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Galaxy S8 Bixby button remapping blocked by Samsung

Galaxy S8 Bixby button remapping blocked by Samsung

Samsung has blocked users from remapping the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 handset, upsetting early buyers who weren't planning on using the Korean company's personal assistant. Bixby, for those unfamiliar, is Samsung's new alternative to Siri and Google Assistant, though users shouldn't expect it to be fully functional upon the handset's launch. Industrious early users figured out how to remap this physical button, and Samsung apparently didn't like that.

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That Galaxy S8 Plus with 2x camera may release with Note 8

That Galaxy S8 Plus with 2x camera may release with Note 8

A Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 2x camera prototype revealed in a recent leak has been tipped to release later this year. Instead of appearing as the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, this device is said to be moving forward as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given the relative size, shape, and features of past Galaxy S and Note releases. Where one goes, the other inevitably follows - with a few bonus features.

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Top 4 inexpensive data-only smartphone plans in the U.S. (2017)

Top 4 inexpensive data-only smartphone plans in the U.S. (2017)

While many people still use their phone plan's voice minutes and texts, an increasing number of people are leaving behind these two seemingly archaic communication options in favor of Internet-based communications. Most of the major messaging apps support free voice and video calls between users, for example, and those times you have to call someone you're not connected to via a messaging app can be done with something like Skype. It seems few people realize that data-only phone plans are an option, though, so we've performed the hard work and picked out the top four budget-friendly options.

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LG Display OLED order tipped for Apple

LG Display OLED order tipped for Apple

The iPhone 8 (the 2018 version of the potential device) may have an OLED display provided by LG Display. A tip comes from Business Korea speaking with whom they suggest is "a senior official at LG Display." That official apparently said that LG Display "received a request to take part in a bid for receiving an order for small and medium-sized OLEDs from Apple. At the end of June, we will make a decision based on OLED production technology, capacity and the accompanying investment volume in an extraordinary board meeting."

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HTC U Ultra gets a one-time Spring price cut

HTC U Ultra gets a one-time Spring price cut

The HTC U Ultra is perhaps the company's most controversial smartphone yet. The hardest pill to swallow about it, especially given criticisms, is its price tag. Though $750 is actually right up there with Samsung's and Apple's flagships, some argue that a lower figure would have helped sweeten the U Ultra to the market. HTC is addressing that complaint, albeit very temporarily. To welcome the Spring season, it is putting the HTC U Ultra on a time-limited sale that chops a good $150 off its regular retail price.

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Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T speeds tested

Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T speeds tested

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, you pretty much have the late 2016 to early 2017 smartphone flagships. Which means it's probably time to do a roundup of these smartphone's performance. That is what YouTube channel EverythingApplePro just did by pitting most, though not all, of them against each other in a massive speed test showdown. Who came out first or even second isn't probably going to surprise you. But who came out the last will.

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Nexus 5X successfully upgraded with 4 GB of RAM

Nexus 5X successfully upgraded with 4 GB of RAM

Flagship smartphones seem to be stuck at 4 GB of RAM, save for a few exceptions, but not all smartphones, even Google's once prized Nexus line, can boast of that much. Specifically, the Nexus 5X seemed stuck at a time when nobody needed more than 2 GB of RAM. Apparently, the device's hardware could have actually gone with more, like 2 GB more. And someone actually did, with a little help from a rather helpful Chinese repair shop.

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Moto Z Play might get Android 7.1.1 in the unforeseen future

Moto Z Play might get Android 7.1.1 in the unforeseen future

As always, getting Android updates on phones is a bit like a game of roulette. You never really know when the updates will stop. Even new, still supported models aren't safe from suffering an untimely death. Fortunately for owners of the Moto Z Play, that might not yet be the case. At the risk of getting hopes up, a Motorola representative admitted that an Android 7.1.1 update is in the works. The only problem is that there is no timetable yet on when it will actually roll out to users.

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Moto C, C Plus renders envision new entry-level phones

Moto C, C Plus renders envision new entry-level phones

OnLeaks is on a roll! Following leaks of the Moto Z2 and the Moto E4 Plus, the leakster is treating us to even more renders. This time these are for the soon to be newest member of Motorola's family. The Moto C and Moto C Plus are expected to be entry-level devices, which is kind of strange because that is what the Moto E line was supposed to be. Apparently, Motorola thinks it can go even lower, considering the Moto E4 will be climbing up the ladder, so to speak.

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Galaxy S8 battery is so tough, stabbing it won’t make it explode

Galaxy S8 battery is so tough, stabbing it won’t make it explode

Perhaps the biggest question on everyone's mind upon seeing the Galaxy S8 is whether it will be as explosive as the Galaxy Note 7 before it. Given what's at stake, Samsung spared no expense at making sure it won't. And, apparently, that has paid off to the extreme. A pair of hardcore, smartphone-torturing YouTubers, namely "What's Inside" and JerryRigEverything, has put that promise to the ultimate test by slicing through the Galaxy S8 and its battery. Lo and behold, nothing went "Boom!"

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Moto E4 Plus renders leak with details of 5000mAh battery

Moto E4 Plus renders leak with details of 5000mAh battery

This appears to be the week for Motorola leaks. Just days after new shots of the Moto Z2 Force turned up, we're getting a better look at the upcoming Moto E4 Plus, including clear shots of the front and back of the non-flagship device. While obviously a thicker smartphone than we're used to seeing these days, it's likely this is due to a huge 5000 mAh battery sitting inside.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows Phones will be getting Creators Update

Microsoft reveals which Windows Phones will be getting Creators Update

While the new Creators Update officially rolled out to Windows 10 users on the PC earlier this week, Windows Phone holdouts are still waiting. That will change on April 25th, however, Microsoft has stated that only a handful of devices will be eligible for the update. Even more disappointing is that Windows Phones that don't support the Creators Update will no longer receive future development builds from the Windows Insider Program.

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