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Samsung Galaxy S21 now only $700 ($100 off), S21+ and S21 Ultra are $200 off

Samsung Galaxy S21 now only $700 ($100 off), S21+ and S21 Ultra are $200 off

Samsung has a history of dropping prices on its phones shortly after the initial release, or in some cases, before the full release. Less than two weeks after the Galaxy S21 series became widely available, Samsung has now dropped the price on all three phones by $100-200.

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Samsung solidifies its place as Android update king with bold new commitment

Samsung solidifies its place as Android update king with bold new commitment

Samsung has been improving its update reputation a lot over the last few years. The company has been releasing major updates faster and has even come in ahead of its own schedule at times. Security update delivery has been especially impressive, frequently beating Google to the punch. Last summer, Samsung changed its update policy so that select devices released as far back as 2019 would get three major Android upgrades, matching Google's own policy. Today, Samsung is shaking things up again, extending its commitment to four years of security updates.

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Here are the top 5 new features in Samsung Good Lock 2021

Here are the top 5 new features in Samsung Good Lock 2021

Good Lock is a must-have app if you own a Galaxy device. It allows customization that most users can only dream of, without requiring root or a custom ROM. While it can be annoying when major One UI updates break compatibility, it does give the Good Lock team regular opportunities to overhaul everything and introduce new features. This was the case when the 2021 updates started last month, so let's take a look at the best features currently available in Samsung Smart Lock.

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Galaxy Labs gets two new modules to keep your Samsung phone running cool and smooth

Galaxy Labs gets two new modules to keep your Samsung phone running cool and smooth

Back in 2019, Samsung launched a new app called Galaxy Labs. It functions similarly to Good Lock, offering an assortment of different modules that users can download to perform different system tasks: Battery Guardian keeps watch for stray apps looking to suck your battery dry, while App Booster optimizes apps after a software update to keep things running well. This week we're seeing the arrival of two new modules, while several others are being updated to version 2.0, complete with new features.

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Samsung could launch two new Lite-branded tablets this summer

Samsung could launch two new Lite-branded tablets this summer

Samsung checked a lot of right boxes to make the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite one of our favorite affordable tablets from last year. A new leak suggests that the company is working on its follow-up, allegedly named Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, along with a lite version of its already cheap Galaxy Tab A7. Both these tablets are expected to be out this summer.

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Samsung resumes Galaxy S20 FE One UI 3.1 update distribution

Samsung resumes Galaxy S20 FE One UI 3.1 update distribution

Since older Galaxy flagships received One UI 3.0 only recently, we weren't exactly expecting Samsung to also push the Galaxy S21’s newer 3.1 build to those phones anytime soon. However, the company decided to give its existing customers a pleasant surprise by giving the rollout an early kick-start. Right now the Galaxy S20 FE is already getting its One UI 3.1 update, leaving behind its more premium siblings from last year.

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Samsung's next watch is reportedly ditching Tizen for Android

Samsung's next watch is reportedly ditching Tizen for Android

Samsung stopped making Android smartwatches a while ago, the last one being the Gear Live announced in 2014 — back when Wear OS was called Android Wear. It then turned towards its in-house Tizen OS and hasn't looked back since. However, this may be changing as the next smartwatches from the South Korean company are rumored to run either Google's Wear OS or its own UI based on Android.

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Samsung takes dubious honor as OEM most aggressively killing background apps

Samsung takes dubious honor as OEM most aggressively killing background apps

OnePlus is notorious for aggressively killing background apps, much to user dismay, but Samsung traditionally hasn’t been any further behind. The Korean giant has now, in fact, beaten OnePlus to take the pole position in Don’t kill my app’s hall of shame — making it worse than even the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi. What led to this promotion is Samsung’s recent Android 11 update, which is harsher on background apps than ever. 

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Samsung phones updating to One UI 3.1 won't receive one of its best features

Samsung phones updating to One UI 3.1 won't receive one of its best features

Samsung has been on a roll with updates. Shortly after rolling out Android 11-based One UI 3.0 to its recent flagships, it's now pushing the One UI 3.1 to a few of them. This update brings a slew of the S21's features to these devices, such as Enhanced Single Take mode, Private Share, and video call effects, but it's missing out on at least one: Google Discover on the homescreen.

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Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which tap to pay system is best?

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which tap to pay system is best?

NFC payments first came to Android way, way back in 2011 with a little disaster called the Nexus S 4G. This WiMAX 4G phone was the only device that did NFC payments at the time because carriers had their fingers in everything. Thankfully, things aren't as restrictive anymore. You can make contactless payments with any Android phone containing an NFC chip, but you might have more than one option. If you've got a Samsung phone, you can choose between Samsung's own payment platform or Google Pay. While both do offer the same basic tap-to-pay NFC functionality, there are some differences in their ease of use and in the apps themselves.

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