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Google Play Music is Samsung's new default music app on the Galaxy S8, complete with exclusive features

Like most Android device makers, Samsung has always had a custom music player on its phones. However, that's changing with the Galaxy S8. Google and Samsung have teamed up to make Play Music the default player on all Samsung devices going forward. As part of the deal, owners of the GS8 (or future devices) get some special perks not available to others.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus officially launch today

Today is the big day for Samsung—the Galaxy S8 is officially launching after being leaked and speculated about for months. The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus are available at all major carriers and from various electronics retailers. They'll set you back a pretty penny, though.

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The Galaxy S8 will have no external carrier branding, even on Verizon and AT&T

No matter how you feel about Samsung and the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, you have to admit they're really, really pretty phones. The curved display and sleek frame are incredibly well-designed compared to most other devices, and the GS8 will stand out in one other unexpected way—there's no carrier branding. Even Verizon and AT&T have been persuaded not to stamp their logos all over the phones.

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Sprint offering two-for-one deal on Galaxy S8, but beware the fine print

The Galaxy S8 is starting to trickle out to those who pre-ordered, but Sprint is offering what sounds like a very good deal for anyone still on the fence. Starting tomorrow, you can get two Galaxy S8 smartphones (not the Plus) for the price of one, which seems great. Like with all things Sprint lately, there's a ton of fine print that you need to factor in.

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JerryRigEverything takes on the (apparently unbendable) Galaxy S8

Can you hear that? It's the screaming of the phones as JerryRigEverything posts yet another video of smartphone torment. This time it's the Galaxy S8 on his desk getting scratched, burned, and bent. Samsung's latest flagship comes through it quite well, though.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished AT&T Galaxy S7 on sale for $289.99 via eBay with coupon [Update]

The Galaxy S8 is shipping to those who pre-ordered the device, but last year's Samsung flagship is still capable. Well, as long as you're not paying retail for it. The GS7 sales will start picking up now that it's yesterday's news, and you can take advantage of one right now. A refurbished Galaxy S7 is on eBay for $299.99 with coupon code.

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Samsung has blocked remapping of the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

You may have heard about Bixby, Samsung's new device assistant feature that won't even have voice commands in the US at launch. Well, if you were planning to remap the Bixby button to something more... useful, prepare for disappointment. Samsung has reportedly blocked that modification in an OTA update.

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Samsung's first app to hit one billion installs has magical powers (according to the reviews)

With all the talk about the Galaxy S8, you may have missed Samsung's latest milestone. For the first time, one of its Play Store apps reached one billion installs. Given its 4.1 star rating and over half a million reviews, it is surprising it took this long.

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The companion app for the new Samsung Gear 360 is live on the Play Store [APK Download]

Alongside the introduction of the Galaxy S8, Samsung showed off its new Gear 360 camera. Like last year's model, it has two fish-eye lenses to capture 360-degree video. Now the app has showed up on the Play Store, and we have the APK.

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Giant Samsung Galaxy S8 sculpture is touring the UK

If there’s one thing Samsung can never be accused of, it’s being shy when it comes to marketing its products. The release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ wasn't going to be any different. To celebrate the imminent launch of the devices in the UK, Samsung's marketing bods have sent a huge 7x3m sculpture made to look like the front face of the phone around the UK, framing the view behind as though you were taking a giant photo.

The campaign is part of a study to find the 20 greatest British views. Samsung commissioned a survey of 2500 people to make up the list, which is accompanied by stunning images of each location from Landscape Photographer of the year Matthew Cattell, all taken with the Galaxy S8.

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