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Android 10 beta Galaxy S9 and Note9 iris scanners now support Google's new Biometric API

Samsung may have removed the iris scanner from its recent flagship devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note10, but it hasn't forgotten about it on earlier hardware. According to some Galaxy S9 and Note9 users in the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta program, the company has updated the iris scanner in those phones to be compatible with Google's new Biometric API, a one-stop-shop for in-app user authentication.

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One UI 2.0 Android 10 beta rolling out for Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 (Update: Now in the US)

It looks like Samsung is firing on all cylinders when it comes to updating its recent devices to Android 10. After pumping out seven Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta updates for the Galaxy S10 series within a time span of six weeks, Samsung has now rolled out Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 users in South Korea and India. Besides getting Android 10, Samsung's older flagships also received an early Christmas present from the company: Night mode photography that works on more than just the primary camera.

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State-by-state Android popularity map suggests where you live may affect your phone choice

Every Android fan knows Samsung phones are extremely popular, but just which models are leading the pack? A new report sheds some light on the situation, not just helping to confirm that Galaxy models are the most used in each US state, but also revealing some interesting trends about the devices preferred in different regions.

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Samsung’s Android 10 roadmap points at January rollout for Galaxy S10 and Note 10, no update for S8 or Note 8

Every year Samsung unfailingly puts out a software release roadmaps for its entire smartphone lineup, and this year’s detail when Android 10 is expected to hit eligible Samsung phones. These lists are generally specific to their respective markets, but they do highlight a general global trend. The Galaxy S10 and the Note 10 have been beta testing One UI 2.0 for over a month now, and they’re naturally first in line to get the stable release by January 2020.

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One UI 2.0 beta 5 update hitting Galaxy S10 as S9 and Note 9 get ready to join beta program

In less than a week after releasing the fourth One UI 2.0 beta, Samsung has pushed out another one for Galaxy S10 owners. As usual, a bunch of bugs have been fixed, and the list appears to be getting shorter as the beta program shows signs of winding down. Samsung also made an announcement on its Korean forum announcing the start of the Android 10 beta program for Galaxy S9 and Note 9 devices.

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Get a US unlocked Galaxy S9+ for just $480 ($120 off)

The Galaxy S11 is only a few months away, but the S10 is still an excellent phone. The S9 is also still hanging in there, especially since it will probably get Android 10 at some point. Now you can get the United States version of the S9+ for just $474.99 from Amazon, a $120 savings from the usual price of ~$600.

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Android Auto Wireless now works on select Samsung Galaxy phones

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.

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LineageOS drops support for Nexus 4 and Galaxy S9, starts builds for Redmi Note 7 Pro

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, with official support for dozens of devices and a huge community. The project relies on the work of contributing developers, which means phones can just easily be dropped as they are added. Since we last covered LineageOS, a few new devices are now supported, while a handful of fan favorites have been dropped.

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Act fast: Samsung takes $300 off the Galaxy S10 and S10+ for Prime Day

Yesterday, the US models of the Galaxy S10 series dropped to some of their lowest prices yet. For the Prime Day festivities, Samsung is lowering the price even further, with some models going for as much as $350 off.

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Verizon launches RCS profile with support for Galaxy S9, S9+

The state of RCS messaging in the United States is a little bleak at the moment. Sure, it's got a massive character limit that puts SMS to shame, more multimedia options than MMS, and read receipts, but availability is inconsistent and the resources it takes to set up servers are not small. Verizon had planned on bringing on its RCS profile by "early 2019," and, if you consider "before July 1" early enough for you,  it has succeeded in delivering it to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

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