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Samsung releases AR-based Quick Measure app that only works with the Galaxy S10 5G

Augmented Reality can serve many purposes: It can help you find your way easily or immerse yourself in Harry Potter's world. Another use for AR is to measure objects around you by simply pointing your phone at them. Google has already developed an AR-based ruler app, which needs to detect flat surfaces to estimate their size. While the concept is appealing, the software is approximate and often fails to identify objects you want to measure. As usual, Samsung wanted to build its own application, which seems to be more accurate than Google's. This makes sense, though, as the Korean company's app uses a time of flight sensor for its calculations.

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Galaxy Fold teardown is all hinges, ribbon cables, and screens ready to break if you look at them wrong

Samsung told us what sort of engineering went into making a Galaxy Fold possible. If you didn't believe what the company had to say, well, take a look at a teardown courtesy of a Chinese blogger and see all the moving parts for yourself.

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The Galaxy S10 is getting night photo mode in new OTA

Google wowed everyone when it unveiled Night Sight photos alongside the Pixel 3. Many OEMs have since tried to replicate Google's witchcraft, but none have been able to match it. Samsung is the latest to try with an OTA on the Galaxy S10. You probably don't have the update yet, but it's coming.

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Sprint commits to replace Galaxy S10 phones with LTE issues

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has been noted to have reception issues on several carriers. The problem seems to be worse on Sprint, where not only the S10+, but also the S10 and S10e are having problems with LTE. Software updates having failed to fix the problem, the carrier will now replace affected phones.

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Samsung unveils two more mid-range phones, the A60 and A40s

 

 

Since Samsung's folding phone woes have been grabbing all the attention over the past day or so, it would be easy to miss that the Korean company has announced more mid-range handsets in the form of the Galaxy A60 and Galaxy A40s.

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[Update: Samsung responds] Galaxy Fold review units are failing left and right with disastrous display issues

Four Samsung Galaxy Fold review units in the hands of major US tech journalists all experienced device-breaking display failures today. Steve Kovach of CNBC, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, and Dieter Bohn of The Verge have reported major failures of their phones' display panels, just two days after receiving them. To say this is a disaster for Samsung is probably underselling it. Well-known YouTuber MKBHD claims to be having similar problems, but hasn't posted any images (update: he has, see below). Bohn and Kovach claim their displays failed without removing the panel's protective film (Samsung says not to take it off), but both Gurman and Brownlee did remove it and hypothesized that it led or contributed to the failures.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds update adds new touch control option and enhanced Bixby integration

The Samsung Galaxy Buds are one of the best options in the true wireless earbuds space right now — read my review if you want to know why — but one complaint some users have is a lack of touch control options. An update is arriving via the Galaxy Wearable app right now that adds one new ability, although it's not the completely separate volume control that some may be hoping for.

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Samsung's EdgeLighting+ update brings cutout "notification light"

With the Galaxy S10, Samsung aimed at designing a handset with a screen covering almost the entire front surface. While the final product is very close to achieving this goal, engineers had to get rid of superfluous elements to make the cutout as small as possible. As such, the LED indicator has been removed to make room for extra pixels, leaving many users frustrated and without a way to easily know they have notifications to look at. Sure, Always On Display can help alleviate this, but it's not as easy to see as a flashing light from afar.

We recently told you about Holey Light, a third-party app that puts an animated circle around the S10's cutout when you receive notifications.

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Don't panic: Emails about Samsung Email accessing your Gmail are legit, Samsung is working on a fix

If you own a Samsung phone, you may have been confused by an email Google sent out today regarding the Samsung Email app. Users were told that the app, submitted by an "unverified developer," was granted access to their Google account and was authorized to "read, compose, send, and permanently delete" any message within their Gmail account. The good news is that Samsung is aware of the issue: it is advising its customers to not act on the alert.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold appears to be first device to use ultra-fast eUFS 3.0 storage

It turns out that the Galaxy Fold is a phone of firsts. It's Samsung's first foldable device, it's the first mass-market foldable phone, and it also seems to be the first device to use the company's ultra-fast eUFS 3.0 storage with read speeds roughly two times faster than the OnePlus 6T's.

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