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Samsung releases Experience app for Galaxy S10

So, you probably don't have a Galaxy S10 yet. Maybe you're anxiously waiting for a pre-order to ship or you're on the fence about ordering Samsung's latest (very expensive) phone. In either case, you might be interested in Samsung's new Experience app for Galaxy S10. It's not the same as actually using a Galaxy S10, but it might give you the gist.

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Samsung's excellent Galaxy Buds hit all the right notes at the right price

True wireless earbuds are big business these days, and they’re especially popular since Apple released its to-be-seen-with AirPods. Samsung's first attempt at this product category in 2016 was a little disappointing, but the updated Gear IconX that came out the following year offered improved battery life, a redesigned case, and better connectivity. The $200 price tag was too high for what you got, but frequent discounts made them a slightly more viable prospect.

Fast-forward to 2019 and Samsung is back with its latest iteration. Galaxy Buds is already a far more appealing and marketable name. They also cost much less than their predecessors at $130, even undercutting the AirPods by a full $30.

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Galaxy S10 has an eye-meltingly bright display, dead-on color reproduction

Samsung's new Galaxy S10 has started shipping and, like every new high-end phone from the company, the new flagship has the best screen DisplayMate has ever seen. Specs include an eye-searing 1,215 nit maximum brightness — though that number in isolation is just a bit misleading.

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Some lucky Galaxy S10 pre-orders are shipping out early

Samsung initially promised that pre-orders would arrive by March 8th, but based on recent reports, some folks might be getting theirs a bit early. Shipping notifications for some pre-orders are already going out.

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Samsung Health wants you to chill out with the help of new Calm mindfulness integration

Samsung has announced that it's integrating functionality from the (paid) mindfulness and wellbeing service Calm into the Samsung Health app starting today. The new integration brings over 100 guided meditations on a variety of subjects, a library of "Sleep Stories," exclusive music, and a new "Daily Calm" every day.

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[Update: T-Mobile joins the party] Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on AT&T and Sprint gets its Pie update

Samsung promised it would start rolling out Pie updates in the US this month, and it's technically living up to that. However, only a few phones have gotten the new version so far, including Verizon and Sprint's Galaxy S9s. Today, AT&T becomes the first carrier to deploy a Note 9 Pie update. You'll have to find some WiFi to get started.

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Netflix adds HDR certification for Galaxy S10 lineup, HD support for Galaxy M-series and latest Snapdragon chipsets

Whenever a major new Android device debuts, Netflix tends to add HD and HDR certification to it. Of course, that's not always the case, but Samsung is too big a name to ignore. The Galaxy S10 phones can now play Netflix video in HDR, and lower-end Galaxy M-series devices and newer Snapdragon chipsets now have HD support.

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JerryRigEverything puts the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor to the test

Samsung's latest phones are expensive, and you don't want to spend $1,000 on something just to have it break. Leave it up to JerryRigEverything to break phones for you. The latest video features the Galaxy S10 surviving all the standard tests, but he also inflicts some extra abuse on the display to test the robustness of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

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LineageOS 16 Pie now rolling out to Pocophone F1, OnePlus phones, Galaxy S5, and other devices

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs available, with over two million active installations. The project officially ended support for the 14.1 (Android 7.1) branch a few days ago, in preparation for LineageOS 16. The 16.0 branch is finally rolling out, and it's bringing Android 9 Pie to dozens of phones and tablets.

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[Update: Galaxy A10, Indian pricing] Samsung announces Galaxy A50 and A30 mid-rangers with 'glass-tic' bodies and teardrop notches

Samsung isn't afraid to experiment with different types of notches in its mid-range offerings — having tried it all, from a hole-punch in the Galaxy A8S, to a OnePlus 6T-esque sloping teardrop in the M20, to more traditional bezels in the A9. Two new devices were announced today, the Galaxy A30 and A50, featuring teardrop notches of the Infinity-U design Samsung revealed last fall. These phones are likely headed to the Indian market in the coming week.

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