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Did you find the regular Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to be too modest? If so, then there is a way by which you can make your new S7 Edge stand out from the rest. Karalux is a Vietnamese company that specializes on luxury and if you have the money and the will to do so, they will gold-plate your latest Samsung smartphone for you. This may not come as a surprise to many because Karalux offered the same 24K gold-plating services for the S6 and S6 Edge last year as well.


According to the Vietnamese company, the process which allowed them to gold-plate the S6 series isn't the same anymore as Samsung has changed its aluminum grade from A7000 to A6000. This has somewhat complicated the procedure and as a result, it now takes 6 hours to complete it instead of the 3-hours timeframe from 2015. There are 10 stages involved in the process, at the end of which, your smartphone will never really lose all of its value.


If you are in Vietnam, you can own a 24K S7 for $1570 and a 24K S7 Edge for $1705. If you are an international buyer however, you will need to pay $1730 and $1930 for the gold-plated S7 and S7 Edge respectively.

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There have been rumors about the two smartphones getting a reboot in 2016 for a while now and it turns out to be true as most rumors are these days. Confirmation was received after the Galaxy J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) became officially listed on Samsung's Chinese website. Both the original smartphones have received a complete overhaul in internal hardware and even building material as plastic has been discarded in favor of metal.


The mid-range J7 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor that is yet to be revealed. Multitasking should also be a breeze with 3GB of onboard RAM. The in-built 16GB storage might not seem enough for all your apps, pics and data; that is unless you consider the fact that it also has support for external micro-SD cards. The standard 13 and 5-megapixel camera setup for the rear and front cameras remain the same from last year, although we will have to wait and see if they have used better sensors. The NFC enabled device also supports LTE networks and all of this is powered by a 3,300mAh battery.


The J5 (2016) is the trimmed down version of the J7 (2016) which sports a similar but smaller design at 5.2-inches. It is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 2GB of RAM. The camera set up, internal memory, LTE and NFC compatibilities all remain the same as the J7 2016 version. Unsurprisingly, the new J5 is also lighter at 159g, when compared to the new J7, which weighs 170g. No details on pricing or when it will be sold outside of China has yet been revealed till date by Samsung.

 

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Unlike most of the leaks and rumors that we usually get to know about, this one was accidentally leaked by one of Samsung's own applications. Samsung Level is an app that is available for download on the Google Play Store and the Galaxy S7 Active is clearly mentioned as one of the supported devices in the description section. Now that the discovery has been made, the question is what else could the S7 Active bring to the table that the S7 does not already have?


Anyone who is familiar with Samsung's Active line of smartphones knows that they are usually waterproof, dustproof and overall tougher versions of the current flagship handsets from Samsung. This is a trend that was made popular with the Galaxy S4 Active and it has since been continued. What has spiked our interest in the matter is that the S7 is already quite resistant to liquids and dust to begin with and has more or less been endowed with most of the features that one would expect from the South Korean giant's Active line-up.


If we were to assume that this was not a mistake and the S7 Active is actually coming, then we will probably see a larger battery and both the capacitive navigation buttons would most likely be replaced with physical buttons. Other changes might include a more robust casing and greater water and dust resistance rating that's even higher than that of the S7. We will keep you posted as more facts come under the limelight.

 




TouchWiz was often blamed for being too full of bloatware and slowing down the device that it was supposed to improve in terms of user experience. Samsung listened to that criticism and finally decided to trim the UI down in size. While this step worked really well and most users liked the new TouchWiz a lot better, it did come with certain sacrifices in terms of customizability. Earlier, it was possible to tinker with the backlight settings of the capacitive keys, but unfortunately, it is a thing of the past now.


Fortunately, you can still customize it on your S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge with the help of a third party app known as Galaxy Button Lights. Download it for free from the Google Play Store and install it. Once you open the application, you will find that everything that was missing from the TouchWiz settings menu in terms of the capacitive key backlighting, they are all there.


You will get to change and choose in-between settings such as Time to remain on, Always on, Always off and Default. Adjust the settings according to your convenience and tap on SAVE BUTTON BACKLIGHT BEHAVIOR to apply the settings on your device immediately. Just to make sure that you are downloading the right application, check if the developer's name is mentioned as NotQuiteinsane on the Play Store's Download section. If it is, then that's the right app.

 





Were you aware of the fact that Samsung's flagship smartphones are equipped with voice control feature to help you capture pictures with your voice? The Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 released last year came with option, and it's also available in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Voice control for capturing pictures on Samsung smartphones works smoothly, although quite a few companies have deactivated this option.


Voice control is not activated by default on the S7 and S7 edge, but enabling it is as easy as pie. First fire up your camera app (double tap on the home button is the fastest way to launch camera), go to settings by tapping on the button at the top left of the display, tap to open Shooting methods option, and toggle to select voice control option. It is also possible to activate/deactivate the front camera by providing shooting gestures. Some of the gestures are tapping anywhere on the display or tapping the heart rate sensor for selfies, and displaying the palm to the snapper to capture a picture after a certain amount of time.


You can configure the camera app to take snaps when you say capture, shoot or anything else. All you need to make sure is that the word should be clearly pronounced. Video recording can also be done by something like - "record video".

 

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