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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S7 development shortened with modular process

The non-phablet “next big thing” may come to light earlier than anticipated, if all the pieces of the production puzzle fall into place by December.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Forget the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, and start saving your hard-earned cash for the Galaxy S7. Who knows, it might even bring back microSD support, water protection and a user removable battery in addition to likely embracing innovative technologies such as USB Type C connectivity and iris recognition.

Best of all, GS6’s sequel is now tipped to use an R&D methodology dubbed “Agile”, which in theory should allow it to speed through pre-production phases. The rumor hails from Samsung’s homeland of Korea, as usual, and calls for a formal introduction scheduled as early as January 2016.

That’s only nine months on the heels of S6’s announcement, and roughly 150 days after Note 5’s next week debut. Of course, the discussion is purely hypothetical right now, with distribution a key unknown of the equation.

Just because the S7 could enter mass manufacturing by the end of the year as far as design and engineering work is concerned, it doesn’t mean production will be able to ramp up soon enough. After all, the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ may also require robust construction and dispersion efforts.

agile_v_waterfall methodology

Agile, mind you, refers to a development strategy where the original concept of a device is modularly analyzed, improved, designed, tested and deployed. In other words, different people tackle different parts of the process simultaneously, and these are continuously evaluated as a whole until everything comes together smoothly.

Previously, Samsung employed the so-called “Waterfall” methodology, which implied starting off with an idea, then gradually executing the initiation, analysis, design, construction, testing and deployment steps.

Besides the obvious time disadvantage, this prevented the Korean OEM from going back to a former stage of development and adding something in the mix that maybe wasn’t available at first. Sounds like a smart tactic shift on paper, now let’s hope the end result knocks our socks off.

Source: G for Games

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