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Samsung Galaxy S9+ dual-SIM is only $520 on eBay

The Galaxy S10 was announced a month ago and brought new design features like an in-display hole to house the selfie camera and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Although these are nice innovations, last year's flagship remains a very capable device today and sells for much less than the latest handsets. Thanks to this deal, you can get the S9+ for half the S10+ price, at just $520. To be more specific, we're talking about the international dual-SIM version here, which comes with an Exynos SoC instead of a Snapdragon chip.

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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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[Update: Now $525] The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is on sale for $550 via eBay

Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S10, so it's a good time to buy last year's phone at a steep discount if you don't need the latest and greatest. The unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is down to a mere $549.99 on eBay today. That's lower than we've seen before, and there are a few fun color choices.

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TWRP now officially available for the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+

Many of Samsung's phones, including its flagship Galaxy S and Note series, ship with different processors depending on where they are sold. Some models have the company's own Exynos chips, while others have Snapdragon processors. Almost one year after the phone's release, the TWRP custom recovery now has official builds for the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+.

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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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First US Galaxy S9 and S9+ Android 9 Pie updates rolling out to... Xfinity

After distributing its beta version to American S9 and S9+ devices at the end of November and updating international versions of the phone earlier this month, Samsung is now releasing Android 9 Pie and One UI to Comcast’s Xfinity S9s. That's a bit of a coup for Xfinity, as we're not accustomed to seeing a smaller carrier's version updated first, especially not before unlocked handsets.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings better selfies

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[Update: Release notes] Galaxy S9 and S9+ Android Pie rollout begins, Samsung refreshes update roadmap for Note9 and other devices

Galaxy S9 and S9+ users weren't expecting an Android 9 Pie update until January, but it seems Samsung is kicking things off early. So far, reports of the update are coming in from S9 and S9+ owners (both those with Oreo and those in the Pie beta program) in European countries including the UK,  Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Samsung's Black Friday deals are here: Solid Galaxy S9, Chromebook, and TV discounts

Pre-Black Friday sales continue to trickle out a full week ahead of the day itself, and Samsung is the latest to publish its own preview for upcoming discounts. The variety covers everything from wearables to TVs and even smart home gadgets(and we're happy to tell you about them, too), but the promotions that have us most excited are for the company's latest Note and Galaxy-series phones. Starting on the 18th you can get a Note 9 for $800 unlocked, and a Galaxy S9 and S9+ for $520 and $640, respectively.

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[Update: Now available in US, Germany] Samsung One UI with Android 9 Pie beta now rolling out to Galaxy S9/S9+

After months of rumors, leaks, and even a good look at the interface to come, Samsung's TouchWiz One UI has now launched with the Android 9 Pie beta program. It appears to be live only in the company's home country, South Korea, for now, with Germany and the US still having to wait a little longer.

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