Deal: Samsung DeX Pad for Galaxy S8/S8+ and S9/S9+ is 20% off on Amazon

When the new Samsung DeX Pad went on pre-order in the United States back in April, it was priced at $100. However, customers buying the Galaxy S9 or S9+ received the accessory for free in the US.

The good news is Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 owners who don’t own the Samsung DeX Pad yet, can now get if for 20% cheaper. Along with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, these are the only smartphones that support Samsung DeX Pad, which allows users to turn their handsets into a true desktop computing experience.

When connected to an external monitor, a special DeX mode and apps can be opened in multiple …


U.S. Cellular starts pushing Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

It looks like U.S. Cellular is among the last carriers in the United States to release Android 8.0 Oreo updates for Samsung’s last year flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. If you’ve purchased either of the two smartphones from U.S. Cellular, then you have two options through which to upgrade your phone.

You can either wait to be notified when the OTA update is available for download, or you can get it via Samsung Kies. The main benefits of the Android 8.0 Oreo, Picture-in-Picture, Autofill, improved notification system, are included in the update offered by U.S. Cellular.

For the tech-savvy, …

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 updated with GIF support for Always On Display

Samsung is reportedly deploying yet another update for some of its top-tier smartphones, such as the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8. The new firmware updates the Always On Display (AOD) feature on all three smartphones and introduces support for GIF files.

Although GIF support for AOD was present inside these phones since their launch, the GIF files displayed were static. The latest update is meant to correct that issue and animate all GIF files that you now set to show up on your display when Always On Display is enabled.

However, it appears that the GIF animations will only run …

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ now receiving Android Oreo update

We can tell who are T-Mobile subscribers carrying the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ in their pockets. How? Because they’re the ones with the huge ear-to-ear grin on their faces. Today, the Un-carrier started pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo to Sammy’s 2017 flagships. The update is rather hefty with the one for the Galaxy S8 weighing in at 1.55GB (version G950USQU2CRB9) and the update for the Galaxy S8+ tipping the scales at 1.51GB (version G955USQU2CRB9).

Android 8.0 includes the new picture-in-picture feature that allows users to watch video while performing other tasks. Also included …

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+ and Galaxy Note 8 now receiving Google Lens (camera version)

Google Lens is a feature that uses AI to turn your pictures or camera (depending on your phone) into a search tool. Found originally on the Pixel series, there are actually two versions. There is the Google Lens that was pushed out by Google to all Android handsets with the Google Photos app. This version of Google Lens allow users to look at pictures already taken and see more information about the subject of that photo. Thanks to AI, Google Lens can identify a picture of the Mona Lisa, or the Empire State Building, and tell you all about them.

The second, and vastly superior version of …

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 owners to soon receive Oreo

The Android Oreo update is heading for the Canadian border and those in the country totin’ the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. On its members app, Samsung Canada announced that the Galaxy 8 and Galaxy 8+ will receive the Android 8.0 update OTA starting on March 19th.  Those with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will receive it on March 28th.

The most well known feature on Android 8.0 is the Picture-in-Picture capability that allows users to watch a video while still interacting with the app running in the background. Notification Channels will show, well, …

Samsung outs full Galaxy S8/S8+ Android Oreo update changelog, here is what's new

The Android Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ was a bit of a hit and miss. After it kicked off the roll-out of the update early last month, the South Korean handset maker had to put it on hold due to some issues.

The update was resumed less than two weeks ago, but a full changelog was made available only yesterday. So, if you want to know what new features and improvements Android Oreo brings to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, sit as comfy as possible and get yourself a cup of coffee or tea since this is going to be a pretty long read.

Besides Samsung Experience 9.0, the update adds …

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ official battery life stats: Won't last much longer than the S8/S8+

Wondering how long would the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ last on a full charge? Well, according to data coming straight from Samsung, they will’t outlast their precursors – the Galaxy S8 and S8+ – in certain situations but not by much. This was logical to expect given that the new Galaxies pack battery units with the same size: a 3,000mAh battery for the smaller phone and a 3,500mAh one for the larger counterpart.

Of course, real-life test would be much more telling, but Samsung’s official battery life stats tell a pretty telling tale that was, once again, expected.
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Android Oreo update rolling out OTA for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ in three more markets

Last week, Samsung started rolling out the Android Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the Netherlands and in Germany. The update, which includes the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI, weighs in at 487.04MB and carries firmware version G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP for both of Samsung’s 2017 flagship models. Today, the update is being pushed out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models in India, Poland and France. In all three countries, those who participated in the beta program are getting first crack at the OTA update.

Samsung is trying to get the latest Android build on Galaxy …

Android Oreo beta for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ ends tomorrow (January 26th)

Samsung sent out a message to those Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users who have been beta testing the Android 8.0 (Oreo) update. Besides thanking participants for their cooperation in being part of the beta program, the company said that the beta testing for the 2017 flagship models will end on January 26th, which happens to be tomorrow. Samsung says that it now looks forward to releasing the official Android 8.0 update as soon as possible.

After the program comes to an end tomorrow, Samsung will not disseminate any more beta software releases. While the beta community will still be …