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Galaxy Note Fan Edition, the non-combustible Note 7, gets Android 8.0 Oreo update

It feels like years have passed, but it was only a little more than a year ago when the hottest topic (and joke) on the block was Samsung and its Note 7's propensity to spontaneously go up in flames. But the Note being the Note meant that despite many a recall program, several updates supposed to render the device useless, and dozens of offers to tempt users to give back their phones, some held onto their precious Note 7 like a little collector item. Samsung capitalized on it by releasing a special Galaxy Note Fan Edition (notice the missing "7") last February with a very similar design and internals as the Note 7, save for a few differences (smaller 3200mAh battery, no Samsung logo on the front, Fan Edition inscription on the back, and Bixby.)

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LG V30 update in South Korea brings ThinQ AI camera features and branding

Back when LG still hadn't officially announced the interestingly-named V30S ThinQ and was merely teasing it, the company mentioned that the new features might trickle down to existing V30 devices. At MWC, LG confirmed that the V30 and V30+ would in fact get ThinQ features. In keeping with that promise, a reader in South Korea who owns a V30+ (a V30 with 128GB of storage) recently received an update that included a few interesting additions from the ThinQ.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to the LG V30 in Korea

One month ago, LG began a public beta test of Android 8.0 Oreo for the V30 in South Korea. The beta OTA was 1.2GB in size, and unfortunately did not include support for Project Treble. LG has announced that the final build is now rolling out to V30 owners.

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LG V30 starts shipping in South Korea, more markets to follow in the coming days/weeks

After being announced at IFA at the end of last month, LG's newest and hottest flagship is finally making its way to markets around the world. As always, LG is starting the release of the V30 in its home turf of South Korea but is promising that it will come to North America, Europe, and other markets "in the days and weeks to come."

That's vague, sure, but it's the same refrain we hear with each LG device release. If you were expecting more exact dates and price details, you'll have to wait. All we know is that the phone will come to the big four in the US sometime in the fall, which technically starts tomorrow on September 21.

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Report: Galaxy Note8 will be released on September 15th in South Korea

We know almost everything about the Note8 at this point, including the day it'll be announced, but we still haven't heard anything on an actual release date - until now, that is. ETNews is reporting that the Note8 will be released on September 15th in South Korea, which is about three weeks after its announcement in NYC.

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The flip phone is still alive: Samsung's Galaxy Folder 2 is coming to South korea

It makes sense that mainstream flip phones, at least in the United States, have gone the way of the dodo. Smartphones have become incredibly cheap over the past few years, and usually offer more functionality than a comparable flip/candy bar phone. Samsung still releases them in its home base of South Korea, but they usually run Android.

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Bixby-equipped Galaxy Note FE may launch in South Korea on July 7th, priced at over $600

Ah, the Galaxy Note7. It had such promise, but it was gone too young. Now, though, it's getting a second chance on life in the form of the Galaxy Note FE, and it's launching in South Korea in early July with the Bixby virtual assistant on board.

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LG Pay should go live in Korea in June, first supported device is the LG G6

Sometimes it's hard to defend LG and its "me-too" strategy of always trying to launch the exact same thing Samsung does, but several months or years later. This case is another example, although the details do appear a little encouraging in LG's favor.

The company has officially announced today that it made an agreement with Dynamics Inc., a US-based company that has developed a Wireless Magnetic Communication technology that's similar to Samsung's MST but with a different algorithm, to start using said tech in LG Pay. The service is supposed to launch in South Korea in June, with the first official phone being the G6 since it already has all the necessary hardware. A firmware update may bring LG Pay to other devices later in the year as well.

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Samsung Chairman Lee Jae-yong now actually arrested on bribery charges in South Korea

One month ago, an arrest warrant was issued for Lee Jae-yong, the de facto chairman of the entire Samsung conglomerate. The warrant later was nullified when challenged in court by Samsung, but a new warrant issued today has stuck: Mr. Lee was arrested in Seoul and charged with bribery. The entire scandal revolves around an ongoing political crisis involving the country's president. Lee is accused of paying bribes to organizations run by President Park's personal advisor, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for political favors. But the details of the larger scandal are rather tedious, so I'll leave the BBC's excellent summary for you to peruse here.

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Arrest warrant issued for Samsung Group leader on charges of bribery and embezzlement

If you've been keeping tabs on the business section of any general news site, you've probably heard about the current scandal rocking the deeply-connected world of corporations and politics in South Korea. The country's president Park Guen-hye was impeached by the parliament, and is currently on trial for fraud and coercion in soliciting bribes to pension charities. The situation has rocked the normally button-down circles of South Korean business, roping in many of the country's largest companies and senior government officials in the drama.

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