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[Update: Note8 $300 off] Deal alert: Get a Verizon Galaxy S9 for $520 ($200 off) or S9+ for $640 ($200 off) from Samsung

If you're on Verizon Wireless and are interested in Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, here's a fairly straightforward deal for you: Get a Galaxy S9 for $519.99 or an S9+ for $639.99 if you sign up for a 24-month device payment plan via Samsung.com. No trade-in or down payment is required to get this $200 discount on each of these phones.

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Samsung Good Lock 2018 returns with lots more custom-UI action: Here's what it can do

Some smartphone users are perfectly content to just use their handsets as they arrived, with the phone's interface configured to all its default settings. Others will take the time to personalize a little by changing the wallpaper, and maybe tweaking something like font size to their liking. And then there are users who will settle for nothing less than a fully customized user experience. For Samsung fans counting themselves among that latter camp, we used to have the Good Lock app, presenting multiple avenues for adjusting the Galaxy S7's interface. Now it's time for a new generation of Good Lock to pick up the slack, as a revamped 2018 edition of the app lands for Oreo-running Samsung phones.

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[Deal Alert] Get a dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note8 for $600 on eBay

Samsung's big, premium Galaxy Note8 made its debut at a pricey $899.99. Lately, it's been available for less pretty frequently. This, though, is the lowest price we've seen: the dual-SIM variant is available on eBay for just $599.99.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy Note8 dual-SIM down to just $624.99 ($275 off) on eBay

The dual-SIM Galaxy Note8 made its debut on eBay at $899.99, though it's been steadily dropping since then. Last time we posted, the phone was sitting at $699.99. Fast forward to now, though, and the price has fallen all the way to $624.99 - a full $275 off the original price.

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[Deal Alert] Get $300 off the Note 8 or Galaxy S9/S9+ at Best Buy when you set up an installment plan

Samsung's latest smartphones are quite nice, but they're also painfully expensive. Even when you split up the payments monthly, a $1,000 phone can put a dent in your bank account. Best Buy has a tempting deal today that'll knock $300 off the total cost of the Note 8, Galaxy S9, or Galaxy S9+ as long as you activate it on an installment plan.

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[Update: Rolling out again] 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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Samsung will cram bloatware apps from Verizon's Oath into its phones

You know what my $800 smartphone is missing? Sponsored content and ads that are accessible with a hardware button. No one has ever actually said that and meant it, but that's what Samsung owners could be getting very soon. Verizon's Oath, which includes Yahoo and AOL properties, has announced a deal with Samsung to integrate its content and "native ads" into Bixby Home and pre-load more bloatware apps. As if you didn't already have enough reason to disable Bixby.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to US unlocked Galaxy Note8

Unlocked Android phones typically receive faster updates, as they are not subject to carrier update testing. Despite this, unlocked Samsung phones in the US are almost always updated after the carrier models, and this time is no exception.

Android 8.0 Oreo is finally rolling out to the unlocked Note8 - after the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile versions already received the update.

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[Update: More info] T-Mobile Galaxy Note8 will receive Android 8.0 Oreo starting April 1st

A couple weeks ago, unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note8 users in some countries began receiving the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update. In the US, AT&T was the first major carrier to roll out Oreo to its Note8 users, and Verizon and Sprint did the same a few days later. On Sunday, April 1, it will be T-Mobile's turn. And no, this is not a cruel April Fools' Day joke.

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[Update: Oreo only] Always On Display update for Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note8 adds GIF support

Samsung's Always On Display made its debut on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge over two years ago now. Since then, the company has steadily been adding features here and there, which it's been able to do since the feature itself has its own APK. Always On Display's newest addition is GIF support, which lets you add a little action to the otherwise-dull clock and time.

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