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It's 2020, why don't Samsung phones support Android's seamless updates?

Keeping current with system updates is the single most important thing you can do to keep your phone safe, and long ago, installing those updates was an incredibly slow process. But back in 2016, Google tried to make things better with new "seamless updates" that made it an easy background process — you could even use your phone as they installed. Since then, most phone manufacturers have come around to the idea, with one very big exception: For whatever reason, Samsung refuses to give its phones the feature. Even its latest, $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra uses decidedly non-ultra, antiquated, super-slow updates that knock your phone out of commission for a solid 3-15 minutes as they install.

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How to transfer your phone's apps, messages, and photos to your new Galaxy S20

Getting a new phone is an exciting experience, especially when you take it out of the box for the first time. But when you're so interested in getting up and running, having to slow down as you import data, rearrange the homescreen, and transfer all of your stuff can put a damper on that excitement. Setting up your new Galaxy S20 couldn't be easier, though, thanks to Samsung Smart Switch.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 owners are experiencing GPS lock issues

The Galaxy S20 lineup comes with exceptional hardware and Samsung's familiar high-end design, but just like any tech product, they're not perfect. We were not too impressed by the ratio of the S20 Ultra's capabilities and its price, and now an issue has popped up that affects the whole S20 series: Some people report that they can't get a GPS lock in Google Maps and Waze on their brand-new phones.

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Energy Ring brings its hole-punch battery indicator to the Galaxy S20

Ever since the launch of the Galaxy S10 last year, developers have had a whale of a time making fun and exciting apps for the camera cutout. One of my favorites is Energy Ring, an app that, as the name implies, puts a ring around the hole-punch to represent your battery level. Due to the different display sizes and aspect ratios, the developer released a separate version of the app for the Note 10 series, and has now done the same for the S20 range.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra teardown shows unsurprisingly big repair challenges

Well, well, well, look what we have here — another exercise in cramming and jamming parts into a glass-and-metal box that is a Samsung phone. Specifically, iFixit has taken a look into the biggest and baddest one yet, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and has found it to be not too easily repairable, rating it a 3 out of 10.

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Samsung releases Galaxy S20 series kernel source

Samsung just launched the Galaxy S20 series a few days ago, but you can already mosey over the Samsung website to grab the official kernel source. The Exynos variants popped up a few days ago, but now the Snapdragon variants are live as well. The open source code isn't going to do you much good if you're not a developer, but the result of making that code available might.

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Sprint has the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G for under $17/mo, valid now until April 9th (Sponsored)

A premium smartphone demands an equally capable network. The new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and Sprint's True Mobile 5G service were made to compliment one another, weaving the best hardware and connection speeds into an undeniably powerful package. For a limited time, you can pick up a brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G on Sprint for just $16.67/mo.

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20 of my favorite Galaxy S20 tricks and tips to make your phone a little better

Everyone has little things they like to do when they get a new smartphone. Set a favorite wallpaper, pick a ringtone, buy a case—personalizing your phone is obviously a big part of the experience (some might even call it fun). But when I get a new phone, as frequently occurs as part of this job, my goal is to get it working the way I want and expect as quickly as possible. When I got my Galaxy S20, I went straight to work, and these are 20 of my top tweaks, tips, tricks, and changes that I've made. Not every one will be the right change for every person, but hopefully you'll find a few things here you either didn't know or had forgotten about.

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Samsung should drop Qualcomm's bad fingerprint scanner technology

So far, I really like the Samsung Galaxy S20. I love its rich, vibrant, and buttery smooth 120Hz display. I love its excellent performance thanks to the new Snapdragon 865 chip. I love how quickly it charges, its more modest size compared to the S20+ and Ultra, and I love the improved haptic feedback experience. It's a good phone! Unfortunately, it still has one of the worst features of its predecessor: Qualcomm's utlrasonic fingerprint scanner.

When I first heard the Galaxy S20 would inherit the same fingerprint scanner (literally, it's the same exact part), I was hesitant. The Galaxy S10 series was marred by this scanner, so much that Samsung tried multiple times to "fix" it with various patches.

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Opinion: Big phones are fine but let's not go nuts, Samsung

Even if they've been arriving for plenty of folks early, today is technically Galaxy S20 day, and I've been excitedly playing with the Galaxy S20 Ultra that just landed at my own front door. For our full thoughts, you can check out the Android Police review, but I feel the need to reiterate one rather large detail to any of our readers that might still be waiting to pick one up: Even if you think you're fine with "big" phones, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is seriously on another level.

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