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US Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 get treated to Android 9 Pie beta and One UI

After releasing Android 9 Pie for the American Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9, Samsung is now rolling out the new software to the US variants of the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8. People in other countries, such as the UK, India, and Korea, were already able to participate in the beta program, and it only made sense for the 2017 handsets to follow in their siblings' footsteps.

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[Update: S8/S8+ too] Samsung Android 9 Pie beta with One UI now available for Galaxy Note8

Samsung's long-awaited Android 9 Pie update finally started coming to phones late last year, complete with a rather sweeping interface overhaul in One UI (maybe we'll have to stop calling it TouchWiz now). The roadmap for bringing Pie to other phones tells us that the Galaxy Note8 will be getting it in February, and sure enough, the beta is now available to try.

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T-Mobile expanding RCS Universal Profile to Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note9

The way that smartphones send and receive messages is changing, and the name of the game is now RCS: Rich Communication Services. Little by little, manufacturers and carriers are getting their handsets ready for this next-gen protocol, so we're always interested in seeing when some new hardware comes on board. Last year T-Mobile brought compatibility to a number of Samsung devices, and it's continuing to do so now with RCS Universal Profile support coming to the Galaxy Note8 and Galaxy Note9.

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Samsung updates its Pie roadmap: Note9 and Note8 move up a month to January and February, respectively

Samsung's Android 9 Pie rollout has been rather swift. After beta testing it along with its new One UI on the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9, it began rolling it out to users of the first two models late in December. Back then, the company also released a Pie update roadmap with the months it expected to push the OTA for its remaining devices. Now, an updated roadmap has been spotted by SamMobile, pointing to quicker release dates for the Note9 and Note8.

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[Update: Galaxy S8 too] Samsung begins rolling out Galaxy Note8 update with AR Emoji, Super Slow-Mo video

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note8, you may soon have a bit less envy for those who bought the latest-and-greatest Note9. A recent update for last year's Note device brings AR Emoji and Super Slow-Mo video capabilities to the camera, along with the September security patch. It's worth noting that as of now, this update seems to have rolled out to only some Note8 phones running on the Exynos 8895 chipset.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (128GB) on sale for $685.99 via eBay

So, the Galaxy Note 9 is official, and it's going to be very expensive. If you want a phone with a stylus and paying $1,000 for it isn't an option, there's always the Galaxy Note 8. that phone is on sale today for $685.99 on eBay. This is an unlocked device with 128GB of storage, not 64GB like the US carrier models.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T Galaxy Note8 refurb is $486 on eBay

We're under a week away from the Galaxy Note9's launch event, which means that the previous-generation Note8 is starting to get some pretty enticing discounts. An eBay seller with nearly 69,000 stars is currently offering AT&T Galaxy Note8 refurbs at $485.99 a pop.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung offering free Chromebook 3 11.6" and microSD up to 256GB with purchase of Galaxy S9/S9+ or Note8

Early this month, Samsung began offering free microSD cards up to 256GB in size with the purchase of a Galaxy S9, S9+, or Note8. In other words, you'd get a microSD card that matched your new phone (64GB, 128GB, or 256GB), effectively doubling your storage. Samsung is now combining that offer with a free Chromebook 3 11.6" (or $200 off any Samsung Chromebook), which is pretty enticing.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Galaxy Note 8 on sale for $540 via eBay

Samsung is going to announce a new version of the Galaxy Note in a few weeks, but that phone is probably going to cost around $1,000. You can get last year's Note phone for barely half of that. The dual-SIM Note 8 is on sale for a mere $539.99 today, which is the cheapest we've seen so far.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung offering free microSD card up to 256GB with purchase of Galaxy S9/S9+, Note8

With the existence of services like Google Photos, a large amount of local storage is becoming less and less of a necessity these days. But if you do need lots of gee-bees on your phone and you're in the market for a new one, you might want to look into Samsung's flagships. The company is currently offering a free microSD card, up to 256GB in size, with purchases of the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note8.

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