Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 is one of the best Android wearables on the market today, but it launched with a sky-high MSRP. That's especially true of the fancier versions, like the 45-millimeter LTE model. Six months ago, you would've had to shell out a staggering $480 to get your hands one one. Today, though, you can pick one up for $309, $70 off its street price in recent months.
If you're looking to get a smartwatch for your Android phone, you'll be hard-pressed to find one better than what Samsung has to offer, including the Watch3 and the Watch Active2. If you're not in a hurry, you may want to hold out for one of the successors to these watches as they are apparently not too far out.
It's fair to say that cameras are the point of fiercest competition in high-end smartphones, with Google, Samsung, and Apple constantly one-upping each other. Samsung is showing off its latest innovation, which it calls ISOCELL 2.0. The improved image sensor cells will allow more light to be isolated in each chamber.
Yesterday we saw a couple of leaks for a new Samsung rugged phone, and whaddya know, here it is. The Galaxy XCover 5 is a smaller, cheaper entry in the tough-as-nails series, a fraction of the cost of the XCover FieldPro. And crucially, it's actually running a current version of Android.
You gotta love a phone that can take a beating. Samsung has made a few, from the Galaxy Active series to the more recent Xcover Field Pro. That last one made a splash with its high price and ancient software, but an updated Xcover 5 was leaked in a software update schedule earlier today. Just a few hours later, both photos and specs are available.
Even though each Android security update has a specific month in the name, the patches are usually provided to manufacturers a week or two in advance, so phone makers can have the system upgrades ready in time (or not). Samsung has been known to pull the switch before the first day of a given month, and that's happening again for the February 2021 patches.
Samsung is working hard on letting users know that it's serious about providing software updates. Last year, the South Korean smartphone giant promised three major Android OS updates for its flagships, and it recently beat Google at its own game by guaranteeing four years of security updates for a bunch of its recent smartphones. Making it easier for consumers to know what to expect, Samsung just added a few devices to its security update schedule, some that haven't even been launched.
We're big fans of Google, obviously. But we also live in the real world, where Google does a lot of stuff that's unambiguously bad. If you want to use open source Android without getting its parent company involved, then you have a few options. Previously only available in Europe, the eSolutions shop is now selling versions of the Galaxy S9 scrubbed clean of all proprietary Google software to the US and Canada.
One of the many benefits of putting some modern tech in a watch is that you can track it if it manages to get lost. Samsung's smartwatches can not only buzz when they're nearby but can also be located approximately on a map when they're not in Bluetooth range. However, according to an end-of-service notice currently going out to owners, users will no longer be able to use Get Location to accomplish the latter.
There are a bunch of ways to access text messages from a desktop, including solutions from Google and Microsoft. And you know Samsung: once lots of other companies do something, it just has to have its own proprietary solution, too. Now we're getting early signs of a Samsung Messaging app hanging out in the Microsoft Store, which describes itself as a way to send and receive texts from your phone in Windows.