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Verizon updates its Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with faster face recognition and other fixes

Hot on the heels of the Pixel update earlier today, Verizon is also rolling out an update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices on the network. Don't get too excited, it's still just Android 7.0 Nougat. But, you do get a pile of bug fixes and improvements like an option for faster face recognition, navigation bar tweaks, and fixes for things like VPNs, car Bluetooth, and alarms.

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Verizon starts rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Pixels

When Google announced that it was selling the Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon, many on Big Red still opted to buy the phone straight from Google. The concern was that the Verizon model would have delayed updates, as a result of the often-slow process of carrier update approval.

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Project Fi is applying a $20 service credit to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey

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[Update: Now available] AT&T launching 'Primetime' tablet on August 25 for $10 per month

Mobile carriers used to rely heavily upon bespoke hardware made specifically for them by OEMs, but now you can mostly get the same devices from all carriers. There are some exceptions like the recently unveiled T-Mobile REVVL and the Verizon Ellipsis tablets. Now, AT&T is going back to the old ways as well with the AT&T Primetime tablet.

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BlackBerry KEYone coming to AT&T on September 1, with exclusive 'Space Black' model

The BlackBerry KEYone has done a pretty good job of filling the keyboard phone niche, however large that might be. And TCL, the device's manufacturer, has even improved the build quality since launch. In the United States, the only carrier offering the KEYone has been Sprint, but AT&T is about to join the QWERTY party.

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Sam's Club is offering $470 in free stuff with purchase of Note8 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular

After an incredible amount of leaking, Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is finally official. However, it's quite pricey at around $950 outright. Samsung realizes that their phones are on the expensive side, so it's offering two freebie options: a Gear 360 camera, or a 128GB microSD card and a Fast Wireless Charging Convertible pad. However, Sam's Club is taking this a step further and is offering up to $469.99's worth of extras in total.

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Galaxy Note 8 specifications, pricing, release date, pre-orders, and more (US)

Samsung has made the Galaxy Note8 official, and if you're looking for an easy-to-digest roundup of information about Samsung's latest high-end smartphone, we've concentrated it for you here. Below, you'll find specifications, release date information, helpful links, and more.

Dates and availability: Pre-order, release date, carriers, retailers

Samsung has announced that pre-orders for the Galaxy Note8 will begin on August 24th. Pre-order dates may vary by carrier or retailer, but most will probably start then.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, U.S. Cellular, Cricket, C Spire, Straight Talk, and Xfinity Mobile will all be stocking the Note8. Retail availability for these providers in physical stores will begin on September 15th, though pre-orders may ship before this date (as often occurs).

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Verizon splits unlimited plan into three tiers, throttles video on all of them

Verizon ruffled some feathers last month when it was caught throttling Netflix on its LTE network. At the time the carrier said it was merely testing video optimization technology, and now we know why. Verizon has done away with its standard unlimited data plan, replacing it with three tiers of unlimited data. All of them include video throttling—in fact, you can't get 1080p video on phones on any of them.

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AT&T Galaxy S8 and S8+ receiving updates with navigation bar auto hide, August patch, and more

Most Galaxy S8 and S8+ variants are receiving updates every one to two months, and today, it's the AT&T versions' turn. This latest update for S8s on the Death Star carrier include "navigation bar auto hide," the August 2017 security patch, and quite a few more miscellaneous improvements.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile is offering a free LG G6 or V20 via rebate after you purchase one on EIP

T-Mobile is no stranger to "buy one, get one" promotions. In fact, the Bellevue-based company has even run one that included the LG G6 and V20 before. This latest one, then, will probably be pretty familiar to those of you who've seen a T-Mobile BOGO in action before.

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