Posts From Max Weinbach

Samsung Bixby 2.0 will launch with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Bixby is currently the worst voice assistant available in any smart phone. It has its uses, but it is slow and bad at voice recognition. The Korean Herald was told by Gary G. Lee, the new head of AI at Samsung Research, a lot of previously unknown information on Bixby 2.0. Lee confirmed that Bixby...

How to get Google Pixel’s AR Stickers on the Samsung Galaxy S9

The Google Pixel devices received an update in December allowing for Pixel and Pixel 2 owners to use AR Stickers in the camera app. AR Stickers are 3D augmented reality characters that are able to be placed into the world around you. These stickers included Star Wars characters and some characters from Stranger Things. It...

Android P adds new Biometrics API that supports iris, face, and fingerprint scanning

Security is arguably the most important part of a mobile phone. If we can't trust that our data is kept secure on our smartphones, then we would have no reason to use our smartphones for any financial transactions. While enhanced security in Android is always welcome, Google also wants to make its security features more...

Samsung announces Bixby Shopping and Cash Back for Samsung Pay

Samsung has announced the next evolution of mobile payments with Samsung Pay. These features will make the shopping experience more holistic for everyone using the service. Samsung Pay is arguably the best mobile payment app because of its support for MST, which lets users use their phones at payment terminals that don’t support NFC payment. Bixby...

How to install May security update on the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been out for a little over a month now. Samsung and the carriers have not released an update for their phones since the day one update. Almost every Snapdragon Galaxy S9 and S9+ are still running the February security patch from launch. The updates in this guide are for...

How to install official Android Oreo on the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge (Exynos)

Official Android Oreo for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge started to roll out yesterday. When Samsung releases updates to devices, they release them by CSC (Country Specific Code). The update has been rolled out to the BTU CSC, which is the United Kingdom unlocked version. XDA Forums member Silver King made...

Here’s how Sprint will market its merger with T-Mobile to customers

With the new T-Mobile/Sprint merger just being announced last Sunday, people have a lot of questions. We have exclusively obtained a document including the talking points that Sprint would like their employees to use for answering questions concerning the merger. This document also reveals some more in-depth information about the merger. You can read the talking...

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...