AT&T kicks off Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for the Samsung Galaxy S8

AT&T is the last major US carrier to update Samsung’s last year flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, to Android 8.0 Oreo. Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have already pushed the update earlier this month, so AT&T customers are the last to get the same treatment.

Although AT&T has yet to update the Galaxy S8 and S8+ support pages, it appears that many redditors have already installed Oreo on their smartphones. Speaking of the update, if you’re an AT&T customer, you’ll need to make sure you have enough storage since you’ll have to download around 1.55GB.

Apparently, the update …

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receive Android Oreo update

Shortly after Verizon and T-Mobile updated their Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to Android 8 Oreo, Sprint is now doing the same thing. In fact, at least a few Sprint Galaxy S8 owners received the Android Oreo update yesterday, March 17. 
The update weighs in at about 1.5 GB, breathing fresh life into Sprint’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ (both released a year ago with Android 7 Nougat on board). Just like the Oreo update for Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s versions of the two ex-flagship phones, the one that Sprint is rolling out includes the Samsung Experience 9.0 interface (which …

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting Android Oreo updates

If you own a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, we’re glad to inform you that your smartphone is being officially updated to Android Oreo! Verizon Wireless is rolling out the updates starting today, March 15, but some users might have to wait a few days before getting it. 
The updates bring Android Oreo 8.0 (not the newer 8.1) to the Galaxy S8 series, although users will probably not be too sad about this – after all, Verizon is the very first US carrier to deliver Oreo to its Galaxy S8 and S8+. The updates for both the S8 and S8+ unsurprisingly include the Samsung …

Samsung Galaxy S9 first day pre-orders down 30% compared to Galaxy S8

Bad news for Samsung, as pre-orders for its new Galaxy S9 series are just 70% of the predecessor, a South Korean publication reports. The numbers from the first day indicated that pre-orders of the Galaxy S9 in South Korea are down 30% compared to the previous model.

Sources familiar with the matter say that only 180,000 Galaxy S9 units were distributed via South Korea’s main three carriers during the first day of pre-orders, whereas last year Samsung managed to sell 260,000 Galaxy S8 series phones.

Samsung has yet to announce any sales figures but industry watchers claim that …

Deal: Samsung discounts US unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ by up to $135

Samsung’s new flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are about to make their debut in the United States. With preorders open for about a week, the South Korean company can get an idea of what their new devices are performing.

While the new top-tier Samsung smartphones are expected to hit the shelves next week, the handset maker’s last flagships are subjected to discounts and price cuts to make it more appealing to those who can’t afford the Galaxy S9/S9+.

Both Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now on sale at Samsung US for $600 and $690, respectively, which means you’ll be saving $125 or $135, depending …

Samsung Galaxy S9 stereo speakers compared vs Galaxy S8, iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy S9 finally comes with its own pair of stereo speakers, and they come with a bang — a reassuring “Tuned by AKG” sits right there in the specs, making us feel like they will be something truly special.

So, you may be sitting there, thinking — does the Galaxy S9 sound better than the Galaxy S8? How does it sound compared to the iPhone X’s stereo speakers? Better or worse? Sammy’s new flagship is still on pre-order and not many have had the chance to test it out in person yet. But fear not, we’ve got your back!

So, first let’s answer the question — are the AKG-tuned …

Samsung official says Galaxy S9 preorders are on par or a bit lower than Galaxy S8

Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed any figures for Galaxy S9 preorders, probably because it’s too early and the numbers significantly change on a daily basis. Still, word is running around that Samsung’s new flagship may not be as successful as the predecessor.

An official from Samsung Electronics recently told South Korean media publication Yonhap News that Galaxy S9 preorders are on par or a bit lower than the predecessor: “we believe that the pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 are similar to that of the Galaxy S8.”

Apparently, officials from South Korean carriers aren’t too excited about Samsung’s …

Deal: Save $125 on the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ pre-orders have just kicked off in the United States, so what better time to get yourself an older flagship. As expected, the Galaxy S8 (and the Galaxy S8+) is on sale at Amazon for a limited time.

And it’s about time since the Galaxy S9 costs just $720 at T-Mobile and the unlocked Galaxy S8 (64GB) that Amazon is selling has a slightly higher $725 price tag. Fortunately, you can get it now for just $600 if you don’t want to put in the extra $120 for the new Galaxy S9.

The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 available at Amazon comes with US warranty, so you won’t have …

As Americans balk at $700+ flagships, Samsung may refurbish the S8 as midranger

It was somewhat inevitable, and easy to predict, but now it’s unfurling before our very eyes. People using their phones longer, that is. After the demise of the two-year cell phone contract, and when the full price of a phone without carrier subsidies was oh-so-painfully revealed to us, the length of time that subscribers kept their current handsets started to gradually increase.

Top-tier manufacturers like Apple and Samsung predicted and sensed the upgrade slowdown, and started raising prices to offset the slump in demand for the latest and greatest. This culminated in last …

Samsung expects the Galaxy S9 to sell better than the S8, here is why

Despite rumors that suggested Samsung may set a higher price standard for the Galaxy S9 and its slightly beefed up brother, the S9+, costs for the flagships have pretty much remained the same. However, while US prices are similar, customers in Europe will have to dish out between €850 ($1,050) and €950 ($1,170) for either of the new Samsung top-tier handsets.

Still, Samsung believes Galaxy S9 and S9+ sales will outperform those of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ throughout the year. The reasoning behind the DJ Koh’s statement is the much earlier release of the 2018 flagships, which will allow for …