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Galaxy Note8 and Xperia XZ1 are Netflix HDR capable

In the past few months, Netflix has added HDR streaming support on a few devices including the Xperia XZ Premium and LG V30, and now two new phones announced in the past weeks have joined the fold: the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Sony Xperia XZ1.

The Note8 is the first Samsung device to be officially Netflix HDR compatible. The Galaxy S8 and S8+, despite having the required HDR displays, still haven't been officially green-lighted by Netflix to the dismay of many a user. The same can be said of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3. It's good that those who put down almost $1k for the Note8 won't have to wait or wonder whether their shiny new phone will have it, but it'd be even better if those previous devices would get the official support soon.

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[Deal Alert] Brexlink Galaxy S8 5000mAh, S8+ 5500mAh battery cases are just $29.99 ($10 off) on Amazon

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have pretty good battery life out of the box, but sometimes, you just need some extra juice. For those occasions, you have two options: a portable battery or a battery case. Portable batteries usually offer more power for your money, but they're also rather cumbersome. These battery cases for the S8 and S8+ are just $29.99 apiece, which erases much of the cost issue, and at 5000mAh+, they're pretty beefy as well.

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T-Mobile starts BOGO promotion for Galaxy Note8

The Galaxy Note8 is a ridiculously expensive phone. Most carriers and retailers are charging around $1000 for the device, but most people expected discounts would start shortly after the phone's launch. Sure enough, T-Mobile has now announced its BOGO (Buy One, Get One) program for the Note8.

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Samsung's TouchWiz Home launcher adds swipe down gesture to open the notifications panel

While most of us here on Android Police use third-party launchers for their added customization options, many users stick with the default launcher that comes on their device because it does the job well enough. One of the reasons I switch to Nova is gestures, because I love swiping down on the homescreen to open the notification panel, since reaching the top of the display can sometimes be cumbersome, especially one-handed.

Previously, Samsung's TouchWiz Home launcher (I thought they'd retired that TouchWiz name a long time ago) had swipe up and down gestures, but they both served to open the app drawer.

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[Deal Alert] Ringke cases for Galaxy Note8, S8/S8+, G6, and more are as little as $1.92 with codes on Amazon

Phones are pretty expensive these days, but you don't necessarily need to spend a lot to get good protection for them. Ringke is currently discounting cases for many phones such as the brand new Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8/S8+, LG G6, and more to as low as $1.92 shipped per case, which is dirt cheap.

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Samsung Gear Sport hands-on: A smaller, more durable Gear smartwatch

Samsung is still steering well clear of Android Wear at IFA 2017 with both of its new wearables. The larger of the two is the Samsung Gear Sport, a follow-up to last year's Gear S3. It's not intended to replace that watch, but it's a smaller and you might say more fun wearable with an assortment of band options and many of the features that have made Samsung's wearables notable. The most important thing here; the Gear Sport fits wonderfully, and that makes me happy.

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Samsung announces Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and new Gear IconX earbuds

Samsung turned up at IFA in Berlin with some new things to show off, but not a phone—the Galaxy Note 8 was revealed last week. Samsung's IFA push is all about wearables. There's a new Gear smartwatch, a fitness band (thoroughly leaked), and a new version of the IconX wireless earbuds. Only the new Gear Fit has a price and release date, but the others will be in the not too distant future.

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Galaxy S8 Active review: A really rugged, really expensive phone

The Galaxy S8 Active is the fifth Samsung S phone to bear the Active name, and it's easily the most refined take on the concept yet. Currently, the S8 Active is only available on AT&T, and that's the model we've received for review, but eventually, Samsung has less than subtly implied it will make its way to other carriers here in the US, as well to the unlocked market.

What's new compared to the outgoing S7 Active? Frankly, everything.

There are no more hardware navigation keys. The Active key is gone, too. It also doesn't look like it was styled by someone at the local army surplus, either.

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Verizon updates its Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with faster face recognition and other fixes

Hot on the heels of the Pixel update earlier today, Verizon is also rolling out an update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices on the network. Don't get too excited, it's still just Android 7.0 Nougat. But, you do get a pile of bug fixes and improvements like an option for faster face recognition, navigation bar tweaks, and fixes for things like VPNs, car Bluetooth, and alarms.

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DisplayMate analyzes the Note8's display — 1,200 nits of brightness and great color

Since time immemorial, DisplayMate has done a review on the screen of Samsung's upcoming flagship just before launch. Well, it's that time of the year, and they're at it again with Samsung's Note8. As you'd expect, all the numbers look pretty fantastic. But the most shocking by far is the 1,200 nits of brightness that Samsung's latest can spit out. I hope everyone saved their eclipse glasses. 

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