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It's a known fact that Samsung is revamping its Galaxy A series and is bringing a refreshing design and some cool new features to the A-series smartphones. Till now, the 2016 variants of the Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, and A9 have surfaced online and we have seen the metal-and-glass body of some of these phones.


And now a user agent profile has managed to reveal the screen resolution of one of the device. The Galaxy A5 (2016) will be sporting 720p resolution which also happens to be the as that of its previous version.


The user agent profile doesn't tell us anything else about the device, but as per speculations the screen size will hover around 5" or 5.2". The new Galaxy A5 would also be powered by the in-house Exynos chipset with octa-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.


The camera in the back would be a 13 MP unit, while the camera in the front will have 5 MP resolution. The battery capacity will be 2,900 mAh as per the FCC. The smartphone will support Android 5.1 Lollipop. And like the first generation A5, it will also sport a full metal body.

 



We all knew that it was coming, thanks to the rumors and now it's official. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) is going on pre-order in South Korea on October 1, with a price tag of 649,000 won ($580). The smartphone will be exclusive to SK telecom for now. We are not sure whether the smartphone will be sold off-shores as well, but there is a chance that it might be in at least certain specific markets. Check out the specs below to get a closer look at what Samsung is offering with the new incarnation of the A8.


· 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full High Definition display
· Always On display
· Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core 14nm processor
· 3GB RAM
· 32GB of internal storage
· 16-megapixel rear camera
· 8-megapixel front camera
· Fingerprint scanner embedded in the Home button
· 3,300mAh battery
· Samsung Grace UX on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
· Samsung Pay enabled


To be frank, the new A8 (2016) just seems like a tweaked Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, minus the Quad High Definition Edge display (ironically). There is no doubt that the Exynos 7420 is still quite a capable chip, but considering that it's already more than a year old, the A8 (2016) may not be the best option for the price, except for the strictest of Samsung fans of course.


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Samsung upgraded its "A" series for the releases in 2016 and now they going for the economical "J" series. Right now the Galaxy J1 (2016) is available in the market, to be specific - in Dubai. We are also expecting that J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) will be released.


These new devices look quite promising, thanks to some kernel sources, unraveled by one a mobile enthusiast. The code was identified in the kernel sources of the Galaxy A9 and apparent name of a device, codenamed as "j7xlte".


This code also reveals many of the smartphone's features and specifications. The Galaxy J7 (2016) will feature a FullHD display, most likely a 5.5-inch one, going by previous GFXBench leak. Super AMOLED is nothing out of ordinary for this device , but it also quite easy to figure more details from the model number - ss_dsi_panel_S6E3FA3_AMS549JR01_FHD.


The new J7 will run on a Snapdragon 650 SoC (earlier named as the SD 618). Consumers can expect 3GB RAM, a 13MP the primary camera equipped with the Samsung S5K3L2XX sensor. The front snapper is supposedly a 5MP unit backed by Samsung S5K5E3YX sensor, 1.1µm pixels, coupled with a 23mm f/2.2 lens.


Note that there are signs of a fingerprint reader on the Galaxy J7 (2016), which is a significant boost to the device. Buyers can also expect a microSD card slot and a 4,300 mAh battery.


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Second generation Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is getting the Android 5.1.1 update. Unfortunately for those waiting patiently for Android 6.0, this doesn't appear to be Marshmallow.


Samsung rolled out the firmware update for SM-A310F, and the latest firmware version is A310FXXU1AOL7.


Galaxy A3 (2016) Firmware Details :
Model Name: Galaxy A3
Model: SM-A310F
Country: France(XFE)
Firmware Version: A310FXXU1AOL7
OS: Android Lollipop
OS Version: 5.1.1
Build Date: December 08, 2015
Changelist: 6470329
PDA: A310FXXU1AOL7
CSC: A310FOXX1AOL3
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Don't forget to use our ODIN 3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.



Samsung had just recently rolled out Android M to the Galaxy A7 (2016) in Russia and now it's time for the A5 (2016) to get the same treatment. After you download and install the hefty update, your PDA (build version) should change to A510FXXU2BPF9 and your CSC (sales code) should change to A510FOXY2BPF9. Also, you should now be able to see Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 as you base Android version.



As is the case with all Android Marshmallow updates, features such as Doze mode for a better battery life, Google Now on Tap and the ability to control app permissions individually are all expected to arrive to the A5 with this update. If you are in Russia, you should be receiving a notification prompting you to update your A5 any moment (if you haven't already). But if you want to check for yourself, go to Settings > About device > Software update and give it a try. If you do not see any available updates, do not worry because it will take a bit of time before all devices in Russia receive the package.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The December security update for the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is now rolling out to handsets all around Europe. Hopefully other regions should start getting them very soon as well. The OTA file comes in at a surprisingly slim package of only 10.63MB with firmware version XXS3BPLA. The small package makes us curious as to if there are any changes or fixes from Samsung at all in this one. We know that the file contains the SMR from Google for the month of December, but not too many of Samsung's own customized improvements apparently.



However, strangely enough, some users are reporting that their units have been prompted for a 169MB update in the same region. It is unclear at the moment as to what's going on here. What do you see? You can check right now by going to Settings > About phone > Software update. Let us know the size of the file that you are prompted to download in the comments. Just in case you don't see any updates for your phone yet, don't worry, as the batches tend to take a while before reaching all the smartphones in an area.


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Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.


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The February security patch has been reaching Samsung handsets pretty fast and the company has shipped them out to even some of the ancient ones, like the Galaxy S4 on T-Mobile. The Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy J5 (2016) has just started to receive the monthly patch as well. The firmware version released this month for the A8 and the J5 (2016) is A810FXXU1AQA2 and J510MNUBU2AQA5 respectively. The J5 Prime and the J7 Prime had already received the update a few days ago. As always, feel free to cheek from Settings > About device > System updates for the OTA file, if you haven't received a notification yet.


In the meanwhile, if you have a smartphone that had received its last official update ages ago, check out our firmware section for all firmware versions released for Samsung smartphones. You will find custom ROMs and official updates over there, but before you try to flash anything onto your phone manually, just go through our tutorial on how to use Odin3.


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According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung has just started to release the much awaited Nougat update for the Galaxy A5 (2016) in Europe. To be more precise, it's only available in Russia as of now, but more European nations should be seeing the update soon enough. This marks the beginning of Samsung releasing Nougat for its older mid-range handsets from last year.


The update contains firmware version A510FXXU4CQDK and is available via OTA in the country right now. If you want to check out the firmware yourself from some other nation, you will have to wait for a while because it's still not available at our firmware section yet. Nevertheless, there's a lot of other firmware and updates available for Samsung smartphones and tablets there, so be sure to check them out.


Via: SamMobile


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Although the Galaxy Tab S3 is Samsung's latest and greatest tablet right now, it looks like the older Tab A 10.1 from 2016 haven't been forgotten by the manufacturer yet. Although unexpected, it was a pleasure to see that the Korean giant has actually decided to roll out Nougat 7.0 to the Tab A. Keep in mind though, it is only fair for Samsung to roll out Nougat to the tablet, given that it was just released a year ago in May of 2016.


The update comes in at about 1.3GB with firmware version P580KXU1BQD9 for the Wi-Fi only version. In almost the same size, firmware version P585N0KOU1BQD9 will make its way onto the Wi-Fi + LTE variant as well. Even though it wasn't mentioned where the updates are being rolled out as of now, it should arrive on your tablet in roughly a week nevertheless. Keep checking manually if you are impatient, but rest assured that you will be prompted for downloading the file as soon as it gets to your smartphone anyway.


Via: The Android Soul


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Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.



Rejoice, because Samsung has finally decided to roll out Android Nougat for the slightly old Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) now. The update began rolling out first in Russia but now it's also rolling out in India reportedly. Check out the firmware in our today's list of daily firmware updates. Also visit our firmware section which has hundreds of firmware for every Samsung smartphone and tablet released yet.


This update basically brings the A5 and A7 at par with the S7 series in terms of software because it's the same interface, albeit without a few of the extra bells and whistles that Samsung endowed its 2016 flagship smartphones with. The only thing is that there has been a gap of roughly three weeks since the Russian updates were first released and now; something that makes us wonder when will the other regions be receiving the same treatment.


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It took a while for Samsung to start sending Android 7.0 Nougat out to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), but now that it's finally rolling out to the tablet from last year, the OEM has decided to also bless it with the latest Android SMR update. Do you own the version with the S-Pen or the standard variant? It doesn't matter really because the same update is making its way towards both the devices simultaneously.


If you own the standard Galaxy Tab A without the S Pen, you should see firmware version T580XXU2BQE4 arrive on your tablet and provided you paid a bit extra to get the S Pen variant, you will be receiving your firmware in version P580KXU1BQE6. All the essential and latest bug fixes from Google will be included in the update, along with some of Samsung's own. We are not sure how much of a performance improvement this will actually bring to your device, given it's only a minor monthly update, but if you experience anything positive or negative, do let us know in the comments.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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Users of the Galaxy A5 (2016) in Netherlands were not fortunate enough to receive the Nougat update like most of Europe did months ago and just when things were starting to look particularly embarrassing for Samsung Netherlands, they have started to roll out the elusive update. Late as it may be, if you are in Netherlands and you own the neglected smartphone, this is good news for you. So start checking for the OTA package on your smartphone now.


The update is only valid for unlocked versions of the phone so if your Galaxy A5 (2016) is carrier locked, we are sorry to say that unfortunately this news doesn't concern you. The build number on the firmware is A510FXXU4CQE9 and strangely enough, it only contains the May security patch instead of the expected June SMR. Apart from upgrading your Android OS, the update will also change the overlying UI in certain areas such as the notification shade and the app icons. If you see any other changes worth mentioning, do let us know in the comments.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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Sorry for being a bit late to report this one, but it's good news nevertheless. The Galaxy A5 smartphones from both 2016 and 2017 have now started to receive the October security patch from Samsung. It is a bit surprising that Samsung would prefer to release it for its mid rangers before the flagships, but it's good that that the OEM doesn't seem to be discriminating too much in between their handsets when it comes to security.


The October security update comes after Samsung decided to skip the September SMR entirely in favor of patching BlueBorne, so it's the first Android security patch from the company after August. This one comes loaded with patches for a whopping 215 vulnerabilities found within the Android OS in general and a meager 6 fixes for Samsung's own UI. By now, I wouldn't be surprised if some other devices have started to receive the same update from Samsung as well, so do let us know if we missed something.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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After being stuck on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for a long time, the Galaxy J5 (2016) is finally getting updated to Android Nougat 7.1.1 in Europe. According to a report by SamMobile, the update started rolling out just hours ago in Poland. It wouldn't be surprising if the Galaxy J5 (2016) has already started receiving the same update in other parts of Europe as well, given that Germany and UK are usually next after Poland.


The Samsung Experience 8.5 UI will be accompanying the update and hopefully, it will make things feel even smoother than before ,on the J5 (2016). If you live in Poland and can't see the update yet, know that it may take a few days and that's okay. However, if you are reading this in another country and you can see the Nougat 7.1.1 update has already arrived for your J5 (2016), do let us know about it in the comments.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you live in India and own one of Samsung's Galaxy J5 (2016) smartphones, we have good news for you because reports from all over have confirmed that the handset is indeed getting an OS upgrade to Nougat 7.1.1, a version of the Android OS which is more recent than even the one on the Galaxy S8 (Unless of course, you running the Beta builds of Android 8.0 Oreo on your S8).


Now that you know the good news, time to give you the bad news! According to SamMobile and their sources, some users are experiencing an issue after installing the update. Apparently, the phone keeps crashing on various screens. If it turns out to be true in most cases, then Samsung will either have to release a patch very soon or stop with the roll outs in the region completely. Let's just hope that doesn't happen because it would mean another very long and unexpected wait for Galaxy J5 (2016) owners to get the already late update.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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