There are plenty of contrasting reports surrounding sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Some researchers think the handset is underperforming so far, while Samsung says everything fine and the device is pushing after a poor 2014. New data from analytics firm Counterpoint Research suggests that Sammy may indeed be right, although until hard data continues to trickle in month on month we would take it with a pinch of salt.
The Galaxy Note 5 is the next major smartphone on the horizon for Samsung, and if we're being honest it is always the device we look forward to the most from the company, even over the Galaxy S flagship range. There have been rumors circulating over the last week that the Korean company will launch the Galaxy Note 5 early in an attempt to beat the iPhone 6s Plus to market. As it turns out though, it really was just a rumour.
Over the last week there have been consistent reports that Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users are getting their screens scratched because of the Samsung Clear View case that was made for the handsets. Apparently small pieces of dirt and other matter is catching between the case flap and the screen, causing minor scratching.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 is arguably the best smartphone on the market and has helped the company gain some traction again after a poor 2014. However, while the handset (alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge) was pointing to a sales rejuvenation for Samsung, the reality seems different. It has been confirmed that the Galaxy S6 handsets have surpassed 10 million unit sales, but have not achieved that status as fast as predecessors.
Samsung has already delivered Android 5.0 Lollipop to many of its smartphones, but the company?s portfolio is huge and there are plenty more due for the update. The Galaxy S5 Mini for example, a device that is around a year old and is now starting to receive its upgrade to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. That?s according to Samsung's Danish website.
If you own Samsung's new Galaxy S6 flagship on AT&T in the United States, you should be receiving a new update for the handset. Interestingly though, it is not entirely clear what the upgrade is for as there has been no changelog released, but it is certainly not for new software as the device remains on Android 5.0.2.
Samsung has enjoyed massive global success in recent years, and despite a lull last year the company is firmly back on the march thanks to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. However, Sammy has often struggled in Japan and it seems even the extremely well received Galaxy S6 flagships are also failing in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Samsung dropped a bit of a surprise today with the news that it is updating the humble Galaxy Core Prime to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the upgrade starting today. This marks the first device the Korean company has elected to get Lollipop that has a budget price, other Galaxy devices with the updated are high end of mid-range.
Samsung announced a team up with Marvel for special edition versions of the Galaxy S6 adorned in colors of the Avengers (Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America, and HULK). It seems the Korean company has more Avengers tie-ins to come as Samsung is now teaming up with Marvel for a limited edition offer.
While most of the Samsung news recently has been about the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6, the company has another smartphone on the way. The mega affordable Galaxy J1 is launching in Europe and Asia, but according to reports today the J1 is also going to be making its way to Verizon. The largest network in the United States is of course a big supporter of Samsung, so adding an entry level device to its portfolio makes sense.