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Samsung halts monthly Galaxy S8 updates, moves phone to quarterly releases

Samsung halts monthly Galaxy S8 updates, moves phone to quarterly releases

Samsung’s once-flagship Galaxy S8 series turned three following the recent launch of the Galaxy S20 line. While the company usually commits to two years of regular OS and security updates for its high-end models, the releases start to get a bit more infrequent after that. That's just what's happening now to the manufacturer's 2017 Galaxy flagship.

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Android Auto Wireless now works on select Samsung Galaxy phones (Update: S20, Z Flip)

Android Auto Wireless now works on select Samsung Galaxy phones (Update: S20, Z Flip)

Google promised over a year ago that the wireless version of Android Auto would work out-of-the-box on any Android 9.0+ phone, but that hasn't quite panned out. The only devices that have been able to use it are Google's own Pixel devices (plus the Nexus 5X and 6P), but that finally appears to be changing.

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Opinion: Samsung is fast becoming the Android update king

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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State-by-state Android popularity map suggests where you live may affect your phone choice

State-by-state Android popularity map suggests where you live may affect your phone choice

Every Android fan knows Samsung phones are extremely popular, but just which models are leading the pack? A new report sheds some light on the situation, not just helping to confirm that Galaxy models are the most used in each US state, but also revealing some interesting trends about the devices preferred in different regions.

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

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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Plugable launches Cube USB-C docking station for Samsung devices

Plugable launches Cube USB-C docking station for Samsung devices

More than two years after Samsung announced its original Dex dock, Plugable designed a competitor that can work with virtually any USB-C device. The Cube is a tiny hub that connects to your device through an external cable and acts as a dock to link it to USB peripherals, a monitor, and even an external network.

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[Update: S10 updated, still no fix] Sprint Galaxy S10 reception issues may have a fix while Galaxy S8, Note8 problems surface

[Update: S10 updated, still no fix] Sprint Galaxy S10 reception issues may have a fix while Galaxy S8, Note8 problems surface

Some Sprint customers who own smartphones in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S10 series are facing major cellular reception problems. There has been some progress in solving the woes of S10 owners, but for those with plagued S8 devices, the investigation is just beginning.

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[Update: Unlocked] Android 9 Pie rolling out to the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon

[Update: Unlocked] Android 9 Pie rolling out to the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon

Samsung's One UI is possibly the hottest update the company has issued for its devices. Owners of the S9, S9+, and Note9 have enjoyed it for a while, and so have those who bought the new S10/S10+/S10e, but users who have the older generation of flagships from 2017 have had to wait a little longer. After a few months in beta, the S8 and S8+'s update began rolling out in Europe and is now crossing the Atlantic to the US.

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Samsung's One UI night mode forces Android Auto to think it's always nighttime

Samsung's One UI night mode forces Android Auto to think it's always nighttime

With One UI, Samsung introduced a system-wide night mode for its Android Pie devices. The new feature darkens the manufacturer's proprietary software such as the Calculator and Messages apps and also alters the overall menus and interface colors, but still requires you to manually enable dark mode in other applications like Messenger or Slack. Android Auto, on the other hand, happily receives this setting and defaults to it, no matter the time of the day.

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Bixby button remapping is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9

Bixby button remapping is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9

Samsung really, really wants you to use Bixby. That's why it has included a physical button to access its woefully underpowered assistant on most phones since the Galaxy S8. Samsung has traditionally tried to prevent remapping that button, but the Galaxy S10 changed that. The official Bixby remapping feature from that phone is now spreading to Samsung's other devices.

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