Samsung is enhancing the S7 and S7 Edge models using features from the controversial Galaxy Note 7.
A BBC report indicated that the Korean manufacturer will be updating the software of the S7 and S7 Edge using features from the Note 7.
The updated S7 and S7 Edge will now have the Always-On Display (AOD) of the Note 7 which will allow them to display images, notifications, and a clock while idle. The company also improved the power consumption of the AOD. The two phone's AOD now requires one percent less battery life per hour.
A rumor that the new S7 and S7 Edge will be available in the Blue Coral color surfaced after images of an S7 Edge in the same color option popularized by the Note 7 were leaked.
Some sources say that a couple of popular features of the Note 7 particularly the GIF maker and S Pen feature, did not make it to the updated phones.
Updating and redesigning the two smartphones, according to IHS Markit analyst Ian Fogg, is a way for Samsung to keep their customers after the recent debacle. He suggests that customers returning their Note 7 will prefer the S7 or S7 Edge over other brands if they see that the three are quite similar.
Samsung recently killed the Galaxy Note 7 after more than a hundred instances that the unit caught fire and even exploded. Production of the flagship smartphone was ceased while those in the market were recalled. Samsung has also asked owners to return their units to prevent further incidents. A $100 incentive was even offered to those who would give up their Note 7.
Just a few days ago, US authorities banned the smartphone from all flights. Those caught with the Note 7 faces a hefty fine and even imprisonment.
Because of the unfortunate turn of events, the S7 and S7 Edge is now considered as Samsung's flagship phones for the rest of 2016.