Samsung's international dual-SIM Galaxy A50 is just $285.90 on eBay

If spending about $1,000 for a flagship is just too much but you still desire an attractive-looking phone with great battery capacity and stamina, a good set of cameras, and a quality screen at an affordable price, the international version of the Samsung Galaxy A50 mid-range phone with 128GB of internal storage is listed on eBay for $285.90.

The international model of the Samsung Galaxy A50 was introduced back in February of 2019 and its stand-out features are support for dual SIM cards, a 6.4-inch 1080P AMOLED screen with a high screen-to-body ratio, three rear cameras, and a relatively big 4,000 mAh battery. Read MoreSamsung’s international dual-SIM Galaxy A50 is just $285.90 on eBay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Galaxy Fold redesign reportedly complete, release date still not set

According to a report published yesterday by Bloomberg, Samsung’s redesign of the Galaxy Fold has been completed. This follows a recent interview with Samsung CEO DJ Koh, in which he asked for “a bit more time.” No release date is set, but according to Bloomberg, it may arrive by the upcoming holiday season.

Bloomberg’s sources (“people familiar with the matter”) state that the redesign mostly dealt with ensuring the protective film layered on top of the folding display can’t be easily removed. Read MoreGalaxy Fold redesign reportedly complete, release date still not set was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Fold’s redesign is reportedly complete

When the Samsung Galaxy Fold was recalled to fix some of the durability issues in its design, it appeared that the redesign took longer than we thought. This resulted in carriers and retailers canceling pre-orders of the handset. For those who are still eagerly anticipating the release of the Galaxy Fold, there could be some good news on that front.
According to a report from Bloomberg, it looks like Samsung has apparently completed the redesign of the handset and in the final stages of getting ready for production of the phone for commercial use. Unfortunately, there is still no official date on when this redesigned Galaxy Fold will be released, but the good news is that at least we are now one step closer.
Back in June, Samsung Display VP Kim Seong-Cheol revealed that the handset is now ready for launch, but stopped short of actually mentioning a release date. This report seems to line up with Kim’s previous comments and hopefully, we’ll hear more in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, there have also been rumors suggesting that Samsung actually has a second-gen Galaxy Fold in the works and that it could launch this year as well, although we have to wonder if that might be a bit premature given that we still have no idea how the market will react to a foldable phone and if many are willing to pay the high prices just to own one.
Source: Bloomberg

How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are incredible phones. Based on who you ask, the two devices are arguably among the best smartphones ever built. The only problem you may have with your device is that you purchased it from your service provider to save a bit of money and now you’re stuck with a Galaxy S8 that you need to SIM unlock.
Typically, there are three ways you could go about SIM unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The first is pleading with your service provider for a free unlock code. If you don’t qualify for a free unlock code, you’ll likely have to purchase one from a third-party unlocking service. The third option would be to root your device and mess with the code. This option isn’t available yet since the phones are brand new, but if you do some searching you may find something interesting.
BEST SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 CASES
To make it easy, we’ve laid out step-by-step instructions below which walk you through Samsung Galaxy S8 SIM unlock process
Find your Samsung Galaxy S8’s IMEI number
To get things started, locate your phone’s unique IMEI number. The IMEI number will be used to order your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code or request it from your service provider.

Open the phone app on your Samsung Galaxy S8 and dial *#06#
The device’s 15-digit IMEI number will pop up on the display
Save the IMEI number for easy reference

Free Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock

The cheapest way to get an unlock code for your new Samsung smartphone is to request one for your service provider. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that they’ll give you one since they have quite a few stipulations which must be met. Generally, this means that your bills need to be paid on time, the account be older than 60-90 days and the phone you’re trying to unlock can’t be on a payment plan. If you think you meet those basic requirements, you should be entitled to a free unlock code.

Call the customer service line for your service provider
Kindly ask the rep for the free unlock code for your Galaxy S8 or S8+
Provide the service rep with the phone’s IMEI number
If you are approved, the unlock code will be sent to you by email in 2-5 days
To unlock the phone, remove the old SIM card and swap in another one from another carrier
When prompted, type in the phone’s unlock code

Paid Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock
Getting the SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ is typically faster (and easier) if you use an unlocking service. Most of them deliver the codes in a number a hours and offer a full refund if the code provided doesn’t work.
NOTE: If your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ was purchased from T-Mobile or Metro PCS, the basic paid service will not work. You will need to use the T-Mobile service listed at the bottom.

Go to Android SIM Unlock or another unlocking service website
Select the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+
Enter your phone’s IMEI number that you located earlier
Enter your payment details to complete the payment process
The unlock code for your phone will be emailed to you in less than an hour
Remove the SIM card from your phone and insert a card from a different service provider
Type in the SIM unlock code when prompted

T-Mobile & Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock
T-Mobile and Metro PCS use a proprietary app to unlock their phones, so you won’t be able to use a standard SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. The good news is that you can still pay to unlock devices purchased from T-Mobile or Metro PCS, but the process is slightly different. Android SIM Unlock offers unlocking services for the T-Mobile Unlock App and the Metro PCS Unlock app.
The instructions below walk you through the unlocking process using either app.

Find the T-Mobile Device Unlock or Metro PCS Device Unlock service for your Galaxy S8
Enter your phone’s IMEI number and complete the checkout process
The service can take 1-3 days to complete the unlock process
On your Galaxy S8, open the T-Mobile Device Unlock or Metro PCS Device Unlock app
First press Continue and then Permanent Unlock on the next screen
Once finished, reboot the phone to complete the unlock process

Hopefully, you can use one of these methods to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. If you have any other suggestion on how to get an unlock code for Samsung’s 2017 flagship device, leave us a comment below.
 

How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge

It’s still early in the year, but chances are that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be the most popular devices of 2016. If you own one of the devices, there’s a good chance that you purchased it through your service provider to get a great deal on the phone or so that you could pay it off a little every month rather than pay full price on day one. Unfortunately, you now own a SIM locked Samsung Galaxy S7 which can’t be used on another service provider without being SIM unlocked first.
Getting a SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge can be fairly simple for those who live in Europe or Asia, but US service providers are making things a bit more complicated in an effort to retain their customers. There are a few service providers who still offer free SIM unlock codes to their customer, but you’ll likely have to purchase an unlock code from a third-party (Android SIM Unlock has codes for $20 to $35 each as of the time of this writing, but that’s likely to drop at some point in the near future) if you’re still making monthly payments or if the device is still under contract with your service provider.
BEST SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 CASES
Follow the instructions below to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. If you have any additional tips or tricks you’d like to share, please feel free to drop them in the comments below.

General Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM unlock instructions

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
Request a SIM unlock code from your service provider or a third-party service like Android SIM Unlock
Once you receive your SIM unlock code, replace your service provider’s SIM card with one from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code provided

AT&T
Eligibility Requirements

Device’s service commitments and installment plans are completed, and all early termination fees are paid in full.
Device is not currently active on a different AT&T customer’s account.
Device must not be reported lost or stolen.
Device is not associated with fraudulent activity.

Free AT&T SIM unlock code
If you meet AT&T’s requirements, follow the instructions below to unlock your phone:

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
Visit AT&T’s device unlock portal
Complete the SIM unlock request with your AT&T phone number, account holder’s name, phone model and IMEI number
Once the process is complete, you will be given an unlock code for your phone
Remove the SIM card from your phone and replace it with a SIM card from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code provided

Paid AT&T SIM Unlock code (third-party)
If you purchased your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on AT&T’s payment plan or with a two-year contract, you likely will not qualify for a free SIM unlock code from AT&T. Here’s how you can get one without AT&T’s help:

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
Visit Android SIM Unlock and select your model number
Enter your phone’s IMEI number and your payment information
Once you receive your SIM unlock code, replace the AT&T SIM card with one from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code provided

Sprint
Sprint is the most frustrating service provider to work with when it comes to SIM unlocking a phone. Since Sprint uses LTE, most devices sold by the service provider are capable of working on other GSM service providers. However, Sprint has removed the standard SIM unlocking mechanism from its phones and only allows devices to be unlocked through its system. While you can buy SIM unlock codes from third-party services, the code will do you no good since you cannot enter the unlock code into the phone.
Eligibility requirements

The device is Domestic/International SIM Unlock capable
The device must be or have been active on the Sprint network for a minimum of 50 days
The associated account is in good standing
The associated contract has been fulfilled or the device payment plan has been paid in full
The device has not been reported as lost or stolen, and not associated with fraudulent activity

Free Sprint SIM unlock

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number, write the number down on a piece of paper
Call Sprint customer service by dialing 1-866-866-7509
Request that your Samsung Galaxy S7 be SIM unlocked
NOTE: you must request a domestic or international SIM unlocking. If you request international, the phone will not work with a SIM card from another US service provider
If you meet all of Sprint’s eligibility requirements, your phone will be SIM unlocked within 1 to 48 hours.

Verizon
Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy S7 is SIM unlocked right out of the box! When you insert a non-Verizon SIM card into your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7, you will receive a message that you are using a non-Verizon SIM. That being said, the phone has no SIM restrictions which keep it from working on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks.
T-Mobile (Device Unlock app)
The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 can be SIM unlocked, but you will need to use the pre-installed T-Mobile Device Unlock app in order to do so. T-Mobile has created is own “user-friendly” unlocking experience within the app, disabling the usual unlock screen that appears when you insert a SIM card from another service provider into the phone. If you meet the following requirements, your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 can be unlocked for free using the app.
Eligibility requirements

The device must be paid in full.
The device must have been active on the T-Mobile network for at least 40 days
The device must not be reported as lost, stolen or blocked to T-Mobile.
The account associated with the device must be in good standing. If the device is associated with a canceled account, the account balance must be zero, including all pending charges
The device must be paid in full.

Free T-Mobile SIM unlock code
If you meet T-Mobile’s requirements, follow the instructions below to unlock your phone:

Open the T-Mobile Device Unlock app on your phone (ensure a data connection is available)
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock
Once the phone is unlocked, it will reboot

Paid T-Mobile SIM unlock code
Since most T-Mobile customers purchase their devices on a monthly payment plan, T-Mobile will now allow you to unlock the phone until it is paid in full. Fortunately, you are able to pay third-party services to SIM unlock the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 through the T-Mobile Device Unlock app.

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
From your phone or computer, go to Android SIM Unlock (or a similar service that can unlock T-Mobile Device Unlock devices)
Enter in your phone’s IMEI number, email and payment information
Unlock confirmation for your phone will be emailed to you within 1 to 3 days
Once confirmation is received, open the T-Mobile Device Unlock app on your phone (ensure a data connection is available)
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock
Once the phone is unlocked, it will reboot

Metro PCS (Device Unlock app)
Since T-Mobile owns Metro PCS, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that their Samsung Galaxy S7 sim unlocking requirements and processes are nearly identical. Metro PCS has the same eligibility requirements as T-Mobile and there’s also a Metro PCS version of the Device Unlock app that should be pre-installed on your phone.
Follow the instructions within the T-Mobile section to SIM unlock your Metro PCS-branded device. If you do need to pay to SIM unlock your phone, there is a Metro PCS unlocking service offered by Android SIM Unlock as well.
Enjoy your chain-free phones!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 officially confirmed for August 7 launch

Are you looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10? If you are, you might have heard that the rumors are claiming that the handset will be officially announced on the 7th of August, or at least that’s what CNET’s sources were told when they first broke news of the upcoming launch.
It turns out that the rumors were spot on because Samsung has recently changed the cover photo on its Facebook page, where the company has confirmed that they will be hosting an Unpacked event on the 7th of August.

The image also shows the S Pen which pretty much leaves little to the imagination, although below the stylus there is a small circular camera cutout, which we’re not 100% sure what that means. Could it be in reference to the front-facing camera and the notch? Could it be related to the camera on the back?
So far, the rumors are claiming that just like the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Note 10 could be offered in multiple variants and models. There is said to be a Plus/Pro version that could be bigger, a 5G model, and also a model that might come with a quad camera setup on its back.
Either way, this is something that we’ll just have to wait and find out for ourselves, but if the Note 10 is a smartphone you’ve been waiting for, you’ll want to mark down the 7th of August on your calendar.
Source: Samsung

Samsung’s new Bixby Marketplace finally makes the voice assistant usable

Samsung has just launched the new Bixby Marketplace in the US and South Korea, giving its users a new reason to give Bixby a try. The Bixby Marketplace is filled with capsules which give the voice assistant hooks into other apps, allowing it to do things it couldn’t do before. Think of it like adding new skills to Alexa.
A few examples of the new functionality include the ability to use Bixby to search the Play Store, ask YouTube to play a specific video or set your preferred ride-hauling app as the default so that you can simply say “get me a ride to work” without having to specify Uber or Lyft.
For now, the Bixby Marketplace capsules available are limited to what Samsung has developed, but the company plans to open the Bixby Marketplace to third-party developers in the future. Samsung hasn’t revealed the full extent of capabilities that Bixby Marketplace capsules will be able to have, but it has promised that it will share more details at the Samsung Developer Conference in late October.
Up until now, Bixby hasn’t gained a lot of traction. While these new capsules will allow Bixby to expand is functionality, having to browse a marketplace to ad install specific capsules to do so may be more work than some users are willing to put in when Google Assistant simply works right out of the box.
Source: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could have curves for dayz

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10 around August this year and we’re expecting there to also be a Note 10 Pro, as well as an accompanying 5G model of each. While the Note series typically follows a similar design inspiration from the Galaxy S device launched earlier in the year, Samsung could be looking to mix things up with the Note 10 this year according to a new leak.
The Galaxy S10 introduced a brand new design that saw the Infinity-O display reduce the bezels of the device and introduce a hole-punch in the top right of the device to house the front-facing camera. The design has been met with mixed reviews but is the company’s answer to the notch. Samsung could be looking to change the design even further this year with the Note 10.

Whether you like curved display or not, it’s still the flagship phone logo, especially in the second half of the year, you’ll see a very superb curved design, a more aggressive curved display than Note7 will appear, and more than one brand will do so.😎
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 30, 2019

According to the tweet above, which comes from a source that has a good track history of being familiar with Samsung’s movements, the Note 10 could take the curved design seen on the S10 that has been a signature of the Galaxy flagships for years a step further and feature even more prominent curvature.
The curved edge of the display was first introduced with the Galaxy Edge and has since been made the standard, albeit with a reduced curve. If the tweet is to be believed, the Note 10 could be going back to its roots and be the curviest display we’ve seen yet.
Via: BGR

[Update: S10 too] Official TWRP support now available for Exynos Galaxy S10+

Update 1: 2019/05/01 9:03pm PDT

The Galaxy S10 TWRP version is now up as well. This is still only for the Exynos model, and no, this won’t work on your S10e.

When the Galaxy S9 and S9+ debuted last year, TWRP support for Exynos models became available that same day. Things have taken a little longer for the Galaxy S10, but the recovery is now officially available for the Exynos S10+ model. Read More[Update: S10 too] Official TWRP support now available for Exynos Galaxy S10+ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active drops to $180 ($20 off) at multiple retailers

Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch Active, has dropped in price by 10% at several retailers like B&H, Amazon, Best Buy, and so on. You can get this excellent smartwatch for the low price of $179.99, by far one of the best bargains available for this product type.
The Galaxy Watch Active isn’t even that old, but if you need a refresher, you can check out our review here. Besides just the minimal look, which is bound to fit with most wrist sizes and outfits, the Watch Active boasts the fantastic Tizen software, nearly two days of battery life, and a swath of health features. Read MoreSamsung Galaxy Watch Active drops to $180 ($20 off) at multiple retailers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.