Nobody likes ads. But as the online world has matured, people have come to understand that certain ads are necessary to fund their favorite sites that are free to access (hello). And while it's one thing to see ads on a website, but quite another matter when they start showing up in your phone's built-in apps. That's just what's happening for a number of users with Samsung phones in the US and other regions across the globe.
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Samsung began updating its portfolio of smartphones to Android 10 in November last year. Now that most of even its mid-range handsets have received the upgrade to OneUI 2.0, there's now a pretty sizable number of people out there using Android 10 on Galaxy smartphones. But what's actually new in Android 10, and what are the big features? Some may not be obvious, and most require you to actively explore your phone's settings menus to discover. Here are 10 we think are the biggest, most important changes (and how to use them).
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.
The Galaxy Note10 has been available for just two weeks, and despite the pre-order offers being gone, the device is available at a discount on eBay, with both the 256GB Note10 and Note10+ selling for $776 and $900, respectively on eBay.
Samsung DeX is a neat way of turning your phone or tablet into an actual computer. At first, the system required you to connect your device to a dock, but has since evolved to forgo that requirement and work directly when plugged into a monitor with a simple USB-C to HDMI cable. With the Note10, DeX now supports a new mode that lives inside your operating system so that your phone's and computer's features can co-exist on the same screen.
There are only a few hours left before the Note10 is officially unveiled, but if you can't wait that long to learn the full details, here's something to keep you busy: Pictures showing the device in blue have leaked, though it's unclear whether that version will be available in all markets.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a month away from its official launch, but we already know a great deal about it. Blurry pictures and renders have already been leaked, but now the first press images are available, and we know a little more about the 5G model.
Samsung traditionally holds two Unpacked events per year: one for the latest Galaxy S phone, and the other for the latest Galaxy Note. You can probably guess which is being announced at this August 7th Unpacked event even without reading this article's title or looking at the S Pen in the teaser image, but yeah, it's the Galaxy Note10.
The Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro have leaked sufficiently already, and thus, we have a pretty good idea what the phones will look like. We also know that they will most likely lose the headphone jack but keep physical buttons, and that they will probably be "unpacked" on August 7. Another interesting rumor is also making its rounds, courtesy of leaker Ice universe, who claims the Note 10 will come with a three-stage variable aperture lens, consisting of f/1.5, f/1.8, and f/2.4.
Samsung has stood firm against the trend of removing headphone jacks from smartphones, but it might be on the verge of ditching some other important pieces of its next flagship device. Rumors point to the Galaxy Note 10 as one of Samsung's first buttonless phones with no physical volume or power buttons. One potential upside: no Bixby button, either.