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One of the many things we like about Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 is the premium construction with barely any bezel to speak of. A full 80 percent of the front of the of the device is screen area, leaving only very thin top and bottom bezels. That said, Samsung detracts from this a bit with persistent on-screen navigation controls.that can artificially shorten the viewing area. Luckily this isn't a hardware design—has to do with software, which means we can tweak the phone to reclaim that bit of space at the bottom. This is not a major issue with the Galaxy S8 or its bigger brother, the Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung today confirmed what we all knew was eventually coming. There will be a Galaxy Note 8, and it will be arriving in the latter half of the year. This confirmation was tucked inside the company’s most recent earnings release: Against this backdrop, the company will strive to maintain profitability through robust sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and the launch of a new flagship smartphone in the second half. The comments backup statements made by Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh in late January, when he stated, “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8.” Given how much technology... Read more...
Samsung’s nightmarish Galaxy Note 7 saga is far from over. After an explosive launch in September of last year, numerous battery fires brought a lot of negative attention to the Samsung brand and the company lost millions as a result of the subsequent recalls and replacement smartphones and cash offered to affected customers (not to mention compensation for wireless carriers). Samsung could have easily tucked its tail between its legs and shut the door on the Galaxy Note 7 entirely, but the company will begin reselling the smartphones in June. As we’ve reported previously, these refurbished smartphones... Read more...
Go big or go home, right? That seems to be the general philosophy surrounding smartphones, and in particular Samsung's newest flagship Galaxy S8 handsets. According to a recent report by Yuanta Securities Korea Co., sales of Samsung's larger size 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ are expected to come out ahead of the 5.8-inch non-plus model (Galaxy S8), reflecting the market's demand for larger phones.Even the smaller of the two would have previously been considered a so-called phablet, a name that was thrown around at devices that walked the line between a traditional smartphone and smaller size tablet. However,... Read more...
Samsung really wants Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners to embrace its home grown Bixby digital assistant. So much, in fact, that it recently pushed out an update blocking people from remapping the Bixby button back to Google Now. That bit of software strong-arming did not sit well with some users, particularly since Bixby is not a matured AI at this point—it does not respond to voice commands, for example. Well, a frustrated developer at Reddit decided to push back with an app that gives users the ability to once again map the Bixby button to Google Now. "I was really determined to find a new way... Read more...
Back in early March, WikiLeaks gave the world an early glimpse into just a small sample of the hacking arsenal at the disposal of the CIA. As part of WikiLeaks’ “Vault 7” dump, we were made privy to software hacks that targeted Android- and iOS-based smartphones, Windows- and OS X-based PCs and even Samsung smart TVs. Today, WikiLeaks released the CIA’s actual user guide for “Weeping Angel”, the exploit use to hack Samsung smart TVs. We’ve also learned that Weeping Angel is actually based on another piece of malware, “Extending”, that was developed by the British MI5 spy agency. Weeping Angel (and... Read more...
Samsung makes some of the best mobile displays in the business. Its Super AMOLED panels are bright, vibrant, and typically better looking than the competition in our experience. However, you might know it if you received a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ device with an overly red-tinted display. In response to some users complaining of reddish panels, Samsung is prepping an over-the-air software update that should fix the issue. It is not entirely clear why some Galaxy S8/S8+ displays appear more red than others. Some believe it is due to a chip in the phone that adjusts colors on the screen. Since Samsung... Read more...
Part of the reason why Microsoft decided to get into building hardware was to give its partners inspiration on how best to utilize Windows 10. That led to the Surface line, which Microsoft continues to update today. What is different, however, is that its hardware partners have Surface-like systems of their own. That includes Samsung with the introduction of its Galaxy Book, a premium 2-in-1 Windows 10 device. Like the Surface Pro, Samsung's Galaxy Book is a tablet that can be used as a laptop. It comes with an S Pen, which is Samsung's version of a stylus, but unlike the Surface Pro it also comes... Read more...
Is your Samsung Galaxy S8 making you see red? Some customers who pre-ordered their phones are complaining that their AMOLED displays have an excessive red tint. According to the users, these screens did not improve even after altering color settings. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) smartphone panels use three subpixels per pixel in red, green, and blue. AMOLED displays have a PenTile arrangement of two subpixels in red-green and blue-green. These displays need more than two pixels in order to produce a full range of color. This necessity, however, can muck with a device’s color balance. Many... Read more...
Whether it is intentional or the consequence of building increasingly thinner and lighter devices with premium makeups, cracking open today's electronics for DIY repair is oftentimes difficult. Whatever the case might be, Samsung chose not to buck the trend with its Galaxy S8. As with most modern handsets, the Galaxy S8 poses various challenges to anyone attempting to get at its guts, though it is not without some redeeming qualities.The teardown experts at iFixIt put the Galaxy S8 on the operating table and proceeded to play a high-tech version of Operation, only without the buzzer and glowing... Read more...
Buzz for Samsung's highly anticipated "next Galaxy" devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, has reached a fevered pitch, and for good reason. When it comes to smartphone market share percentages, there's Samsung and Apple, and then there's everyone else. Huawei and Oppo might be sneaking up on the leaders, but are still in the single digits, while Samsung and Apple are currently jockeying for the 1 and 2 slots. Though Q4 2016 may have been a virtual draw (Apple with a sliver of a lead) between the two handset titans, something tells us Q1 into Q2 2017 is going to swing back Samsung's way. Pre-order... Read more...
  Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships are highly anticipated, and will officially begin shipping on April 21st (if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you might be receiving your smartphone any day now). Today, we’re learning from a new report that Samsung wants to ensure that Galaxy S8 owners have quick and easy access to a hardware button to enable the Bixby digital AI assistant. In fact, Samsung has gone so far as to make sure that the button cannot be remapped. This is according to a post found over at XDA Developers, which indicates that an over-the-air (OTA) update has been pushed out... Read more...
If you've been eagerly anticipating the release of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, we've got some good news for you. Apparently, a shipment of Samsung's new top-end devices are going to ship early, courtesy of T-Mobile. Outside of actually shelling out the cash for a new high-end phone, the worst part of a pre-order is waiting for your new device to arrive. Someone at T-Mobile seems to understand that and the company jumped the gun with initial shipments. According to reports from some customers, T-Mobile has begun shipping out S8 and S8+ units five days ahead of April 19,... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is trying to drum up some good will among its customers, the ones who were not put off by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle and decided to roll the dice on a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. To show its appreciation, Samsung has been sending out a free gift to anyone who pre-ordered one of its fancy new flagship handsets. It is an amplified speaker dock in the shape of a cone. Pictures of the free gift are popping up in various corners of the web, including Reddit, where forum member "raistlin89" shared several photos of the accessory. The box it comes in contains a note from Samsung... Read more...
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