Second Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta pulled in the US

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Samsung released the second Android 8.0 Oreo beta firmware for the Galaxy S8and Galaxy S8+ in the US less than 24 hours back, but it looks like the update carried a major bug. Beta participants have taken to Reddit to reveal that their Galaxy S8 isn’t getting a network signal on the second Oreo beta, and Samsung has officially halted the update so it can work on a fix.

Second Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta pulled in the US

This issue affects Sprint, T-Mobile, and unlocked Galaxy S8s, with users complaining about the phone app repeatedly crashing after the update. Some of those users say clearing data for the phone app fixes the issue, but it crops right back after a restart. A factory reset isn’t helping either, and that might be why Samsung isn’t pushing out the update at this time. The company will hopefully find a solution quickly, but right now, there’s no mention of when the update will start rolling out again.

With beta software, such issues are to be expected and the reason why it shouldn’t be used as a daily driver. Thankfully, the network connectivity problem seems to be limited to the US models, so Samsung is still gathering information and working towards Android 8.0 Oreo’s official release. Here’s hoping the fix is a simple one and rolled out as quickly as possible, instead of being reserved for the third beta. We’ll be sure to let you know either way, so stay tuned to SamMobile.

Oh, and for the temporary solution of clearing data for the phone app (which may or may not work for you), here’s what you would need to do:

  1. Go to the phone’s settings, and then tap the Apps option.
  2. Here, tap the three-dot button and select the Show system apps option.
  3. Scroll down and tap on the Phone app.
  4. Here, select Storage, followed by the Clear data button.
  5. Go back to the apps list and repeat step 4 for each instance of the Phone app.
  6. Restart your phone and see if your phone gets cell reception.

Have you faced this issue running the latest Android Oreo beta on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+?

DON’T MISSHere’s a list of all the new features Android 8.0 Oreo brings to your Galaxy smartphone

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Galaxy S6 November update rolling out now

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Samsung detailed the November 2017 security patch last week and has since been rolling it out. The patch has been released for the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2017). It has also landed on the Galaxy J1 (2016). It’s now being rolled out for the Galaxy S6.

Since it’s a minor security update that only brings security fixes, Galaxy S6 users shouldn’t expect much in the way of new features or tweaks. The November update does fix a crucial Wi-Fi vulnerability, though.

Galaxy S6 November update

The November 2017 security patch fixes the Krack Wi-Fi vulnerability. It’s a security flaw in the WPA Wi-Fi security protocol so any device that supports Wi-Fi is likely affected by it.

Attackers can use the vulnerability to eavesdrop on traffic between access points and connected devices. There haven’t been any reports of widespread exploitation of this vulnerability so at least people can find some solace in that.

Firmware version G920FXXU5EQK4 is now being rolled out for the Galaxy S6 SM-G920F. It’s out now for the SFR-branded version of the handset in France. The update file is available for download from our firmware section.

It’s only a matter of time before the Galaxy S6 November update is released in other markets.

Samsung Odyssey headset will be released in South Korea on November 21

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Samsung’s first Windows Mixed Reality headset was launched last month. The Samsung Odyssey headset requires a compatible Windows 10-powered PC to function. The company started taking pre-orders for the headset in the US last month and released it a few days back.

The company has now confirmed when the headset is going to be released in its home country of South Korea. Customers in the country will be able to pick up a Samsung Odyssey headset starting November 21.

Samsung Odyssey headset

Customers in South Korea will be able to try the Samsung Odyssey headset and purchase it from 40 major shopping venues. The headset will also be available from Samsung Digital Plazas which is the company’s own local retail brand.

The headset features dual 3.5-inch AMOLED panels and offers a combined resolution of 2880×1600. That gives the Odyssey a major advantage over its competitors as they only offer 1440×1440 resolution.

It supports inside-out position tracking with a Six Degrees of Freedom sensor. Odyssey users will not be restricted to a limited space during their VR experience. It supports up to 110-degree field of view and up to 90Hz refresh rate. AKG headphones are integrated into the headset with 360-degree Spatial Sound.

Samsung is selling the Odyssey headset for 790,000 won or $700 in South Korea.

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Samsung could release a 4-inch Galaxy S9 Mini

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Samsung is preparing to release a compact variant of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, according to investment information provider Valuewalk. The handset—believed to be called the Galaxy S9 Mini—is expected to feature a 4-inch Infinity Display.

From what we can tell, however, Valuewalk’s prediction is based solely on a forecast made by esteemed Weibo tipster Ice Universe last week, who claimed that the firm was working on a sub-5-inch full-screen compact smartphone.

For that reason, we’d recommend taking this information with a hefty grain of salt. There were rumors suggesting that the firm would release a Mini version of both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8, but nothing ever materialized.

That’s not to say it isn’t possible, though.

Related: Galaxy S9 could enter mass production as soon as next month

It’s no secret that Samsung is hoping to rival Apple’s iPhone X with the Galaxy S9—and releasing a smaller variant that sports near-identical specifications would be a fantastic way to target customers who want flagship internals in a smaller package.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are rumored to sport a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Infinity Display, respectively, an Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 processor and a pressure-sensitive Home button. They should also ship running a build of Android 8.0 Oreo.

What do you think?

For now, we’re going to reserve judgment—but we’d love to know what you think. Do you think we’re looking at the Galaxy S9 Mini? Or maybe even something else, like the Galaxy A3 (2018)? Be sure to drop a comment in the section below.

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Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 list features The Frame TV by Samsung

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Oprah Winfrey releases her Favorite Things List annually ahead of the holiday season. Winning one of those coveted spots brings in a lot of sales for featured products. Samsung has announced that The Frame TV has been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 list. It has been selected by Oprah and the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine as one of her favorite things for the upcoming holiday season.

The Frame TV on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 list

Samsung launched The Frame TV at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 earlier this year. It was initially launched in 55-inch and 65-inch models. The design makes this product seem more like a photo frame than a conventional TV. It’s no surprise that the TV has an Art Mode which displays works of art like paintings.

The Frame TV customers get 100 pieces of artwork preloaded and they can also buy more from Samsung’s Art Store. Frame options for this UHD TV include Oak, Walnut and White.

“Can you believe this is a television? Finally, a way to get rid of the black screen,” Oprah says in the December issue of her magazine, adding that “You select the frame, the layout, and the painting or photograph, either from a large gallery of choices or your own album. Program it and prepare to be amazed.”

Samsung recently launched a 43-inch model of The Frame TV as well. It was released in the United States a couple of weeks back for $1,300.

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Here’s when Samsung will retire its My Knox platform

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Samsung has revealed that it will retire its My Knox platform on December 19, 2017. This news comes less than a year after the firm announced that it would be axing the service in favor of Secure Folder, a sandboxed, secure environment that can be used to store sensitive information.

My Knox users won’t be able to update—or install—the application from Galaxy Apps after the end-of-service date; however, they’ll still be able to use the platform to access their files, and even create new content, until they switch smartphones—or make the leap to Secure Folder.

Before deciding whether to carry on using it, they should probably ensure that they’re familiar with their My Knox credentials, as they will be unable to recover any account details from December 19. They also won’t be able to access the My Knox Portal to remotely manage their handset.

Switching from My Knox to Secure Folder couldn’t be easier

Samsung’s made it extremely easy to migrate private content from My Knox to Secure Folder. All users have to do is create a copy of their My Knox data by heading into My Knox, followed by Settings and Backup and Restore, then Restore it within Secure Folder. Simple, right?

Unlocked Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S7 edge getting October and November updates in the US

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Samsung doesn’t have the best kind of support for unlocked variants of its flagships in the US, but it has certainly picked up the slack in recent months. It’s still not perfect, though, as the company is now rolling out the October security patch for the Galaxy Note 8, its latest flagship, and the November patch for last year’s Galaxy S7 edge. But then again, older devices do seem to be getting preference right now, with phones like the Galaxy A5Galaxy J1 (2016)and Galaxy S6 receiving the November update already.

Note 8 owners on AT&T’s network are seeing the update (with build number N950USQU2BQJA) arrive on their device, and according to users on XDA, the update may disable the ability to get root access. For those who need a refresher, the October security patch fixes 215 Android vulnerabilities and six specific to Samsung’s software. The November patch carries the same number of fixes for Samsung-specific exploits, but only 61 vulnerabilities that affect Android. It also includes a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, which is why it’s slightly disappointing that Samsung’s latest flagship is walking behind.

In any case, should you own an unlocked Galaxy Note 8, S7 edge, you can see if the update is available by going into the Settings » About phone menu and selecting the Download updates manually option. We will also have the full firmware files in our database shortly for those who wish to do a manual upgrade. Got the update already? Let us know if you notice anything new or different after you’ve updated your phone by leaving a comment.

Update: The regular Galaxy S7 is also receiving the November update, and we have added its firmware details below. The build number is G930UUEU4BQJ5.

Firmware Details:

Model SM-G930U
Model name Galaxy S7
Country
Select country
Bluegrass Cellular  (LRA)
Nextech / C-Spire  (ACG)
Spint (cdma)  (SPR)
Tracfone  (TFN)
USA  (TMK)
USA  (USC)
USA (AT&T)  (ATT)
USA (T-Mobile)  (TMB)
USA (Verizon)  (VZW)
Unknown  (AIO)
Unknown  (BST)
Unknown  (XAA)
Unknown  (XAS)
Virgin Mobile USA  (VMU)
Version Android 7.0
Changelist 12483084
Build date Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:36:18 +0000
Security Patch Level 2017-11-01
Product code USC
PDA G930UUEU4BQJ5
CSC G930UOYM4BQJ5

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