Galaxy Note 9

Your Samsung Galaxy phone probably needs an update

Your Samsung Galaxy phone probably needs an update

Software delivered to your Android (Samsung Galaxy in this case) smartphone can be confusing - so today we're breaking down what's most recent to your device. This set of updates includes a Samsung Galaxy S7 October security patch update, an October 20th security patch for the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8 security patch update, Galaxy S9 security patch update, and a Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta program for good measure. There's a Galaxy J7, J7 Prime, Galaxy A7, and Galaxy A8 update in the mix as well.

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Android Pie update gives Galaxy S9, Note 9 a pretty Always On Display

Android Pie update gives Galaxy S9, Note 9 a pretty Always On Display

Early last week, firmware for Android 9 Pie and Samsung Experience 10 leaked for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. That leaked firmware showed us a host of new UI improvements coming along with Android Pie, but today we're learning of another UI change that wasn't immediately clear last week. Samsung, apparently, is planning to make some changes to the Always On Display, and the new version looks great.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 S Pen SDK

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 S Pen SDK

The Galaxy Note 9 has a lot to offer, but one of the most exciting upgrades to the Note line came in the form of the new S Pen. Now equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy, the new S Pen can act as something of a controller for a selection of different apps. For instance, with the camera open, you can press the button on the S Pen to snap a picture, or it can be used to control video playback in YouTube.

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Galaxy Note 9 update improves camera, takes a new stab at P20 Pro

Galaxy Note 9 update improves camera, takes a new stab at P20 Pro

The newest Galaxy Note 9 software update includes notes about improvements made to the device's back-facing cameras. With this set of improvements, Samsung attempts to re-take the throne for best smartphone camera in the world, contending with the likes of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, HTC U12+, and the Google Pixel 2. With a dual-camera backside camera array and improvements to all the most important parts of said setup, what's stopping Samsung from winning the day?

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New Galaxy Note 9 colors coming to USA

New Galaxy Note 9 colors coming to USA

This week the folks at Samsung revealed two new colors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, one of which is exclusive to the states. The device was already available in Lavender Purple and Ocean Blue with Yellow S Pen, but now the company's saw fit to bestow upon the USA a pair of less eye-blasting editions. The new versions come in "Midnight Black" (that's black) and "Cloud Silver" (that's silver/gray) - both have the same insides as before.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Samsung’s latest flagships are nearly perfect but they all have one consistent flaw. No, it’s not Bixby per se but the obtrusive Bixby button at the side. Samsung dared to make it impossible to disable that button on the Galaxy Note 9 but, after major backlash, it said it would reconsider. Reconsider it did but not in the way users hoped. The latest update to Bixby doesn’t bring back that option but, instead, offers a way to make it harder to accidentally trigger Bixby in the first place.

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Galaxy Note 9 gets its first explosive case

Galaxy Note 9 gets its first explosive case

It may have thought that its past is well behind it but it may never be free of the ghost of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Lawsuits, settlements, and media coverage have made any Galaxy Note flagship, or any Samsung flagship for that matter, a prime target for claims of negligence or even outright wrongdoing. That seems to be the case yet again with the first report of a Galaxy Note 9 catching fire in New York, which could set of a chain of reports and claims, each of which can be true or not.

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Galaxy Note 9 in Silver will launch in these markets

Galaxy Note 9 in Silver will launch in these markets

The Galaxy Note 9 is well on its way and seems to be holding well despite the Galaxy S9 before it and the arrival of the Apple iPhone Xs and its siblings. However, it seems that Samsung wasn’t showing its full hand yet. Not that it has more tricks up its sleeves, just more colors. Or one color at least. There is apparently a Silver variant of the Galaxy Note 9 that’s coming to some market and, unfortunately, not in all markets.

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Galaxy Note 9 can play Fortnite for 5+ hours with one full battery

Galaxy Note 9 can play Fortnite for 5+ hours with one full battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched with the debut of the game Fortnite on Android. As the Galaxy Note 9 was essentially touted as the ultimate mobile device on which one might play Fortnite, we decided to run a test. At 9AM on test day I began playing Fortnite, and I did not quit the game nor did I turn off the display until the phone's battery went dead.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently the only device with a button that cannot (by default) be turned away from Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's smart assistant, and it's meant to be a helpful feature on the Galaxy Note 9 - but not all users want it. Much in the spirit of the DIY community at large, a couple of real nice options appeared in the last week for Note 9 owners wishing to disable Bixby completely.

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Fortnite plus iPhone XS, a release date in heaven

Fortnite plus iPhone XS, a release date in heaven

Imagine the mad rush to the lower-cost iPhone (of the several coming this year) if Epic Games's Fortnite was involved. Take, for example, the way Samsung released their Samsung Galaxy Note 9. With Epic Games onboard, Samsung was able to promote a near-$1k smartphone (and a new tablet) with a mere set of in-game rewards. All they had to take the time to do was design and release a new Fortnite skin.

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Galaxy S10 release date and tests tip Samsung’s fastest upgrade ever

Galaxy S10 release date and tests tip Samsung’s fastest upgrade ever

The Samsung Galaxy S10 had details leaked in a set of benchmark results this week, showing the device as speedier than any Galaxy before. This device was shown as speedy in its processing power, but also speedy in its adoption of the newest version of Android. If Samsung is indeed already working with Android 9 Pie and running 3rd-party benchmark tests on their smartphone this early before its release date, the Galaxy S10 might change Samsung forever.

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