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Galaxy S8’s odd fingerprint scanner was a last-minute change

Galaxy S8’s odd fingerprint scanner was a last-minute change

When rumors of the Galaxy S8’s nearly all-screen design surfaced, speculation about the new home of the fingerprint sensor was similarly raised. Either it would be removed completely, which would be a regression of more than two years of progress, relocated to the back ala LG, or some other new technology. That last one almost seemed most likely, drumming up hype about the smartphone. Alas, the Galaxy S8 is, instead, left with an oddly-placed rear sensor, because that much hyped on-screen fingerprint scanning technology wouldn’t make it in time.

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Samsung’s foldable smartphone prototype could be ready by Q3

Samsung’s foldable smartphone prototype could be ready by Q3

The prediction that 2017 would be the year Samsung finally shows its foldable smartphone hand may have been only half true. While it’s still too early to discount it, sources are now saying that Samsung only plans to start production of a prototype in the later half of the year. And that’s just a prototype. That would mean the actual consumer models will only start production in early 2018. Presuming, of course, the prototypes are received well at all.

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Samsung commits to monthly updates for unlocked US phones

Samsung commits to monthly updates for unlocked US phones

While perhaps still the top Android smartphone maker, Samsung is hardly considered to be the best representative for Android. Its TouchWiz UX, though now improved, has been called the epitome of bloat and the pace of its software updates would have put a snail to shame. After the high-profile Android security nightmare that was Stagefright, Samsung did pick up the pace but still lagged behind many of its competitors. Change might be afoot, however, as Samsung commits once again to actually rolling out monthly security updates. But there’s a catch: that will only be true for unlocked models in the US.

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Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 Release Date Battle

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 Release Date Battle

The differences between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 (or iPhone 7s) will be grand - never before will the two phones look more different from one another. Their functionality will also appear different - running the latest Samsung-modified version of Android on one device has never looked more different from Apple's iOS than here in the year 2017. But once that release date comes for both devices, you can bet they'll be sparring up close and personal in the minds of millions.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 details, dates, sales forecast by Ming-chi Kuo

Samsung Galaxy S8 details, dates, sales forecast by Ming-chi Kuo

Ming-chi Kuo, famed analyst from KGI Securities, is usually a name associated with iPhones and iPads. But lets you think he is partial to Apple’s devices, the analyst is now offering a few words to say about Samsung’s upcoming early 2017 flagship, the Galaxy S8. While most of what he said have already been “confirmed” from previous leaks, his analysis on how the market will play out for the smartphone is both interesting and, perhaps, discouraging for Samsung.

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Samsung Pay tipped inbound for maker’s non-premium handsets

Samsung Pay tipped inbound for maker’s non-premium handsets

Samsung is planning to launch its mobile payment system on all of its non-premium smartphones, according to a new report, expanding the service’s presence in the market. The sources claim Samsung Pay will be brought to the maker’s non-premium phones including its budget offerings in emerging markets, starting with India. The move, it seems, will apply to the phones going forward, as they’ll be made with the necessary hardware to support the payment system.

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Galaxy S6, S6 edge Nougat update finally rolls out, again

Galaxy S6, S6 edge Nougat update finally rolls out, again

Back in January, there were signs that Samsung’s 2015 flagships would actually soon be getting their nutty update. And that indeed seemed to be the case earlier this month. At least until Samsung pulled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update due to bugs. But now it seems that those have been ironed out, hopefully for real, as users across Europe report finally getting the update for the Galaxy S6 edge and, in some cases, the Galaxy S6 as well.

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Galaxy S8 carriers in US and Canada revealed by FCC

Galaxy S8 carriers in US and Canada revealed by FCC

Documents recently published by the Federal Communications Commission seemingly reveal the carriers where the Galaxy S8 will be available in the United States and Canada. The documents refer to a handset with the model number SM-G950U, among others, which is presumed to be an unlocked version of the upcoming Samsung flagship model.

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Galaxy S8 tipped to use facial recognition along with iris scanning

Galaxy S8 tipped to use facial recognition along with iris scanning

The Galaxy S8 will apparently have more security options than any of its predecessors, according to new reports today. Rumors out of Korea claim that Samsung will include facial recognition technology in the Galaxy S8 and its larger brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus. This would be in addition to fingerprint and iris scanners we've already seen in previous Samsung devices.

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Galaxy S8 hits FCC, renders compare size with others

Galaxy S8 hits FCC, renders compare size with others

With MWC 2017 out of the way, the next big mobile event we're waiting for is Samsung unveiling of the Galaxy S8 later this month. That is, unless Apple suddenly holds its iPad earlier than speculated. With just weeks before the next "Unpacked" event, sources are hunkering down information regarding the two high-profile smartphones. Even the FCC is getting a dose of Samsung, with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ passing through the agency, confirming that the smartphones will be available from all US carriers and even in unlocked models.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 could cost this much

The Samsung Galaxy S8 could cost this much

Smartphones are getting more and more powerful and sophisticated, but they are also getting more and more expensive. Almost every year, the price for high-end devices jump by $100 or so and it looks like 2017 won’t be different. Just weeks before the actual announcement and probably a month before it goes on sale, the price for the Galaxy S8 and its larger Galaxy S8+ sibling has been leaked. And, unsurprisingly, it is Samsung most expensive, non-luxury consumer smartphone yet.

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