Verizon users rejoice as the country’s largest mobile carrier has finally released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. The devices received the update elsewhere a couple of weeks back and now carriers in the United States are gradually starting to roll it out to devices on their networks.
Samsung launched an Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 several weeks ago. Users in select markets who have received a spot on the program can try out the beta firmware before Oreo is released for the flagship smartphone. Samsung has released two beta firmware for the Galaxy S8 so far and it appears that the Android 8.0 Oreo beta 3 may be released soon for the Galaxy […]
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are among the few handsets that have support for Google’s nascent Daydream virtual reality platform. When these smartphones were released earlier this year, they did not have support for the platform. Google confirmed at the I/O 2017 conference a few months back that it will release Daydream VR support for these handsets over the summer. Both devices are receiving said update today.
Verizon is rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on its network which brings the much-awaited Daydream VR support for these handsets. Daydream is Google’s nascent virtual reality platform. The company has released several apps and even a headset, however, the platform’s reach has been limited given that only a handful of devices have support for it at this point in time.
There’s really no shortage of music services for your smartphone and many of you might be well aware that Google is running a music service of its own that the company calls Google Play Music. Back when the Galaxy S8 was announced in March, the company said that it had partnered with Samsung to provide Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ additional features to further improve the listening experience. Google Play […]
Samsung has announced that it’s offering the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Bixby Voice features to select owners in the United States as part of an early access program that’s meant to test the assistant’s prowess with an English-speaking demographic before its wider release. Samsung has only released Bixby Voice in South Korea so far where it supports the local language. Recent reports had suggested that Samsung was facing troubles […]
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have earned top ratings in a new consumer smartphone review in the United States. Samsung’s new flagship smartphones have earned 82 points each in the latest Consumer Reports survey, they are comfortably ahead of the competition. The Galaxy S7 Edge came in second place in the consumer review with 77 points.
If you’ve been meaning to purchase a Galaxy S8 but don’t want to buy it from a carrier, you’re in luck. Samsung started selling the officially unlocked variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the United States a couple of weeks ago. The units are unlocked and off-contract so they don’t contain any bloatware that you find on carrier variants. Interested customers will be delighted to know that […]
Samsung could soon start offering the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in a new color option to customers in the United States. They can currently pick up the device in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver colors. It seems that the company has now decided to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in Coral Blue for customers in the United States.
If you really hate bloatware and don’t want to be tied to one carrier, you go for an unlocked and off-contract device. Sure, you have to pay full retail for it, but you do get peace of mind for your money. If you’ve been meaning to purchase the Galaxy S8 and have been waiting for the official unlocked models to arrive, now is the time to whip out your wallet. […]
Samsung highlighted Bixby as one of the biggest features of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It’s a new voice interface which, according to the company, lets users perform any task on the handset by voice command that they can do by tapping on the display. Bixby is already available to users in South Korea but Samsung decided to delay its release to April for the U.S. A new report […]
Samsung makes a portable 360-degree camera that enables users to capture images and videos that can also be viewed using a virtual reality headset. It ties in nicely with Samsung’s Gear VR platform. The company unveiled its new Gear 360 camera back in March alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It said back then that the camera will be available for purchase soon. Customers in the United States can […]
When Google unveiled its Daydream virtual reality platform last year, it said that flagship smartphones from other companies will have support for its virtual reality platform. However, only a handful of devices ever really supported it over the past year. The company today confirmed at the I/O 2017 developers conference that one of the hottest flagship smartphones of this year will soon receive Daydream support.
Some early Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners have had to bear with the red tint issue. They noticed that their new handset’s display had a reddish tint after some usage, which was odd, to say the least, as you don’t expect something like this from a brand new smartphone. Samsung was quick to confirm that this wasn’t a hardware issue and that it would be fixed through a software […]
There’s good news today for customers in the United States who have been meaning to purchase the Galaxy S8 without being locked to a carrier or having to bear all of the bloatware that carriers load on their devices. They’ll be happy that Samsung has announced today that it’s now taking pre-orders for the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the United States.
From the very first day, Samsung has advertised the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with the faster UFS 2.1 internal storage chips. However, it appears that Samsung is also using the previous UFS 2.0 chips in some variants of the device. A new report reveals that Samsung is likely using Toshiba’s UFS 2.0 chips which are obviously slower than the UFS 2.1 chips. Perhaps in a bid to avoid […]
You might have heard about the red tint issue that many Galaxy S8 owners have been facing. It’s not a major issue, certainly not one related to hardware, it’s easily fixable through a software update. Samsung released a software update last week to address the Galaxy S8 red tint issue and this update is gradually being released in more regions. T-Mobile has now released the Galaxy S8 red tint update […]
Samsung hyped up Bixby quite a bit on March 29th when it unveiled the Galaxy S8. The voice interface is one of the biggest features of its new flagship smartphone. Samsung claimed that Bixby Voice will enable users to do everything they can do with a touch input by simply using voice commands. Ironically, this feature was not ready at launch when the Galaxy S8 came out on April 21st. […]
Many Samsung smartphones allow you to quickly launch the camera by pressing the home button twice quickly. You can’t do that on the Galaxy S8 since the device doesn’t have a physical home button. However, Samsung has linked the quick launch camera option with the handset’s power button. Press it twice quickly and the camera should be launched, ideally, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for all users.
Samsung Galaxy S8 ReviewEditor's Pick
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have officially arrived, and everything indicates that it was worth the wait. Samsung has made every effort to make its leading-edge smartphone series “cutting-edge.” The Galaxy S8 takes large-display phones to a whole new level by pushing the industrial design envelope to new heights, building yet a higher barrier to entry. We looked at both phones to evaluate many aspects of the Galaxy S8 […]