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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: 174; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)

Blah blah blah ...

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:03 4

14. torr310 (Posts: 1084; 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: 24907; 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: 889; 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: 24907; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Yearly, with no surprise variants.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 01:02 1

23. Diezparda (Posts: 889; 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: 3005; 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: 24907; 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: 2401; 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: 24907; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Good lost +1

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 09:20 1

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 24907; 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: 811; 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 (unregistered)

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: 811; 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 (unregistered)

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: 3005; 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 (unregistered)

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 (unregistered)

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: 58; 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: 554; 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: 14118; 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: 1310; 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: 98; 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: 145; 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: 348; 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: 3005; 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: 1329; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

Piss off

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