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T-Mobile halted the Note 8 Oreo update 3 weeks ago, and it's still not available

Samsung's Oreo updates have been slow to appear, but what else is new? The company promised it was almost done with Oreo updates a few weeks back, and T-Mobile said its Note 8 update was all set. However, you might have noticed your Tmo Note 8 is still running Nougat. That's because T-Mobile pulled the update three weeks ago shortly after announcing it. Oops.

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[Deal Alert] Get an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S9 for $569.99 ($150 off) or S9+ for $639.99 ($200 off), plus a free DeX Pad

Samsung's got a pretty sweet deal going on the AT&T variants of its Galaxy S9 and S9+: they're currently $569.99 ($150 off) and $639.99 ($200 off), respectively, and each comes with a free DeX Pad. Should you not be an AT&T customer, the devices can be unlocked to use on other networks if purchased outright and not financed.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9 $659.99 (SM-G960F/DS) on eBay

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes in slightly different variants, depending on which part of the world it was intended to be sold in. Whereas the version designed for the US market comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip inside, Galaxy S9 devices sold internationally all feature Samsung's Exynos 9810 chips instead. Many consider the Exynos devices superior due to their edge in performance (and better development), but others prefer them because they're the only version that can be purchased with dual-SIM support.

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[Update: Verizon responds] Verizon promises Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge but does not deliver

Verizon has begun rolling out a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The release notes on the carrier’s website say that the update includes Android 8.0 Oreo, but users who have already installed the release were disappointed to find it didn’t quite deliver everything that was promised.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear 360 (2017) is $115 on Amazon (50% off MSRP) or $113 from third-party sellers

Phones these days have replaced many of the most commonly used portable appliances from the late 20th century. It's pretty incredible how something that's small enough to fit in your pocket has, for the most part, replaced cameras, camcorders, radios, paper maps, GPS devices, voice recorders, newspapers, credit cards — really, the list just goes on and on. However, 360-degree video cameras are not on that list, so if you aspire to shoot some quality 360-degree video, you'll need to purchase a separate device. Fortunately, Samsung's Gear 360 camera (the 2017 edition) is on sale on Amazon right now for just $115.00, which is half-off its current price on Samsung.com.

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[Deal Alert] 2-pack of AKG-tuned Samsung earphones just $19.99 on Daily Steals with our exclusive code

Starting with the Galaxy S8, Samsung began bundling AKG-branded earphones, officially called "Samsung Earphones Tuned by AKG," with its flagship phones. As far as included earphones go, they're actually very good. Now, with our exclusive coupon, you can pick up a two-pack of these from Daily Steals for a stunningly low $19.99 - that's $10 per set.

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Samsung Flow lets you unlock your PC with your Gear watch, enables Smart View to mirror your phone's display

Samsung is building bridges between its different devices through its Flow app. The app can already let you unlock your computer with your phone, sync notifications between your phone and PC/tablet, easily create a hotspot between them if you're not near WiFi, and quickly transfer files. The newest update pushes things even a little further.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ down to $754.99 on eBay

For a couple of years now, Samsung has sold their flagships with Snapdragon chips in the US and Exynos chips everywhere else. The performance (and development, interestingly enough) is superior on the Exynos models nowadays, and the dual-SIM capabilities of these SM-G965F/DS variants can often come in handy. You can now pick up a dual-SIM S9+ for $754.99, which is lower than previous deals we've posted about.

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Samsung silently releases updated Chromebook Pro with backlit keyboard

Samsung's high-end Chromebook Pro was one of the better Chromebooks released last year. The 12.3" 2400x1600 display was among the best I'd ever seen in a laptop, and the Core m3 was a more than adequate bump over the ARM-wielding Chromebook Plus. The only real complaints I ever heard or had with the devices were related to the keyboard. Travel was terrible, and it wasn't backlit. Well, Samsung has just fixed one of those problems. 

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Samsung built a smartphone that doesn't connect to the internet

Most of a smartphone's "smarts" come from its data connection. Without access to the internet—and, therefore, access to things like third-party apps—a smartphone is really just a dumbphone with a touchscreen. By all appearances, that's exactly what Samsung's built with its new Galaxy J2 Pro: a smartphone that supports calls and texts, but with no data connectivity. 

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