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Alleged Galaxy S10+ prototype caught live on bus, revealing hole-punch design with dual front cameras

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

It turns out that public transportation is useful not just to get from A to B, but also for spotting unreleased devices. A photo of an alleged Galaxy S10 with a hole-punch display was posted on r/Samsung several hours ago, with a claimed Samsung employee joining the comments section with some more information and even an impromptu AMA.

According to /u/ActuallyWorkOnBixby, an alleged Samsung employee (who probably works on Bixby), the phone pictured is a Galaxy S10+ prototype being used by a worker on the bus to or from Samsung's Suwon campus in South Korea.

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Alleged Galaxy S10+ prototype caught live on bus, revealing hole-punch design with dual front cameras was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Android 9 Pie beta with One UI now available for Galaxy Note8

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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.

It's unusual for so many Samsung phones to get in on the beta program for a new Android release, but the Note8 is now the 4th phone to get the Pie beta after the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9.

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Samsung Android 9 Pie beta with One UI now available for Galaxy Note8 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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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[Update: S8/S8+ too] Samsung Android 9 Pie beta with One UI now available for Galaxy Note8 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy M will be the company’s first notched phone

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Samsung, like many other manufacturers, has been struggling with profits a bit as the smartphone market continues to stagnate. To remain competitive and appeal to millennials, its latest tactic is to introduce new features to mid-range devices first, before they reach premium handsets - a reversal of common practice in the mobile industry. The company's new Galaxy M series (now being teased on Amazon) is a prime example.

With the Galaxy M series, Samsung hopes to win back customers it lost to Xiaomi (which is currently dominating the Indian market according to research firm Counterpoint) by introducing a brand new look - the teardrop notch - and other high-end features at a reasonable price point.

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Samsung's mid-range Galaxy M will be the company's first notched phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings better selfies

Monday, January 14th, 2019

In his review of Samsung's Galaxy S9, David remarked that camera performance relative to Google's latest offerings was somewhat wanting. Front-facing camera performance in particular, he noted, was "pretty meh." Samsung apparently agreed, as patch notes for January's update call out selfie shooter improvements.

On top of general performance improvements, Samsung specifies that the update makes faces in selfies easier to see in photos taken in backlit conditions. Here are the full patch notes:

· Improved performance.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings better selfies was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Pay Framework causing battery drain issues for some

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Samsung Pay Framework, as the name implies, is an application bundled on Samsung phones that provides some functionality for Samsung Pay. It's intended to work quietly behind the scenes, but lately, the app has caused major battery drain issues for many users.

A Google search for "samsung pay framework battery" brings up countless forums and Reddit threads full of reports, with some claiming battery usage has high as 60%. Force-stopping the app seems to solve the issue for some, while (ironically) disabling battery optimization works for others.

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Samsung Pay Framework causing battery drain issues for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

DontKillMyApp.com shames OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

The days when third-party battery-saving apps were necessary to hit a satisfactory number of hours off a single charge are long behind the vast majority of Android users, thanks to improvements like Doze and Adaptive Battery. But in some cases, this measure of progress has become something of a Pyrrhic victory, with useful background processes carelessly destroyed and developers taking the brunt of user ire. Well, the Urbandroid team — the gang behind apps Sleep As Android, Twilight, and others — doesn't plan on going quietly into the night.

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DontKillMyApp.com shames OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Every product with Google Assistant announced at CES 2019

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
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Last year's Consumer Electronics Show brought some of the first third-party devices with Google Assistant — Google's virtual helper had only been released a few months prior. This year, we saw a wide variety of devices running Assisant. Beyond the usual mix of smart lights and speakers, there are mirrors, electric car chargers, water systems, and even Insant Pots with Assistant.

For your reading enjoyment, this is every product announced at CES 2019 with Google Assistant (or Google Assistant integration), in no particular order.

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Every product with Google Assistant announced at CES 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile rolls out Caller Verified spam call protection, starting with the Galaxy Note9

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

To say that spam calls are annoying would not only be redundant, but it'd also be a big understatement. These nuisances are primarily why I hardly answer my phone anymore and they've only gotten worse in recent months and years. T-Mobile is taking a stand against it by implementing what it calls Caller Verified technology, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

Once Note9 owners get the update, any calls on the T-Mobile network that they receive will show a "Caller verified" message on the incoming call screen, assuming that Tmo itself has authenticated the call as legitimate and not hijacked.

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T-Mobile rolls out Caller Verified spam call protection, starting with the Galaxy Note9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Folding-screen phone, too] Samsung Galaxy S10 reveal slated for February 20

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Samsung has been teasing the Galaxy S10 a fair bit over the past few months, including at CES 2019. The company ususally releases new Galaxy S phones around February or March, and sure enough, this year's reveal event is scheduled for February 20th.

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[Update: Folding-screen phone, too] Samsung Galaxy S10 reveal slated for February 20 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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