Posts From Max Weinbach

Max Weinbach
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Contributor to the XDA-Developers Portal. I do some Android stuff, focusing on Samsung phones. My Twitter is @MaxWinebach, Instagram is mweinbach, and my email is [email protected] If you have any questions or want to contact me for whatever reason, use that.

Chatbot support rolling out soon to the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Messages app

Chatbot support will soon be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S9's default Messages app. So far this seems to only support AT&T devices, but it is very likely to be rolled out to more carriers and devices soon. This is a feature of RCS, which is the same technology behind Google's upcoming Chat service. We...

[Update: Fixed] Google Inbox emails can be spoofed to fake the recipient

Be careful what you click on. Eli Grey is a security researcher who has found a design flaw in Google Inbox allowing for an attacker to create a mailto link that spoofs the recipient of an email. He found this issue on May 4th, 2017, almost a year ago, and reported it to Google privately....

[Update: Officially rolling out] PayPal integration is finally rolling out for Samsung Pay in the U.S.

Samsung Pay is one of the most popular mobile payment solutions because it utilizes MST to simulate the magnetic stripe of physical credit cards, allowing for the service to be accepted in nearly any store. Your bank and credit card must support Samsung Pay, however, and support for services such as PayPal has been missing...

The Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9 has a GPU Stability Bug that can be Exploited to Trigger Remote Reboots

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip for several markets, including Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, and parts of Latin America. Samsung has often chosen the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC over their in-house Exynos SoC in some markets. This is usually the case in the United States, with the...

Bootloader-Locked Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 can now install Safestrap Recovery

The U.S. Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy devices have little hope in the way of custom development because the carriers mandate that Samsung not release an official bootloader unlock tool. The only way for these devices to get root access is for an exploit to be found. For the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and Samsung...

Samsung Will Start Selling Custom Phone Cases From Its Theme Store

Earlier today, SamMobile reported on a tip they received that Samsung would begin selling custom phone cases through their theme store. We now have direct evidence that this initiative is in the works via a teardown of the Samsung Theme store APK as well as screenshots of the pages from Samsung. Within the latest Samsung Theme Store...

[Update: Galaxy S8/S8+ rolling out now] Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 will receive official Android Oreo in 2-3 weeks

Samsung has announced that they will be rolling out Android Oreo to the U.S. unlocked Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 within the next 2-3 weeks. Carrier models of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ started to receive this update starting last week and have been rolling out...

How to install Android Oreo with the April security patch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Even though Android Oreo for the Qualcomm Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was just released for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the April security patch version of it has already been released onto Samsung.Firmware.Science. This update is for the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The update is not certified yet, so you will need to follow this guide...

How to install Android Oreo on the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note 8

After a long wait, Samsung has finally released its official Android Oreo update for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This was pushed to the French Galaxy Note 8 models. This build is new for the Galaxy Note 8 and has yet to leak like the Snapdragon variant of the phone. The update comes with the...

How to install official Android Oreo for the Snapdragon Galaxy S8 and S8+

After many months of waiting, Verizon has finally released the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This build has not been officially pushed by any other carriers yet, but they should be pushing the update soon. These updates are for the Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Exynos variants of the phone...

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Update Rolling Out Soon As Beta Builds Pass SafetyNet

After many months of waiting, Samsung has finally released the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy Note 8. This build has not been officially pushed by Samsung, but was released onto the AT&T servers. It has been officially certified by Google and passed SafteyNet compatibility, which means apps like Google Pay will now work.   This update is for...

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are Official: Specifications, Features, Prices, and Availability

After months of anticipation and many leaks which have spilled the beans on basically everything, Samsung has finally unveiled their new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Prior leaks have unveiled the design, hardware specifications, and most of the new software features, but today, Samsung finally confirmed everything during its Samsung Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress 2018...