AT&T 5G Evolution launches today with the help of Samsung's Galaxy S8

Remember that faster mobile network that AT&T promised back in February? This is now a reality, at least in select parts of Austin, Texas, where AT&T just switched on what it’s calling “5G Evolution.”

According to AT&T, 5G Evolution “offers twice the speeds of [its] 4G LTE network.” Mind you, this is not true 5G. Actual 5G standards have yet to be finalized, so we won’t be seeing any real 5G networks before 2019 the earliest. Nevertheless, 5G Evolution is now here to “pave the way to the next generation of faster speeds,” as AT&T puts it.

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Samsung issues urgent software update for Galaxy S8 and S8+, fixes small DQA error

Following a software update received by the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on April 21, some users started experiencing a minor, yet bothersome issue related to Samsung’s Device Quality Agent (DQA) on the two handsets. More exactly, S8 owners were seeing a “DQA keeps stopping” error that could’ve showed up every minute or so. Samsung took notice, and it’s now pushing another update to fix the problem.

The new software update, labeled by Samsung as “urgent”, is very small – about 1 MB – so it should be downloaded in no time. It looks like the update is available as of yesterday, …

5 apps to mod the Galaxy S8: AMOLED wallpapers, new Bixby key and more (no root)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already finding themselves in the hands of their rightful owners, and after you set them up to your liking, transfer all your account info, and install all the apps you like, there are still a few things you can do to further mod your new flagship with a couple of simple apps, without ever resorting to rooting, flashing, or other shenanigans that would trip your KNOX security. 
Check them out – from making your wallpaper AMOLED-friendly, through enabling your hidden FM radio tuner, to remapping the Bixby key …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Exynos) get TWRP custom recovery

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ officially hit the shelves only a few days ago, yet the global versions of the two flagships have already received TWRP support. The open-source software custom recovery image now allows Galaxy S8/S8+ users to flash custom ROMs and backup their current system with just a tap of a button.
We’re actually a bit surprised to see TWRP released for the Exynos versions first. Although the former are more widely spread than their Snapdragon 835 counterparts in the US, Exynos typically does not release its kernel source which …

Here's how to enable or disable fingerprint gestures on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

One thing that’s true for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that they are rather tall phones that definitely require some getting used to. Placing the fingerprint scanner that high definitely does not help with the overall usability of the phone.
As a saving grace, Samsung has thrown in a bunch of usability features that make handling the galaxy S8 and S8+ a bit easier. One of our favorite ones lets you swipe down the fingerprint scanner at the back in order to bring down the notification and quick toggles shade. This potentially saves your thumbs from painfully …

How to customize the software navigation buttons on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are pioneering devices for Samsung in many areas, including one not so major one – software buttons. Up until now, all Galaxy devices have arrived with hardware buttons, placed on the bottom bezel, but the latest flagship generation shows a change of heart. 
Some may find regard this change as a bad move of Samsung’s, but we are convinced – we’ll take smaller bezels over hardware keys any day of the week!
Now, as far as software keys go, users can change the layout of these and swap the place of the …

How to change the color of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ navbar

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ now come with virtual on-screen navigation buttons, which have been a staple for many other Android phone makers for a good while, but are actually a first for Samsung and its flagship S line of handsets. Well, virtual is not entirely accurate, as Samsung does provide a pressure-sensitive lower midsection on the phones’ screen where the home button kicks and screams when pressed harder, but we digress.

Ditching the signature elliptical home key has allowed Samsung to go berserk on the top and bottom bezels of the S8, ending up with a phone that is nearly …

Samsung Galaxy S8 U.S. pre-orders rise 30% over Galaxy S7 reservations and set new company record

Before the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 last month, Samsung executives no doubt were sitting on pins and needles. How would the public respond to the new flagship models just half a year after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was pulled off shelves? The phablet turned out to be doomed by faulty batteries that made each unit a potential explosive, something that Samsung didn’t want the public to associate with its brand.

Earlier this year, Samsung said that it would institute a new 8-point battery check in an attempt to persuade consumers that they have nothing to fear from new Samsung handsets. …

Analyst: Samsung to sell 50M Galaxy S8 units this year with the larger S8+ taking 53.9% of sales


As the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ begin their first week on sale from carriers and retailers, an analyst from Yuanta Securities says that he expects 50.4 million units of the flagship models to be sold globally this year. Lee Jae-yoon told clients in a note today, that he sees the larger screened Samsung Galaxy S8+ accounting for the majority of flagship sales in 2017. That is due to the growing number of smartphone users watching video content and playing games on their handsets.

According to Mr. Lee, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will ring up 27.1 million units in sales this …

Samsung Galaxy S8+ to outsell the Galaxy S8

According to a new report, Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will sell better than the company’s smaller flagship – the Galaxy S8. 
Yuanta Securities Korea Co. predicts that the annual sales of the two Galaxy S8 handsets will reach about 50.4 million units, with the larger 6.2-inch version taking up 53.9% or around 27.1 million units. 
Industry watchers claim that users prefer smartphones with larger screens, as they offer a superior experience for mobile gaming and multimedia content. This has been the case with …