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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature spam detection and caller identification services from Whitepages

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature spam detection and caller identification services from Whitepages
Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, both of which will be available around the world starting March. While we already presented the new features that the Galaxy S7 series is bringing, there's one thing that we didn't mention: the S7 and S7 edge will come with built-in caller identification and spam detection services from Whitepages (a US-based company that also works with T-Mobile in the US, providing similar features).

Thanks to an extensive data base (containing 600 million mobile and landline phone numbers in the US, and more than 1.5 billion numbers globally), Samsung and Whitepages will allow Galaxy S7 users to identify unknown calls, alerting them when a spam or scam call is incoming. Also included is a nearby business search feature that provides a quick way to find businesses - right from the phone's native dialer.

For the beginning, the Galaxy S7 series will have these features in the following markets: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and US. More countries should be added at a later date.

Don't plan to buy a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge? No worries: Whitepages already has Android and iOS apps that offer the spam detection and caller identification capabilities that will be available on Samsung's new handsets - you can download them right now at the second and third source links below.


sources: Press release, Whitepages Android app, Whitepages iOS app

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posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:36 9

1. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Only uninformed consumers would buy this.

Samsung phones are ridiculously overpriced for what they can do.
the s7 does the same thing as every other $300 android phones.

$700 is more than what apple is asking for for their entry level iphones. the marginally better hardware does not justify the premium over any $300 android phones.

i will never buy a samsung over a nexus or iphone.

you have no need to root your phone with iphone or nexus to remove bloatware
you'd never have to run a custom rom, potentially exposing yourself to security backdoor to get rid of laggy touchwiz. i will never use mobile payment or mobile banking on a rooted phone on a custom rom

iphone and nexus have google and apple engineers working around the clock to fix bugs and provide patches.

it's not in samsung's best interest to update your phones timely as they only want to sell you the latest and most expensive phones. when they do update, they do it halfassedly by crippling your phone with only half of the new features available on their new flagships.

google wants to lock you into their ecosystem so their best interest lies in providing you the best software experience. you'd be sure to get the latest features from google.

unlike iphone and nexus, Samsung made different models for CDMA and GSM carriers in North America even though customers are increasingly paying full prices for their flagship devices.

i think they intentionally did this for the carriers so they will aggressive push/market samsung devices while keeping their customers locked down to specific carrier.

Google and Apple made all their devices universally compatible with all carriers (CDMA and GSM alike)
you'd never have to worry about carrier compatibility with iphone or nexus as long as they are unlocked, which is important because carriers no longer subsidize their devices and there are many cheap and free MVNOs.

If you value consumer choices, buy a nexus or iphone.
if you want the latest tech but on a budget, buy a nexus, if you want premium, buy an iphone.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:38 45

2. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


Cry me a River

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:55 6

53. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


It's crazy to me how many people were trolled by nexusX.

Walked right into his trap.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 19:26 4

69. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Looks like he likes the phone but can't afford it. Them again in his other posts he says: he doesn't like paying for app. Something is not right.

Maybe he's a average Joe.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 21:33

71. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


i'm a chartered analyst. go google what that means.

one does not become rich blowing $700 on a smartphone every year.

even if that's your parents money.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 03:13 1

73. Tarox (Posts: 103; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)


I stopped reading after chartered Anal...

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:41 15

3. Ordinary (Posts: 2203; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


"you have no need to root your phone with iphone or nexus to remove bloatware"

Let that sink in for a minute

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:46 5

24. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


bloatware can be anything you dont want on your phone.

This include apple watch app on iphone.

Sorry.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:38 1

44. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


man?what a ridiculous and uninformed whole write up ...??? atleast if it's a novel write something that add up...

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 21:48

72. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


i understand the need to jailbreak an iphone to play free games. as far as performance is concerned, there is no need jailbreak an iphone.

why would you ever need to root a nexus?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:46 19

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


So you spent so much time whining about a company you apparently don't care about!

Makes perfect sense. Also please tell me how iPhones and nexus devices do more stuff than 300$ phones. As you seem pretty advances, also tell us how to remove bloat from nexus or iPhone without root, since you managed to do that.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:25 1

17. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Did you word that wrong....? because a Nexus or iPhone can do more than most $300 dollar phones.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:37 8

21. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2283; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I don't think he worded it wrong, it's a trick question.

If the crybaby points out anything the Nexus or iPhone can do that a $300 phone can't, it most definitely can be done on the S7 too, so, he's knowingly lying in this case. If he doesn't point out anything, then he's being a hypocrite with double standards, discouraging sales of the S7 "'cause a $300 phone can do everything it can" yet encouraging sales of the Nexus and iPhone despite "a $300 phone being able to do everything they can".

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:46

23. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Ok I understand now.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:47 2

25. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Yeah if he said a moto x play at 300-350$ can do anything an iphone ect can do then he would be right.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:03

34. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


all i'm saying there is no noticable performance difference between $700 galaxy s7 and $300 android phone.

iphone is different because apple has their own ecosystem that is unrivaled.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:48 21

5. shaineql (Posts: 348; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


So you guys actualy read all this , damn you must have some time to waste.
Anyway , seems like someone is butthurt :D.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:19 1

15. JunitoNH (Posts: 1647; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I'm with you on this, don't want to read books at school. Surely, not going to do it in a blog. There's another guy here, he/her all they write are poems, geez.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:22

39. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


It's good to read. Seems like you wouldn't read anyone's 5 paragraph. Are you lazy? Or just don't like reading.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 18:23 1

65. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Maybe he doesn't like wasting time reading 5 paragraphs of pointless idiocy. I mean, I wouldn't read 1 paragraph from Donald Trump.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:49 15

6. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Are you OK now you've got all that of your chest

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:52 13

7. Phonehex (Posts: 53; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)


Sorry bud, its like comparing a Honda Accord to a Mercedes S-Class.

I can't afford an S-Class but S7 Edge ---- Yeah baby !!

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:49 3

26. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Nope its not.

How many mercedes S-class on the road compared to honda accord?

S7 edge is nothing special its like a honda accord priced at the level of a mercedes S but with nothing to give. Its basically an S6S lol

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:43

46. ph00ny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 26 May 2011)


So what do they need to upgrade in order to achieve non "S" upgrade status? It looks like they've upgraded pretty much everything but the screen

New SoC, more ram, bigger battery, water resistant, better camera, external storage support

That's a lot of major components upgraded.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:04 14

9. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2283; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"Only uninformed consumers would buy this." > encourages buying the iPhone that still can't do stuff ancient dumb phones can...seems legit.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:10 6

11. killer7D (Posts: 264; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


Thjs is really boring to read!

Why are you so much annoyed with the S7??

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 16:24 1

63. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Because it's amazing and people are excited about it.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:10 9

12. Zack_2014 (Posts: 377; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


No one cares if you buy it or not.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:10 12

13. xondk (Posts: 1232; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


You are saying Samsung devices are expensive compared to iPhones?..yeah lost me there, please provide information on production cost and pricing.

You say Samsung engineers aren't working to fix stuff, again provide source? I know plenty of samsung phones that work perfectly years old, so yeah I don't quite see your point? and they aren't locked to carriers or anything else?

Are you sure you aren't just a marketing bot, because you really sound like one.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:50 1

27. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Xondk samsung S6 and note 5 are still pretty crappy for ram managements. Still waiting on android 6.0 thats i been rocking on my moto x play since months now.

So yeah he made some point but was also very illogical on others points lol.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:33 2

41. xondk (Posts: 1232; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


pretty crappy? how so?
I have a sgs5 and it still works fine and runs everything there is to run just fine...no ram issues, I know several with sgs6, no ram issues last I checked....maybe its user errors?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:51 2

50. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


S6 here.. on lollipop I had RAM issues, Im since today rockin MM 6.0.1 offical and they are gone. and let me tell you, the mm update is the best thing that have happned to my s6 ever

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 15:11

55. xondk (Posts: 1232; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well obviously I couldn't tell you what is going on, but it is possible that some app installed is causing it, possible, though obviously I couldn't say if it is the case or not, personally I've not had any issues or seen any issues, only place I've really seen issues is when people install a ton of those facebook like free to play games, then phones tend to get issues, and that's regardless of them being android or iphones.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 18:24 1

66. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The Note 5 is amazing. No lag. No crashes.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:16 6

14. artixine (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Nov 2015)


your monolog is utter bulls**t,it's quite pathetic. you just obliterate all the advanced technology packed into such a cool looking device. It does sooo much more than your s**tty isheep phone. I admit nexus is way better than apple, but nowhere near samsung imo.
i dare you to show me a 300 $ phone that packs all the S7 features. even in two years, the isheep won't provide so much,yet they are more expensive.

for sure 800$ for a phone is crazy, where i live it's half an average month of salary, but if you can't afford it, don't blame samsung or it's buyers....

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:52 1

28. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Most of those features can be installed by apps like this white page thing.

Nexus device are much better than Samsung you get timely update and its not full of s**t bloatware.

my moto x play at 300-350$ do mostly everything the S7 do the pictures will be mostly as good ( beside low light one ) i can play all games whitout lag ( sure i have 1080p vs a 2k screen but personally i dont have bionic eyes ) and i have as good if not better battery life and water resistance.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:02

32. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


samsung fanboys are constantly looking for reasons to justify their purchases.

even the difference in image quality is neglible among high-end current gen smartphones.

i'd give you it's nice to have a water-resistant phone, but not for $700

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 18:25

67. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


We don't have to justify our purchases. We use our money to buy what we want. I bought the Note 5 this past year because it was hands down the best phone available.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:06 7

35. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If they were better, I'd buy then. They're not, so I don't.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:39

45. HouTexan (Posts: 435; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Simple as that.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 15:23

56. artixine (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Nov 2015)


as far as i know you can not download hardware ;) don't be cry babies, real flagships rock,especially from samsung, they are not cheap but if you can't afford it, don't act like butthurt...

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:23

16. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Obviously you have never owned a high-end smartphone before because if you had, you would have never said what you just said.

Why wouldn't you buy a Nexus device, the 5X is literally the cheapest high-end android phone that actually performs like a flagship.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:31 5

18. j2001m (Posts: 2826; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Hm, does your £300 phone do thishttp://youtu.be/kL9JoBqI6IE

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:54

29. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Nope but thats about all its dont do :)

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 15:47 3

58. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So it does this, too?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NG69WpdDsEU

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:33 4

19. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 75; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


Simply don't buy their phones. Get your $300 phone and kick your ass out of here. Why doesn't the manufacturers of the $300 phones put the same hardware as Samsung and the same technology and sell them for that $300?
For the fact that you can drive a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita round town just like a Corolla 110 doesn't make them the same thing.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:59

30. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Koenigsegg i wont see it every street corner so this dont count.

a good example with super car would be : a Dodge viper vs a ferrari.

one will cost maybe 250k with everything and get same performance as a 500k ferrari in about everything.

Samsung is getting a bit of a brand like apple so they increase price for brand value mostly.

The new S7 dont worth more than 500$ top

Still its better than 300$ phone mostly its be a bit faster and low light picture better still a 300$ phone can do everything its do easily.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:08

36. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They're not a $300 phone that can process credit card payments via MST.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:34 4

20. joevsyou (Posts: 693; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


you are funny, A galaxy would kill a nexus, that why you never see polls of them because there is no compilation

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:59 1

31. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Ppl buy for brand thats why nothing else.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:11 1

37. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's not why. I've bought Nexus devices, and other cheaper phones (OnePlus One, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Moto X). They were OK (except for the 1+1, which was crap). But they came nowhere near my Note 4 or 5.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:49 4

49. ph00ny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Name me another device that came with great performing SoC, 4GBs of RAM, high res OLED display, wacom stylus/digitizer, wireless charging capability, quick charge.

It looks like they're putting features that users have complained about with the S6 (external storage, bigger battery, water/dust resistnace etc)

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:44

22. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Iphone do the same thing they bring new OS to older iphone minus many key features lol.

Also Apple did the same in the past with specific device for specific network.

As much as i agree about the nexus device iphone nope i am not agreeing.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:03 4

33. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Only an insecure, arrogant fool would tell others how to spend their hard earned cash. You wouldn't buy one, so don't. It's none of your business what others buy.

I was on the fence, but I think I'll get one. It is definitely the best phone on the market now. I can't uninstall some of the stuff, but using Knox with Package Disabler Pro, I can completely block anything I want.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:14

38. fyah_king (Posts: 260; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


So, you'd rather buy the overpriced iPhone over samsung?lol

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:30

40. Floyd1 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


NexusX, Using your logic one could argue that a $100 smartphone can do what an overpriced Nexus phone can do. Informed customers should only buy cheap smartphones as the prices does not justify the extra $400 to buy the Nexus phone.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:35

42. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


yes! $100 android phone does everything every other android phones do. with one differentiating feature, camera.

making smartphones for android is a race to the bottom just like making PC for windows. in the end, it's all about price.

samsung is following the same route as IBM/DELL/HP/COMPAQ, making expensive computers for an open os, eventually exiting the hardware business

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:46

48. Floyd1 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


The Nexus phone that you say is so great, also has ANDROID on it. That must mean it's also in a race to the bottom.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 15:50 1

59. tedkord (Posts: 10598; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Except for the fact that the best devices on the market are Android flagships, and they're not cheap.

I know you think you can affect sales of the Galaxy phones, but you can't.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 14:38 1

43. izim1 (Posts: 445; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I don't even remotely care enough to read your rant. If I can get my $250 worth of goodies with it, I'll buy it. I can just tell myself I paid $400 for it. If not I'll just wait and keep rocking my m7 that I won 3yrs ago. Not because I agree with your "pricing structure" but because I don't care about phones enough to actually drop that kinda cash on. Any phone. Any brand. But I can tell you if I ever did it definitely would NOT be on an iPhone. Or any overpriced Apple product.

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