Samsung might ditch physical buttons for the Galaxy Note 10

Samsung has stood firm against the trend of removing headphone jacks from smartphones, but it might be on the verge of ditching some other important pieces of its next flagship device. Rumors point to the Galaxy Note 10 as one of Samsung’s first buttonless phones with no physical volume or power buttons. One potential upside: no Bixby button, either.

The report comes from ETNews and is highly speculative, citing various unnamed industry sources. Read MoreSamsung might ditch physical buttons for the Galaxy Note 10 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Buds return to lowest-ever price of $97.50 at AT&T

AT&T has a bunch of Samsung wireless accessories on sale right now at 25% off. One of those products happens to be those fancy-schmancy Galaxy Buds we liked so much, now back at their lowest price to date.
You might recall that AT&T had sold the Galaxy Buds at $97.49 earlier this month, but that offer was short-lived. Since then, there hadn’t been much movement off of the original $129.99 MSRP, so we’re very happy to see a similar discount return. Read MoreSamsung Galaxy Buds return to lowest-ever price of $97.50 at AT&T was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Know when to fold 'em: The Galaxy Fold can survive 200,000 folds

With the Galaxy Fold, Samsung introduced a new form factor that uses a hinge to fold the display inward and protect it while the phone is closed. As we’re talking about an almost $2,000 handset here, the manufacturer needs to ensure its product is durable and will last repeated folding by demanding owners. Therefore, it put a folding test in place to measure the device’s durability and published the video on Youtube, so you can enjoy 34 seconds of Galaxy Folds being repeatedly opened and closed. Make sure you have some popcorn ready. Read MoreKnow when to fold ’em: The Galaxy Fold can survive 200,000 folds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Someone got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold early, here are the details

Last year, Samsung announced and confirmed that they were working on a smartphone with a foldable display, but stopped short of actually announcing anything. Then at the company’s Unpacked event last month, they took the wraps off the phone and shared some details about the handset, such as its specs.
Unfortunately, the company did not allow anyone at the event to get their hands on the device, meaning that in terms of feel and usability, it’s still anyone’s guess as to how well it actually handles. Now in a tweet by XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman, it seems that he managed to get in touch with someone who got their hands on the phone earlier than expected, and who shared some of the details with him.
The Q&A session between Rahman and his source runs for quite a bit, but some of the takeaways from the series of tweets include how the handset’s performance is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, which isn’t surprising since both phones use the same Snapdragon 855 chipset.
It has also been revealed that the phone when folded leaves a small gap like a binder. The source also notes that the delay when opening and closing the phone is rather bad, and in some cases, apps such as Chrome ran into issues rendering websites when switching between modes.
Last but not least, with regards to the very obvious-looking crease that was spotted in a recent video, Rahman’s source confirms that it is noticeable, but it isn’t too bad. It also becomes less noticeable if your display’s brightness is set at 70% or more. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is currently set to be open for pre-orders come 26th of April, with a release pegged for the 3rd of May, so we should have more details then.
Source: Mishaal Rahman

How to turn the Samsung Galaxy S10’s hole-punch into a battery indicator

Some might argue that the notch is a more disruptive experience than the hole-punch cutout used in the Samsung Galaxy S10. Some might disagree and say that the cutout is actually more discreet. Which is better is a debate we’ll have to have another day, but in the meantime, since we can’t really change anything, why not just embrace it in its entirety?
That’s what developer IJP has tried to do with the launch of a new app called the Energy Ring. What this app does is that it creates a ring-shaped battery indicator that positions itself very nicely around the circular cutout of the Galaxy S10. This means that at a glance, users will be able to see how much battery their phone has left, with the ring changing colors depending on the battery percentage that remains.

We have to say that this is a very clever idea, although in a way it does actually draw more attention to the hole rather than hide it, but then again since it’s already there, why not make use of it, right? The app currently only supports the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10, but support for the Galaxy S10+ and its dual front-facing cameras will be coming in a later update.
The app itself is free but there are some in-app purchases that you can pay money to unlock for deeper customization options. Alternatively, if you don’t think that the app is all that useful, you can check out some of the clever uses of wallpaper that hide/blends the hole in a variety of fun and imaginative ways.
Source: Android Police

[Update: 42mm for $206] Open-box Galaxy Watch 46mm with extra charging dock is $215 ($135 off) on eBay

Update 1: 2019/03/07 5:45pm PST

If you have smaller wrists, and you like rose gold, the 42mm version of the Galaxy Watch is now $206 on eBay. Same deal as before: open-box, packaging may

Samsung was one of the pioneers in the smartwatch game. Unlike many competitors, it’s stuck around, though its watches now run Tizen instead of the oft-maligned Wear OS. The Galaxy Watch is Samsung’s most recent smartwatch, and you can currently pick an open-box 46mm model up with a second charging dock for $214.99, which is $135 off MSRP. Read More[Update: 42mm for $206] Open-box Galaxy Watch 46mm with extra charging dock is $215 ($135 off) on eBay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e are getting day-one updates to improve the camera and fingerprint reader

The Samsung Galaxy S10 isn’t even technically available yet, but carriers have confirmed a day-one update will be waiting for early adopters. Support documents from T-Mobile and Verizon detail the update, but presumably all versions of the Galaxy S10 family will get the same OTA out of the box.

The OTA, dated Match 8th, will improve the camera and the in-display fingerprint sensor. Early opinions on the new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor have been mixed, but the update might help. Read MoreThe Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e are getting day-one updates to improve the camera and fingerprint reader was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now $525] The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is on sale for $550 via eBay

Update 1: 2019/03/07 10:57am PST

Even cheaper now

Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S10, so it’s a good time to buy last year’s phone at a steep discount if you don’t need the latest and greatest. The unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is down to a mere $549.99 on eBay today. That’s lower than we’ve seen before, and there are a few fun color choices.

The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is unlocked with support for GSM/LTE networks (that means AT&T or T-Mobile in the US), and it has ample LTE bands. Read More[Update: Now $525] The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is on sale for $550 via eBay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung releases Good Lock 2019 with Pie support [APK Download]

Getting a major system update is a good thing, but it’s not always 100% good news. Samsung users were dismayed to find that Good Lock, the system customization tool, didn’t work after the Pie update. Well, now it’s back with a fresh coat of paint.

Good Lock doesn’t completely change your phone, but it makes the interface more flexible with features to customize your lock screen, quick settings, and multi-window features. Read MoreSamsung releases Good Lock 2019 with Pie support [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Those perfect Galaxy S10/S10+ hole-punch wallpapers have their own subreddit now

Samsung has begun shipping its Galaxy S10 family of devices in several countries around the world, which means that many users are now getting to unwrap their shiny new phone, set it up, and gawk at its gorgeous Super AMOLED display… save for that little hole-punch (or two) in the top right corner. But fans can be tenacious and enterprising; you give them an ugly eyesore and they transform it into pure art. Read MoreThose perfect Galaxy S10/S10+ hole-punch wallpapers have their own subreddit now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.