XDA is the living, breathing embodiment of the spirit of software engineering. At least, as applied to Android. And thanks to those fine folks, the inevitable march of progress has advanced yet again. XDA member BotsOne made two posts yesterday in which he confirmed that he and the others working on it were able to get read/write access to the system partition, and were subsequently able to install SuperSU. Read More
The prices for the S8 and S8+ have been plummeting over the past few weeks. Just a couple of days after the latest price drop, Samsung has once again lowered the prices on both its flagships over on its eBay storefront, and is now selling a brand new Galaxy S8 for $549.99 and an S8+ for $639.99. Unlike some previous deals, these are the US unlocked models and not the dual-SIM variants. They're also only available in Midnight Black.
Considering that these phones started retailing for $720 and $840 when they first came out in April, these sales are a pretty considerable saving. Read More
T-Mobile fired up a buy one, get one (BOGO) deal on the Galaxy S8 shortly after it launched. While there were caveats, it was a good value. Now, that deal is back, and the upcoming Moto Z2 Force getting the same BOGO offer. You probably want the GS8, though. Read More
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched with three color options in the US, but now Samsung is adding a new one to the mix. The Coral Blue Galaxy S8 is launching on July 21st, but you won't be able to get it everywhere. This phone will be sold by Samsung and Best Buy only. Read More
The prices on the dual-SIM variants of both the Samsung S8 and the S8+ have been steadily dropping over the past few weeks on eBay, first to $670 and $770 and then to $640 and $728, respectively. Now, the same seller has brought down the price on either model by another $40, putting the S8 at a penny under 600 bucks, and the S8+ at just $689.99 — representing a total savings of around $150 compared to what you would find if you tried to buy the same phones elsewhere.
This seller has a pretty solid track record, with a 99.7% positive feedback rating and a top rated certificate from eBay, so there shouldn't be much reason to be concerned about where you're buying from. Read More
Samsung may not have the best reputation for keeping all of its phones on the latest OS versions, but it's usually pretty good with its latest flagships. Case in point: an update with the May security patch, as well as improvements to Bixby (no, it's not Bixby Voice) and microSD card stability, is being pushed to the T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Sprint models are also receiving an update, and we'd expect it to contain the same things. Read More
Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 several months ago without the promised voice Bixby voice control. It said at the time the feature would be launched soon, but so far only the Korean-language version has rolled out. The company imposed a deadline of "spring" for the English launch, but the WSJ says we're still at least a few weeks away from release. Read More
Samsung graciously upped the Galaxy S8's base storage to 64GB this year, but it's sticking with 4GB of RAM. You want more? Hopefully you live in certain markets like China and South Korea. You might have another option that doesn't require moving across the globe very soon. An unlocked version of this phone is launching soon in Hong Kong, which means it'll probably show up elsewhere via reselling. Read More
Like most Android device makers, Samsung has always had a custom music player on its phones. However, that's changing with the Galaxy S8. Google and Samsung have teamed up to make Play Music the default player on all Samsung devices going forward. As part of the deal, owners of the GS8 (or future devices) get some special perks not available to others. Read More
Today is the big day for Samsung—the Galaxy S8 is officially launching after being leaked and speculated about for months. The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus are available at all major carriers and from various electronics retailers. They'll set you back a pretty penny, though. Read More