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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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[Update: S8+ for $530] Deal alert: Dual-SIM Galaxy S8 down to all-time low of $475 on eBay

The last time we posted about a deal on a (new) dual-SIM Galaxy S8 was back in December, when it was being offered for $569.99. Half a year has gone by since then, and pricing for this Exynos S8 model has dropped by nearly $100 to $474.99, the lowest price we've seen.

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Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ get Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade on US Cellular

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners on US Cellular can now upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. The update brings the latest Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface, bringing the Galaxy S8 series in line with the Galaxy S9, as well as new features like picture-in-picture and notification dots.

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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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[Deal Alert] Seller refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 for $411.84 and S8+ for $483.84 (around $200 off), deals on new dual-SIM models too

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ already came out earlier this year, but if you're not overly enticed by Samsung's new flagships or prefer to save a few hundred dollars and get something that's slightly less cutting-edge, you might consider purchasing last year's Galaxy S8 or S8+. If that sounds like you, you'll be pleased to know there are a few deals on eBay that'll net you an unlocked S8 or S8+ (either new or refurbished) starting at just $411.84.

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Samsung's DeX Pad launches on May 13th for $99.99

Samsung DeX allows your phone to project a desktop-like UI onto a larger screen, but the first generation Station that debuted last year had a rather clunky dock. There's a new version of the DeX hardware that's lighter, and you can get the "DeX Pad" free when you purchase a Galaxy S9 right now.

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Android 8.0 is rolling out to US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices

The carrier unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting Android 8.0 Oreo today. Samsung promised all S8, S8+, and Note 8 devices would receive an Oreo update by mid-April, and they seem to be delivering. S8 and S8+ devices on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T were all updated in March, and the unlocked Note 8 got the update yesterday.

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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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Samsung promises Oreo update for all Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 devices in 2-3 weeks

Samsung has a long and complicated history with Android updates. It's reasonably fast with security patches, but that's not what most people use to measure success. It's the big updates that matter, and Samsung is often bringing up the rear when a new version of Android comes out. Here we are, six months after Oreo launcher, and Samsung is promising it'll be done updating the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 in a few more weeks.

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[Update: Galaxy S8+ too] AT&T begins rolling out Oreo for the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S9 is shipping, so it's about time that Samsung's 2017 flagship phones got Oreo, don't you think? So far, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have all started pushing updates. Today is AT&T's turn. The OTA is hitting devices as we speak, so that's the last of the big four.

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