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Galaxy S7 could be ready by December as Samsung reportedly improves development process

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Galaxy S7 could be ready by December as Samsung reportedly improves development process
The Samsung Galaxy S7 might be a while away yet, but this doesn't mean that we can't take a peek into the future. Currently, we know precious little about what Sammy is or isn't planning to tweak with its next flagship, but with the current Galaxy S6 only a few months old, this is perhaps to be expected. Despite the lack of any exciting leaks, Samsung could be looking to revamp the development process entirely, having reportedly ditched its old 'Waterfall' method and switched to the apparently more productive, 'Agile' system. Put simply, this could shave up to two months off the length of time it would take to develop the Galaxy S7, paving the way for a much earlier market release.

The Agile method divides the various aspects of development up into little chunks, each of which are then completed at light speed. Once a module is completed, it is subsequently tested, and not only is it a quicker overall process, but changes can be made a lot more easily. The Waterfall method, conversely, leaves much less margin for error, since it pertains to a rigid system that once a certain stage is complete, turning back to make changes is difficult-to-impossible. 

If Samsung is rolling with Agile as is being reported by AsiaToday, it's reasonable to suggest that the S7's launch could be brought forward. The company always looks to steal the show at MWC, as it did with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge earlier on this year. But if it can beat some of its major competitors to the draw, this would be even more advantageous, since the S7 will be in many hands before the likes of LG, Sony and HTC have a chance to make an argument. 

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posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:00 2

1. sun0066 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)

Blah blah blah ...

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:03 4

14. torr310 (Posts: 837; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Mine! Just hope screen size will not increase but much lager battery with SD card slot.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:04 6

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Bad move, if they make it. They won't.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:58 4

18. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

Like Sony it'll flop, oem need more time to develop
Apple release cycle is probably the best

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 21:39 14

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Yearly, with no surprise variants.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 01:02 1

23. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

yep! they'll need a wow factor!! it's kinda expected because they are so popular and there is so many leaks several months before official announcement. Whereas for Samsung they are release to much variant this year & thats confusing, there is no need for S6 active in my opinion intead they can add water resistant feature to the S6 or why they releasing Edge+? Do you personally think it's a welcome addition darkk? They already had Note series in phablet category which is remain undefeated...

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 06:49

29. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

That makes the phone look like crap, they did that with the s5, got way big and did not sell, not happening again

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 09:18 1

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I think they shoulda released the Edge plus along with the standard models. I feel Apple was smart in releasing the 6, and 6 plus together. It gives us a choice, and allows us to better spend our money. I would've chosen the plus over the standard edge, but had to sell my edge, and will add cash to get the plus. That could've been avoided.

With the Note5 and Edge, it simply adds choice, I think they're trying to replace the Note Edge, with the Edge Plus.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 07:58 1

37. jdmillest (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

apple doesnt really release a flagship every year, its more like every other year. its just an minor upgrade, like 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s and so on. not like other oems.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:39 1

40. nctx77 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Just because they don't change the design every year doesn't mean it not a flagship dude. The guts are always completely updated. Lately, they have even been adding features like Touch ID and soon forced touch. I guess you don't realize that a lot of manufactures are doing the same thing these days. Over the past few years, most phones have looked relatively the same with some spec bumps here and there. Look at HTC or even Samsung. Samsung pretty much the same until this year. Even now, it still has a similar look from the front.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 09:21

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Good lost +1

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 09:20 1

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Call it what you want, but Apple yearly cycle means, that model stays relevant for a year before a new model replaces it. Flagship or not, nothing comes 3 months later, forcing you to buy again if you want it.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:05 8

3. phonehome (Posts: 567; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Many people including myself are NOT buying the S6, S6 Edge or Note 5 due to the stolen key features of the removable battery and SD card expansion.

I suggest many voice their displeasure by writing to Samsung headquarters at:

95, Samsung 2-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, 446-811

You can also email then at: foundry@samsung.com

However, I do strongly recommend writing them via postal mail as physical letters can't be 'just deleted' and thus would get more attention.

I have written myself already. The current USPS international letter rate is $1.42. Not much to spend in order to voice a great displeasure.

Furthermore, would be much appreciated if this was copied and pasted to many tech blogs / forums / etc. A great thanks to anyone that does this (and of course to whom writes Samsung as well).

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:13 12

4. Rydsmith (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Except people outside of a very small minority don't care about removable batteries and micro SD cards.

So yeah....please go waste your time doing that and your postage money.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:17 6

9. phonehome (Posts: 567; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

If people don't care, then why are so many complaining about it? And why are the sales of the GS6 lower than expected? And whhhhhy would Samsung decide to release the GS7 in the SAME year (yes, I still know preliminary at this point)?

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:29 19

15. TerryTerius (Posts: 1777; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

They weren't saying Samsung would release it this year, they said they may finish its development by the end of this year. That isn't nearly the same thing. Aside from that, the conclusion you came to for Samsung's sales aren't really connected to the reality of what is going on across the entire Android Market.

HTC's stock is the lowest it has ever been and they are cutting back on employees, phones, and marketing. The LG g4 is massively underperforming everywhere but the states (it was even thrashed in SK) and Sony is barely even on the map. I'm not quite sure about Motorola, but only Huawei and Xiaomi seem to be having any kind of real growth. All the other major Android companies are suffering. Acting as if Samsung is exclusively problematic is totally false.

All I'm saying is, context is key. And microSD and removable battery don't seem to be nearly as important as you some believe. Market saturation, existing customers being satisfied with the phones they have, pressure from high specced low price low margin phones and abundance of previous generation flagships on sale have all put a huge dent in everyone's sales. Downward pressure is literally killing Android manufacturers profits and sales. It isn't affecting Apple, because they are the only choice if you want iOS.

Using your logic the g4 should be snapping up sales left and right. Although it is doing reasonably well in the US, it is bombing worldwide and far from meeting LG projections. Which is surprising, since the g3 sold 10 million units. Xiaomi lacks SD, and they've been growing considerably yoy. All I'm saying is, the mechanics of what is going on have a hell of a lot more to do with the things I listed above than SD cards and removable batteries. Even with a near industry-wide elimination of the latter, and removal of the former from Samsung and Xiaomi. They may be a factor, but it doesn't explain why the past two years have been rough for everyone.

You are a niche consumer. And using the complaints of individuals that frequent tech sites as a presumptive sampling of the broader populace seems unwise to me.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 22:26 3

21. kenaldinho4444 (Posts: 66; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)

What would PA do without guys like you, I'm a huge fan of SD cards (due to the fact that I tend to upgrade my phone every year), I don't change my battery even though I'm a heavy user. But you have storage options like usb mass storage, otg cables (for thumb drives) you can even sync your documents to your pc, come on! It's no big deal. People just need to appreciate and accept change, sooner or later manufacturers are going to make the same decision as Samsung

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 06:52

30. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Yes and all the way you just said, you get way faster transfer times and get things done faster

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:32 7

16. TerryTerius (Posts: 1777; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

And I'll say it again, even if the S6 isn't quite meeting the sales Samsung wanted, they would still be absolutely demolishing nearly all of their competitors (barring Huawei possibly) in the flagship space, sales wise. Even with the low projection of 10 million, literally nobody has met that but Huawei.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 23:05 2

22. willard12 (Posts: 1677; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

If everything you say is true and they are already taking certain actions in response to non-reported S6 sales, then what is the point of writing letters to tell people something they apparently already know? I'm sure there are 1 or 2 market research people at Samsung that may have better insight to customers than you. As many views as I'm sure your English-written letter will get in the Republic of Korea, you may be as delusional as a person who believes the United States and the Confederate States were somehow allies.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 07:23 1

36. justme (Posts: 56; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

For good or bad, Android manufacturers don't exist in a vacuum. They have to work with Google, and Google has made no secret of the fact that they don't especially care for SD cards. The ability to write to SD was essentially removed in Kit Kat, and despite it being restored in Lollipop it's more likely that they're "persuading" manufacturers than it is that they did an about-face on the issue.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:40

41. dazed1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)

The sales are lower, because there is MUCH MORE good brands this days, especially china phones which offer amazing value, people are getting away from big brands more and more, mark my words, in 2 years from now, no phone will cost more then 500 euros even on launch, one exception will be Apple.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:41

42. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

So many aren't. Samsung sells hundreds of millions of phones a year, and maybe a hundred thousand people are openly complaining. That's a tenth of a percent or less.

The S6 may be amount less than they hoped, but all indications is it outsold the S5 by a good margin (which is borne out by their ASP rising). The S5 had all those things people are supposedly complaining about.

Don't get me wrong, I want removable battery and expandable storage, but I know very well that those of us who do are a very miniscule minority.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 05:21

53. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

complaining? who? the geeks in forums? tech blogs? who are a minority to the whole population of smartphone buyers?

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 05:09

25. thunderc8 (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

Well they lost me for not having a micro sd and they needed my sale.
I imagine there are alot more like me that whant a micro sd, i did the mistake once with the htc one x that didnt had micro sd but it was 32gb and with 25gb dropbox free for 2 years, and i will say to you that cloud doesnt work and eats data plan.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 05:55

26. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

You can also opt for the 128GB version as I did with my Edge.
No storage problems for me with the extra free 100GB on OneDrive that came with my S6 ;-)
I don't miss a microsd card and I don't want one anymore also.
This phone is blazing fast with all tasks. (Its rooted btw)

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:03

38. jdmillest (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

what will everyone do once all the big oem stop using micro sd?

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:13 2

5. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)

Let's wait and see if the Note 5 does in fact remove the sd card slot. The dual sim model apparently does have an sd card slot

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 06:56

31. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

So does all (f) with 7422, but that because there is room for the battery and room on the board for the emmc controller for the sd card and because they have added to the sim area of the phone, if they going to have room for it in the 7420 when they got to find the room for ufs modem and ram and the battery in the same size phone, will be the big thing, it's going to cost you battery size that 100%

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:37 2

12. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

Piss off

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 06:30

27. TezzaBP (Posts: 274; Member since: 18 May 2015)

It's actually been reported the Note 5 will have SD Card expansion

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 07:00

32. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Only on the (f) ver as there will be room for emmc controller where the ufs controller will have to go for the USA network ver that will be using the 7420, so you may find I. The USA ver will have less battery and No sd card, as they not using epop and they have to find room for modem, ram, and ufs on top of the emmc chip

Also in most cases USA users will not use the sd card, I be thinking more (f) users will use, this, also USA networks may have asked a samsung to keep with the 32,64,128gb ver setup so they make more cash

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 10:35

48. TezzaBP (Posts: 274; Member since: 18 May 2015)

What would that mean for the UK version though

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 17:13

51. Blazers (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Can you please post a (credible) link on your source that the N.A. version will only have the 7420? Thanks

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:14 1

6. cdm283813 (Posts: 354; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)

If you believe this you must be dumb.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:16

8. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)

Another article speculated that the release of the device might be reduced by 2 months, since Galaxy S line usually comes out in April, we might be seeing the S7 in February if the report is accurate. Do you think they're trying to move the release date due to the iPhone 6c possibly getting a quarter 2 2016 release?

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 06:43

28. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

doesnt matter, since i6c wont hurt any flagship sales..
and no officials say they will reduce development time by 2month, its just speculated since they "heard" samsung improves development process, so they though it will be faster,but its still up to samsung about when they'll release this phone

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 07:06

33. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Not 100% on that even the crap 5c sold many phones as its Apple

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:22

39. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)

This says development could speed up by up to two months:


posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:44

43. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

They've been saying that for years. The rumor was the S5 was coming out in December, then it ruled out right on time. If the Note 5 is released early, it'll be the first time the rumors are bourn out.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 18:07

52. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)

But they're not saying it's getting released in December they're saying it'll be completed by then. This year Samsung is releasing the Note 5 in August because their sales are trailing behind Apple, they want to be out there before the Apple hype overshadows theirs.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:32

10. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

Yes, but I will be content with my note 5 for now.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:34 4

11. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 527; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

Aren't you sick and tired of these fake articles? Actually these are gossips, and God says gossip is a sin.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:48 1

13. jeroome86 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Running out of articles are we?

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:57 2

17. DRS1977 (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 May 2015)

All I want in the S7 is 4gb of RAM, a new battery the size of the S6 Active, and a micro-SD card slot. That is all easily achievable for Samsung. I like my S6, but those would be perfect upgrades for me. They can keep everything else the same. Maybe bring the screen size up to 5.2, but that's it.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 07:08

34. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

All (f) s7 will have a way bigger battery due to epop, why other s7 will have lower battery, just take note of the change in size of battery fro. The USA network ver and the (f) of the note 5 for what the size change may be

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 22:17

58. iReligion (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)

I want to see USB C 4-6 gig of ram 3500 mah battery or bigger a 7422 or better processor and a IR blaster and a freaking Micro SD card slot is that so much? I would not care if the battery is not consumer replaceable as long as it lasts all day 1 year from Date of Purchase lol that might be a bit much.I can't get excited about Fast charging and Samsung Pay when the Hardware is not there. And who did Samsung listen to, what customers said nope we don't want SS cards or Big batteries. They did not ask me that is for sure.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 21:16

19. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Anyway that improves efficiency without hurting the overall product is good.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 04:07

24. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Samsung will need the Galaxy S7 early if the Note 5 or S6 Edge + fails to gain buyers,Samsung got to back to there Best Selling options or people will finally turn there backs on buying a future Samsung phone,plus the prices of the Galaxy phones needs to brought down as there over pricing there current phones,Metal & Glass as not be to good for Samsung,as Glass is a Fingerprint Magnet and Breaks easy and Metal stops them adding the Card Slot and upgrades the prices as well

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 07:10

35. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Phones with epop may get back the sd card reader, but I be thinking in the USA without epop the jot going to happen due to size, but I may be wrong as Samsung can epop other parts, like the sim may be epop with the emmc controller and so on, Samsung got the tech

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 08:55

44. nctx77 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Galaxy S6/S6 edge are the most overhyped phones I've seen and the sales proved it. What is the S7 going to do that's going to help Samsung? Removable batteries and SD slots will not help. The S5 and Note 4 both had it, but sales were still dropping. The bottom line is that Sammy hasn't had a hit since the S4 and even that phone was riding off the success of the S3. They have been dying a slow death every since. Hardcore fans on sites like this will stick with them, but they have lost interest in the general public. They're old news. People are either buying other Android phones or going back to the iPhone. All that talk about those gimmicky features is funny, because all people wanted was a bigger screen lol!

Folks, save the talk about Samsung has other divisions and they will be fine. I know this. I'm strictly talking about the mobile division. I predict in 3 years time, Samsung will be looking like HTC and either LG or Sony will step up and be the true competitor to Apple.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 12:39

49. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I think you're confusing best reviewed and most powerful/functional with overhyped. The hype was legit. There isn't a better phone on the market right now (same with the Note 4 in the large phone category). Samsung are the only smartphone manufacturer right now that is really pushing the boundaries of the tech. They lead, others follow.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 13:19

50. DRS1977 (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 May 2015)

The GS6 is the best phone on the market, you are delusional.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 12:08

56. willard12 (Posts: 1677; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

But if Samsung goes away, where will you turn to express your hatred? You won't have anything to do. Oh well, you can start going after Spotify.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:30

54. babyk (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

PA why dont you just SHUT THE f**k UP?

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:53

55. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Why don't you just leave their site?

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 13:48

57. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)

If Samsung really wanted to improve their design process they would cut off all access of the designers to the tech press.

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