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Samsung's latest phone is a "Quantum" leap forward

Samsung's latest phone is a "Quantum" leap forward

For about a week we've been seeing glimpses of a new, high-end variant in Samsung's Galaxy A series. This morning South Korean carrier SK Telecom made it official: the Galaxy Quantum2 is up for pre-order now. At the time of writing, the phone hasn't been announced for any other market, either under the "Quantum2" name or its alternative, leaked Galaxy A82 moniker.

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Galaxy A82 breaks cover again in new photos and video

Galaxy A82 breaks cover again in new photos and video

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A series is deep and wide, much more so than the mainline S series. The latest A phone to break cover is the A82, also referred to as the "Quantum2" in its leaked materials. It's a sequel to the Galaxy A Quantum announced last summer, which was a variant of the excellent Galaxy A71. The leaked specifications describe, as implied by its model number, a phone on the high end of the mid-range.

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These are LG's never to be released flagship phones for 2021

These are LG's never to be released flagship phones for 2021

Late Sunday evening the final nail was driven into the coffin of LG's smartphone business, when the manufacturer declared it was halting development of all hardware. One of the (many) areas in which LG fell behind was in the cutting edge of foldable phone development, but it did have at least one alternative: a rolling screen. LG showed off its prototype earlier this year, declaring its intention to make and sell it, and apparently sent it to multiple certification agencies for testing.

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Samsung is launching wireless earbuds that use a tiny Adidas hat as a charging case

Samsung is launching wireless earbuds that use a tiny Adidas hat as a charging case

The Galaxy Buds Pro are among the best truly wireless earbuds you can get for your Android phone, and Samsung wants to push it with yet another special edition. After the nostalgic retro flip phone sets it announced in January, Samsung is releasing one in collaboration with Adidas Originals to showcase its eco-friendly efforts.

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Samsung One UI 3.0 beta ending for Note20, starting up for Galaxy S10 series

Samsung One UI 3.0 beta ending for Note20, starting up for Galaxy S10 series

Samsung's One UI 3.0 on top of Android 11 edges closer to a stable release with news that beta testing has ended for some Galaxy Note20 devices. But with that end comes a new beginning: Galaxy S10 series devices are entering their own beta.

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YouTube Premium comes with free channel memberships until December 31

YouTube Premium comes with free channel memberships until December 31

Last year, YouTube launched channel memberships as a bid to woo creators away from other platform-building sites such as Patreon and drive more revenue. But memberships can't be worth anything if there aren't any members, so for the second time this year, the Google-owned video sharing site is now offering free membership to YouTube Premium subscribers in several countries.

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LG is bringing its Velvet UI to older flagships, starting with the V50

LG is bringing its Velvet UI to older flagships, starting with the V50

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Samsung Galaxy S20 series updates with July patch now rolling out in Europe

Samsung Galaxy S20 series updates with July patch now rolling out in Europe

Samsung used to be known for updating its devices notoriously late, but gradually, it has become one of the most active manufacturers when it comes to software and security patches, often even outpacing Google itself. As such, SamMobile reports that the company has already started rolling out the Android July security patch to its S20 series, beginning in Korea. The new release brings zoom and video stabilization improvements to the camera and sunsets Samsung's Android Auto competitor.

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Google Nest Hub and Nest Mini now available in South Korea

Google Nest Hub and Nest Mini now available in South Korea

One of the more annoying things about Google products outside the US is their limited availability. While we have it good here in Google's home country, other places don't always get every product. Fortunately for folks in South Korea, The Nest Hub and Nest Mini are both now available in that market.

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One UI 2.1 update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy S9 with June security patch in tow

One UI 2.1 update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy S9 with June security patch in tow

The Galaxy S20 line came preinstalled with the Android 10-based One UI 2.1 packing a whole bunch of exclusive features. These are now trickling down to older Galaxy flagships as they get their own One UI 2.1 updates. The OS version landed on the Galaxy Note9 about a week ago, and it’s now time for the S9 to get the latest build, which also bumps its security patch level to June 2020.

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