I was always a big fan of the headphone jack — until I found a good pair of wireless earbuds and realized I was living in the past. Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ are one of the best choices when it comes to Bluetooth buds thanks to their stellar battery life and solid sound. Right now, you can grab a brand-new International pair for just $93.99 on Amazon.
The state of 5G still isn't great, but it's getting a little bit better today — for owners of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+ who use T-Mobile as their cell provider, at least. T-Mobile launched its standalone 5G network last month, and now the company is rolling out an update to the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G that enables support for 5G that doesn't need to be anchored to 4G LTE.
Samsung released the Galaxy S20+ 5G earlier this year, but you probably didn't buy one. The 6.7" device is equipped with a Quad HD+ 120hz Display, 4500mAh of battery power, and Space Zoom — so it's understandably expensive. But right now, you can pick up a brand new US variant S20+ 5G from Microsoft's eBay Outlet Store for $899.99.
Most budget and mid-range phones don't usually have the most impressive camera setups, but Samsung is looking to change that — at least in the Indian market. 91mobiles is reporting that the Korean tech giant is set to launch a camera-centric Galaxy F series of phones very soon.
Live Caption is one of the more unique additions you'll find on Android devices. First shown off at Google I/O 2019, the feature automatically transcribes speech from video playback in real time, on-device. It was initially a Pixel 4 exclusive when it launched, but since then the capability has expanded to older Pixel models. The Galaxy S20 launched with Live Caption, and now it's coming to more Samsung handsets as One UI 2.5 rolls out.
I really can't stress enough how game-changing folding phones are. I know they're frequently (and fairly) criticized for things like display durability and price, but once you actually use one and understand the experience, something just clicks — or, at least, it did for me. They're still not for everyone, but if you absolutely need to maintain productivity on the go, then the Z Fold2 will be as disruptive to your idea of work as the early Blackberry phones were. In fact, to prove a point, I was able to do my entire job here at Android Police from the phone for most of a whole day.
Android updates aren't really about new features these days, since most new functionality is delivered through updates to the Play Store, Google Play Services, or individual system apps. Over the past few years, system upgrades have largely served to introduce new APIs and security/privacy improvements that can't be rolled out through app updates (or implemented in manufacturer skins), from expiring permissions to Scoped Storage.
With Android 11 launching just last week, many phone-makers are rushing to get their various versions of the platform out into users hands for testing in beta programs. Samsung is no exception. In a very early and surprising move, Samsung has already pushed the One UI 3.0 pre-beta to a a few select partnered developers. Here's the official changelog for the beta.
Samsung has been pretty quick to update their devices with the latest security patches in the past couple of years, and it looks like not much is going to change for the month of September. The company has already updated the Exynos-powered international Galaxy Note9 model (SM-N960F) with the September 2020 patch.
There was a lot to love about the new Galaxy series when Samsung dropped its S20 trio earlier this year: Gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED displays, long-lasting batteries, and sophisticated camera systems to please all levels of photographers. With today's special deal, you can now save $200 on a brand new factory unlocked Galaxy S20, S20+, and even the exorbitant S20 Ultra at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo.