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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge long-term review: A home run for most, but not for all

When the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge launched in March of last year, they received fantastic reviews. Everyone, including the notoriously-critical David, raved about their fantastic AMOLED displays, water resistance, more grown-up software, excellent cameras, and so much more. Virtually any and all niggles that the Galaxy S6 warranted were fixed in the latest iteration. The S7 edge, in particular, received extraordinarily high praise for its gorgeous curved screen and excellent battery life.

However, Samsung devices aren't exactly well-known for holding up well over time. With the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 launch rapidly approaching, it's time to take a look at how the Galaxy S7 edge is doing, one year after its debut.

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Samsung is switching to a monthly security update schedule for US-unlocked Galaxy phones

When the US unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were released, many were overjoyed to have a variant that wouldn't be tied to a carrier, yet would be fully compatible with all four major carriers here in the states. Despite these unlocked versions' higher price tags, many picked them up in hopes of less bloat and quicker updates.

Unfortunately, while the unlocked models did come with fewer pre-installed apps, buyers were extremely let down in terms of updates. Not only did they not arrive more quickly, but they were actually being sent out more infrequently and much later than carrier models'.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge on sale for $430 ($250 off) with a free 128GB MicroSD card

The Galaxy S8 announcement is right around the corner... which means it's a great time to snag a clearance deal on the still-pretty-great S7 models. Samsung's official online store is selling the T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S7 Edge at a significant discounts, a full $250 off the new phone. That makes the S7 Edge $429.99, much cheaper than T-Mobile's full price as well ($672). Samsung is also throwing in a 128GB MicroSD card for free!

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Verizon's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now receiving their official Nougat updates

Out of the big four US carriers, three - AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - have already pushed the Android 7.0 Nougat update to their versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Now, though, Verizon is also sending out this long-awaited OS upgrade to its variants of Samsung's flagship.

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Google and Samsung will be rivals more than ever in 2017 (opinion)

While Google and Samsung have long sought to talk up their various partnerships over the years, there is little doubt for me that 2017 will be the year in which the two giants go after one another more aggressively than ever before in their history. Samsung actively presents a threat to Android's diversity, and Google must step in to stem the bleeding of an increasingly unprofitable device ecosystem. Samsung's challenges in wearables, television, and smart home also are a major cause for concern to Google as Samsung increasingly leverages its smartphone dominance.

Samsung and Google have been close collaborators from the days of the original Galaxy S, a phone launched almost seven years ago.

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[Deal Alert] Snag a Galaxy S7/S7 edge (Sprint) from Samsung for $300/$445 and get a free SD card ($250 off)

We're deep in the heart of the new phone season, which means discounts on last year's devices. Today brings us another deal for the Galaxy S7 from Samsung's own website. You can get the Sprint version of the phone for $299, which is a respectable $250 off. Oh, and you get a free 64GB SD card to go along with it. If you're more interested in a larger, curved screen, then the Sprint S7 edge is also on sale. You can grab one for $445 ($250 off again) and you get a 128GB SD card with this one.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on sale at T-Mobile for $360

For those of you T-Mobilites that don't dig the LG V20, I've got another deal for you to check out. The big LG plablet isn't the only phone that's currently on sale at Magenta Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are also marked down to the same killer low price of just $360. Yup, both are that price, no premium up-charge for the more svelte and curvaceous Edge. 

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Nougat is now arriving for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on Sprint

Quite a few 2016 flagships have been receiving updates to Android 7.0 Nougat in the past few days. Both T-Mobile and AT&T have pushed the official, non-beta update to the Galaxy S7 line, AT&T has begun sending it out to the LG G5, and Sprint just updated the HTC 10. Continuing this trend, Sprint's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are receiving their Nougat updates.

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AT&T is pushing the official Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Carriers in the US are finally starting to roll the official Android 7.0 Nougat update out to Samsung's flagship duo, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Yesterday, folks on T-Mobile began to see the OTAs hit their phones, but now, AT&T device owners are getting them as well. And yes, it's still 7.0 Nougat and not 7.1.

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[Update: Regular users too] T-Mobile rolling out official Nougat update to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, starting with current beta users

Cameras and displays are areas in which Samsung Mobile traditionally excels; quick updates aren't one of them. However, with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge's Galaxy Beta Program, the South Korean company proved that it was willing to change that. Now, following a global rollout of a similar caliber, T-Mobile is rolling the official Android 7.0 Nougat update out to Galaxy S7 edge devices that were already running Nougat beta software. Given that the S7 edge is receiving it, it's fair to assume that the S7 also is, or at the very least, will be shortly.

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