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First live photos of Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra shared on Twitter

We got our first proper look at the design of the Galaxy Note20 when Samsung itself accidentally (or otherwise) posted renders of a fetching bronze model on its Russian website last week. Now we're getting what is very likely our first glimpse of a real-life unit in photos posted to Twitter by @jimmyispromo.

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Samsung Internet 12.1 beta gets a grid layout for the tab switcher

Samsung Internet only recently got a big release that gave it third-party password manager autofill support and a new Chromium engine, but the developers are already hard at work on the next feature update, version 12.1. The browser's current beta adds a new grid view to the tab switcher, giving it almost the same layout Google Chrome is currently testing for many people.

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Open box first-gen Galaxy Buds are $65 (50% off) on eBay

Samsung's latest Galaxy Buds+ are some of our favorite true wireless earbuds, but we shouldn't forget the original Galaxy Buds either. Although they lack some of the fancy new features found in this year's model, they still sound and feel great. They arguably even look better, thanks to a matte finish as opposed to the gloss of the Buds+. The price difference between the two models is usually only $20, but eBay is currently selling open-box first-gen Buds for only $65 (50% off).

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 rumored to be unveiled in August 5 online event

Phone launches have been complicated as of late by the in-person infeasibility of large-scale presentations thanks to COVID-19. A few months back, we reported that Samsung was planning to launch its upcoming Galaxy Note20 in a special online event rather than the typical press conference. Now new sources are indicating that the Note20 unveiling event is going to take place on August 5, with the device going on sale a few weeks later on August 21.

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Galaxy Fold successor will reportedly be named the 'Galaxy Z Fold 2'

Samsung has released two foldable phones to date — the book-style Galaxy Fold, and the flip phone-like Galaxy Z Flip. We already knew that another Fold was in development, thanks to various rumors and mockups, but now we might know the final product name.

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The US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 series is receiving the July security patch

Shortly after the Galaxy S20 series started receiving the July security patch in Korea and Europe, the first unlocked models in the US are now also in for the treat. Besides the usual security enhancements, the update should also bring in zoom and video stabilization improvements for the camera, though this isn't mentioned explicitly in the changelog for the US phones.

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Ads are taking over Samsung's Galaxy smartphones — and it needs to stop

I've used a Samsung Galaxy smartphone almost every day for nearly 4 years. I used them because Samsung had fantastic hardware that was matched by (usually) excellent software. But in 2020, a Samsung phone is no longer my daily driver, and there's one simple reason that's the case: Ads.

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T-Mobile shuts down Sprint's 5G network to redeploy spectrum

T-Mobile will shut down Sprint's 5G network in order to rework its spectrum into its own 5G grid. While those with a Galaxy S20 series device on Sprint will be able to use 5G on either network, other 5G phone owners will eventually have to migrate to those S20s. The upcoming changes have been announced as the recently-merged carriers begin integrating their separate cellular infrastructure into a cohesive network — a process that's expected to take 3 years.

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Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy A10e, A20 to Android 10

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Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Tab A 8.0 receive Android 10 update

Android 11 is on the horizon, but there are still plenty of phones and tablets that need an upgrade to Android 10. Samsung has been ramping up its rollout on tablets, as most versions of the Tab S5e and Tab S6 now have Android 10, and the company's cheaper tablets are next in line for the update.

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