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Galaxy S8 emoji offer 646 options to choose from

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Do you like using emoji? If that is the case then you’re going to love the wide variety of options that the Galaxy S8 offers. The Galaxy S8 emoji features 646 different options. Since it’s running Android 7.0 Nougat it’s the first Samsung smartphone to include the new Emoji 4.0 straight out of the box.Google actually came out with this new and improved emoji collection for Android late last year but Samsung didn’t update its devices with them. They’re included in Android 7.0 Nougat which is why the Galaxy S8 has them. You can also get Emoji 4.0 on the Galaxy Tab S3 which runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box as well.There are a total of 646 new emojis present in this release which include all of the new gender and skin tone variations. Every male emoji has a female equivalent and vice versa. Since this is a Samsung device, all laptop-wielding emoji have a Samsung logo.You’ll get to try them out on the Galaxy S8 once the handset is released on April 21.

Samsung Pay makes online payments simpler and safer with Visa Checkout

Samsung today announced a new strategic partnership with Visa to bring Samsung Pay to online merchants. Later this year, Samsung Pay users will be able to pay for their online purchases using the company’s payment service at countless merchants globally where Visa Checkout is accepted.Support for Visa Checkout is going to make the online payment experience for Samsung Pay users simpler, faster and more secure. The checkout experience will rely on the fingerprint sensor for authentication of payments, eliminating the need for users to add their payment card data on every website.Users with fingerprint authentication-enabled Samsung devices will only need to click on this button and touch the sensor for the payment to be processed. They won’t have to enter a user name or password for each purchase.“Our partnership benefits not only Samsung Pay users but also hundreds of thousands of online merchants who are looking for effective ways to increase their checkout conversion rates,” said In…

[In-Depth Look] New Gear 360 and Gear VR with Controller Elevate the Galaxy Experience

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Samsung’s Gear 360 places the keys to creating immersive, 360-degree content in users’ hands, offering a new and engaging means to capture their most memorable moments. The camera’s latest edition is equipped with new features and a refined design to make sharing those moments even easier, adding further depth to viewers’ immersion with impeccable 4K video. Likewise, the new Gear VR with Controller allows for enhanced virtual reality experiences and easier interaction.Let’s take a closer look at these new additions to Samsung’s expanding VR ecosystem, designed to make immersive 360-degree content more accessible and enjoyable.Gear 360: 4K-Capable and Made for Sharing 
The Gear 360 lets users record 360-degree videos that place viewers at the heart of the action, capturing a complete picture of the recorded experience as well as all the emotion, excitement and beauty that made it memorable. Such vivid detail is possible thanks to the Gear 360’s best-in-class cameras, which feature dual …

Samsung Lights Up New York City’s Time Square for Galaxy S8’s Debut

[In-Depth Look] Samsung DeX Combines the Versatility of a Smartphone with the Productivity of Desktop

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Samsung DeX is a new service that lets users use their smartphone like a desktop by providing a seamless, secure mobile to PC transition. Currently compatible with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+*, Samsung DeX provides an Android-based, desktop-like experience that enables users to seamlessly access mobile apps, edit documents and browse the web. Furthermore, its optimized interface allows users to easily multitask, watch videos in resizable windows, reply to messages via a task bar and more, directly from their smartphone on a larger display using a keyboard and mouse.A Convenient Mobile Desktop ExperienceTo get started with Samsung DeX, users simply need to connect the DeX Station, Samsung’s branded docking station, to any FHD (16:9 ratio) supported display with an HDMI port; connect any Bluetooth-enabled, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse to their phone; connect the DeX Station with a Samsung branded fast charger; and dock their Galaxy S8 in the DeX Station. Once connected, their mobile …

[In-Depth Look] Samsung’s Biometric Technologies Bring Added Security and Convenience to the Galaxy S8

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In a digital world that was once only protected by PIN numbers, consumers now have more choices than ever to protect the security of their devices and personal data thanks to advances in biometric technologies. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ provide strengthened security features and enhanced convenience through a combination of biometrics, including innovative iris scanning technology, familiar fingerprint scanning and new facial recognition capabilities. Secured by Samsung’s trusted Knox security platform, the Galaxy S8 gives users the peace of mind that comes from knowing their biometric information is protected.Face-to-Face with Mobile SecuritySamsung’s new facial recognition technology has been added to the Galaxy S8 to enable users to unlock their smartphone quickly and conveniently by simply looking at the front of the device. The technology works by utilizing an immense amount of data to recognize patterns, such as small differences in facial features.When a user opts to access their G…

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Samsung"s New Gear 360 Introduces True 4K Video and 360-Degree Content Capture

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Updated Design and Live Streaming Capability Make VR and 360 Content More Accessible and Easier to ShareSEOUL, Korea – March 29, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced a new Samsung Gear 360, a 4K resolution-capable 360-degree camera with a refined design for easier use. With enhanced features for high-quality content, the Gear 360 is lightweight and compact, offering an expanded Samsung VR ecosystem.“As consumers turn more to video to share their experiences, we want to deliver accessible and innovative products to make digital content easier to create, share and stream,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics. “The updated Gear 360 will continue to expand the horizons of what consumers can experience and share.”Enhanced Features for High-Quality 360 Content CreationFor the first time, the Gear 360 offers 4K video recording for immersive and realistic digital content. Equipped w…

Samsung Launches its Mobile Payments Service Samsung Pay in India

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Integrates card payments, mobile wallets and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in one secure appNEW DELHI, India – March 22, 2017 – Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its flagship mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, in India. Simple and Secure, Samsung Pay can be used to make purchases almost everywhere you can swipe or tap your debit or credit card to make payments.Apart from allowing users in India to simply tap and pay on the go using their registered cards, Samsung Pay has integrated Paytm as well as the government’s Unified Payments Interface into the app. Samsung has also created a unique digital payment ecosystem by partnering with a number of issuers and card networks. Our Card Network and Issuer partners include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank. Citibank India is a forthcoming issuer and its credit cards will be live on Samsung Pay shortly.Samsung Pay is a highly secure platform as it w…

The Galaxy S8 reminds you to clean greasy fingerprints off its camera lens

It looks like Samsung’s aware of how badly-positioned the fingerprint scanner is on the recently-announced Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as it’s programmed a reminder into the camera application reminding you to clean the camera lens.“A clean lens makes for better shots. Clean your camera lens to keep taking better pictures.”Granted, the pop-up alert doesn’t explicitly say anything about the fingerprint sensor — but it’s clear that’s what it’s about. After all, it’ll only appear when you activate fingerprint authentication and register at least one fingerprint.We should probably note, however, that you won’t see the alert every time you use the camera. It’ll strut its stuff the first time, then (fortunately) every once in a while after that.

The Calculator application on the Galaxy S8 has a baked in unit converter

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The Calculator application that ships on board the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is a huge step up from the one found on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Not only does it sport a cleaner user interface, it also bundles a unit converter, which, as its name suggests, lets users convert units of measurement for area, length, temperature, volume, mass and data.Check it out for yourself below:

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 Offers Unconfined Mobile Experience with Galaxy S8

Samsung Partners with Visa to Bring Simple, Secure Payments to Online Merchants Globally with Samsung Pay and Visa Checkout

Samsung Electronics announced a strategic partnership with Visa to help bring Samsung Pay to online merchants. Starting later this year, Samsung Pay users will be able to shop online at hundreds of thousands of merchants around the world where Visa Checkout is accepted.Samsung is committed to making the online payment experience simpler, faster and more secure. Samsung Pay’s simple, secure checkout experience using fingerprint authentication gives users a more streamlined online shopping experience, eliminating the lengthy process of adding their payment card data, billing or shipping details each time they shop. Users with fingerprint authentication-enabled Samsung devices will be able to click the Visa Checkout/Samsung Pay co-branded button and touch the fingerprint sensor and the payment will proceed instantly, without needing to enter a user name and password for each purchase.Samsung is committed to helping merchants improve their checkout conversion rates. Today, there is still …

[Poll] Are you happy with the specs of the Galaxy S8 and S8+?

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ earlier today, finally ending months of speculation about its new flagship smartphone. We now have all of the official details about the Galaxy S8′s specs, features and availability.Speaking of specifications, are you happy with the specs that Samsung’s new flagship smartphone is offering? Or do you think that Samsung should have provided more given how much it’s charging for this handset?Vote below and let us know in the comments section what you think and what specs you would have liked to see in its new flagship. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

PSA: Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will have dual SIM capability in some markets

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Yes, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will have two SIM slots in some markets, following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7, S7 edge and Note 7. Samsung is yet to confirm which markets will receive the dual SIM variants, but if you need to check, simply head over to Samsung’s website for your particular country and see the Galaxy S8/S8+ listing. If your market is getting the dual SIM variant, the phones will be listed as the Galaxy S8 (Dual Sim) and Galaxy S8+ (Dual Sim).Dual SIM smartphones are popular in Asian markets, so the dual SIM models should come to countries like India, Dubai, and China. Samsung hasn’t mentioned if the S8 and S8+ will have a hybrid slot or separate slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card, but we’re certainly hoping it’s the latter given the company has a lot of real estate to work with on its new flagships. The batteries aren’t very big on these handsets, either, so fingers crossed that having to choose between two carriers or a microSD will be a thing of the …

Pre-order Galaxy S8 from Best Buy and save big

All four major carriers in the United States – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – have confirmed their pricing and pre-order details for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. You can choose to buy the new flagship from either one of those carriers or wait until May for the unlocked units to arrive.If you have no issues with buying a carrier-locked handset then perhaps you should go the Best Buy route. If you pre-order Galaxy S8 from Best Buy you stand to save quite a bit of money. It’s offering customers up to $100 off the Galaxy S8+ and $50 off the Galaxy S8 when they pre-order the handset via BestBuy.com or their local retail store.Pre-order customers will receive a free Gear VR with Controller headset and the Oculus content bundle over and above this discount which can also be clubbed with select details available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers.Best Buy starts taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ tomorrow. It will be released on April 21. Customers can put m…

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Sprint are HPUE-enabled, pre-orders open March 30

Sprint was the last of the four major carriers in the United States to confirm the pricing and pre-order date for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The carrier has also pointed out that both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are HUPE or High Performance User Equipment enabled on its network.HPUE enhances the Sprint network experience with increased coverage, more capacity and faster speeds on capable devices. Sprint says that users with HPUE devices will experience better speeds when streaming videos, mobile gaming, and other online services.HPUE is capable of extending Sprint’s 2.5GHz coverage by up to 30 percent to almost match its midband 1.9GHz spectrum performance which results in improved indoors coverage and performance.Sprint has confirmed that it’s going to start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from tomorrow. Available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver the Galaxy S8 is going to cost $31.25 per month for 18 months and the Galaxy S8+ $35.42 per month fo…

Verizon Galaxy S8 pre-order date and price confirmed

Like its rivals T-Mobile and AT&T, Verizon has also confirmed that it’s going to start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from tomorrow. Customers with Verizon Unlimited on the carrier’s device payment plan can get the new flagship for $15 per month for 24 months when they trade in an eligible device.All pre-order customers will receive a free Gear VR with Controller and the Oculus content bundle. Verizon is also offering them the Experience Box for $99 which is actually a $550 value.The experience box includes the Gear VR with Controller bundle, a 256GB Samsung microSD card and a pair of Harman Kardon headphones.Pricing for the Galaxy S8 without trade-in is $30 per month for 24 months and for the Galaxy S8+ it’s $35 per month for 24 months. The handsets have a full retail price of $720 and $840 respectively.Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is going to be released on April 21. All carriers and retailers in the United States are sticking with …

AT&T Galaxy S8 pre-orders open tomorrow, offers free device and additional incentives

The second largest mobile carrier in the United States has confirmed that it’s going to start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ starting tomorrow. It has plenty of offers that customers can take advantage of if they plan on getting the new flagship.Those who pre-order it on the AT&T Next plan can get up to $750 in credits for another Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ which essentially makes the second device free, a Samsung Gear VR with Controller as well as the Oculus content bundle.AT&T is also offering them a deal on the Gear S3 smartwatch which they can buy for $49 with a two-year service agreement and a Gear S2 or Galaxy Tab E for just $0.99 when the two-year service agreement is activated.AT&T customers can pre-order the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on its Next plan for $25 and $29.34 for 30 months respectively with an eligible service plan. The incentives will certainly be enticing for many customers so it would be in their best interests to read the terms an…

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pre-orders open tonight, price and incentives confirmed

Samsung’s new flagship smartphone has been officially announced today. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Samsung has confirmed that it’s going to release the new flagship on April 21 and now its carrier partners are gradually coming out with pricing and availability information.T-Mobile has just confirmed that customers can pre-order the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ starting tonight at 9 pm PT via its website. Those who pre-order it from T-Mobile or buy it from MetroPCS at launch will receive a free Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content.The Galaxy S8 is going to cost $30 down on T-Mobile with equal monthly payments of $30 for 24 months on the T-Mobile EIP with a full retail price of $750. On Demand customers can buy it for $0 down and $33 per month.The Galaxy S8+ is going to cost $130 down and $30 per month for 24 months on EIP at a full retail price of $850. The down payment and monthly payment amount remain the same for On Demand customers. Pre…