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Galaxy Note 8’s US unveiling date might not be that soon after all

Galaxy Note 8’s US unveiling date might not be that soon after all

Early September? Late August? Mid August? Those so far have been speculated early dates for the Galaxy Note 8. The latest seems to have favored a scenario that has Samsung scrambling to overtake the iPhone 8. While it seems that Samsung will indeed scheduled its annual Unpacked Event away from IFA in September, it might not be in such a rush after all. According to an unnamed Samsung official, that will take place on the last weekend of August instead.

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Galaxy S8 Active outed on Samsung’s own website

Galaxy S8 Active outed on Samsung’s own website

For weeks now, there's been an ever-growing pile of evidence to suggest that the Galaxy S8 Active is on the way. Considering that the Active line has been a popular series of releases for Samsung, it was fairly safe to assume that an entry based on the Galaxy S8 was on the docket. Even with that safe assumption, we're now getting our best evidence that the S8 Active does indeed exist, and it comes from Samsung itself.

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This new Google Play Music feature is exclusive to the Galaxy S8 and S8+

This new Google Play Music feature is exclusive to the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Back in April, as we previously reported, Google Play Music offered some special perks for Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners, primarily the ability to upload 100,000 songs to the cloud rather than 50,000, plus an extended 3-month free trial. Now Google has extended another exclusive feature to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ -- a special personalized radio station that plays the latest hits, but only the ones you (probably) want to hear.

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Galaxy Note 8 skips onscreen fingerprint sensor due to this flaw

Galaxy Note 8 skips onscreen fingerprint sensor due to this flaw

It seems that the evidence is piling about the Galaxy Note 8's lack of an optical fingerprint sensor hiding underneath the screen. It was already accepted, though somewhat begrudgingly, that the technology didn't make it in time for the Galaxy S8's earlier release. Then it seems that the Galaxy Note 8's alo earlier launch is going to force Samsung to cut corners. According a post on Weibo, the reason might actually go much deeper, because of a critical flaw that has yet to be properly fixed.

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Samsung’s exquisite The Frame TV is available today: Here’s the price

Samsung’s exquisite The Frame TV is available today: Here’s the price

Of all the TVs in Samsung's flagship line-up for 2017, one model stands out head and shoulders above the rest. The Frame might have a strange name, but its combination of wafer-thin display technology and picture-frame styling make for a TV that most of the time doesn't look like a TV. Indeed, the idea is that you can hang it on your wall and tell people it's actually fancy artwork.

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Samsung Bixby Voice US is here, but not for every Galaxy S8 user

Samsung Bixby Voice US is here, but not for every Galaxy S8 user

Even though we have a dedicated Bixby button on our Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets, Samsung's take on the smart assistant launched in poor shape here in the US. Though some features have been functioning since the pair of phones released, the most important aspect of Bixby - along with the component that ties all the others together - has been missing. We're referring to Bixby voice, of course, which Samsung said should be available in the US sometime this spring.

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Got an old Samsung phone? Disable S Suggest to avoid hacking

Got an old Samsung phone? Disable S Suggest to avoid hacking

Those closely following Samsung's movements, arguably the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, probably knows by now how it is pushing Bixby as its Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana rival. In fact, it has long abandoned some features that more or less provided that functionality. Apparently, however, Samsung forgot to clean up after itself and has let the S Suggest domain expire, potentially leaving thousands of Galaxy phone owners vulnerable to hacking attempts.

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Galaxy Note 8 benchmark confirms fears of no Android O

Galaxy Note 8 benchmark confirms fears of no Android O

By trying to release the Galaxy Note 8 very early, Samsung will inevitably have to cut some corners. For example, it might not have the mythical on-screen fingerprint sensor because the technology isn't yet ready for Samsung's expedited schedule. It might not also have the soon to be latest Android release, Android 8.0 "O", because of it. And that is seemingly the case based on this benchmark that indicates the Galaxy Note 8 running on Android 7.1.1.

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Galaxy J7 Max, J7 Pro come with “Social Camera”, Samsung Pay

Galaxy J7 Max, J7 Pro come with “Social Camera”, Samsung Pay

While most eagerly await the new, and sometimes crazy, features in Samsung's flagship smartphones, users in India are treated to just as much innovation in the company's mid-range J series. For instance, Samsung's S Bike safety feature and its S Power Planning mode made their debut in last year's Galaxy J3. This year, Samsung is taking a more social spin with the "Social Camera" feature with the Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro. With these two new smartphones, Samsung is also bringing its Samsung Pay service to the mid-range.

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Galaxy Note 8 announcement rush could cost Samsung again

Galaxy Note 8 announcement rush could cost Samsung again

While it might not have the same back and forth uncertainty as the iPhone 8's fingerprint scanner or lack thereof, the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is quickly becoming a topsy-turvy affair as well. First it was rumored to happen late August, just a wee bit before IFA 2017 in September. And then whispers of an IFA announcement have started to roll. Now we're back to August, but at a possibly even earlier date. All of this to try to beat the Apple iPhone 8 to market.

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Galaxy S8 Active might be close, pops up at Geekbench

Galaxy S8 Active might be close, pops up at Geekbench

While rumors claim that the Galaxy Note 8 might just be two months away, a different somewhat flagship smartphone might actually be closer. While Samsung has thankfully stopped making half a dozen "spinoffs" of its flagship brand, it still hasn't thrown in the towel when it comes to its "Active" line of smartphones. Yes, there will apparently also be a Galaxy S8 Active, at least based on this entry in Geekbench, revealing practically the same specs as the original.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ custom Android ROMs for those who dare to root

Galaxy S8, S8+ custom Android ROMs for those who dare to root

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and its larger Galaxy S8+ sibling are arguably two of the best-looking, and best-performing smartphones this half of the year. But as great as they are, they are by no means perfect. Even the Samsung faithful will admit, sometimes begrudgingly, that the Korean OEM can be a wee too "generous" when it comes to the extras, a.k.a. the cruft and bloat, inside the smartphone user experience or UX. If you're feeling adventurous, there are a couple of Android custom ROMs available for these devices to set you free from the clutches of TouchWiz (or now "Grace") and of Samsung's bloat.

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