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.

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.