Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 units receive Android 8.0 Oreo official update

It appears that Samsung is seeding an official version of Android 8.0 Oreo to some Galaxy Note 8 units. At the time of writing, the company hasn’t announced anything regarding the rollout, but multiple Reddit users have confirmed that the update has landed on their phones.
By the looks of it, this could be a soak test, meaning that Samsung might be releasing the update on a very small number of devices to see how it holds up before a broader rollout. 
Still, this is a rather surprising turn of events, as the company has an Oreo beta testing …


Beautiful, high-res smartphone wallpapers, perfect for your Pixel 2, iPhone X, Note 8, Galaxy S8, LG V30, and many others

This is our first wallpapers pick of 2018, and we’d like to kick things off with some quality backgrounds for your smartphone and tablet. We’ve even included a handful of photos that we took ourselves with various smartphones over the past year. Can you tell which ones they are without poking too much? If you do, make sure to tell us what you think of them in the comments below!
With this out of the way, if you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and …

Samsung responds to battery issue on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+

Last week, we told you that some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ units were getting bricked after the batteries were drained completely to 0%. Once these phones shut down, they could not be resuscitated by any method. While horrible news for the owners of affected models, at least we aren’t seeing these handsets blow up, which is what happened last year when the batteries inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failed. That led the latter to get recalled twice and finally removed from store shelves. Samsung took a hit in excess of a billion dollars because of this debacle.

At this …

Best battery cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers decent battery life, but nothing out of the ordinary. Thus, some users may be looking for ways to extend the phone’s battery autonomy, and a good way to do that is with a battery case – which, of course, will also protect the handset from eventual drops and scratches. 
While there aren’t as many battery cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as there are for other smartphones, we’ve found several models that you should know about. We’re inviting you to discover them below – the cases are listed in no particular …

Some Galaxy Note 8 phones won't charge or turn on when battery reaches 0%

Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users report that their phones will not turn on or charge after they’ve let the phone’s battery drain completely. Samsung is aware of the problem and is replacing the affected phones on a case per case basis. It’s not yet clear how many devices are affected by the issue.
Users have reported that their Galaxy Note 8 phones refuse to accept a charge or turn on after the battery level goes to 0% and the phone turns off. Users have tried different cables and chargers to make sure that this is not a problem with the charger, …

Google Pixel 2 beats out the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in activations this past holiday weekend

Despite recent reports revealing multiple issues with the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL (mostly with the screen and speaker), the two handsets enjoyed a surprisingly strong Christmas weekend and tallied more activations than the Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. According to fresh data from  analytics company Localytics, the Pixel 2 accounted for a leading 38.61% of smartphone activations last weekend.

The Google Pixel 2 XL was second, with 31.41% of last weekend’s hook-ups. With 28.72%, the Apple iPhone X was in third place followed by the Apple iPhone 8 (17.7%) …

Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs Note 8 vs LG V30 LTE speeds test crowns the Google phone


Apple uses two different modems in its latest iPhone X – by Qualcomm or Intel – with the Qualcomm one being its latest X16 that features prominently in all 2017 flagships like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, or the Pixel 2. It allows for up to 1Gbps download speeds, and will only be replaced by a faster, 1.2Gbps modem when phones with Snapdragon 845 hit the market in the spring. Well, save for the Mate 10 Pro, which already has a X18 1.2Gbps modem inside, but it is not tuned to the US LTE bands to take advantage here. The Intel piece, on the other side, maxes out at 600Mbps, so Apple had to basically …

Bummer, the Note 8 and S8 Oreo update won't bring Treble support

The new features that Android 8.0 Oreo brings aren’t overwhelming, but one of them is of particular note – Project Treble. It is Google’s final push to remedy slow Android updates by separating the basic, core Android framework, from the manufacturer image, and allow it to be updated much faster than before. 

There are a few Project Treble phones currently on the market, including Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, but, unfortunately, Samsung’s ultrapopular Galaxy S8 or Note 8, won’t be one of those after their respective Oreo updates, it seems. 
An …

T-Mobile pushes new update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, see what's new

A new update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners that purchased their device from T-Mobile. With a file size of about 316MB, the software upgrade should bump the version of the 6.3-inch phablet to N950USQU2BQLA.

After installation, users will get updates for video calls/conferencing, T-Mobile’s DIGITS (the service that allows you to use a single phone number on multiple devices), and various unspecified system improvements. Also included is the Android Security patch for the month of December. 
We’ve …

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 5 receive new update, brings security improvements

A new software upgrade is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 5. It’s an incremental update that brings the Android security patch for the month of December. 

T-Mobile is the first US carrier to provide the patch for Samsung’s 2017 flagship pair. After installation, the build number for the T-Mo versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ should be at G950USQS2BQL1 and G955USQS2BQL1, respectively. South Korean users have also reported receiving the same update, and we suspect that a more global rollout will occur in the following …