June Android Security Update Arrives for The Galaxy S8 Lineup on Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S8

Sprint has released the June Android Security Update on their network for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.  The updates are 250MB in size and mostly consist of the security update but also have a few other minor performance improvements too.  For the S8, you are looking for build G950USQU1AQFJ while the S8 Plus will be getting version G955USQU1AQFJ.  The update is rollin g out now and should hit all devices over the course of the next week.

Along with the security updates, there are fixes for the Find My Mobile app as well as an LTE Roaming fix and a SMS fix for “(/5)OK”.

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Samsung Bixby Finally Rolling Out To Galaxy S8 Owners

Samsung Galaxy S8

After a delay of 3 months, Samsung Bixby is finally rolling out to the Galaxy S8 here in the United States and in South Korea.  The update to bring Bixby to the S8 devices and brings along all of the normal features of a personal assistant along with a few Samsung features too.

Bixby was heavily touted in the lead up to the launch of the Galaxy S8 but expectations fell well short when the device shipped without the assistant.  Indeed, the dedicated hardware button on the S8 phones for Bixby couldn’t even be remapped initially although some developers found ways around it – which Samsung kept knocking down.  Without remapping, you pretty much had a useless button on your phone until now.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 Lineup Now Available from Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S8

For those who have been waiting for the unlocked variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, you can now get your order in at Samsung’s website.  The company is offering both devices unlocked with a nice package of goodies along with it.  Orders are being taken now with shipments happening by May 30th.  Regardless of which one you order, Samsung is making an entertainment kit available for free with purchase that includes a standing case, a SanDisk 64GB MicroSD card and six free months of Netflix.

If you want a Galaxy S8, the outright purchase price is $724.99 while the S8+ is $100 more at $824.99.  Qualified buyers can apply for financing from Samsung which $30.21 per month for 24 months for the S8.  For the S8+, the monthly payment is $34.38.

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Download All of The Samsung Galaxy S8 Wallpapers

Galaxy S8 Wallpaper

While we are still a few weeks out from the Samsung Galaxy S8 being shipped and available, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the look of it on your phone today.  I’ve not received and posted on the wallpaper page 18 new wallpapers that will be shipping with the Galaxy S8.  This brings the total to 21 with the three that were released earlier.  All of these new wallpapers are in QHD so you can put them on any device or tablet and enjoy some of the great looks.

For those of you who are not interested, I’ve purposely posted them after the break so you don’t have to wait for them to load in your browser, your mobile or in the app.  Those who are interested, tap the headline and you will be able to see them and download them.

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Have We Just Seen Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy?

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The news today that Microsoft will be selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in their stores caught more than a few people by surprise.  The company, through multiple reboots, has tried for years to get their Windows Phone platform off the ground with limited success.  At the same time, they have been continually developing their suite of apps for both Android and iOS, appealing to both consumers and enterprises as being available on whatever device the end user wants to use.  It has worked.  Microsoft continues to be the dominant player in the enterprise with Office 365 and are taking their fair share in the consumer space at the same time.

But the addition of the new Galaxy S8 lineup to their store inventory is another step all together.  It is, more-or-less, an admission of defeat.  They know that the market is set between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and that it simply cannot bear another mobile platform.  Consumers, and for that matter enterprises, have said as much with their wallets.  As this tale of woe has unfolded, much digital ink has been spilled on the lack of a Microsoft mobile strategy.  I, for one, think that is wrong.  I think Microsoft has had a mobile strategy all along.  It’s not about devices or even the platform.  It’s about the apps.

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Google Encouraging Android Developers to Support 18:9 Phone Ratios

Samsung Galaxy S8

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and the LG G6, a new 18:9 (in the case of Samsung, 18.5:9) is making its way to Android devices and Android developers will need to support it.  If developers don’t update the maximum aspect ratio of their apps, their apps will be rendered at 16:9 on these devices.  That means that users will have a black bar at the top and bottom of the display.  It’ll work, but won’t be so pretty.

In a blog post on the Android Developer blog, Google has posted on this and is encouraging developers to increase the maximum ratio of their apps to support this new 18:9 view so their apps can take full advantage of the screen size.

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