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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders top previous S7 record by 30%

After the fallout from the total recall of the defective Samsung Galaxy Note7, many observers worried that the company's reputation could be permanently damaged, leading to a lack of confidence in future devices and ultimately to lower sales. That appears not to be the case. In a statement, Samsung has proudly pointed out that US pre-orders of its latest flagship Android phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, have topped their predecessors by a remarkable 30%. Let the ritual self-back-patting commence.

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You can still remap the Galaxy S8's Bixby button, but it's a messy hack

Samsung announced the Bixby assistant several weeks ahead of the Galaxy S8 launch. We were told at the time this feature would let you control apps by voice and get contextual information. It doesn't do any of that at launch, though. Naturally, people want to remap the Bixby button, and that's still possible despite Samsung's attempts to block it. However, the remapping apps are pretty hacky.

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[Update: Manual flashing] Android 7.0 Nougat update incoming for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note5

T-Mobile customers may have seen the recent news that Galaxy Note5 owners on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon were starting to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update, and worried that they were being overlooked. But fear not! It appears that nougaty goodness is just around the corner for you.

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[Dick Jokes] Samsung burns another customer, this time with an emoji

I'm not sure if I should file this in the inappropriate and/or sleazy category or if it's just careless enough that it might slide on the right side of awful but funny. The story goes like this: @SamsungMobileUS asked users on Twitter to show the first pic they took with a Galaxy S8. @savEdward replied with "It was a dick pic." Not to be fazed by that answer, Samsung just sent in reply one emoji: a microscope.

Ouch... Can you feel the burn? Alright, alright, it's a little juvenile and quite clichéd, but seeing this answer come from an official account for a company as large as Samsung is reason for us to pause.

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[Updated: AT&T, too!] T-Mobile and Verizon update Galaxy S8 and S8+ just in time for launch

The two phones may not have even come out until today, but T-Mobile and Verizon have been on their toes. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ on everyone's favorite red and magenta networks have already been updated. T-Mobile is a bit scant on details, but Verizon has obliged with plenty of their own. Either way, the timely frequency of updates thus far bodes well for the future of the device.

T-Mobile's notice for the update landed yesterday (note, before the phone was officially released) and Verizon's hit today.

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The Galaxy S8's red tint problem will (hopefully) be fixed with next week's software update

Every phone has a few problems, and the recently-released Galaxy S8 is no exception. One of the commonly-reported issues is a red tint with the display, affecting some phones more than others. Thankfully, Samsung is aware of the problem, and a software update scheduled for next week will fix the problem.

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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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How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8 (because it's different now)

You may have just read the title of this post and stormed immediately to the comments, about to write an essay about how Android Police is just fishing for page views. Surely there's no need for an article about how to take a screenshot, right? Actually, in this case, yes. Taking screenshots on the Galaxy S8 requires a different button combination than previous models, causing confusion for some buyers.

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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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