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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Galaxy Note8

Samsung began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in early February (only to hit pause for about a week to fix random reboots), and Verizon became the first US carrier to roll out Oreo to those devices a couple days ago. Now there's word that Oreo is rolling out to Galaxy Note8 users in France and possibly some other countries.

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Galaxy S9/S9+ now offered with dirt-cheap $99 'Ultimate Bundle' and $49 'Power Upgrade Bundle,' more discounts by Samsung

Samsung is a big fan of including or charging a little bit more for bundles with its newly-debuted phones, as is evident from the free Gear 360 or 128GB + wireless charger combo for the Note8, the free Gear VR and optional $99 bundle for the S8 at launch, the later free Samsung Entertainment Kit for the S8, and more. Now Samsung is offering two optional bundles for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: a $99 'S9 Ultimate Bundle' and a $49 'Power Upgrade Bundle.'

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[Shame] Samsung still doesn't use Android's seamless updates on the Galaxy S9 and S9+

Earlier this week, I noticed that my Galaxy S9+ review unit had an OTA update available. This update addressed some stability issues with the camera and put the phone on the latest security patch (which is certainly a good thing). But at nearly 250MB, it was quite a sizable update, too, and so installation took a bit to complete - my phone was out of commission for over five minutes.

Really, though, it shouldn't have been. Android introduced a feature called seamless updates as part of the 7.0 Nougat release...

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Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ available to buy in stores today

Unless you've been living under a rock, you might have heard a thing or two about Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The South Korean tech giant unveiled its iterative new devices at a swanky event during MWC 2018 in Barcelona a few weeks ago, and with pre-orders already shipping (some with the wrong SIMs), the phones are available to buy in stores across 70 countries from today.

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TWRP support comes to the Exynos Galaxy S9 and S9+

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch day is upon us, and with it comes one invaluable tool for all your modders, tinkerers, and free spirits out there: TWRP support. TeamWin's is now the best custom recovery you can flash on any device and support for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was inevitable. But just in case you were a teeny bit worried it might get delayed, we're here to let you know those fears are unfounded. If you got the Exynos version of the flagship at least.

You can find the links for the TWRP pages below, with the downloads and instructions.

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Android 8.0 Oreo update now rolling out to Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+

Less than a week ago, Verizon became the first US carrier to push Android 8.0 Oreo to the LG V30. Defying its stereotype as the slowest carrier for updates yet again, Big Red has become the first one in the US to release 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

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[Update: Correct SIMs being sent out] Samsung ships out Sprint Galaxy S9s with Verizon SIM cards, chaos ensues

Galaxy S9s began shipping out a few days ago, though Sprint customers who ordered their phones via Samsung's official site are having some issues. For some reason, Verizon SIM cards are being sent out with Galaxy S9s intended for Sprint, and it's causing quite a bit of confusion.

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Certified hella lit: T-Mobile sets two water skiing world records, is super cool

Notoriously radical "Un-carrier" T-Mobile has set two Guinness World Records in an astounding pair of stunts the company billed as "The World's Most 'Extra' Speed Test." Of course, both records involve water skiing.

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Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S9/S9+ Snapdragon and Exynos models

Just as it did after the unveiling of the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung has published the kernel sources for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. But this time around, the company has gone ahead and released the code for the Exynos and Snapdragon models at the same time.

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Samsung partners with uBreakiFix for easy walk-in Galaxy repairs

It doesn't matter how careful you are. It doesn't matter how much you baby your phone, how rugged a case you keep it in, or how religious you are about avoiding accidental drops. Despite your very best efforts, accidents can still damage your phone. When the worst happens, we want to get our devices back on their feet as quickly as possible. Now Samsung's working to streamline that recovery process for Galaxy users, as it partners with uBreakiFix to bring authorized Samsung Care repairs to over 300 uBreakiFix locations across the U.S.

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