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Opinion: Samsung is fast becoming the Android update king

Until recently, the words "Samsung" and "timely updates" were never uttered in the same sentence, unless you were emphasizing the contradiction between them. The Korean behemoth had a reliable, albeit very leisurely update schedule, pushing Android users who valued prompt access to security patches and new features away. With Android 10, things changed drastically, and Samsung has been impressing us more and more, with both major OTA rollouts and monthly security patches. Whether it's due to a different strategy, new team or leadership, Android's Project Treble, or some magical potion, Samsung is quickly becoming the OEM to beat for Android updates and we can't help but applaud its recent efforts.

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Xfinity Mobile now accepting Android BYOD, starting with Galaxy S8, S9, and Note9

If you happen to be in the somewhat curious position where bundling all your TV, internet, and phone services with one company aligns with your best interests, you may have considered joining Xfinity Mobile at some point to complement your other Comcast services. But up until now, if you wanted to bring an Android phone over to use, there was no way to do so except to trade in and buy one from the carrier. Today, the MVNO has finally expanded its BYOD program to include several major Galaxy phones though there are three massively disappointing omissions to the list.

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[Update: S8/S8+ too] Samsung Android 9 Pie beta with One UI now available for Galaxy Note8

Samsung's long-awaited Android 9 Pie update finally started coming to phones late last year, complete with a rather sweeping interface overhaul in One UI (maybe we'll have to stop calling it TouchWiz now). The roadmap for bringing Pie to other phones tells us that the Galaxy Note8 will be getting it in February, and sure enough, the beta is now available to try.

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T-Mobile expanding RCS Universal Profile to Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note9

The way that smartphones send and receive messages is changing, and the name of the game is now RCS: Rich Communication Services. Little by little, manufacturers and carriers are getting their handsets ready for this next-gen protocol, so we're always interested in seeing when some new hardware comes on board. Last year T-Mobile brought compatibility to a number of Samsung devices, and it's continuing to do so now with RCS Universal Profile support coming to the Galaxy Note8 and Galaxy Note9.

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[Update: Galaxy S8 too] Samsung begins rolling out Galaxy Note8 update with AR Emoji, Super Slow-Mo video

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note8, you may soon have a bit less envy for those who bought the latest-and-greatest Note9. A recent update for last year's Note device brings AR Emoji and Super Slow-Mo video capabilities to the camera, along with the September security patch. It's worth noting that as of now, this update seems to have rolled out to only some Note8 phones running on the Exynos 8895 chipset.

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8 of our favorite tech deals this week: Phones new and old (and also some accessories)

When you're following tech deals, you never quite know what you're going to get. Some weeks it feels like all you're seeing for sale are smart-home devices, or sometimes it's Bluetooth speaker after Bluetooth speaker. And while we really appreciate all those offers, they just can't quite compete with the allure of saving serious money on really big-ticket items — and in this scene, that means discounts on smartphones themselves. If that's what you're craving, we're happy to deliver, as this past week has been straight-up inundated with deals on some of the biggest smartphones around.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T Galaxy Note8 refurb is $486 on eBay

We're under a week away from the Galaxy Note9's launch event, which means that the previous-generation Note8 is starting to get some pretty enticing discounts. An eBay seller with nearly 69,000 stars is currently offering AT&T Galaxy Note8 refurbs at $485.99 a pop.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung offering free Chromebook 3 11.6" and microSD up to 256GB with purchase of Galaxy S9/S9+ or Note8

Early this month, Samsung began offering free microSD cards up to 256GB in size with the purchase of a Galaxy S9, S9+, or Note8. In other words, you'd get a microSD card that matched your new phone (64GB, 128GB, or 256GB), effectively doubling your storage. Samsung is now combining that offer with a free Chromebook 3 11.6" (or $200 off any Samsung Chromebook), which is pretty enticing.

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8 of our favorite tech deals this week: Chromebooks, cheap Pixels, free music, and more

It was just Independence Day in the States, and normally a holiday week threatens to be a slow period for tech news. But even with workers taking a few days off, the discounts and sales have shown no sign of slowing down, and this week we've got a bumper crop of offers for you to peruse.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung offering free microSD card up to 256GB with purchase of Galaxy S9/S9+, Note8

With the existence of services like Google Photos, a large amount of local storage is becoming less and less of a necessity these days. But if you do need lots of gee-bees on your phone and you're in the market for a new one, you might want to look into Samsung's flagships. The company is currently offering a free microSD card, up to 256GB in size, with purchases of the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note8.

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