Samsung’s now pushing out a maintenance update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Earlier today, Samsung started rolling out yet another maintenance update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. This time the upgrade carries the build number XXXU1AOE3 and transports a lot of much-needed bug fixes, including a more streamlined fingerprint recognition process, improved compatibility with accessories and lots more.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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New Samsung Gear SDK with Orbis design officially launched

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What would a Samsung device be without the company’s own unique take on a user interface? For the forthcoming round-faced Samsung Gear smartwatch, it will take some hacking to figure out the answer to that question as Samsung has released the latest Gear SDK which includes a new user interface codenamed Orbis. Unlike past versions of smartwatches from Samsung, the round face of the forthcoming Gear device means developers will deal with some new challenges. The other new feature Samsung will bring to market is a rotating bezel that can be used to control functions on the watch, becoming a physical part of the interface. Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones aren’t selling too well in Japan

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It may come as a surprise, but Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphones aren’t selling like hotcakes in Japan, despite removing its branding from the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge handsets in an attempt to ward off any ill-feeling towards the Korean company. To give an example of how poor sales have been, the S6 edge managed a respectable 10th place in its first week of sales before slipping down to 26th spot in its second week (April 27 – May 3). This is according to BCN‘s weekly survey of smartphone sales.

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Samsung will soon be deploying micro-updates to fix buggy Lollipop updates

Android-5.0-LollipopSamsung has updated a handful of its devices to Lollipop, but those updates haven’t been without bugs. Fortunately, the company hears all the complains, and they’ll supposedly be working on some smaller updates to get everything sorted out for “various devices,” at least according to the Samsung Mobile UK Twitter account.

There’s no word on how long it’ll take Samsung to get these updates out to devices, and if they’ll be rolled out to devices outside of the UK, but let’s hope for the best. Read more

Galaxy S6 gets one-click root method, includes AT&T and Verizon models and doesn’t trip KNOX

samsung_galaxy_s6_colorsWe’ve already seen some progress being made on rooting the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but a new method called PingPong root offers up a quick and easy way to root nearly every model of the S6. Yep, that includes the Verizon and AT&T versions, both of which tend to be notoriously far behind on progress with these flagship devices.

As an added bonus, this method doesn’t trip Samsung’s KNOX counter, which means you won’t lose access to things like Samsung Pay whenever that launches later this year. Some root methods tend to interfere with Samsung’s security measure, so it’s great to see this method work around that. Read more

Possible image of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 leaks

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Samsung has been working on some new tablets to be released in June to be the successors to the Galaxy Tab S devices. The new devices are expected to be named the Galaxy Tab S2 and will come in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes with both WiFi-only and WiFi+cellular variants. A new leak from Twitter tipster @OnLeaks claims to reveal an image of the larger, 9.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2. Read more