HOA Weekly Wrap: 2016 Flagship Rumors Inbound! - Page 2

Samsung is widely expected to release the Galaxy S7 earlier than usual in 2016. Typically we see Samsung announce their Galaxy S lineup at MWC with retail availability around a month later. In 2016 it looks like Samsung will announce the phone a week or two before MWC to accelerate retail availability. Over the past week we’ve begun to see several Galaxy S7 rumors. Popular mobile leaker Evan Blass tweeted that the S7 release will feature 4 separate SKUs-S7, S7 Plus, S7 Edge, S7 Edge Plus. It certainly seems strange that Samsung would release a S7 Plus that might eat into sales of the Note lineup, but they have done crazier things in the past. In addition to the multiple SKUs, several renders from case manufacturer Olixar and Onleaks/uSwitch surfaced this week. The renders show very minimal changes from the design language of the Galaxy S6. The power button appears to be wider, but more narrow, and the front facing camera has moved to the far right of the top bezel. We should definitely keep seeing S7 leaks in the coming weeks, so it will be interesting what changes Samsung has changed to entice us to upgrade.

In addition to all of the hardware rumors this week, the Moto X Pure Edition began receiving the Android 6.0 OTA! Users that have a Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, and AT&T sim in their Moto X Pure edition have begun receiving this OTA. I personally received this OTA on Moto X and it is incredibly smooth! It appears Motorola did a great job this year by waiting a few extra weeks to get out the Android update on their flagship. We also received word that the DROID Turbo 2 is receiving a soak test that may contain Marshmallow-it appears Motorola is making it a priority to get their big phones update right away.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"