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Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Still haven't picked up one of Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy smartphones? There's still time to get one of the phones before Christmas, and here with incentives is Best Buy with, among other things, a $300 discount. The deal offers the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones for $300 off if purchased for either the Verizon or Sprint networks. Not with either of those carriers? There are a few other promotions to choose from.

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Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung has brought back its $400 trade-in promotion, giving customers a way to get a substantial discount on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. This isn't the first time Samsung has offered this deal -- in fact, it was available as recently as Black Friday. A look at Samsung's trade-in website shows that the $400 savings offer is back, you'll just need an acceptable phone to swap in.

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Galaxy S9 Release dates the phone details, new and old

Galaxy S9 Release dates the phone details, new and old

The beginning of our Samsung Galaxy S9 journey begins here, with tips of an early release. This device has been tipped more than once to be appearing first in January of 2018. Because of this, there's quite a bit we can piece together with regard to components available and technology on the market in time for a new phone. We can make a rather educated set of analyzations for a full spec sheet right this minute.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ Oreo beta launches with Experience 9.0 program

Galaxy S8, S8+ Oreo beta launches with Experience 9.0 program

The news that Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners have been waiting for has finally arrived, even if not everyone will get to enjoy it first. Samsung has just kicked off the beta program for its Samsung Experience 9.0 update, which, among other things, updates the phones to Android 8.0 Oreo. But while Samsung’s official release is naturally vague, beta testers have been far more generous in sharing details of what all owners can look forward to when the final update rolls out.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is just around the corner

Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is just around the corner

Samsung is arguably still one of the slowest OEMs to push out major Android updates (perhaps rivaled only by Lenovo). So when news of a beta program for the latest major Android version surfaces, there is no small amount of hubbub among Samsung users. Especially when that program could kick off this week. Such seems to be the case for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which might soon begin its open beta program for Android Oreo. The one unsurprising caveat: it depends on where you are.

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Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Is every new Samsung flagship cursed to have a major fiasco? While not as explosive, pun totally intended, as the Galaxy Note 7, it seems that something is amiss with the otherwise commendable Galaxy S8 and S8+. Owners across different carriers in the US are reporting cases of "missing" text messages. On the one hand, it's unlikely to cause physical harm (unless you violently hurl the phone at someone). But, on the other hand, the bug is a serious issue for concern, especially when emergency cases are involved.

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The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existence

The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existence

Samsung made a controversial decision with its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones: to include a physical button for summoning Bixby, the personal assistant that wasn't finished upon the handsets' launch. Some people were okay with the button's existence when the option (briefly and unofficially) existed to remap it. Samsung squashed that ability, though, and now we're left with a button that is, for many of us, really annoying and completely useless.

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Note 8 vs Galaxy S8+ : Which phablet to buy

Note 8 vs Galaxy S8+ : Which phablet to buy

Samsung's flagships have always been related, but with the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8+ the familial resemblance is closer than ever. The brand new Note 8 might have phablet fans salivating, but line it up against the three month old Galaxy S8+ and you could be forgiven for struggling to see the differences. That might mean big savings at the cash register if you don't need what the Note 8 is doing differently.

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Samsung Bixby expands globally, still speaks only 2 languages

Samsung Bixby expands globally, still speaks only 2 languages

Bixby is both the highlight of Samsung year and also its biggest disappointment. Bixby Voice, the only part of Bixby that does matter, came late and was underwhelming. To be fair, it was a completely new venture for Samsung and a company exec admits it didn’t have the necessary big data for it. And to its credit, Samsung has been consistent in pushing and improving Bixby, which it is now pushing to over 200 countries around the world, allowing anyone with a compatible device to speak with Bixby. Presuming they can fluently speak US English or Korean.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ Daydream support arrives: update rolling out now

Galaxy S8 and S8+ Daydream support arrives: update rolling out now

If you have the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you can now pop it into Google's Daydream View headset and use it to watch or play virtual reality content. Google announced the new support today, saying that a software update is rolling out to handsets now that brings support. Some Galaxy S8 owners started seeing this support arrive last week before the official announcement was made, but some users still aren't seeing it, and Google says that those users will need to wait a bit longer.

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Samsung Bixby videos show why the S8 assistant is special

Samsung Bixby videos show why the S8 assistant is special

Samsung's Bixby Voice may have taken longer than expected to reach the Galaxy S8, but now the company is wasting no time explaining just why it thinks its Assistant is better than Google or Apple's. In a new series of videos, Samsung has started digging through the functionality Bixby offers on the smartphone - and will also support on upcoming devices like the Galaxy Note 8 due to be released later in the year. Who knows, you might even resent the dedicated Bixby button a little less along the way.

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Galaxy S8 battery: What you should (and shouldn’t) worry about

Galaxy S8 battery: What you should (and shouldn’t) worry about

If you, upon first hearing that the Galaxy S8 would feature a 3,000mAh battery, were concerned that it wouldn't be adequate enough, you're not alone. Many expressed concerns that Samsung banked too conservatively on its smaller flagship's battery capacity, and though the S8+ has a larger 3500mAh model, it doesn't matter much in light of the phone's larger overall size. Now that the phone is out and has been subjected to everyday life, are the concerns founded? Yes and no.

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