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Samsung Pay launches bill payments for India

It's been a busy year for Samsung Pay, as the Korean company's mobile payments platform has been gradually rolled out around the globe to counter competing services from Google and Apple. It's particularly popular in India, where Samsung's MST technology is the most common at payment terminals. It launched there in March this year, and now it's gaining another handy feature: bill payments.

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Samsung and KT deploy LTE-R, enabling consistent LTE connections on high-speed trains

In advance of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Samsung and KT have deployed the first LTE-Railway network for the Wonju-Gangneung train line in Gangwon Province. This line, which is scheduled to start service this month, features trains which operate at 155 mph (250 kmh). This allows commuters to move between Gangneung on South Korea's east coast to Seoul within two hours. LTE-Railway (or LTE-R) is a new network technology which allows devices to maintain a constant LTE network connection in a moving train.

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[Neat] Samsung is adding context info to screenshot names in Android Oreo

If you've ever used Samsung's devices, you'd notice hundreds of little useful changes that the company implements on top of stock Android to make your life a little easier or give you added functionality. A new one of these changes is making its way to Samsung's Oreo software, and it's contextual screenshot names.

As shown in the image above from SamMobile, screenshots taken on a Samsung device running Oreo are titled screenshot_appname_dateandtime. Stock Android only has the date and time, so the addition of the app's name is Samsung's doing and it can be very handy. For regular users, this isn't something they'll notice, but for those of us who take dozens of screenshots every day when writing news, covering apps, and reviewing devices, it makes image management easier on the phone itself and even more so when transferred to a computer.

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Samsung announces dual-camera wielding midrange Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018)

Following the user manual leak last week, Samsung has formally announced the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) as part of their midrange lineup for 2018. The new mid-rangers use the same design language as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as pack in a dual front-facing camera, support for Samsung Pay, and is available in black, orchid grey, gold, and blue.

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Fourth Android 8.0 Oreo beta now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

It's been about a month and a half since Samsung announced the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Since then, there have been a second and a third beta, and now there's a fourth. The latest update, build number ZQL8 for both phones, features a long list of bug fixes.

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Samsung's Bixby-powered smart speaker reportedly arriving in first half of 2018

Bixby is Samsung's home-grown virtual assistant that debuted on the Galaxy S8. It's still far behind Google Assistant in terms of functionality and language support, but Samsung has mostly continued to stick with it (they finally allowed users to disable the button a few months ago). According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung is working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker, and it's coming in the first half of next year.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ CAD renders have arrived, and they look just as you'd expect

Leaking smartphones is big business these days. Usually, the first information to slip out comes in the form of schematics or technical diagrams of some kind, and in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S9, those surfaced a few days ago. Next up, we're often treated to unofficial CAD renders of the device based on earlier leaked info. Right on cue, we now have such renders showing what the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are predicted to look like.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 will have dual front cameras and infinity display, according to leaked manual

Samsung's most recent Galaxy A-series models were released at the start of this year, way back in January, so it's safe to assume the next generation will make an appearance around the same time early next year. There have been plenty of rumors about the mid-range lineup, and we're pretty sure the naming convention will be changing, with this year's A5 and A7 becoming the A8 and A8+.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear 360 (2017) is just $149.99 ($80 off) on Amazon

360-degree videos still can't be considered popular, but they've been becoming more widespread over the past few years. If you'd like to be at the forefront of the 360-degree video charge, Amazon is now offering the 2017 edition of the Gear 360 for just $149.99 - a solid $80 off the MSRP.

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Android 8.0 Oreo beta ROM for Galaxy Note8 leaked

Android 8.0 Oreo was released back in August, but most manufacturers are still working on porting it to their phones and tablets. Unfinished ROMs are available for a handful of phones, like the Essential Phone and OnePlus 5. The next device to see Oreo is the Galaxy Note8, as an unfinished test ROM has leaked online.

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