Oath Bloatware for Galaxy S9 Phones

Putting Oath Bloatware on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Phones

Verizon will be putting Oath bloatware on Galaxy 9 phones. The company has signed a deal with Samsung to preload four apps from Verizon’s Oath brand to Galaxy 9 smartphones. This is part of the company’s ongoing effort to get people to actually watch content from services like Go90.

Apps To Be Preloaded On Galaxy 9

Specifically, the four apps which Verizon will preload on Samsung’s Galaxy 9 smartphones are:

– Oath’s Newsroom
– Yahoo Sports
– Yahoo Finance, and
– Go90 mobile video apps

These apps will be preloaded on the Galaxy 9 and Galaxy 9 Plus. Samsung has confirmed that the preloaded apps will only be coming to the Verizon phones.

Other Conditions Of The Deal

Also part of the deal is the integration of native ads from Oath into both the Oath apps and Samsung’s own Galaxy and Game launcher apps. Samsung will share revenue with Oath from the new ads.
It seems like the Oath apps will be Samsung’s premier content partner. Adding things like sports scores from yahoo Sports, news from Newsroom, and stock information from Yahoo Finance into Bixby Home, too.

These integrated ads and Bixby Home content will be coming to all Samsung S9 devices, not just Verizon ones. It will start with the US with an eventual plan to roll them out globally. Meaning, if you are not a Verizon customer and you use an S9, prepare to see more of Verizon and Oath content the future.

Bloatware may not have been invented by Android phone. But Android phone makers and carriers seem to like taking advantage of it. Bloatware is all the extra software apps that come pre-installed in your phones. Most android users do not like having these unwanted apps on their phones. But some carriers do not care about customers’ aversion toward Bloatware.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+: What Makes This Duo A Powerful Phone?

South-Korea mobile giant Samsung has officially released its latest flagship devices: the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Before Samsung has officially unveiled both devices, there were huge online leaks leading to the company’s presser at Mobile World Congress.


One of the details that surfaced lately is that Samsung’s smartphone has reportedly upgraded its dual aperture cameras. Samsung is boasting that the camera of its new flagship has the ability to capture “super slo-mo” video.


But the most surprising information about the Samsung Galaxy S9 is the phone’s price. Both Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ would be cheaper compared to the rumors that surfaced.


Despite the duo’s reported expensive price, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ remain to be the most-sought smartphones. And in case you don’t know, we have rounded up the specs of Samsung’s latest smartphone as reported by The Inquirer.


– 148x69x8.5mm, 163g / 158x74x8.5mm, 189g
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– Samsung 10nm Exynos 9810 CPU (4x 2.7GHz, 4x 1.9GHz)
– 3,000mAh / 3,500mAh batteries
– 64GB / 128GB storage with microSD expansion up to 400GB
– Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, front-facing iris scanner
– 12MP Dual Pixel camera with OIS (f/1.5, f/2.4) / Vertical dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Stereo speakers
– Wireless charging support
– IP68 water and dust resistance
– Built-in FM radio
– Updated DeX Pad
– Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue, Lilac Purple variants

Release date

Avid fans of Samsung in UK would be able to buy the Galaxy S9 and S9+ starting from March 16. But now they could pre-order the phones as the company announced that those who pre-ordered before March 7 at [23:59] GMT would be able to receive their devices seven days early on March 9.

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.

Galaxy S9 Release Date, Price and Specs: Device To Debut At MWC In February

Avid users of Samsung Galaxy S9 has something to cheer about. Just a month away, Samsung will finally unveil the Galaxy S9, confirming the existence of its 2018 flagship device. The company is expected to launch the Galaxy S9 come February at Mobile World Congress.


While Samsung users are excitedly expecting the Galaxy S9, we have learned so much about its specs and features. Since last year, various online rumors have hinted the possible specs and features of both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.


In a statement, Samsung has reportedly confirmed that both Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be launched on February 25. Recently leaked details surrounding the device noted that pre-orders would begin in March. Also, the company will be shipping the devices two weeks later on March 16.


Regarding the device price, early reports hinted that Galaxy S9 would be sold for £100, which is more expensive than last year’s S8.


Now, we have collated the rumored specs and features of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Here’s what we know so far:

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) / Samsung Exynos 9810 (UK)
– 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM / 6GB RAM
– 64GB/128GB / 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
– Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
– 12MP Dual Pixel camera with OIS (f/1.5, f/2.4) / Vertical dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Stereo speakers
– Wireless charging support
– IP68 water and dust resistance
– Built-in FM radio
– Updated DeX docking station
– Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue, Lilac Purple variants

Rumor: Samsung To Ditch Its S-Series Naming Scheme?

Samsung is planning to drop the Samsung Galaxy S-series naming scheme, a source privy to the company’s plan revealed on Thursday.


Samsung ditches its S-Series naming scheme


According to the source, the dropping of naming scheme would be evident in Samsung’s 10th generation “Galaxy S series” in 2019. This means that the company would no longer name its smartphones having the SX scheme.


For its part, Samsung reasoned out that the company wanted to have a simpler naming scheme. By doing so, the company wanted to avoid naming the devices with the usual SX in the coming months.


But tech users emphasized that dropping the SX naming scheme was actually Samsung’s calculated move against Apple Inc. It can be recalled that Samsung’s rival, Apple has changed the way its naming iPhones. Recently, Apple has named its iPhone as an “X series.”


To date, Samsung has not yet released any information why it suddenly imposed changes in their naming scheme. What is clear though is that Samsung vowed that it would improve its Galaxy flagship devices with a new naming scheme.


For now, Samsung users would be available to find out if this rumor is true. The company is planning to unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9 on February 25. The company’s SX naming scheme has been around for 8 years. The company started naming its device in Galaxy S in 2010 with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 back in 2017.

Samsung Galaxy S9: New Renders Hint Silver And Grey Color Options

Samsung Galaxy S9 will be publicly unveiled on February 25. And there were many rumors that came out, suggesting the specs and features of the Galaxy S9.  Now, comes another rumor about the phone’s color options.


Normally, Samsung is very selective when it comes to color options of their smartphones. Previous Galaxy models were having safe and neutral color tones like orchid gray, midnight black, and arctic silver.


Are we seeing Galaxy S9 in different color tones?


A listing of the Samsung Galaxy S9 cases, however, revealed new color options. These smartphone cases were made by Poetic Cases. The company said that the Galaxy S9 Plus cases are now available for preorder.


Based on the case maker’s listing, a vivid render of the Galaxy S9 showed what appeared to a silver and gray color tones. These color options are similar to last year’s Galaxy S8 smartphones.


Also, a video showing a Galaxy S9 render showed a dummy unit of Samsung’s device in black color option. This is contrary to an earlier speculation that the smartphone would be in silver and gray color options.


Apart from this, the Poetic Cases render also confirms other rumor that the S9 Plus could have a dual-camera set-up.  The phone also showed what appeared to a fingerprint reader.


Both Samsung and Poetic Cases have yet to issue a statement confirming all these speculations. So, for the time being,  Samsung users should take this information with a grain of salt.  All these will remain speculation, unless otherwise, confirmed by Samsung and Poetic Cases.

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.

LG To Launch iPhone X-inspired Phone and Galaxy S9 Rival?

The Cupertino-based Apple Inc. and its archrival Samsung were both successes in the smartphone market. But mobile company LG said it won’t be replicating the success that Samsung is enjoying right now as it would launch its LG G7 soon.


What is obvious right now is that LG is kept in the dark. Mobile users haven’t heard of the company’s plan for a long time. Now, a rumor has surfaced recently that LG’s top honcho has reportedly ordered the revision of a smartphone-LG G7-that would compete with Apple’s iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S9.

Here’s what we know so far


BGR reported that the company’s CEO and Vice Chairman Jo Seong-jin, has expressed intent to revise the LG G7. Details of the LG G7’s revision until now is still sketchy, but a spokesperson of the LG said that Jo Seong-jin had ordered the G7 team to stop the development and conduct a “review” of the LG G7 from scratch.


At CES 2018, Jo announced during a media briefing that LG would unveil a new smartphone when necessary.


“We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed,” Jo said at CES during a press conference. “But we will not launch it just because other rivals do.”


If LG would push its plan, this means that mobile fans of LG would be able to see a new phone coming soon. This is because it would probably reset the LG G7’s launching back to April. For some, the company’s plan is confusing because it would be impossible that a mobile company could scratch and release a phone in just three months.


“Right after the vice chairman announced at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over,” an LG official said who was privy of the plan.

“A new decision on possible launch date will be released around the Lunar New Year holiday next month,” the LG official added.


Also, what we know is that the company’ soon-to-be-released smartphone would feature an all-screen design, a dual camera, and the possibility of using iris scanning.

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