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Samsung has started rolling out the first public beta of One UI 3.0

Samsung has started rolling out the first public beta of One UI 3.0

Android 11 brings with it a lot of cool new features, but most phones don't have them just yet. Samsung has been testing its Android-11-based One UI 3.0 with developers in preparation for a broader beta, and now it looks like the first release of the public beta has arrived.

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Samsung is killing Bixby Vision's AR-powered abilities

Samsung is killing Bixby Vision's AR-powered abilities

Google Assistant might be the most widely used digital voice assistants on Android, but it isn't the only option. Samsung introduced Bixby back in 2018 with the launch of the Galaxy S8. Though it has been subject to plenty of punchlines over the years as the built-in voice assistant on Samsung devices, it did have some handy features and unique use cases. Now it looks like Samsung is giving up on AR-powered aspects of its digital assistant: Bixby Vision's reality just got less "augmented."

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: This could be the best phone of 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: This could be the best phone of 2020

Samsung's top-end phones are getting more and more expensive at an alarming rate, as evidenced by the fact that very few people bought an S20 during the series's launch window. Seeing the gap to fill between bargain-bin budget phones and outright luxury devices, this week, Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. It costs $700 (currently $600 on sale), and it packs a ton of features we're used to seeing in flagships with very few compromises. This might just be the best phone of the year.

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The Galaxy A50 is Samsung’s first phone to get the October security update

The Galaxy A50 is Samsung’s first phone to get the October security update

There was a time when even Samsung flagships had to wait for months to get the latest Android updates, but not anymore. In the last few months, Samsung has consistently delivered monthly security updates to pretty much its entire line-up, at times even trumping the Pixel phones. With October just upon us, Samsung is already releasing this month’s security patches to its devices, beginning with the mid-tier Galaxy A50.

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The Pixel 5 isn't even out yet, and Samsung already beat it

The Pixel 5 isn't even out yet, and Samsung already beat it

Today, Google officially announced the extremely leaked Pixel 5. It's a lovely device with a very cool green colorway option, and as an unrepentant Google hardware fan, I'm struggling against the urge to buy it. Honestly, there's only one thing stopping me: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, launching early next month, is the exact same price at $699. And on paper, it's a much better value.

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Google Duo's auto-framing feature comes to Samsung devices, no longer a Pixel 4 exclusive

Google Duo's auto-framing feature comes to Samsung devices, no longer a Pixel 4 exclusive

Last December, Google released its first feature drop for Pixel devices, kicking off a routine of bringing new capabilities to the phones each quarter. Included in the first drop was something called auto-framing for Google Duo. With auto-framing enabled, you can walk further away from your device, and Duo will zoom in to keep you focused and even follow you around the room so long as you stay within the shot. This feature had always been exclusive to Pixel 4, but it's now available on Samsung's Galaxy S20 range.

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Google Photos isn't playing nice with Samsung's new enhanced motion photos

Google Photos isn't playing nice with Samsung's new enhanced motion photos

Samsung has been rolling out the latest release of One UI, version 2.5, over the past few months. The update makes gesture navigation compatible with third-party launchers. It also adds support for motion photos with sound in them, but now it looks like there's a problem for users who store their images in Google Photos: live photos uploaded to the service show up as still images with the video and audio stripped out.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fit is back down to $50 (half off) at Best Buy

The Samsung Galaxy Fit is back down to $50 (half off) at Best Buy

We're all looking for ways to stay active right now — sometimes you just need a little push. A fitness tracker is a great way to remind yourself to get up and moving; a solid, affordable one is even better. Right now, Best Buy is offering the Samsung Galaxy Fit for a crazily low $50 (half off).

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Samsung Good Lock updates aim to help reduce your typos and tweak your share screen

Samsung Good Lock updates aim to help reduce your typos and tweak your share screen

Galaxy phone owners have access to a whole bunch of customization options through Samsung’s Good Lock app. This month alone, the app got two major modules in the form of Pentastic and Wonderland, for tweaking the S Pen and device wallpapers, respectively. Now, Good Lock is all set to add a few new capabilities to improve your typing experience, better manage who gets priority on the share screen, and how apps respond to device rotation.

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Five great cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Five great cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is a great phone, but the $1,300 asking price is tough to swallow. So, it's lucky, then, that the phone's physical design is screaming for a case with that massive camera module sticking out of the back. You don't want to trust just any old case to protect your $1,300 phone. We've tested many, many Note20 Ultra cases, and here are the best.

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