The previous installments in the Galaxy S series have been quite predictable when it comes to the release dates, we’re expecting to see something different with their upcoming releases starting next year with the Samsung Galaxy S7.
We’ve grown accustomed to smartphone manufacturers launching one new device right around the same time each year, but this seems to be a thing of the past with Samsung. Waterfall methodology is the name given to Sammy’s development of smartphones which has contributed to this one per year launch cycle. Problematic, and predictable which leads the Korean developer to making changes to their production starting with the Galaxy S7.
A newer principle called “Agile” methodology looks to shorten the production time of new smartphones by 1 to 2 months. The agile methodology gives developers the ability to split the production itself into specific modules which allows for more creativity and on-the-fly changes. With the older “waterfall” methodology, changes were much more difficult to incorporate faster, and more responsive changes.
The new agile model would also allow for testing after completion of each individual module which differs significantly with the former approach. Within the waterfall model, changes could not be made in progression, but instead, only when the final product was completed. Ultimately, this would mean a considerable amount of time spent unraveling the finished product to only go back and rebuild it again.
Samsung is hoping to cut the production times on both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which could mean a late 2015 to early 2016 release. The same would be seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge release date which could start months before originally speculated.