Samsung Offers Same-Day Repairs For Galaxy Owners

Samsung Galaxy owners in the United States could bring their defective phones to uBreakiFix service centers. This comes after Samsung’s announcement this week that it partnered with uBreakiFix to repair the devices.

 

The company announced that Galaxy owners could bring their phones starting March 15 to more than 300 uBreakiFix service centers. Repair technicians can do an on the spot repair within two hours or less.

 

Samsung partners with uBreakiFix service centers

 

Also, Samsung plans to expand the repair program all throughout 2018. Samsung added that Samsung Galaxy owners could make a scheduled appointment. The appointment could be set at any uBreakiFix location. They could also  visit the service center and have their phones repaired.

 

The company has assured all the Galaxy owners that uBreakiFix repair centers would use Samsung genuine parts. This also include the use of Samsung proprietary tools, and repair technicians that are Samsung certified pros.

 

“At Samsung, our goal is to provide Samsung Galaxy owners with a customer first care experience that is as innovative as our products,” Michael Lawder, Senior Vice President of Customer Care at Samsung Electronics America said in a statement.

 

“This announcement marks a fundamental shift in our care offerings to consumers and underscores our commitment to provide Samsung customers with support anywhere, anytime our customers need it,” Lawder added.

 

Moreover, Samsung pointed out that the company’s Samsung Care locations would also provide battery replacements, camera repairs, as well as  in and out-of-warranty support services to other Galaxy devices.

MWC 2018: Bixby 2.0 Coming in Samsung Galaxy 9?

A high ranking Samsung official has officially announced that an updated version of Bixby (Bixby 2.0) will be rolled out to Samsung Galaxy 9 users.

 

“For Bixby 1.0, we focused on a fast rollout to the market. Expanding the ecosystem was difficult. So Bixby 2.0 will strengthen this aspect, and we are working intensely,” Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh told the media during a press conference at Mobile World Congress.

Koh revealed this information after Samsung Electronics officially unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus at this year’s MWC.

 

What is Bixby 2.0?

 

In case you don’t know, Bixby 2.0 is actually an updated version of its virtual assistant on the Galaxy Note 9.

 

“In December last year, we began taking applications for the public beta version. So far over 800 companies have applied and are testing it.At this speed, I think we will be able to unveil Bixby 2.0 when we launch the Galaxy Note 9,” Koh added.

So what to expect with Bixby 2.0, the Samsung official said that the updated virtual assistant would support more devices outside of smartphones. Apart from this, Bixby 2.0 also received an upgrade for its speech recognition facility.

After Bixby 2.0, the company will also release another virtual assistant for its smart TV. This includes the company’s latest QLED flagship TV brands which are slated to be revealed come April.

Will Bixby support other devices?

 

Now, a rumor also indicates that Samsung is already developing a technology that would support multiple speakers. This as Bixby would soon recognize individual voices, Eui-Suk Chung, executive vice president and head of software and AI, told the audience during MWC’s press conference.

 

“Bixby won’t be tied to a specific device. The ultimate goal is to make it ubiquitous,” he added.

 

“Samsung is unique in that it has TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, phones, PCs, and almost every consumer electronics. We also make the module chips that go in them needed in IoT. AI speaker will also be one among them,” Koh further explained.

 

Koh, meanwhile, pointed out that Samsung is now gearing up for several marketing campaigns. One of these campaigns is to expand trade-in programs for old phones.

 

Koh also disclosed that a new division would concentrate on 5G. “A change to 5G will happen faster and more seriously compared to the change from feature phones to smartphones 10 years ago, so we are preparing,” Koh noted.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Leak ‘Confirms’ The Company’s Expensive Secret

In the coming days, Samsung is slated to release its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9. We already heard about the good and bad news of the phone. And details of the Galaxy S9 are becoming clearer especially the phone’s pricing details.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 Price

 

A reliable source of information asked if the Galaxy S9’s price is high. This question was raised by popular leaker Evan Blass. Samsung said the price of the Galaxy S9 is between $1, 044 and $1, 220 respectively.

 

Reports claim that the phone’s price was the tie-in with the leaked price in the United Kingdom. The phone’s price was leaked in the UK last week. Aside from the price, Samsung users are looking forward to the Galaxy S9. The company’s new flagship features a superior dual camera, veering away to Samsung’s tradition.

 

Should in case you feel that it’s quite expensive, Samsung users can opt to go for an inferior model. This would be possible if you don’t want to spend too much on a smartphone. Samsung would eventually increase the device’s prices, but the costs would be relatively the same.

 

Meanwhile, in Europe, the company had sold both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus for only €799 and €899 when they launched in Europe. Samsung explains that the device’s prices in Europe include sales tax. Also, smartphones are really expensive in Europe.

 

The company also informed that Samsung users in the US might experience price increases. And it is possible; others claim that before the imposition of the sales tax, Galaxy S8 is priced at $799 while the Galaxy S8 Plus is expected to be sold between $899-$949.

Samsung Rolls Out Android Oreo To Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus

Both Android Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus users would be able to get the latest Android 8.0 Oreo updates. This development comes after South Korea-based Samsung has rolled out the mobile OS update in two flagships.

 

Samsung said the Android 8.0 Oreo update is expected to bring some fixes and improve the performances on both devices. Android 8.0 Oreo update is actually the first consumer-ready updates, according to the company.

 

Samsung Rolls Out Android Oreo To Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus

 

Now, aside from the usual bug fixes, Samsung has also rolled out in the update the Samsung Experience 9.0, the company’s own skill which has been rolled out first in Germany starting February 8.

 

The Android 8.0 Oreo update, according to Samsung, is now being rolled out in Samsung users in India. Samsung said that other regions elsewhere would also be getting the update anytime soon.

 

However, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users who registered as beta users will be able to get access of the recent mobile OS update, with the more general population of Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users.

 

Regarding the Oreo update, Samsung users should expect new features and other extras provided by the mobile maker. Also, Samsung users should also expect improvements on biometrics security and some subtle tweaks to the U.I. in a few places.

 

The company’s Samsung Experience 9.0 is expected to bring some key improvements in device’s keyboard, search, Bixby Briefing, and Color Lens, among others.

Huawei Mate 10: Huawei Opens Preorders In US, Priced At $799

Electronic giant Huawei has officially opened on Monday its Mate 10 Pro for U.S market. The company’s new flagship smartphone would be sold in the US, especially on sites like Best Buy and Amazon, respectively.

 

Huawei Mate 10 preorders open in the US

 

Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be sold for $799, according to the company. Those who will be buying the new smartphone through a preorder would get a free $150 gift card. Customers could get the gift card from various retail stores where they bought the smartphone.

 

The company said it would start shipping the Huawei Mate 10 Pro on February 18. The new 6-inch flagship comes in two color options: the Midnight Blue and Titanium Gray. It can be recalled that Huawei’s new smartphone was actually adjudged as one of CNET’s favorite smartphone.

 

What’s amazing with Huawei’s new smartphone is that it is powered by the company’s
Kirin 970 processor. Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor equally performs with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered phone like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 device.

 

Huawei’s new smartphone came after a deal with AT&T was nixed as it tries to crack the US market. If the partnership were pushed through, Huawei would be getting a boost with AT&T as the major carrier partner.

 

At this year’s CES, the electronic giant was poised to announce that its Mate 10 Pro would be sold in the US market with AT&T partnership. The company selected AT&T because 90 percent of smartphone sales in the US derived from carriers.

 

 

Unfortunately, AT&T nixed the deal before the CES event last month, fearing of security threats as Huawei has ties with China.

Samsung Galaxy S9 New Leak Hints A Release Date

Samsung users have something to look forward next month. The company has announced the release date for its upcoming flagship at CES 2018. Samsung said it would unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ during the Mobile World Congress 2018. The event will sometimes be held in February.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Release Date

 

Details such as the exact release date of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be confirmed at the event. But rumors have it that the possible release date of the Galaxy S9 might be leaked by a tipster citing a “C-level executive at a major case maker” as a source.

 

According to @evleaks, a popular prolific leaker said that he obtained an information about the rumored Galaxy S9 release date from a Samsung C-level executive. He, however, did not name the Samsung official.

 

Based on the obtained information, Samsung would unveil the Galaxy S9 at MWC by February. Possibly, the company would be taking pre-orders earlier which would commence by March 1st. The prolific tipster also claimed that Samsung had selected March 16 as the official release date of the Galaxy S9.

 

But all these remain speculations as Samsung has yet to confirmed the leaked details. This means that Samsung users should take all these with a grain of salt. It should be noted that the company has not released any details that would suggest the possible release date of the Galaxy S9.

 

So, if rumors are true, Galaxy S9 will be released a month ahead of Galaxy S8. It can be recalled that Galaxy S8 was released on March 29 last year during a special event held in New York City. The phone was released in the U.S and other countries on April 21st.

Samsung: To Release a Better Phone than its S8+?

Nowadays, can you actually go on a day without using any gadget like a cell phone or laptops? Most of us might say “NO”, while some might say “YES”. Gadgets are just not the “IN” thing today. It is already considered a necessity. We use cellphones to communicate easily with our loved ones, our boss and co-workers and our friends. But are specifications and features of a phone important?

Cellphone have a wide variety of uses. You make calls and send text messages and you can send emails and chat people from all over the world. You can use it as a camera so let’s say goodbye to digital cameras. These are just some of a cellphone’s usage.

We can’t deny the fact that Samsung is one of the top companies when it comes to cellular phones. Their latest phones are the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. For those tech geeks like me, we know that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ covers the whole screen unlike the other Samsung phones which were released before it. But rumors are circulating that a better phone is about to be released by Samsung. It’s the Samsung Galaxy S9. It is said to cover more of the screen than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ which means more screen space to use.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Since Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are high-end phones which are considered as very expensive for some of us, it won’t be a shock if the Samsung Galaxy S9’s price is higher than usual. Is it really necessary to buy high-end phones in order to be a part of the elite world?

As for me, I’d choose a phone which is suitable for my needs. Whether it’s a high-end phone or not. Because let’s face it, some of us can’t afford these kind of phones so why try to please the community with material things.

Hottest Gadget Releases This Month (February 2017)

What are the hottest gadget releases this month? What are you most looking forward to? Never fear, we’ve done the legwork for you. This is also the start of a new series of articles we hope to release every month to keep you up to date. So without further ado, let’s dig in!


LG Android Wear 2.0

Release Date: 02.8.2017

Releasing a day earlier then expected, Android Wear 2.0 will be debuting its two anticipated smartwatches, the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport. Both will be highlighting a digital crown button, similar to the Apple Watch along with 4GB of storage and 512MB to 768MB RAM, respectively. Pricing begins at $249USD for the LG Watch Style and $349USD for the LG Watch Sport.


PowerVision PowerRay underwater drone

Preorders Start: 02.27.2017

As drone technology finds its way into the hearts of private consumers, companies continue to innovate to the needs of their market. What you are looking at is an underwater robot that will change the way you hunt down your next catch. The PowerRay features diving capabilities of 30 meters (98ft), Fishfinder sonar, fish luring light and a 4K camera that can beam video to your smartphone app, along with temperature and underwater landscape. PowerVision hasn’t released a price yet, but expect it to be on the higher end, possibly around $1,200USD. However, if you are an avid fisherman, this will be a catch well worth it.


Acer Predator 21 X

Release: February 2017

If you want a complete monster when it comes to a gaming laptop, the Acer Predator 21 X boasts to be the best at it. Acer is hoping with this release to get more of an edge into the gaming laptop market and deliver on its promises. It’s the world’s first 21″ curved-screen laptop and comes with full-width mechanical keyboard (something gamers drool over, I should know since I have one), dual Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards and a $9,000USD price tag. Yes, you heard me right. It’s over 9000! If you’ve been looking to replace your bulky desktop gaming machine but also want something you can bench in-between game matches, this 19.4 pound behemoth can help you climb ranks as you work on that six pack.


Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

Release Date: 02.27.2017

Hoping to not duplicate the disasters with the explosive flaws in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, The Galaxy S8 is on track to bring more positive press back to Samsung. After the success of the S7, the S8 series is boasting a more powerful processor, improved camera quality, iris security scanner and possibly a new digital assistant called Viv. The rumors remain to be seen, we will know more when Samsung announces them.


Nokia 8

Release: February 2017

Not to be outdone by Samsungs Galaxy S8 release, Nokia is also gearing up to release a smartphone this month. This video may or may not be the final look at the phone as Nokia is playing it pretty close to the chest. There are several other images floating around as well. What we do know of the Nokia 8 is that it will most likely have dual front-facing speakers, 6GB of RAM, a 24MP rear camera and a possible price point of $300.


 

That wraps up the hottest gadget releases coming out this month. What gadget are you most looking forward to? Do you prefer video or pictures of the gadgets? Let us know in the comments.

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