Themes Thursday: Five best themes from this week

We’re back with this week’s Themes Thursday! Out of dozens of themes released that were released this week for compatible smartphones, we’ve shortlisted five that you might end up liking.

Samsung has designed Field, Simple Desert, and Yellow Boat themes, and all of them are free to download. If you’re still in a Christmas mood, you should check out the cute Greeny Christmas theme pack. Too bad that most of the New Year themes are too flashy to recommend.

Which themes did you like from this week?

Field | Free

Greeny Christmas | Paid

Mountain – THENEW | Paid

Simple Desert | Free

Yellow Boat | Free

Samsung unveils its new CH711 curved quantum dot monitors just before CES 2017

After launching a couple of curved monitors earlier this year, Samsung is back again with some new models. The CH711 curved quantum dot monitor from Samsung features WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, and comes in two screen sizes: 27-inch and 31.5-inch. Samsung claims that the CH711 has been designed for gaming and that quantum dot technology offers “vivid, visually stunning picture.

The CH711 has a curvature of 1800R, and the company claims that it offers a better experience while watching movies or gaming. Samsung promises a “richer and more vibrant color from any viewing distance” from its latest curved gaming monitor. The CH711 will be released sometime early 2017, but it will be showcased at CES 2017 along with the CFG70 gaming monitor and the workplace-focused CF971. The company will showcase some of its flat monitors too, including the 28-inch UH750 with a super-fast 1ms response time and 4K resolution.

Galaxy A7 (2017) launch nears as retail mode video appears

Samsung will soon unveil the new Galaxy A (2017) series. The company’s Malaysian arm has already sent out invitations for the launch event on January 5th which takes place a few hours before Samsung’s CES 2017 press conference. Official press renders of the Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) were leaked online yesterday. We’ve now come across the retail mode video for the Galaxy A7 (2017) so it’s evident that this handset is coming soon as well.

Renders of the Galaxy A7 (2017) haven’t leaked online yet but it’s only a matter of time before we get to see them as well. The retail mode video that we’ve found is a good indication that the Galaxy A7 (2017) is also going to be launched in the near future. One thing you’ll note in the video is that the camera is particularly highlighted so it appears that the high-end model of this series will be geared towards those who like to use their handset’s camera quite a bit. The video also points out that this new series is going to be water resistant.

Expect Samsung to confirm details about the pricing and availability of this handset on January 5th.

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge Nougat beta program could end soon

Samsung has released five versions of the Android 7.0 beta firmware for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and it looks like the company could soon be wrapping testing. The fifth Nougat beta could be the last, according to a post on Weibo that was shared by a tester on Samsung’s beta community (found in the Galaxy Members app).

Does this mean the final version of Nougat could be rolling out soon? Not necessarily, as integration of the software on a device is followed by the certification stage, so we could still be a few weeks away from the official rollout of the update. Of course, it isn’t even confirmed if Samsung has finished testing, although at this point the company really should be hurrying things up and attempting to bring the latest version of Android to its customers at the earliest.

Nougat is shaping up to be one of the biggest updates for Samsung devices, and if you haven’t already, do check out our What’s New With Nougat series to find out what it brings to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

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