About a week ago, Samsung decided to recall every unit that has been sold of its latest phablet offering, the Galaxy Note 7, due to reported claims (at least 35 separate cases) of overheating and even exploding battery issues. Some however pointed out that the decision by the South Korean tech giant to voluntarily recall the Galaxy Note 7 may not be enough because apparently, some units are still being displayed in store shelves.
It is official -- Samsung has decided to recall its newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, due to issues related to batteries. Reports from affected Galaxy Note 7 owners have varied from overheating to catching fire and even exploding, but whatever the cause, the South Korean mobile giant is choosing not to take any chances. So if you happen to own a Galaxy Note 7, whether your unit is malfunctioning or not, here is a guide to returning your device.
T-Mobile has teamed up with Samsung in order to debut a couple of new Galaxy mobile devices -- the Galaxy On5 smartphone and the Galaxy Tab E tablet. Both devices come with budget friendly prices, and should help in giving subscribers of T-Mobile a more expanded range of device choices that are affordable.
Samsung is offering yet another native mobile app, and as a matter of fact, has already listed it on the Google Play Store. The Samsung Music app has now been made available by the South Korean tech giant on the Play Store. But it should be noted though that the mobile app is still in beta, which may be a bummer to some. However, it does make it easier for Samsung to launch updates to individual apps without needing to deploy new updates to the whole software.
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) TextNow Wireless presents a couple of treats for its customers. Firstly, the wireless carrier is now selling one of Samsung’s flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 Edge, for a price of only $299.99 refurbished. And secondly, the mobile service provider is also launching its free international calling service.
But wait -- these banned devices are not actually available in the market anymore -- well, mostly. United States District Judge Lucy Koh has decided that Samsung will not be allowed to sell specific models of its smartphones in the US. These handsets were found to be infringing on patents owned by rival phone maker Apple, who had filed for a motion for permanent injunction against a certain number of Samsung smartphones.
Samsung has published its financial projections for the last quarter of 2015, and it appears that the South Korean tech giant is still continuing to recover. However, its latest numbers did not do well enough to meet expectations set by industry analysts. In its report, the company stated that it is expecting to post a profit in the amount of $5.1 billion on total revenues of $44 billion for the final three months of 2015.
Smartphones may not be selling as well as before. Sure, the market for smartphones had a really good showing by the time the year 2014 ended, but recent developments indicate that 2015 may end up as a down year for smartphones.