Samsung CEO will reportedly meet with Apple executives in the US this week

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun, one of the three co-CEOs of the company, is reportedly visiting the United States this week to meet several clients. Reports out of South Korea suggest that the Samsung CEO is also going to conduct meetings with Apple’s top brass.

Kwon Oh-hyun is head of Samsung’s chips and parts business division. He has also been leading Samsung’s display-making affiliate Samsung Display since April last year. The two other co-CEOs head the smartphone and appliance business divisions respectively.

The timing of this trip may not be a coincidence. Samsung Display is expected to begin production of the OLED panels for Apple’s next flagship smartphone in July. It’s likely going to be the sole supplier of OLED panels for the iPhone.

Samsung has immense potential in the components business which can open up new avenues for partnership with one of its biggest rivals. Kwon Oh-hyun will be in a good position to negotiate such a deal as he happens to be in charge of operations in both the display panel and memory chip business divisions.

“Considering Kwon oversees both chip and display businesses, his visit is expected to affect the ongoing partnership between Samsung and Apple,” said an industry source cited in the report. It’s claimed that top executives from both companies could discuss further partnership.

[Update: Sprint too] Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ get Bixby update and May security patch on T-Mobile

Earlier today, T-Mobile rolled out the much-awaited Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Surprisingly, the company also released Android 7.0 for the Galaxy Tab S2. It has released a firmware update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as well, but it’s not Nougat, as both devices come with Android 7.0 out of the box.

The update that T-Mobile is rolling out today for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ brings the May security patch for both handsets. The May security patch brings fixes for 54 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures in the Android operating system as well as fixes for 11 vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s own software.

The changelog mentions that this firmware release also brings an update for Bixby. There’s no need to be excited just yet, though. This Bixby update doesn’t enable Bixby Voice and it’s still unclear when the voice capabilities of one of the Galaxy S8’s biggest features will be available.

The usual slew of device stability and performance improvements are included in this update that weighs in at over 375MB. It also ensures improved stability for microSD cards. T-Mobile is rolling out this update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ over-the-air and it should be live for all users soon.

Update: Sprint has started rolling out this update to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ on its network. The update also comes with May 2017 Android security patch.

 

T-Mobile releases Nougat for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy Tab S2

T-Mobile confirmed a couple of days back that the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was ready. It promised to release said update in the near future. T-Mobile subscribers who own either handset should keep an eye out for an update notification today as Magenta has now released Nougat for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

That’s not all. While T-Mobile didn’t mention the Galaxy Tab S2 earlier this week, it has also released the Nougat update for this tablet. Not like Galaxy Tab S2 owners on T-Mobile are going to mind, they will be excited to finally get a taste of Nougat as well.

Firmware version G920TUVU5FQE1 and G925TUVU5FQE1 has been released by T-Mobile for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Galaxy Tab S2 owners on T-Mobile should keep an eye out for firmware version T817TUVU2BQE2.

All of the features that come part and parcel of Android 7.0 Nougat are included in the update for all three devices. You should definitely check out our Whats’s New with Nougat series to find out everything that you need to about Nougat on Samsung devices.

T-Mobile is rolling out these firmware updates over-the-air so it may take a couple of days before they arrive for all users across the United States.

Wallpaper Wednesday: Textures

Welcome to the latest edition of Wallpaper Wednesday. This week, we’re highlighting a total of five textured backgrounds. All of the images are available in a suitable resolution for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and just about any other smartphone on the market.

If any of the following images float your boat and you want to download and set one as your wallpaper, simply tap on the photo to maximise it, then click and hold to save it. Once the picture is stored locally, open up Settings, locate and select Wallpaper, then just press the image to set it as your background.

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Note: These wallpapers were downloaded from Material Wallpapers.

Get a free Gear Fit 2 when you buy the Galaxy S7 in the UK

Samsung is running a great promotion for customers who decide to purchase the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge in the United Kingdom. Customers who purchase the handset before June 30 will be eligible to receive a free Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker from Samsung.

Customers must have purchased the handset from a participating retailer. They then have to visit the promotion page on Samsung UK’s website and provide the relevant information to claim their free gift.

The online claim form needs to be filled and proof of the handset’s purchase has to be provided. Customers also have to provide the device’s IMEI number and their contact information. The device must have been purchased in the month of June 2017 in order for the customer to be eligible for a free Gear Fit 2.

Even though the purchase period ends on June 30, the claim window will be upon until August 28, so customers have until then to submit their claim and then wait for Samsung to ship out a free Gear Fit 2 to them.

I am sure that while many would have preferred it if Samsung offered this free gift with every purchase of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy S7 is no slouch either, and it’s actually a great option if you’re not that keen on Samsung’s new flagship.

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