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[Deal Alert] Get $300 off the Note 8 or Galaxy S9/S9+ at Best Buy when you set up an installment plan

Samsung's latest smartphones are quite nice, but they're also painfully expensive. Even when you split up the payments monthly, a $1,000 phone can put a dent in your bank account. Best Buy has a tempting deal today that'll knock $300 off the total cost of the Note 8, Galaxy S9, or Galaxy S9+ as long as you activate it on an installment plan.

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T-Mobile pulled a Galaxy S9 and S9+ update more than a month ago, and it's still not available

Slow and delayed updates are nothing new for Android devices, but T-Mobile and Samsung seem to be having more issues than usual. Back in April, T-Mobile had to halt the Note 8's Oreo update for several weeks, but it turns out the Galaxy S9 and S9+ had some botched updates of their own. The carrier paused an update in April, and it hasn't restarted more than a month later.

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ to soon be available in Sunrise Gold and Burgundy Red, but not in the US

In the past few years, Samsung has been launching new colors for its flagship phones a few months after release to keep things fresh. The company has just announced two new colors for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: Sunrise Gold and Burgundy Red. Unfortunately, neither is coming stateside.

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[Update: Live] Galaxy S9 and S9+ to get ARCore support in the next few weeks

ARCore first came onto the scene in August of last year with support for the Pixel and Galaxy S8, with more phones added late last month to the official compatibility list. The Galaxy S9 and S9+, which were announced shortly after that latest update, aren't on that list yet. That'll change "in the coming weeks," though.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9+ drops to $699.99 on eBay

We're not even two months away from the first day the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ officially went on sale, but we've already seen plenty of deals on these smartphones. Both of Samsung's latest flagship phones are solid contenders for the contents of your wallet, and now the dual-SIM variant of the S9+ is here to tempt you at $699.99 on eBay. That's the lowest price we've seen so far.

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Samsung rolling out update to fix Galaxy S9 and S9+ call stability issues

Reliably making phone calls on your smartphone is easy to take for granted, but there's nothing like disrupted and dropped calls to help you appreciate that simple function again. Some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are having their voices muted or distorted during calls, or having their calls dropped altogether. Now Samsung is starting to roll out a software update in some countries to fix these issues.

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Samsung will cram bloatware apps from Verizon's Oath into its phones

You know what my $800 smartphone is missing? Sponsored content and ads that are accessible with a hardware button. No one has ever actually said that and meant it, but that's what Samsung owners could be getting very soon. Verizon's Oath, which includes Yahoo and AOL properties, has announced a deal with Samsung to integrate its content and "native ads" into Bixby Home and pre-load more bloatware apps. As if you didn't already have enough reason to disable Bixby.

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[Update x2: New pricing information] Samsung bringing 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the US in May

Samsung announced today that customers in the US will soon be able to purchase its Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones with more storage. Variants of the phones with both 128 and 256 gigabytes of internal storage will be available to pre-order beginning tomorrow, May 1, and will be on sale May 18.

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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo arrives on Nexus 4, Exynos Galaxy S9/S9+, and more

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM by far, and the project continues to update more devices to version 15.1 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo). Last time we covered LineageOS, the OnePlus 2, Pixel C, and Nexus 6 received Oreo. Since then, several more devices have been updated, including Google's flagship phone from 2012.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ down to $754.99 on eBay

For a couple of years now, Samsung has sold their flagships with Snapdragon chips in the US and Exynos chips everywhere else. The performance (and development, interestingly enough) is superior on the Exynos models nowadays, and the dual-SIM capabilities of these SM-G965F/DS variants can often come in handy. You can now pick up a dual-SIM S9+ for $754.99, which is lower than previous deals we've posted about.

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