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One Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos) Owner Receives Android Oreo Update

The Galaxy Note 8 hasn't gotten a stable version of Android Oreo yet, but Samsung launched a beta program in select markets last year. Since then, it's issued updates with fixes for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit and Google's December Android security patches, and new evidence suggests a broader release is forthcoming.On Friday, a redditor claiming to...

Install any Official or Unreleased OTA on Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, or Galaxy Note 8

When it comes to over-the-air updates, Samsung tends to roll them out to its devices gradually instead of all at once -- and that applies to different variants of the company's phones and tablets. Take the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, for example -- there's a U.S. and China model that packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Android Oreo Beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Adds App Permission Monitor

Older versions of Android used to grant carte blanche permissions to every new app installed on a user's device. This wasn't great for privacy, as some apps had a habit of requesting permissions that they didn't need. Google added a permissions management framework called App Ops in Android Jelly Bean to address the issue, and custom ROMs...

Android Oreo Beta Leaked for the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23, and launched internationally on September 15. It still ships with an Android Nougat-based version of TouchWiz, Samsung's custom skin, but Samsung recently launched an Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in select markets. Previously, trying out the beta required enrolling in Samsung's preview program, but this...

Samsung Adds “Secure Wi-Fi” VPN to the Galaxy Note 8 via a Software Update

Smartphone manufacturers continue to roll out fixes for KRACK, a critical exploit in Wi-Fi's WPA2 encryption system that allows attackers to steal sensitive information, and Samsung's the latest of the bunch. On Monday, it added Secure Wi-Fi to the Galaxy Note 8 via a software update, a new VPN service designed protected against KRACK and other Wi-Fi exploits. Secure...

New Bixby Update Completely Kills the Bixby Button When It’s Disabled

At this point, the saga of Bixby has gone on for a while. To recap, Bixby was launched alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on March 29, 2017. The virtual assistant was given great prominence, to the extent that there was a dedicated hardware button to access it on the Galaxy S8/S8+ (and which was...

Why Glass is Replacing Aluminium and Plastic in Flagship Smartphones, and Why it Shouldn’t

Smartphone design trends come and go, but one trend which has been persistent for the past few years has been the transition to premium materials used in the construction of smartphones. While there was a time when it seemed like every single Android phone was made of plastic, design paradigms have slowly but steadily changed...

Five More Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy the Note 8

Recently we posted a video on XDA TV where Mark talked about the reasons you should skip out on the Galaxy Note 8. This followup video focuses more on the shortcomings of the Note 8 and why the Note line isn't as exciting as it used to be.

How to Increase the Edge Screen Size on Samsung Galaxy Phones Without Root

While the Edge Screen function on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, and Note 8 provides a useful way to to access your favorite apps, tasks, and more, it can be a pain to activate especially since the newer phones are so tall! The size (and recognition area) can be tweaked in...

With the Note 8, Samsung No Longer Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance [Comparing Note 8, Pixel XL, OnePlus 5]

For the longest time, TouchWiz was often criticized for its inability to get with the times and correct some of its longest-running points of criticism. Bloatware, a myriad of redundant features, outdated aesthetics and sub-par performance were the main things that stood out to many enthusiasts -- particularly those enamored with stock Android. Through many...

[Humor] The Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 Violate Android’s Compatibility Requirements

Over the years, hundreds of Android devices have been released. Among the dozens of manufacturers building Android phones, Samsung is one of the more prolific of the bunch. But Samsung is best known their two flagship smartphone series: the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note line. The latest flagship offerings from Samsung include the...

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Receives Unofficial Port of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ROM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just been released a few days back, but it's notable in the software department for being the one and only Samsung phone to run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Samsung's Nougat update rollout has been remarkable for skipping Nougat's maintenance release, Android 7.1, entirely on their device lineup. Those...