Deal: Get a Samsung Galaxy S9 for $275 if you switch to Cricket

Since the Samsung Galaxy S9 is now just over a year old, it’s already seen some pretty deep discounts. However, this Samsung Galaxy S9 deal at Cricket Wireless is something else.

Right now, if you port your number to Cricket, you can grab a new Galaxy S9 for just $275. Coincidentally, Samsung itself has the device on sale right now, and even that sale still has it at $500, literally twice the price.

Of course, you do need to port your number to Cricket Wireless, which is certainly a bit of a roadblock in this Samsung Galaxy S9 deal. You also can’t port your number from AT&T — all other carriers are OK, but since Cricket is an AT&T sub-brand, no AT&T ports are allowed for this deal.

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The fine print for the deal says that it is only valid for online sales and runs from now until May 18, 2019. It also says that the device “may” be restricted to Cricket Wireless service for six months after activation, which means you likely can’t port your number, get the phone, and then port out.

Regardless, if you were already thinking about switching to Cricket Wireless, this Samsung Galaxy S9 deal makes the decision a no-brainer now.

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These smartphone trade-in stats will probably make Galaxy S9 owners cry

Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone in sunrise gold in a person's hand.

  • The smartphone trade-in market is unforgiving, with major drops in value not long after purchase.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S line is especially poor when it comes to long-term value.
  • However, there are always gold mines to find if you know where to look.

Many of us buy smartphones knowing that, within a year or two, we will resell that phone on the used market. Even if we decide not to sell it ourselves, we’ll likely trade it in when we buy an upgraded model.

BankMyCell just published a slew of new data pertaining to the smartphone trade-in market, including both Android and iOS devices. As one would expect, the data proves that smartphones lose a lot of their trade-in value a year after they launch. However, you might be surprised by just how much.

In the cases of last year’s major flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the phones’ overall values dropped by nearly 60 percent in just one year’s time. In other words, a buyer would have paid $720 for a new Galaxy S9 in March of 2018 but now that device would only earn them an average of $290 on a trade-in.

BankMyCell

What’s more, smartphone trade-in values drop as soon as you “drive it off the lot,” so to speak. Within the first month of opening your brand new Galaxy smartphone, it loses about 42 percent of its original retail value when it comes to trades.

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This is comparatively worse than the trade-in values for iPhones. The iPhone X, for example, launched at a retail price of $999, but by the time the iPhone XS rolled around its value dropped to $690, or by nearly 31 percent. That’s about half as much of a drop as the Galaxy S9 experienced over a similar length of time.

BankMyCell builds its data off various trade-in values offered by different companies and then delivers an average. It’s important to note this because some companies will offer exceptional trade-in deals that will up the value of any given phone substantially. For example, Samsung is giving $550 worth of trade-in credits for the Samsung Galaxy S9 right now if you put it towards a Samsung Galaxy S10. That’s twice as high as what BankMyCell claims here, and also over $100 more than what most sellers are asking for the device on Swappa.

In other words, it pays to shop around when it comes to smartphone trade-in values.

Click here to see all the data BankMyCell has when it comes to trades.

NEXT: Why you should (and why you shouldn’t) buy a used smartphone

Deal: Verizon offers $300 off the Pixel 3 and BOGO deals for Valentine’s Day

If you were thinking of getting that special someone a smartphone for Valentine’s Day, Verizon offers a few deals on the Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40 ThinQ, and more.

Here are the deals:

The highlight deal is $300 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This is not an instant discount — it’s spread out across 24 months. That said, you don’t need to add a new line or trade in a device to get the discount.

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If Google’s smartphones aren’t up your alley, buying the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, or Galaxy Note 9 nets you either a free second Galaxy S9 or $800 off the other two phones. Again, the discount is spread out across 24 months and you don’t need to trade in a device. You do have to activate the second phone on a new line, however.

Finally, Verizon also offers either a free LG G7 ThinQ or $750 off the LG V40 ThinQ if you buy either phone. The deals work the same as the Samsung deals.

The deals are available for a limited time. Hit up the links attached above to take advantage of these discounts.

This week in Android: Punch hole screens are here!

Honor View20 screen

It’s the end of 2018, and you might hear a collective sigh from smartphone pundits. This year was celebrated almost universally by incremental increases to already great hardware. But we also got new form factors — sliders and pop-out cameras — in our quest to eliminate the bezel. Those designs and more will be further refined in 2019, and we’re excited to see it!

Speaking of refined designs for 2019, we got our first hands-on look at a phone with a punch-hole camera. The Honor View 20 is coming in early 2019, and our reviewer David Imel got some time with the phone. What does he think of the hole? Is it better than the notch?

Plus, we have two new phones from Xiaomi, two possible new phones from Google, and two OEMs who may once again be in hot water with the White House. Oh, and Samsung’s new One UI is coming to your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus as we speak!

Here are your top stories for the week

Android in 2018 is the opening act for Android in 2019

2018 may have been a little bit of a yawner, but it was mostly just getting things ready for an epic 2019. We think. Probably.


Honor View 20 hands-on: Are holes better than notches?

The Honor View 20 sports a punch hole display. It’s tiny and in a sensible place, but we’re still not convinced.


5 most controversial Android apps and games from 2018!

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Who would have thought that apps could be controversial. Turns out they can, and in a pretty big way too!


2018 was the smartphone camera’s biggest year yet

2018 set the stage for what we’ll see in 2019 in terms of cameras, and that’s a bright future indeed.


Samsung to show off sound-producing display tech at CES 2019?

Why put a speaker in a phone when you can have your display do it for you? That’s what Samsung is thinking.


Stable Android Pie with One UI is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus!

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Do you like Pie? Do you like One UI? Well then Samsung has some really good news for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro review: Pro ambitions, amateur mistakes

Xiaomi’s latest flagship hits a lot of high notes, but misses on a few of the basics like battery life.


Xiaomi Black Shark review: A blast for your buck

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s gaming entry, the Black Shark, has a slick design and an “Extreme Mode” that takes things up to 11.


Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite tipped to land on Verizon this Spring

If the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were too rich for your blood, Verizon thinks you might be tempted with some less expensive options.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: What’s old is new again

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 takes an old form factor and makes it feel fresh and new. This is our full Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review.


2019 will be a great year for smartwatches and fitness trackers — here’s why

It’s a great time to invest in a fitness tracker right now. Smartwatches? Not unless you’re buying an Apple Watch.


Who wants to win a Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Huawei Mate 20 ProEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Deal: Pick up a Galaxy S9, S9 Plus or Note 9 at Samsung.com, save up to $300

Samsung is offering up to $300 savings on Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, and Galaxy Note 9 purchases from its online store.

The exact savings depend on carrier and model. For example, T-Mobile is offering a little bit less than the other carriers on the Galaxy Note 9 ($200 rather than $300) and the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus ($200 rather than $250). The offer applies not only to the base models but the higher storage versions also.

If you take the base model on the carrier with the highest discount, you’re looking at $519.99 for the S9, $589.99 for the S9 Plus, and $699.99 for the Note 9. Of course, the caveat here is that you’re getting a branded device; if you want to take an unlocked model, you’ll end up paying $150-$200 more.

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The fine print also mentions AT&T’s $300 savings will apply instantly, while with Verizon you’ll get $100 instant savings with the remainder paid back in credit. It’s not immediately clear what the terms are for the T-Mobile and Sprint units.

There’s little else that needs to be said about these devices at this point — they’re among the best smartphones of 2018. In fact, the Galaxy Note 9 took home this award from us as well as in your Reader’s Choice awards.

If you’re interested, there’s still some time left to pick this one up for the holidays: hit the links below to check out the deals over at Samsung.com.

Buy now: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Buy Now: Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus

 

Samsung Good Lock gets nav bar customization and dozens of new icons

  • Samsung has rolled out a new Google Lock 2018 module called NavStar.
  • The module allows users to customize their navigation bar with new icons and colors.
  • It’s compatible with Samsung devices running Android 8.1 Oreo and up.

Samsung has rolled out NavStar, a new customization module for Good Lock 2018. Samsung delivered the module in a recent update (brought to our attention via XDA Developers), allowing users to make some funky changes to their navigation bar.

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NavStar’s main attraction will be the new icons, seeing as they include images like paw prints, ice cream, a piece of cheese, and a cat in a basket. Samsung allows you to replace the existing navigation icons with these adorable icons, as well as add two extra buttons to the nav bar (with additional functions, like opening the camera or web browser).

Samsung Good Lock NavStar module. XDA Developers

Further, NavStar will let users change the bar’s layout, including its color and where the buttons sit.

This all may sound frivolous — particularly the cat in the basket icon — but it’s these kinds of features that can make devices seem that much more personal. Samsung revived Good Lock earlier in 2018 in order to offer Samsung users unprecedented UI customization options (Read more about it here). The South Korean OEM’s developments here are somewhat unique in the Android world — most third-party OEMs don’t offer such customization options — so they’re welcome even if they are of small consequence.

Samsung Good Lock NavStar module. XDA Developers

Now to talk about caveats: Good Lock 2018 is still only compatible with Android 8.1 Oreo and upwards, which means you can’t get this on the Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus for now. It’s also only available in the U.S., U.K., Korea, Singapore, Australia, and Canada.

However, Samsung is rolling out the Pie beta for the S9 and S9 Plus, which means some folks might get access to it soon.

If you happen to be rocking a Samsung device with 8.1 Oreo — such as the Galaxy Note 9 — and live in one of the aforementioned regions, look out for NavStar in the latest version of the Good Lock 2018 Launcher in the Galaxy Apps store.

Samsung kicks off One UI (Android Pie) update for beta users

Samsung has opened the beta program for One UI, based on Android 9 Pie.

Currently available in South Korea and potentially other countries, the beta program lets regular users test drive the new software, which will replace Samsung’s skin on the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus and a slew of other devices.

Some users in South Korea are reportedly already using the new One UI, which Samsung first teased during its Developer Conference last week.

As reported by SamMobile, users in Germany and the U.S. are expected to be able to join the beta soon, though an exact timeframe isn’t available yet.

Read: Check out One UI: A newer, rounder take on the Samsung Experience

If you have a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus and want to test out One UI, you can join the program from the Samsung Members app, which should have been pre-installed on your device out of the box. After you open the app and accept the terms, check out the Notices section in the left-side hamburger menu. If the beta program is available to you, you should see a notification allowing you to join. After you sign up, you’ll be able to check for the system update from your phone’s settings section.

Via SamMobile

 

In past years, Samsung opened up a limited number of slots for its Android update beta program. In other words, don’t hesitate too much once you get the availability notice.

One UI brings sweeping changes to the software that was once known as TouchWiz. These include a system-wide dark theme, a design paradigm that caters to modern, tall form factor devices, and a refreshed visual language that favor rounded corners. The settings have also been simplified, and Samsung apps will adopt a bottom navigation bar to facilitate one-handed use.

The first incarnation of One UI is based on Android 9 Pie and includes many of the under-the-hood features in this major release. Samsung confirmed to Android Authority that the new software will be made available to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Note 8, in addition to this year’s crop of Samsung flagships.

Keep an eye on your Samsung Members app and let us know if you got the update.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus update hub: front-camera upgrade rolling out

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Update, 10/16/2018, 04:09 AM ET: Samsung is rolling out the October 2018 security patches to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, along with a front camera upgrade.

SamMobile spotted the 244 MB update earlier today; it’s said to be rolling out in Germany with firmware versions G960FXXU2BRJ3 and G965FXXU2BRJ3, though the accompanying screenshot SamMobile provided is in Dutch.

The changelog says the backlighting has been improved when shooting with the front camera and faces will now be brighter. It sounds like a small, but worthwhile upgrade, though the phones remain on Android 8.0 Oreo for the time being.

As the update is now rolling out in Europe, it will likely reach the U.S. in the coming days and weeks.

Meanwhile, it looks like Samsung is gearing up for an Android Pie beta program. These betas typically last until the year’s end, with the final update rolling out soon after. We should have more on this, including how you can sign up, soon.


Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Android update hub page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update information, but note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus Android update

The Galaxy S9 series was released in February 2018 and became the first Samsung flagship to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Since then, Google has released the Android 8.1 update and Android 9.0 Pie, but S9 owners are still waiting for any concrete rollout details.

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The Galaxy S9/S9 Plus will almost certainly pick up Android Pie, though we don’t know when. Samsung is likely to roll out a beta program for this in the run-up to 2019, as it has with previous updates to its Galaxy flagships, which some of you may be able to get involved with.

Despite supporting Project Treble, it’s yet to be seen whether Samsung will roll out major updates any faster than in the past.

It also seems likely that the S9 series will eventually be updated to Android Q, but we’ll no doubt have to wait until 2019 to hear more on that front.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus update US

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Verizon Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*AVZW ) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*AVZW) update:

  • June 21, 2018: Verizon rolls out the June security update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

AT&T Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*AATT) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*AATT) update:

  • The AT&T Galaxy S9/S9 Plus has yet to receive any noteworthy updates.

T-Mobile Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*ATMB) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*ATMB) update:

  • March 14, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update, improves camera and face unlock stability.
  • June 22, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update, which includes the June 2018 Android security patch, various bug fixes, and system improvements.
  • July 9, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update, which includes RTT updates, enhancements to DIGITS, various bug fixes, and system improvements.

Sprint Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*ASPR) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*ASPR) update:

  • The Sprint Galaxy S9/S9 Plus has yet to receive any noteworthy updates.

Unlocked US Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965U) update:

  • June 25, 2018: Samsung rolls out an update with the June 2018 Android security patch, along with various bug fixes and system improvements.

International Galaxy S9 (SM-G960F) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965F) update:

  • June 6, 2018: Samsung adds support for dual voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) in India.
  • July 18, 2018: Samsung rolls out an update with the July 2018 Android security patch, along with stability improvements for AR Emoji and Super Slow-Mo.
  • October 16, 2018:

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