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[Deal Alert] Samsung SmartThings Hub v2 is down 50% to $49.99

Some of you might have noticed a new banner on the Google Home app in the Discover tab advertizing a deal on the SmartThings Hub. Luckily, that discount works regardless of whether you go through the banner or simply shop for the smart hub online, so you don't need a special link to save some dollars: it's half-off on several sites.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub v2 is a small square-shaped gadget that plugs into your router and acts as a middleman between your different smart gadgets. It connects to Z-Wave sensors and lights and locks, ZigBee lights, many WiFi devices, and it even has Bluetooth connectivity.

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TWRP now supports the Xperia XZ Premium, Redmi 4X, and more

TWRP recovery continues to add support for more and more devices. Last time we took a look at the project, unofficial builds for the Snapdragon Galaxy S8/S8+ were available (but not for the US models). Over the past few weeks, more phones have been added to the official support list.

First up is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which was released two months ago in the US. The Xiaomi Redmi 4X, Lenovo K33, and two variants of the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (C900F/Y and China) are now supported as well. Finally, those builds for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ we previously covered are now official.

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Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ get updates for CallingPLUS, a VoLTE-WiFi calling combination

VoLTE and WiFi calling are both features that have existed on multiple carriers for some years now, but until now, Sprint devices haven't been able to use them in conjunction with each other, save for two rather unimportant devices. The latest updates for the Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ enable CallingPLUS, Sprint's lingo for its VoLTE - WiFi calling combo.

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Samsung's Snapdragon Galaxy S8+ (G955U) has been rooted, but it isn't ready for prime time yet

XDA is the living, breathing embodiment of the spirit of software engineering. At least, as applied to Android. And thanks to those fine folks, the inevitable march of progress has advanced yet again. XDA member BotsOne made two posts yesterday in which he confirmed that he and the others working on it were able to get read/write access to the system partition, and were subsequently able to install SuperSU.

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Samsung Internet Beta v6 adds night mode, high contrast option, and new experimental flags [APK Download]

Samsung has been on a mission to add all of its apps to the Play Store recently, with the latest addition being its proprietary keyboard. The Samsung Internet Browser has been on there for a while, and earlier in the year, the South Korean company added a beta version so users could test new features. It's just been updated to v6, so let's take a look at what's changed.

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Note8 default wallpapers leaked ahead of official launch

There have been quite a few leaks of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note8 so far. Usually we have to wait for a phone to be released before the included wallpapers show up online, but not this time. SamsungVN, a Vietnam-based site, published the wallpapers and took them down shortly afterwards. But this is the internet - nothing is ever really deleted.

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Samsung Keyboard v2.0 now listed in the Play Store

Slowly but surely, it seems like almost every Samsung app is making its way to the Play Store. The latest application to start delivering updates via Google's service is the Samsung Keyboard, which appeared in a listing on the Play Store just yesterday. Consumers with Samsung phones like the Galaxy S8 and S8+ can look forward to receiving updates for the keyboard via Google Play. 

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You can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active from AT&T

After a slew of recent leaks, the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 Active was finally announced as a limited-time AT&T exclusive yesterday. The pre-order pages are now live on the carrier's site, for both the Meteor Gray and Tungsten Gold colorways, and we also get our first official confirmation of many of the specs.

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Samsung may include a case with the Galaxy Note8, but only in some regions

The Galaxy Note8 is shaping up to be a great device, judging from all the leaks we've seen so far. But as bezels on phones shrink, it becomes a bit trickier to hold them without setting off the touchscreen, and the glass back doesn't help matters. Thankfully, it looks like Samsung will throw a free case in the Note8's box.

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Here are some slightly potato photos of the Galaxy Note8 in the wild

A few real-world pictures of Samsung's latest stylus-driven flagship have leaked, courtesy of the folks at MyEveryDayTech.com. Though the images were taken down, SlashLeaks was able to grab them for posterity. Interested parties can feast their eyes on the grainy and pixelated images of an actual Galaxy Note8.

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