The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are fantastic smartphones, and they are widely expected to breathe new life into the company after a worrying 2014. The handsets have already made their mark in Samsung's South Korea homeland, with the devices shifting 200,000 units within 10 days of being released. However, Samsung believed it would move 300,000 units based on pre-order numbers, so the Galaxy S6 range is not performing quite as well as predicted.
Verizon has started updating its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop today, with the upgrade arriving via an over the air update. The handset is now a generation old with the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 last September, but is still a potent phablet and will make the most of the various changes that come with Android Lollipop.
AT&T is serving up a double dose of Samsung updates as the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy Alpha are now receiving their Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates. The second largest carrier in the United States is rolling out the upgrade over the air now, so you should be seeing the prompt on your device soon, if you haven't already.
In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy A series of smartphones was a pointer to where the company was going to go with its spiffing new Galaxy S6 flagship. Drafted in after the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 went metal, the Galaxy A devices are Sammy?s mid-range/budget devices with a premium twist. We have heard before that there will be new additions to the line-up this summer, and it seems the first, the Galaxy A8 is near release.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship are still waiting to be rolled out officially, but already the signs are good that they are boosting Samsung after a dodgy 2014. The company has seen huge amounts of pre-purchase interest in the handsets, with reports hinting that Samsung broke its own records for pre-order numbers.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a couple of generations old these days, but Samsung has long confirmed that the two year old former flagship is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop. That futureproofs the handset for a while and gives it the latest full build of Google's mobile OS. AT&T has now started rolling out its Android 5.0.1 update for customers running the Galaxy S4.
Samsung was one of the first major smartphone brands (along with Sony) to put a smartwatch on the market, a couple of years earlier than most of its rivals. However, the Apple Watch has swept in and stolen the limelight and will probably steal the sales too, so while Samsung's previous smartwatch efforts have been solid, it is probably time for the company to knuckle down and deliver spectacular.
Samsung is enjoying a good start to the year, and 2015 is certainly showing more promise than the dud that was 2014. The question has long been whether last year's problems were a blip or a long term decline, and it seems that it was the former. The new Galaxy S6 has shed light on Samsung once more, while the company says it expects to outperform analysts through the first quarter.
T-Mobile is one of the four major US carriers that will sell the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the "Uncarrier" will start offering the device from April 10th. When you land your brand new Samsung flagship that day, you won't be able to fire it up straight away as you will have to pull an over the air update first.
PhoneArena has found that battery life on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is below that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. That of course is a rather remarkable stat considering battery power is becoming a very important spec for consumers. The fact that the juicer in the Galaxy S6 is not removable has already been criticized and it seems with good reason. However, there are some factors at play that should be discussed.