Samsung’s Galaxy S8 won’t play nice with Daydream, Google’s VR platform

Don’t expect to get the benefits of two virtual reality platforms when your Samsung Galaxy S8 arrives later this month. It turns out you’ll only be able to use the Gear VR if you want an immersive experience on the phone. Samsung, though it may have had no choice, isn’t letting its users enjoy Google’s offering for virtual reality on mobile devices.

Massive leak reveals alleged specs and features of upcoming HTC U “Ocean”

Just because the Galaxy S8 launched last week doesn’t mean that the leaks have dried up. This week, it’s HTC’s turn in the glaring spotlight, with a whole bunch of details leaking on the specifications of the rumored HTC U or Ocean flagship, including things such as Edge Sense and possibly real-time HDR processing. Join us after the break for more details.

T-Mobile’s network lets the Samsung Galaxy S8 achieve gigabit-level LTE speeds

What you can see from the hardware and software isn’t all that’s new with Samsung’s Galaxy S8. Both the processor and the modem, too, unlock groundbreaking capabilities. The phone features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and X16 LTE model, which is allowing carriers to enable insane data speeds.

T-Mobile, of course, is proudly first to show the world how fast the 2017 flagship from Samsung can be on the magenta-colored network. It took a Galaxy S8, connected the phone to its network, and revealed that you can get gigabit-level LTE speeds.

PSA: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ run Android 7.0 Nougat right now, but 7.1.1 is on the way

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are impressive devices, but there’s one thing little disappointing about the software at least for now. They’re currently running an outdated version of Android. Every unit we used at the Unpacked event in New York City was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Despite what you may be thinking, that’s actually behind what Google offers its partners.

It’s not all bad news. Samsung plans on getting right to work on implementing a software update.

Unlocked Galaxy S8 for US networks set for launch on May 9th

Last year Samsung released an unlocked Galaxy S7 for US networks a few months after the device officially launched. That delay wasn’t great, but it at least gave users options for buying a device without having to go through a wireless carrier like Verizon or AT&T. We’re getting the same thing this time around with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but Samsung has sweetened the deal a bit.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ specifications

Let’s get this out of the way: the Galaxy S8 is the most-hyped phone of the year. It just launched, and Samsung is already proving why the masses flock to its flagships. The Galaxy S8 stays true to high-end standards. Glass and aluminum comprise the exterior, a whole bunch of entirely new components are stored inside, and Samsung is starting to push boundaries with software. This is the phone that caters to everyone’s wants and needs.

Hit the break for the spec sheet.

Samsung finally gets onboard with virtual navigation keys on Galaxy S8

After years and several generations of flagship devices, Samsung finally took a step with the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ that many people have been clamoring for. Samsung finally got rid of the physical home key and navigation keys and switched to the use of virtual navigation buttons that are part of the user interface. Although this may seem like a basic change to the overall workings of an Android smartphone, Samsung still managed to add a couple nice features to try to set their implementation apart from the competition.

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt hypes Andy Rubin’s phone, says it’s “coming very soon”

It’s no secret that Eric Schmidt and Andy Rubin are friends after all the years they spent together working at Google. When Rubin was brought in over a decade ago to continue developing Android, Schmidt was Google’s chairman and chief executive officer. The two were employed by Google at the same time from 2005 to 2014. There’s no doubt they’ve kept in touch since Rubin left the company on good terms.

Schmidt, who’s now Alphabet’s chairman, went ahead and expressed support for his former colleague’s next endeavor earlier today on Twitter.