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  1. droidntn's Avatar
    Is it returning in the S8?
    03-14-2017 06:30 AM
  2. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    I don't believe so. Haven't seen it in any of the leaked pictures. That's probably gone for good.
    03-14-2017 07:35 AM
  3. DominionRoofs's Avatar
    If it doesn't, I won't buy. Its huawei for now on. Have it on my Mate 9.It's such an actual useful and convenient feature, I'm hooked.
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    03-14-2017 10:51 AM
  4. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Nope. It's been gone, the S6 was the last to have it. Don't think they'll bring it back because not too many people use it. Kinda sucks because I like the IR blaster. Glad my V20 still has it.
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    03-14-2017 01:12 PM
  5. ChetManley762's Avatar
    I have stuck with my Note 4 for this reason. I use the IR blaster everyday. It's great when you have kids who constantly lose TV remotes.

    I'd gladly give up the rarely used heart rate sensor to get the IR blaster back on the S8.
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    03-14-2017 01:56 PM
  6. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    I read somewhere last week the IR blaster may come back as the leaks show an extra sensor, could be for the face recognition feature though. We won't know for sure until 2 wks.
    03-14-2017 03:08 PM
  7. DominionRoofs's Avatar
    Nope. It's been gone, the S6 was the last to have it. Don't think they'll bring it back because not too many people use it. Kinda sucks because I like the IR blaster. Glad my V20 still has it.
    No one uses it?? Hmm how the hell do you know.. Lol
    03-14-2017 04:33 PM
  8. tcdude's Avatar
    There is a rumor they may bring it back but I won't hold my breath. I also wish they would add fm radio 😀
    03-14-2017 06:32 PM
  9. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    No one uses it?? Hmm how the hell do you know.. Lol
    Majority of people didn't use it. That's why it was removed. It wasn't worth it. I actually used it, but I don't see it returning.
    03-14-2017 10:12 PM
  10. Retinella's Avatar
    It was a novelty feature. It isn't necessary anymore.
    03-14-2017 10:16 PM
  11. droidntn's Avatar
    It was a novelty feature. It isn't necessary anymore.
    Most of a phone, other than calling, might be considered a 'novelty feature'.
    I use my IR blaster every day.
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    03-15-2017 12:06 PM
  12. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    Most of a phone, other than calling, might be considered a 'novelty feature'.
    I use my IR blaster every day.
    Not really, you can base what's novelty off of what the majority of people use. Even though I used it, I knew it was a novelty feature.
    03-15-2017 12:37 PM
  13. flyingkytez's Avatar
    No one uses it?? Hmm how the hell do you know.. Lol
    Samsung knows lol when you use the Peel smart remote app they could track how many people use it... Same reason why they removed the gesture features on the S4 (automatic eye scroll, air view, air gestures, etc. no one really used it). Also, it drives the total cost up higher for a device that's already too expensive.

    The only way they'll bring it back if the majority people bashes Samsung just like when they removed the SD card slot on the S6.
    03-15-2017 12:46 PM
  14. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    Looks like last minute leaked manual doesn't say anything about an IR blaster.
    03-29-2017 08:08 AM
  15. pjm1891's Avatar
    Full spec sheet has leaked..Nothing about IR blaster, or stereo speakers. BT 5.0 though.
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    03-29-2017 08:13 AM
  16. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    For those who are more tech savvy, check out this video on "Samsung Connect". Is it similar to the IR blaster as a way to use as a TV remote?

    03-30-2017 04:23 AM
  17. washuai's Avatar
    I only ever had ir blaster on my LG G4. It's definitely a handy feature. Replaceable batteries are better than battery banks and battery cases, too. I guess as more things get smarter, they'll connect another wireless way.
    Sammuel1973 likes this.
    03-30-2017 05:09 AM
  18. ctown81's Avatar
    Very few people care about the blaster away from the forums. Most overrated feature.
    03-30-2017 06:21 AM
  19. badelhas's Avatar
    Yeah but those who do value it very much.
    Sammuel1973 and recDNA like this.
    03-30-2017 06:30 AM
  20. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    Very few people care about the blaster away from the forums. Most overrated feature.
    Most overrated? Why would you say that? Without it, I have to use the clunky remote control. It's seamless with my Note 4, all in one.
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    03-30-2017 06:48 AM
  21. kyleresq's Avatar
    I loved my IR Blaster. It wasn't enough to keep me from upgrading to the S7 (and now the S8) but I really wish they would bring it back.
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    03-30-2017 12:01 PM
  22. jimmyjam22's Avatar
    Samsung knows lol when you use the Peel smart remote app they could track how many people use it...
    Your statement is right on. Now let's take a little survey. How many Samsung users that HAVE and USE the ir blaster, use the stock app "peel smart remote" ?
    There are dozens of ir blaster apps in the play store for Android. I have tried most and use what's best for my needs.
    If I could rate ir apps, Samsung's stock "peel smart remote" would be at the very bottom of the list, would have zero star rating, the lowest score, the worst remote, the most adds, the hardest to use, doesn't work with all devices, on screen widget pop-ups that can't be removed. Wait, isn't the stock "peel smart remote" what Samsung uses to determine how many users use the phones ir blaster?

    Sheesh! Give me a freaking break Samsung!! Get some beer drinking Texans to help with what's best used in your phones!
    03-30-2017 01:45 PM
  23. Shiny Paladin's Avatar
    Tis a shame both LG and Samsung have seeming abandoned the IR blaster. I liked using it as a universal remote
    Oh well.
    recDNA likes this.
    03-30-2017 01:52 PM
  24. GC736's Avatar
    While I didn't use the IR blaster on my S6 very often, it did come in handy when I did. Shame to see it disappear from the S7 and now the S8.
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    03-30-2017 03:01 PM
  25. recDNA's Avatar
    Leaving it out saved me $840.
    03-30-2017 04:38 PM
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