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LineageOS 16 drops support for Galaxy S5 Neo, Wileyfox Storm, and other devices

The LineageOS 17.1 custom ROM, based on Android 10, is finally here. However, until all the devices supported by the custom ROM get updated (or fall out of support through other means), the 16.0 branch based on Android 9 Pie will stick around. Since the last time we covered LineageOS 16, a handful of phones have been dropped.

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LineageOS ROM releases first builds based on Android 10 (Update: Builds are back)

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM in existence, and the project prides itself on bringing newer versions of Android to unsupported devices. However, Lineage has been a bit slow to roll out a version based on Android 10 ⁠— the Pie-based ROM was already available by this time last year. Thankfully, the next major version of LineageOS seems to be just around the corner.

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Samsung promises 50% cash back if you return your Galaxy S20 within 2 years

Samsung is reportedly disappointed with S20 sales, and that has manifested as a new "buy-back" program available to buyers of the Galaxy S20 series. If you pick up a Galaxy S20, Samsung promises to buy it back for 50% of the full retail price if you send it back within two years. That could mean hundreds of dollars for a phone that's on its last legs in 23 months and 29 days.

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Samsung extends warranty on all of its consumer products through May 31 in India

Like many other countries, all of India is currently under lockdown. There are only a few exceptions from this rule, and going to a Samsung shop to get your device fixed is not among the legit reasons to leave your home —in fact, all Samsung stores are currently closed. The Korean company recognizes this situation and offers extended service for devices that would've seen the end of their warranty during the lockdown period. It's also possible to pick up a pre-booked Galaxy S20 at a later time.

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Our Galaxy S20 Ultra review, one month later: Disappointment rising

Samsung's 2020 Galaxy S family includes three devices again, but they've all moved a bit up-market from 2019. There's no "e" variant this year, and the base model S20 starts at $1,000. Samsung understandably favors the top-of-the-line model, the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra. This phone has all the bells and whistles including a Snapdragon 865, 5G (sub-6 and mmWave), and a revamped camera setup featuring a periscope zoom module. With all that hardware, the S20 Ultra has ballooned to 6.9-inches, and it weighs almost half a pound. By attempting to make no compromises, I worry Samsung has compromised the S20 Ultra itself.

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Hole-punch battery indicator comes to Galaxy A series and Z Flip with Energy Ring

Ever since the Galaxy S10 line came out rocking a hole-punch camera, inventive developers have taken it upon themselves to put the unsightly cutout to several clever uses. While some silly wallpapers made you giggle by artistically hiding the hole-punch, others turned out to be functional with some actual use — like Energy Ring, which recently released an app to add a battery indicator around the Galaxy S20’s front camera. The app's developer is now porting the same feature to more Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Z Flip and a couple of Galaxy A models.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ are $200 off at Amazon, starting at $800 (Update: More stores)

While Samsung's S20 series brought us some of the manufacturer's most advanced products to date, they're also some of the most expensive smartphones on the market. Thankfully, we have a sizable deal on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ at Amazon that can help you save $200 on either phone. As of right now, you can pick up the 128GB model of the Galaxy S20 or S20+ in the color of your choice for $799.99 and $999.99, respectively.

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It's 2020, why don't Samsung phones support Android's seamless updates?

Keeping current with system updates is the single most important thing you can do to keep your phone safe, and long ago, installing those updates was an incredibly slow process. But back in 2016, Google tried to make things better with new "seamless updates" that made it an easy background process — you could even use your phone as they installed. Since then, most phone manufacturers have come around to the idea, with one very big exception: For whatever reason, Samsung refuses to give its phones the feature. Even its latest, $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra uses decidedly non-ultra, antiquated, super-slow updates that knock your phone out of commission for a solid 3-15 minutes as they install.

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Pick up an international dual-SIM Galaxy S20+ for $720 ($480 off) at eBay (Updated)

In many ways, the Galaxy S20+ is the perfect fit for most users. Its size places it directly between the smaller S20 and the hulking S20 Ultra, while its beefy battery and gorgeous edge-to-edge display make it a worthy handset that you'll never want to put down. With today's special offer, you can pick up a brand new S20+ for $738.99 ($461 off) at eBay.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite pricing and specs leak, could be released on April 2 (Updated)

Samsung is one of the few big names in Android keeping the drumbeat alive for decently powerful tablets. Its Galaxy Tab S series keeps up specs-wise with many recent phones. But what if you don't need all that power, just a big screen that can play movies beautifully and let you draw on the screen? There's now word of such a device that will apparently act as a follow-up to last summer's Galaxy Tab S6.

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