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The first Galaxy S20 units are already receiving the July security patch in Korea, but in the US, the slow carrier rollout of the June update continues to arrive on many people's phones. S10 and Note10 owners on Verizon and Note9 users on T-Mobile can look forward to the patch, which is only now starting to roll out to them. Along with the security enhancements, the phones are getting smaller system and performance improvements.
Samsung has been doing better with Android updates lately, often deploying monthly patches in lock-step with Google. That's only for the latest generation phones, though. Samsung's older devices will wait a bit longer, but it does still update them more reliably than a lot of OEMs. Case in point, the Galaxy Note 9 just got a new update with One UI 2.1.
The root/ROM fanbase has dwindled over the years, but there are still people out there dedicated to the craft. TWRP is the most popular custom recovery available by far, and since we last posted in late January, 11 more devices have been added to the roster.
LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM in existence, boasting official support for dozens of devices. The first Android 10 builds arrived earlier this month, and Lineage has continued to add to the roster of supported phones since then. The last time we covered the LineageOS 17.1, builds for the Nexus 6 and first-gen Pixels had just arrived, and there are even more additions now.
Are you a fan of Samsung phones with large screens but don't want to drop $1000 or more on a Galaxy S20? Then you may be interested in the latest DOTD at Amazon, where you can grab a factory unlocked Galaxy Note9 in the color of your choice. While both storage options are discounted, the 128GB version is the star of this sale as it's available for an all-time low of $599.99 after a $400 markdown. The 512GB model is currently available for $749.99, which is $500 less than the MSRP but doesn't quite stack up to discounts we've seen in the past.
Much like the more recent Galaxy S10 and Note10 series, the older Note9 is also being updated to Samsung's One UI 2.0, based on Android 10. Following beta testing and an early release to stable for beta users, the update is finally deploying to Note9 devices more widely.
Google promised over a year ago that the wireless version of Android Auto would work out-of-the-box on any Android 9.0+ phone, but that hasn't quite panned out. The only devices that have been able to use it are Google's own Pixel devices (plus the Nexus 5X and 6P), but that finally appears to be changing.
After yesterday's presentation for the Galaxy S20 line of phones, many of you may have already made the decision to order one of the three models to be your next phone. Since Samsung is sticking to the glass sandwich recipe for this generation, it may be wise to wrap that (potentially $1400) phone in a case to add a bit of protection. If you didn't choose one of Samsung's options, Moment has a couple cases available that might fit the bill, and they are designed to be very environmentally friendly.
Samsung introduced a new feature called Bixby Routines to its phones last year, allowing you to set up simple automated rules for certain actions — sort of like IFTTT, or a less powerful, built-in version of Tasker for Samsung phones. Though it is available on devices like the Galaxy S10, Note10, and Galaxy Fold, Samsung never brought the feature to the older S9 or Note9, even in recent Android 10/One UI 2 updates. However, we have verified that sideloading the latest version of the Bixby Routines app brings the feature to older devices, including the Galaxy S9 and Note9, and it also works for some on older devices like the Galaxy S8 running Android Pie.
If you're eyeing a Galaxy Note10 but don't want to spend a fortune on one, you might want to consider a Note9. Even though it's not the company's latest model, it's still a great device that offers amazing performance and shoots great photos. The 512GB model traditionally sells for a whopping $1,250, but you can snatch it for just $685 on Amazon thanks to this deal.