Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge to get some Note 7 features via update: Report

Galaxy Note 7 might be dead, but some features of the smartphone being added to the earlier Galaxy S7, S7 edge.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: October 18, 2016 1:52 pm
Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 7 fire, Galaxy Note 7 production, Galaxy Note 7 fire, Samsung S7, Galaxy S7 always-on display, Always-on Display, S7, S7 edge, S7 price Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be dead, but some features are being rolled out to the S7, S7 edge. File photo of the Note 7. (Source: Reuters)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be dead, but some features of the smartphone are getting a chance at life on the earlier Galaxy S7, S7 edge smartphones. According to reports on XDA Developers Forum and Android Authority, users are reporting an update in the Galaxy suite of apps which brings the new feature to the older Samsung flagships.

According to a report on Android Authority, version 1.4.02 adds new customization options, including a new digital clock with a custom text signature. Also now Always on Display will also show the current music track playing on the device, and according to Samsung takes up less than 1 per cent battery per hour.

However, the update isn’t all perfect and on the XDA Developers forum users are reporting an issue with this update. Stock email app, third party app notifications were not reflecting on the Always on Display in some cases as well.

Sadly the S-Pen which was a crucial feature of the Note 7 won’t be coming to the earlier smartphones. For those who still want a device with the Stylus, the Galaxy Note 5 is your best bet.

Samsung has quite a task on its hand with the demise of the Galaxy Note 7 for which production has ended. The phone was overheating, catching fire in some cases and exploding. Samsung’s first recall for the Note 7 was issued on September 2, but even the replacement phones were plagued with the same problem. Thus the South-Korean company was forced to end production of the phone.

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Reports have indicated Samsung is still not able to figure out what is wrong with the Galaxy Note 7 and was unable to recreate the explosions, overheating in its own labs. Other reports claim Samsung might just end the Galaxy Note brand altogether, which would be a shame given this was regarded as one of the best Android phones in the market.

The Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to be a challenger to the iPhone 7 Plus, and expected to boost Samsung’s holiday sales. The company saw a strong start to profits thanks to the sales of the premium Galaxy S7, S7 edge, but now with the Note 7 production ending it is expecting losses to the tune of $5.3 billion.