6, and you have to use AT&T’s Next installment plan.
Secondly, the free phone will be included in a Next 24 plan. The “free” part of the plan has yet another caveat: AT&T will issue bill credits for 30 months adding up to $650.
If you don’t mind the many bad sides of this deal, you can go ahead and enjoy this way to save some money. The offer will be good until December 31st. You can check more details in the source link below.
Samsung Pay is finally on the Play Store, and if you own one of the four devices that can support it, you can go ahead and download it. The app is now also available on Google’s Play Store. It’s been out for a while now, but you could only download it from Samsung’s own app store.
Availability on Google Play Store does not make Samsung Pay available to more devices than before. You can use it only if you have a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5.
The sad part is that the Play Store version of the app will prompt you to download the more recent version from the Samsung page. This could be a gimmick from the OEM to make you more invested in the app and to let you know it is available and that you can use it.
The mobile payment method is available on US carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Sprint. The installation is free and you will get more and more places to use the app in the coming days, including Starbucks. Give it a look below:
Samsung is bringing Samsung Pay to Verizon customers. With the latest support from Verizon, Samsung has expanded Samsung Pay’s commercial availability to consumers on all major U.S. wireless carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.
Verizon customers with the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note5, and Galaxy S6 edge+ will be able to download and install the Samsung Pay application from Google Play beginning Oct. 21 at 12:00 PM ET.
Launched on September 28 in the United States, Samsung Pay is a simple and safe mobile payment service that works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. Samsung Pay is compatible with most existing and new terminals, including most magnetic stripe, EMV and NFC terminals. That means Samsung Pay works at more places than any other mobile payment service.
Nana Murugesan, VP of Strategy and Operations, Samsung Electronics America released to the following statement on the new partnership with Verizon: “We are proud to partner with Verizon to bring Samsung Pay to Verizon customers. With Samsung Pay, Verizon customers will be able to shop like yesterday and pay like tomorrow. With the widest acceptance of retailers, Samsung Pay works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.”
Let me know if you plan on covering Samsung Pay’s partnership with Verizon, or if you need any additional details.
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were announced today at Apple’s event. As expected, Apple did launch the S versions for this spring’s devices and not a next generation device. The general media opinion is that these are awesome devices, but are they really, especially when compared to other flagships of 2015?
Here is what these devices really look like, technically speaking:
iPhone 6S specs:
4.7-inch 1334 x 750 IPS LED screen
16/64/128 GB storage
12MP rear camera f/2.2 aperture
5MP front camera
front button for the fingerprint scanner
iPhone 6S Plus specs:
5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS LED screen
16/64/128 GB storage
12 MP rear camera f/2.2 aperture
5MP front camera
fingerprint scanner on the front button.
Both devices will be available on multiple US retailers and in other countries starting September 25th.
Now comparing the iPhone 6S devices to other flagships, they don’t fare really well, considering that Google’s, Samsung’s and LG’s flagship have much bigger screens at significantly better resolution. Galaxy Note 5, Nexus 6 and LG G4 all have 2560×1440 resolution with screens of respectable sizes: 5.7 inch for the Note 5, 5.96 inches for Nexus 6 and 5.5 inches for LG G4.
We can’t really compare the processors, since Apple works with A9 proprietary chips while Samsung uses its own Exynos 7420 one, but Nexus 6 and LG G4 are really close with their Snapdragons 805 and 808.
Other smartphones offer different storage options of 32/64 GB and have from 2 to 4 GB or RAM. All of the other flagship smartphones already on the market offer better primary camera sensors, using mostly 16MP cameras, with the lower exception being 13MP for the rear camera by Nexus 6. Secondary cameras are a totally different thing, ranging from 2MP to 8MP sensors.
The different part from iPhones and Android phones is you can already get these Android smartphones but you will have to wait for a few days before being able to get your grubby little hands on an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is already getting official TWRP support starting today. The GSM version is first in getting this type of support as we already know that most experimented users will bake their devices and flash different custom ROMs on them.
Which Galaxy Note 5 version gets support first?
The Note 5 showed up officially mid-August and it is already available for purchase in many places of the world. The Note series remains one of the more popular phablet lines out there, and this can only mean that some owners will want to root and mod their device to their liking.
Team Win’s Recovery project custom recovery will allow users to mod their Note 5 as they see fit. Keep in mind that this official support version is available for the GSM Samsung Galaxy Note 5 version, which means that if your device is carrier-locked, this will not work for you. The download is available in the source link below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 owners beware! According to various reports, your stylus may very well be what destroys your phablet, if you are not being attentive enough with it. Reinserting the Note’s stylus into the phone the wrong way can lead to disabling its stylus detection software. This basically means that, if you insert the S Pen back into its slot the wrong way, you may damage your smartphone completely. You would not be able to take notes when the screen is off and the S Pen radial menu will not work anymore.
Some sites report that wiggling the S Pen in the slot the right way may solve the issue. But we don’t advise you to attempt this. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may really suffer if you try to prove a point by damaging it.
With previous models, the S Pen was much easier to manage in terms of proper placement. The Note 5 has a differently shaped stylus pen though; it has the same shape for its entire length, and it can be pushed into the phone both ways. When there is no physical resistance to warn that you are doing something wrong, the risk of shoving the pen down the slot wrong end first will increase.
Samsung does not want to find a solution to this apparent problem, so you will have to be careful with your new Note and use it as described in the user manual.
Samsung pulled a fast one on us today when it teased us the new Galaxy Gear S2; we thought we would have to wait until September to know more about it. But now we can at least see it in its entire splendor because it is part of a fashion shoot.
Samsung usually partners with high fashion companies that help them create strange or unique accessories that may make the public cringe. This time the photo shoot was different because it was meant to showcase the newest devices coming out the door. The Easter egg in some of them is the Galaxy Gear S2. The new phones Note 5 and S6 Edge + are also portrayed in a desirable fashion.
The S2 smartwatch appears in two photos and kind of takes the light of the show and it doesn’t even look that big. The photos show a nice mélange between fashion industry and technology. The phones and smartwatch are shown as the most prized possession or ultimate accessory.
The fashion is questionable at best – at least by style editors’ opinion – and some even call it “fashion-for-fashion’s-sake”. Some don’t find these images seductive at all, but is every ad out there really supposed to be sexual and over-sensual in overtly trying to sell a product?
We will have to wait until September for more info on the Gear S2, but when that time comes we will definitely discover what the new smartphone is all about.