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Galaxy S7 won’t boot properly after using SnapChat, other issues

Hi guys! Welcome to another article that covers some issues about Samsung’s newest flagship, the #GalaxyS7 series. We give you 6 other issues taken from reports submitted by some members of our community over the past several days.

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These are the specific topics in this post:

  1. Galaxy S7 “Moisture detected. Make sure port is dry.” error after Android update
  2. Galaxy S7 turn on but the screen remains black
  3. Un-rooted Galaxy S7 stuck in bootloop
  4. Galaxy S7 won’t boot properly after using SnapChat
  5. Galaxy S7 keeps alternating between 3G and LTE signal | Galaxy S7 system time keeps changing on its own
  6. Galaxy S7 Edge camera distorts colors when using selfie mode

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Problem #1: Galaxy S7 “Moisture detected. Make sure port is dry.” error after Android update

Hello. I read an article on your site about the “moisture detected” error message that appears on the Samsung Galaxy S7. I had the same issue happen to me when I tried to charge my phone this afternoon; however, my phone never got wet. I did not put it in water, nor did I touch it with wet hands or splash it with water. I tried a co-worker’s charger, and the error message did not appear; however, I used the charger that caused the error yesterday without issue. The only thing that is different since yesterday is the firmware update I completed overnight. I tried to search to see if any other update-related issues had been posted, but did not find anything similar to what I’m experiencing. Any help/suggestions you may be able to provide would be helpful. Thanks. — Shelby

Solution: Hi Shelby. “Moisture detected. Make sure port is dry.” error usually pops up if the system detects that the charging port is wet. We are yet to encounter a case wherein a Galaxy S7 shows a false alarm like the one you’re having but it’s not far fetched since it’s the operating system that issues such warning. If the phone has never seen water and the error popup started after an Android update, then it’s highly likely that there’s a firmware glitch behind this trouble. That said, doing the basic software solutions may likely be helpful.

The first step that you want to do is wipe the cache partition. This is an important yet simple solution to help ensure that the system works as intended. Sometimes, updates can corrupt the system cache so it’s good to make sure that you wipe the cache partition to force the phone to create a new one. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  • When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  • When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  • Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  • Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  • Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  • The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

If wiping the cache partition won’t resolve the issue, your next step is to do a factory reset. This will not only delete existing bugs but may also prevent new ones from developing. Refer to the steps below on how to perform it.

Also, it’s important that you ensure that only compatible and updated apps are installed on your phone. Developers are not required to update their products everytime a new Android iteration is released so there’s always a chance that bugs may occur due to poorly coded or incompatible apps. If you aren’t sure if an app is compatible or not, make sure that you check their Google Play Store page for information. You can also contact the developer for direct assistance is needed.

If you are fond of installing third party apps from non-secure sources, make sure that the developer has good reputation. Updating an app can be an easy or resource-demanding duty for a developer so make sure that you only install a good app. Unpopular apps are mostly unprofitable so there’s little incentive for developers in improving them further whenever new Android versions are introduced by Google. Try to stick with mainstream apps for your digital needs in order to minimize bugs.

Problem #2: Galaxy S7 turn on but the screen remains black

My phone is on but the screen won’t turn on. The notification light turns on and so do the back and menu button. I’ve tried holding down the power and the volume down button for 10+ second and the blue light becomes solid (stays on the screen not blinking) then there’s this God awful pop sound. Still doesn’t turn on. I’ve tried the other methods of turning the screen on, nothing. It may also be important to mention i recently had my cracked screen replaced. I didn’t notice until last night that the top of the phone was loose, like the screen would come off. PLEASE HELP! P.S. I don’t know what the version is. — Taylor

Solution: Hi Taylor. You clearly have a screen issue here. Obviously, there’s no amount of software tweaks that you can do to fix a hardware issue. The only resolution available for you is hardware repair. Kindly bring your phone to shop who initially fixed the screen so they can do the job properly this time.

Problem #3: Un-rooted Galaxy S7 stuck in bootloop

Hi. I tried to root my phone using Odin. Everything worked fine until I tried un-rooting my phone. The un-rooting process seemed to be working fine and Odin displayed a success sign indicating to me that the phone was now un-rooted. However, the blue reboot screen with the loading signal wouldn’t appear and it just went blank. Then the first picture with the words Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge appeared with “Powered by Android” at the bottom of the screen. It has stayed frozen on the screen ever since i un-rooted my phone. It won’t reset, I can’t soft reset or do anything with the phone anymore. PLEASE HELP MEEE! — Meihana

Solution: Hi Meihana. The first thing that you want to do here is boot the phone in Recovery mode so you can do a master reset. Below are the complete steps on how to do it:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  • When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  • When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  • Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  • Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  • Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  • The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

If master reset won’t help you, try to flash a stock firmware via Odin. Use Google to search for the correct firmware and guide.

Problem #4: Galaxy S7 won’t boot properly after using SnapChat

Lately I have been having problems with my phone freezing while on app and sometimes getting warm. Last night when I was using Snapchat, the screen went black. I got out of the app and everything else seemed fine but when I kept going back into Snapchat, the same black screen would appear so I powered off the phone. When I turned it back on, the Samsung logo appeared and all looked fine but 5 seconds into it, the phone restarted on its own and kept doing so over and over again. I tried manually turning off the phone and turning it back on but the same thing happens: the Samsung logo appears, the Galaxy S7 logo appears, my lock screen appears and then it vibrates and restarts on its own. What can I do that will NOT delete my photos and videos?

About a month ago I started updating my phone because I didn’t have enough storage before to do the update but ever since I started updating, the phone started to freeze. The phone still looks like new, no cracks, no falls, no water damage, charges great. Hope you can help me, thanks! — Rose

Solution: Hi Rose. An issue like this can be a product of a malfunctioning hardware or by a software glitch. Since you have not much option in this case, try to  check first if you can interrupt the bootloop issue by restarting the phone in safe mode. Here’s how it’s done:

  • With your phone turned off, press and hold the Power button.
  • Once the ‘Samsung Galaxy S7’ logo appears, release the Power key and immediately press and hold the Volume Down button.
  • Continue holding the button until the phone finishes rebooting.
  • Once you see the text “Safe mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume Down button.

If you’re lucky and your phone will boot to safe mode, the first thing that you want to do is to create a backup of your files. However, if the issue remains and the phone continues to bootloop before or after engaging safe mode, the most likely reason for it is either a bad bootloader or malfunctioning hardware. There’s no way to know which of the two is happening so we suggest that you contact your carrier first to see if they’ve heard of other users experiencing the same issue after updating (assuming you installed an update from them). However, if you got the update from other sources, the problem can be traced on the bad firmware you’ve been using. Contact the developer of the firmware you used to see if there’s a fix they can provide.

If your carrier or the firmware developer can’t provide a resolution, consider having the phone replaced. This means that you will lose your files and there’s nothing that you can do about it.

Problem #5: Galaxy S7 keeps alternating between 3G and LTE signal | Galaxy S7 system time keeps changing on its own

Help! I recently did a factory restore on my Galaxy S7. Shortly after, 3 days or so, I had to refill my service. I Use STRAIGHT Talk which is a problem. My First mistake, The day I refilled my service the LTE would go 3G. So I’d restart my phone, then LTE would work for a minute then BAM 3G again. Then, a day or so later I looked at my phone and freaked out cause it was all the sudden 4 pm! I could have sworn it was barely even 1:30 a little while ago, wtf!?!?!

Well my phone had jumped 2 hours ahead. This problem progressively got worse until I finally said fuck it last night and did another factory restore. obviously that didn’t work. So here it is Sunday morning and I crack my eyes and look at my phone to see the time…FLY up outta bed cause OMG it like 9:47 and how did I ever sleep this late with my 16 month old in the next room and how horrible I am for doing so!!! Then I get her upstairs and the oven says 7:37 (which is still late for us lol) HELP!

I have done

  • hard reset,
  • Soft reset,
  • checked mobile data settings,
  • time and date settings.

I mean if the factory restore isn’t doing it well the fuck can’t wait to hear from you.

Also, do you know how I can update my software? Everything I have found says I’m so because I’m using Straight Talk Thank you. — Amie

Solution: Hi Amie. There may be a third party app that forces the phone alter the system time (and date) without your knowledge. Doing a factory reset will surely fail in this case, especially if you simply install the same set of apps afterwards. Factory reset simply wipes the device

Kindly do another round of factory reset and this time, make sure that you don’t re-install your apps right away. Simply observe the phone (without the apps) for several days so you will know if this issue is being caused by a bad app.

For your signal issue (about your phone alternating between 3G and LTE), we strongly suggest that you seek the aid of your carrier as it may be network- or account-related.

For your third issue, the answer depends on whether or not the phone is originally from Straight Talk. If it is, then the most probably reason why no update is not yet available is because the phone may be running the latest Android Marshmallow version. However, if this phone is originally not from Straight Talk (it may be from other carriers but was enrolled in Straight Talk’s bring-your-own-phone program), then there’s no way you’ll be able to update the phone other than do it manually via Odin. If you want to know more on how to do it manually via Odin, kindly do some digging using Google.

Problem #6: Galaxy S7 Edge camera distorts colors when using selfie mode

When I take a picture using the selfie mode on my Galaxy S7 Edge, I take the picture and it introverts the colors. But when I use wide selfie mode or any of the others it’s fine as well as the rear camera. I’ve never had a problem taking selfies before until last night. You know how there is the little box in the bottom right hand corner showing the last picture you just took? The Colors are fine like a normal picture, but once I open the gallery or click on the little box in the bottom right hand and open up the picture to see it, it introverted the colors of the picture.

Can you please help me? I reset the camera options. What else can I do with out resetting my phone? — Brooks

Solution: Hi Brooks. We’re afraid if resetting the camera options back to default did not fix the issue, the next and only solution you have is to factory reset the device.

But before you proceed with factory reset, try to go over your list of apps and see if you recently installed a third party app that uses the camera in some way. The same is true for other apps that can modify camera functions and can edit photos. Make sure that you uninstall them to see if there’s a difference. Otherwise, simply do a factory reset.

 


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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials, Guides, How Tos and Tips [Part 3]

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Welcome to the third part of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials, How Tos and Tips. In this post we are going to help you learn the basics on the Galaxy S6 camera app from launching to using different camera modes and option settings available in this new Samsung flagship smartphone.

To give you an overview of what’s all in this post, here’s a list of topics we’ve covered:

  1. Galaxy S6 Camera Preview Screens and Option Settings FAQs – Answered
  2. Galaxy S6 Rear and Front Camera Option Settings
  3. How to Launch the Camera App quickly
  4. How to use Tracking AF option
  5. Different Camera Modes: Rear Camera and Front Camera Preloaded Modes
  6. How to take photos with Slow Motion Mode
  7. How to take photos with Virtual Shot Mode
  8. How to take photos with Fast Motion Mode
  9. How to take photos with Interval Shot mode
  10. How to use Selfie Mode/Wide Selfie Mode
  11. Taking selfies with Galaxy S6 Voice Control Feature

Let’s get started.

1. Galaxy S6 Camera Preview Screens and Option Settings FAQs – Answered

Q: What options can we access on the Galaxy S6 camera preview screen?

A: The new Samsung Galaxy S6 device comes with a simplified yet intuitive camera preview screen. Among the available options on the preview screen would include settings, flash, timer, HDR (on/off) and effect. To make it more user-friendly, the camera settings have also been simplified.

Under Camera settings, you can change or resize photos and videos as well as enable/disable basic camera options like Tracking AF, Grid lines, Location tags, Review pictures and Quick launch.

Q: How to access Camera settings, flash, timer HDR on/off, and effect options?

A: You can use the preview screen to access camera settings, flash, timer HDR on/off, and effect options.

Q: What are the specific functions of the preview screen options?

A: Settings is where you can set various options for using the camera. Flash is the option to activate or deactivate flash when taking photos or videos. Timer is the option used to select the length of the delay before the camera automatically takes a photo. The HDR option is used to take photos with rich colors and reproduce detains even in a dark and bright areas. Like Flash, HDR mode can also be activated or deactivated, by simply tapping HDR until you reach the desired option. Lastly, the Effect option is used to directly check a filter effect to use when taking pictures or recording videos on the preview mode.

Q: How to access shooting modes on the Galaxy S6 camera preview screen?

A: To access the list of shooting modes, you can swipe your finger to the right on the preview screen. To view photos and videos you have captured, swipe your finger to the left. Please note that the preview screen may vary depending on which camera is being used as well as on the shooting mode.

2. Galaxy S6 Rear/Front Camera Option Settings

The Galaxy S6 comes with various setting options for the rear and front cameras along with specific functions. Let’s get to know more of these options prior to use:

  1. Picture size – this option is used to select a resolution for photos. For higher quality photos, you can select a higher resolution, but please note that this would take up more memory.
  2. Video size – this option is used for videos. Selecting a higher resolution will result to higher quality videos but again this will take up more memory.
  3. Tracking AF – this option is used to allow the phone to track and automatically focus on a selected subject, even when the camera or subject moves.
  4. Video stabilization – this option lets you activate anti-shake feature, to lessen or eliminate blurriness due to camera shake while recording a video.
  5. Grid lines – this option lets you display view finger guides to help in composition.
  6. Location tags – this option lets you attach a GPS location tag to a photo.
  7. Review pictures – this option is used to set the phone to show photos right after capturing them.
  8. Quick launch – this option is used to set the phone to quickly launch the camera by pressing the Home key twice. You can also set the phone to take a photo after quick launching the camera application.
  9. Voice control – this option is used to set the phone to take photos or record videos using voice commands. To take a photo, you can say “Smile,” “Cheese,” “Capture,” or “Shoot.” To record a video, just say “Record video.”
  10. Volume keys – this option is used to set the phone to control the shutter or zoom function using the Volume key.
  11. Reset settings – this option is used to reset the camera settings.

3. How to Launch the Camera App quickly

There are two ways for you to launch the Camera app and take photos or record videos in an instant. Either you launch it on the lock screen or open the application from the Apps menu itself. The faster way though is through the lock screen.

To launch the Camera on the lock screen, just press the Home key twice when the screen is turned off or locked. To make this possible, you need to set this option through the Quick Launch menu in the Camera settings.

Please note though that while the security features are activated, some camera features will not be available when you launch the Camera app from the lock screen or when the screen is turned off.

4. How to use Tracking AF option

Again, activating the Tracking AF option on the Galaxy S6 camera allows your device to track and automatically focus on a selected subject. With this option, you will be able to easily take photos of moving subjects.

Here’s a quick guide on how to use tracking AF option on your S6 device:

  1. Tap on the Camera icon from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Camera Settings icon located on the upper-left most corner of the preview screen.
  3. From the Camera settings screen, scroll to and tap the Tracking AF switch to activate the feature.
  4. Tap the Back icon on the upper-left next to Camera settings, to go back to the preview screen.
  5. On the preview screen, tap the subject you want to track. Doing so will let the device focus on and track the selected subject.
  6. To take a photo, tap the Photo icon or tap the Video icon to record a video.

Follow the same procedure when using the Tracking AF option the next time you take photos or videos.

5. Different Camera Modes: Rear Camera and Front Camera Preloaded Modes

Q: What are the pre-loaded camera modes on the Galaxy S6?

A: There are various camera modes built-in or pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 device.

In the rear camera state, you can find seven preloaded modes including Auto, Pro, Selective Focus, Panorama, Slow motion, Fast motion, and Virtual Shot Camera mode.

  • Auto – is used to take the best possible pictures by setting the device to adjust the exposure and color of pictures automatically.
  • Pro – is used to adjust the ISO sensitivity exposure value, focal length, white balance and color tone manually while taking photos.
  • Selective focus – is used to change the focus of photos after they have been taken or captured. You may opt to focus on subjects near to the camera, far away from the camera, or both.
  • Panorama – is used to create a linear panorama by taking consecutive pictures in either a horizontal or vertical direction.
  • Slow motion – is used to record videos at a high frame rate for slow motion viewing. With this option, you can play a specific section of each video in slow motion after recording it.
  • Fast motion – is used to record videos in fast motion. With this option, you can play a specific section of each video in fast motion after recording it.
  • Virtual shot – is used to create multi-directional views of objects.

You can also download more rear camera modes by tapping the Download icon.

In the front camera preview, you can find four preloaded modes including Selfie, Wide selfie, Virtual Shot, and Interval shot.

  • Selfie – is used to take shots and apply different effects like an airbrushed.
  • Wide selfie – is used to take a wide-angle selfie shot to fit more people into your pictures.
  • Virtual shot – is used to create multi-directional views of objects.
  • Interval shot – is used to select the best pictures from a series of continuous shots take at set intervals.

If you want to have more, you can download more camera modes according to your preference. To download more camera modes, tap on the Download icon.

6. How to take photos with Slow Motion Mode

Follow these steps to take photos with Slow Motion Mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen to get started.
  2. Next, tap Mode for you to take a picture using the Slow motion mode. Or, you can also tap Slow Motion to record a video using slow motion mode and specify which sections of your videos are to be played in slow motion.
  3. To start recording, tap the Record button.
  4. Tap the Stop button to stop when you’re done recording.
  5. To view or edit photos taken using the Slow motion mode directly, tap the preview thumbnail on the preview screen.
  6. To start playing the video with a randomly set slow motion section, tap the Slow motion icon.
  7. Tap Pause, to pause playback and edit the slow motion sections to your preference.
  8. To trim segments of a video, drag the start bracket and the end bracket to the desired point.
  9. To select the area of the video to be played in slow motion, drag the white circle. To set a more precise slow motion section, tap and hold the up arrow and the drag your finger to the left or right to move through the section frame by frame.
  10. When you tap the Slow motion section, options like speed, split and delete will become available for you to use.

Speed option is used to change the playback speed of the selected section. Split option is used to split the section into two parts, and Delete option is used to delete or remove a section.

Once you’ve finished editing your video, tap on Export (located on the upper-right next to Mute) to save the video.

7. How to take photos with Virtual Shot Mode

Follow these steps to take photos with Virtual Shot mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Mode to continue.
  3. Tap Virtual Shot. With the Virtual Shot mode, you can take a series of photos while circling a subject to create a photo of the subject from multiple angles. You can also view the subject from different angles by dragging your finger left or right on the photo.
  4. On the preview screen, place a subject in the center and tap the Camera button.
  5. To take more photos, move the device around the subject slowly in one direction. The picture is automatically saved once completed.
  6. Tap the Preview thumbnail to view virtual shot photos on the preview screen.
  7. Tap the Virtual shot mode icon to continue.
  8. To view the subject from different angles, drag your finger left or right on the screen. Alternately, you can just slowly swivel the device left or right.

8. How to take photos with Fast Motion Mode

Follow these steps to take photos with Fast Motion mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Mode.
  3. Tap Fast motion. Note: With the Fast motion mode, you can record a video and view it in fast motion. You can also specify sections of your video to be played in fast motion.
  4. To start, recording, tap the Record button.
  5. To stop recording when done, tap the Stop button.
  6. To view or edit photos you’ve taken using the Fast motion mode; tap the Preview thumbnail on the preview screen.
  7. Now tap the Fast motion icon to start playing the video with a randomly set fast motion section.
  8. Tap Pause to pause playback and edit the fast motion sections to your preference.
  9. To trim segments of a video, drag the start bracket and the end bracket to the desired point.
  10. To select the area of the video to be played in fast motion, drag the white circle. To set a fast motion section more precisely, tap and hold the Up Arrow, and then drag your finger to the left or right to move through the section frame by frame. Note: When you tap the fast motion section, you will be able to select options like speed, split and delete.
  11. Tap Export to save the video when finished.

9. How to take photos with Interval Shot mode

Here’s how to take photos with Interval Shot mode on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the icon to Switch to the Front camera on the preview screen, for self-portraits.
  3. Tap the Mode icon to change modes. You can select any from the preloaded modes like Selfie, Wide selfie, Virtual shot and Interval shot, or download more modes if you want.
  4. You can use the Wide Selfie mode to take series of self-portraits at an interval and save the photos that you want. To do so, tap Interval shot.
  5. To take a photo of yourself, tap the sensor on the back of the phone or simply tap the screen to take a picture. Generally, the device will take four photos at two-second intervals.
  6. You can also take a photo using your palm. To do so, tap the Settings icon.
  7. To activate the feature, tap the Gesture control switch.
  8. Once enabled, you can now show your palm to the front camera. Wait for the device to recognize your palm and when recognized, it will take a photo after two seconds. Note: The device will take four photos at two-second intervals.
  9. Check the pictures you want to save and then tap Save on the upper-right of the screen.

10. How to use Selfie Mode/Wide Selfie Mode

Follow these steps to use Selfie mode on your Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the icon to Switch to the front camera for self-portraits on the preview screen to take self-portraits with the front camera using the Selfie mode.
  3. Now face the front camera lens. By default, the front camera mode is set to Selfie.
  4. When you’re ready to take a photo of yourself, tap the sensor on the back of the device or simply tap the screen.

You can also take a photo using your palm. To do so, tap the Settings icon and then tap the Gesture control switch to enable or activate the feature. Once Gesture control is already activated, you can now show your palm to the front camera. Once your palm is recognized, the device will take a photo after two seconds.

Here’s how to take pictures using Wide Selfie mode on your Galaxy S6:

  1. Tap Camera from the Home screen.
  2. Next, tap the icon to change to the front camera on the preview screen.
  3. Tap the Mode icon to change modes.
  4. To fit more people into your pictures, tap to use the Wide Selfie mode.
  5. To take a photo of yourself, tap the sensor on the back of the device or tap the screen whenever you’re ready. You can also take a photo using your palm. To do so, tap the Settings icon, then tap the Gesture control switch to activate the feature. Once activated, show your palm to the front camera for it to be recognized. Once recognized, the device will take a photo after two seconds.
  6. To take a wide selfie, slowly swivel the device left and then right or vice versa. When the white frame moves to each end of the view finder window, the device is ready to take more photos.

The image will be saved automatically when processing is completed.

Hints to get a better wide selfie output:

  • Be sure to keep the white frame inside the viewfinder window.
  • The subjects should remain still.
  • Adjust appropriate lightning for photo resolution.

Also note that the top and bottom parts of the picture shown on the preview screen may be cut out of the photo.

11. Taking selfies with Galaxy S6 Voice Control Feature

Q: Is there a way for me to take a selfie in a more convenient manner aside from using my palm? How?

A: Another more convenient way of taking a selfie besides using your palm is through voice commands. This means you can set your device to take photos or record videos with your voice.

To use your voice commands, you need to activate or enable the Voice control feature. Just tap the Settings icon on the front camera preview screen, and then tap Voice control to enable or activate the feature. Once enabled or activated, you can now start saying “Smile,” “Cheese,” “Capture,” or “Shoot,” to take a photo. Or if you want to record a video, just say “Record video.”

And that covers everything in this post. Stay tuned for more Samsung Galaxy S6 tutorials, how tos and tips in our next posts. Or, you may also drop us an email for further relevant questions and concerns on the use of your new Samsung Galaxy smartphone and we’ll be glad to address them in the following posts.

Best Android smartphones for selfies – top front facing camera options

Whether you consider them to be in poor taste, a passing fad or a key element of today’s pop culture, selfies are unquestionably at the peak of their popularity.

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The most retweeted image ever is a self-portrait photograph of a cluster of celebrities, the Oxford English Dictionary awarded the term, which wasn’t previously listed in the glossary, the 2013 word of the year prize, and yes, even Russian dictator Vladimir Putin occasionally strikes a selfie pose.

Not to mention the leader of the free world, who infamously made waves with much too cheerful selfies during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, or Pope Francis, who recently helped press coin a new term relating to the tireless trend – “usies”.

You also got groupies, groufies and wefies, but no matter how you call them, one thing’s crystal clear: selfies are here to stay. So instead of vainly opposing the furor, why not go with the flow, embrace it and make the most of it?

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That’s what smartphone manufacturers are trying to do, and the good news is they’re treating the newly created market niche very seriously. So seriously that most current contenders for the title of world’s best front-facing camera-toting handheld are much more than just solid selfie-centric slabs.

Cutting to the chase, we’ve rounded up seven Android phones with some of the most capable front snappers attached, as well as an array of impressive other features. As usual, we’ve only selected gadgets readily available stateside, and designed by OEMs we can vouch for. Here we go:

7. BLU Life Pure – starting at $252.45

First of all, yes, we can vouch for BLU Products. The Miami-based mobile phone producer has been around long enough to earn our trust, and lately, the budget specialist has begun cranking up its marketing and advertising efforts too.

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Now, BLU’s very rich roster includes a number of devices packing 5 megapixel front shooters, but the Life Pure ultimately made the cut thanks to its sensible price point and solid bang for buck factor. The imaging department in particular is thrilling, with a 13 MP cam slapped on the 5 incher’s rear. And then you have Full HD display resolution, quad-core power, 2 GB RAM, as well as DTS Surround sound enhancements.

6. Huawei Ascend P6 – $270 in an unlocked flavor

Ah, yes, the one-year-old Ascend P6 is a classic heavyweight of the selfie scene, being one of the very first Androids to come towing an impressive 5 MP front camera. Aimed squarely at teenagers with an eye for fashion, this upper mid-range 4.7 incher measures a record-breakingly slim 6.2 mm in depth and is capable of shooting HD videos with the 5 megapixel secondary snapper.

Huawei Ascend P6

The Beauty Shot mode is bound to further increase the handheld’s appeal among youngsters, while the 8 MP primary cam doesn’t sound very impressive at first, but it does feature autofocus, LED flash, plus 1,080p video recording capabilities. Not bad for less than three Benjamins, eh?

5. HTC Desire 816 – $230 on Virgin Mobile prepaid; starting at $370 SIM-free

The Desire 816 wins precious points with its larger-scale availability, relative affordability and dedicated Selfie mode, but at the end of the day, we feel the 5 megapixel selfie-centric camera comes up short in a toe-to-toe battle with the following four title contenders.

HTC Desire 816

It just does, although 1,080p video shooting is supported, and outside of the photographic field, the specs are quite decent too: 5.5-inch 720p screen, quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 2,600 mAh battery.

4. Lenovo Vibe Z – starting at $303

Forget “decent” specs, the Vibe Z is one of the most underrated powerhouses of late 2013. With a skinny body, uber-crisp 5.5-inch FHD panel, 2 whopping gigs of RAM under the hood and a zippy quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, this baby almost doesn’t need top-level cameras to appeal to the young, hip crowd.

Lenovo Vibe Z

Yet it carries them anyway, sporting 13 megapixels on the rear and 5 on the front, spiced up with add-ons like autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection and an 84-degree wide-angle lens and FHD video recording respectively. Duckfaces have never been clearer. Just don’t forget to edit out all the pimples.

3. HTC One M8 – available for between $50 and $100 with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint contracts; $650 unlocked

The selfie bronze medalist is one of Android’s all-around greats, and the all-aluminum beaut settles for the last spot on the podium only due to an inferior megapixel count when compared to the silver and gold winners.

HTC One M8

Sorry, HTC, the 5 MP sensor is amazeballs, especially when paired with a wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture and the now iconic Selfie Mode, but it’s simply not the greatest. And we know full well megapixels don’t always tell the full story, but here, we think they do.

That being said, if you’re not just interested in taking vain photos of yourselves eating out, get the M8. It’s gorgeous, punchy and a battery life beast.

2. Meitu 2 – starting at $395.99

You know how we promised to list solely smartphones from well-known, reliable manufacturers? Let’s take a short break from that, and consider this nugget: the no-name Meitu 2 (horrible name, by the way) features a, wait for it, 13 MP front camera. And a 13 MP rear camera. That’s… just… crazy.

Meitu 2

Even crazier, the dedicated Fujitsu Milbeaut professional image processor, which takes care of a number of complex editing tasks once the rough selfies are taken. You can clear out skin imperfections, change the color tone, lighting and even make yourself look skinnier. Sure, it’s cheating, but so is Photoshopping pics. The difference is the Meitu 2 makes photo editing as easy as ABC.

Oh, if only we’d know a thing or two about the obscure Asian company.

1. Huawei Ascend P7 – $415 with 4G LTE in factory unlocked version

No, the P7 is no hardcore, professional selfie machine. It lacks the built-in image processor of the Meitu 2 (seriously, what’s up with that name?), and the 8 MP front cam sensor pales in comparison with the 13 megapixels mentioned above.

Huawei Ascend P7

But still, 8 MP is pretty nutty. And the Panoramic Selfie feature is a home run. You also get 1,080p video support, and outside of the vanity photo realm, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen, 6.5, yes, 6.5 mm profile, 2 GB RAM and quad-core 1.8 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910T SoC. In short, the absolute best you could hope for at less than $450.