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Unlocked 64GB Galaxy S9+ on sale for $533 ($67 off) at Amazon

If you think paying nearly $1,000 for a good phone these days is bonkers, you're not alone — we think there are plenty of fine unlocked options well under four digits that will suit most if not all your needs. That includes phones from the recent past like the Galaxy S9+, now on Amazon for $534 or less.

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Linux on DeX is now compatible with Galaxy S9, S10, and Tab S5e

Linux on DeX, announced at a developer conference last year, is a program that lets you run Linux (Ubuntu, in this case) on your Samsung smartphone or tablet, turning it into a full-fledged computer. Initially, it only worked on the Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4, but with today's update, both Galaxy S9 and S10 families are now supported (along with, for some reason, the mid-range Tab S5e).

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 as low as $400 from Best Buy, down to $500 at various retailers

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is now relegated to the shadows of the newer S10, but it still has enough going for it to be a strong consideration for anyone looking to purchase a well-spec'ed smartphone without spending ludicrous amounts of money. The S9 is currently available for $400 from Best Buy with an activation at purchase or for $500 without any activation requirement from that retailer and others. The larger S9+ is also available for $500 from Best Buy with activation or for as little as $574 without any activation from various retailers.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ dual-SIM is only $520 on eBay

The Galaxy S10 was announced a month ago and brought new design features like an in-display hole to house the selfie camera and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Although these are nice innovations, last year's flagship remains a very capable device today and sells for much less than the latest handsets. Thanks to this deal, you can get the S9+ for half the S10+ price, at just $520. To be more specific, we're talking about the international dual-SIM version here, which comes with an Exynos SoC instead of a Snapdragon chip.

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Samsung's One UI night mode forces Android Auto to think it's always nighttime

With One UI, Samsung introduced a system-wide night mode for its Android Pie devices. The new feature darkens the manufacturer's proprietary software such as the Calculator and Messages apps and also alters the overall menus and interface colors, but still requires you to manually enable dark mode in other applications like Messenger or Slack. Android Auto, on the other hand, happily receives this setting and defaults to it, no matter the time of the day.

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[Update: Now $525] The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is on sale for $550 via eBay

Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S10, so it's a good time to buy last year's phone at a steep discount if you don't need the latest and greatest. The unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is down to a mere $549.99 on eBay today. That's lower than we've seen before, and there are a few fun color choices.

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TWRP now officially available for the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+

Many of Samsung's phones, including its flagship Galaxy S and Note series, ship with different processors depending on where they are sold. Some models have the company's own Exynos chips, while others have Snapdragon processors. Almost one year after the phone's release, the TWRP custom recovery now has official builds for the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+.

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Bixby button remapping is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9

Samsung really, really wants you to use Bixby. That's why it has included a physical button to access its woefully underpowered assistant on most phones since the Galaxy S8. Samsung has traditionally tried to prevent remapping that button, but the Galaxy S10 changed that. The official Bixby remapping feature from that phone is now spreading to Samsung's other devices.

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[Update x2: Rolling out now] T-Mobile's Android 9 Pie updates for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ arrive with RCS Universal Profile in tow

It may be the last major network operator in the US to push its Android 9 Pie update out to Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ units, but T-Mobile can at least boast the inclusion of support for RCS Universal Profile 1.0 with its build.

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First US Galaxy S9 and S9+ Android 9 Pie updates rolling out to... Xfinity

After distributing its beta version to American S9 and S9+ devices at the end of November and updating international versions of the phone earlier this month, Samsung is now releasing Android 9 Pie and One UI to Comcast’s Xfinity S9s. That's a bit of a coup for Xfinity, as we're not accustomed to seeing a smaller carrier's version updated first, especially not before unlocked handsets.

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