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All posts tagged "Samsung Galaxy S8"

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...

  • Galaxy S8 owners might want to root their phone for this camera mod

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) manages to build on the foundation of the excellent Galaxy S7 in quite a few ways, seeing quite a few improvements. In saying so, these improvements are largely incremental in the camera department -- although multi-frame image processing is a handy addition. But where there's a will, there's a way. And XDA forum-goer zeroprobe has released the Zero Camera Mod, delivering a smorgasbord of new features to S8 users. For starters, the mod enables 60fps video recording at 1440p (as opposed to the S8's default of 1080p/60fps) and HDR video in 4K and 1440p. Galaxy S8 owners wanting more out...

  • First look: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Another smartphone has taken its first, nervous steps into the South African market. It bears the sigil of a well-respected house, but wears a name that has come under fire in recent months. Samsung yesterday launched its Galaxy Note 8 in New York, a launch many billed as the most important for the company in recent years. Not only is the Note 8 the most feature-packed device the company has ever made, but it's also tasked with righting the Note 7's wrongs. Granted, the general public and airports across the world have largely forgotten the fiasco, and Samsung was quick to thank...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • Galaxy S8 Daydream update starts hitting devices

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) is arguably the best mobile platform for virtual reality (VR) right now. The Gear VR is one of the better headsets around, packing plenty of Oculus-exclusive goodies -- then there's the S8 itself. The phone packs a punch thanks to its internals, but it also delivers a super sharp AMOLED screen that makes it ideal for VR experiences. Still, what if you want Google's Daydream apps on the handset? Well, earlier this year we saw Google confirm that it would be bringing Daydream apps to the S8. Now, Google's GoogleVR Twitter account has tweeted (obviously) that the...

  • Samsung Bixby US launch reportedly delayed due to ‘big data’ issues

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be one of the more impressive flagship smartphones to debut this year (read our review here), but its smart voice assistant Bixby -- to which the phone dedicates an entire hardware button -- is riddled with teething issues. Sure, the service works in Korea, and even raps in Korean if you ask it nicely. But across the Pacific Ocean, it's a completely different story. Samsung has previously said that Bixby would be available to American consumers by May 2017. Of course, the date has since passed, with Samsung only revealing a US beta preview. What's the reason...

  • Bixby voice preview launched, but only in USA for now

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a pretty great smartphone (review) for the most part, but it's clear that the Bixby service is a half-baked clone of Google Now. Still, Samsung has touted the service's (unavailable) voice capabilities in the run-up to the Galaxy S8 launch, saying it'll be better than many other voice assistants out there. Now, the company has finally announced a preview for the voice functionality, allowing owners of their latest flagship to get a piece of the action. "New voice features are coming to Bixby and we’re inviting you to get access first. Bixby is built into the Galaxy S8...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #13: should you get the Galaxy S8?

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 was one of our favourite phones of 2016, packing an excellent camera, solid battery life and great performance into a solid package. The Galaxy S8 has a lot to live up to, as a result, but it's probably the most popular high-end smartphone of the year. We've got that same great camera, a battery that delivers, and one of the best displays we've ever used. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S8 review Then there's that eye-catching design, delivering thin borders and a slick dual-curved display. Is it the greatest phone ever produced by Samsung then? Well, not quite... Join Andy...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: a great phone, but not Galaxy S7 great

    How do you build on the success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review)? It's quite possibly one of the best smartphones ever released, combining a killer camera with a respectable battery and a gorgeous screen. That alone is a tall order, but throw in the Note 7 disaster and you've got all eyes on Samsung, as it seeks to regain its place atop the Android smartphone pile. Speaking of "tall", that's the first thing you'll notice about the Galaxy S8... Design Imagine the Galaxy S7 Edge, but with thinner bezels, a similarly thin design and a taller form factor, and...

  • Galaxy S8: the US version is much better for emulators

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) is easily one of the most powerful smartphones available right now, going toe to toe with Apple's best in the benchmark department, for one. This is thanks to the Exynos 8895 chip in the international version, while the US version packs a potent Snapdragon 835 processor too. In the wake of the phone's global release, footage emerged of a Galaxy S8 running the Dolphin emulator for GameCube, being widely reported. The footage showed games running at a very smooth pace, giving the impression that the new Samsung phone is an emulation beast of note. The Galaxy S8 was...