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This week in Android: Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Home, Fortnite, Palm, Pixel, and more

Unfortunately, nothing of significance happened this week, except of course everything that’s significant in Android! We started off our week with Google shipping out Android Pie. We have a full review, video, and podcast about it, all in one place!

Along that same line, we got a better look at the Pixel 3 coming this fall. Yes, the gigantic chin and notch are still there, but now we get a look deeper into the box. Be sure to check that out. 

Finally, we were in New York City for Samsung’s much anticipated Unpacked 2018. And it was a doozy! Not only were we introduced to the Galaxy Note 9, but Samsung also unveiled the next Samsung Galaxy Watch, Bixby 2.0, and the surprise of the day – the Galaxy Home! That’s right, Samsung is in the smart speaker game now. Along with partnerships with Fortnite creator, Epic Games and Spotify, Samsung had a lot to say (and dance about) this past Thursday.

Here are your top stories for the week


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2:40 – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: A Fortnite away

The Galaxy S9 is here, with a Bluetooth S Pen, Fortnite exclusivity, and more!


12:00 – Samsung Galaxy Watch is here: A smartwatch that ticks like an analog watch

Samsung stuck with Tizen for the Galaxy Watch. It also gave it’s new flagship watch a round face, and it even ticks like an analog watch.


19:00 – Samsung announces Galaxy Home smart speaker and big Bixby improvements

Samsung improved Bixby by making it more conversational, but it also entered the smart speaker game in a big way.


27:40 – Fortnite on Android first look – you might want to wait off…

We tested EpicGames’ Fortnite on several devices ranging from the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to the Galaxy S7. Check out our findings!


31:05 – Fortnite for Android interview – Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on breaking away from Google Play

With the debut of Fortnite for Android coming today, we had a sit-down (over email) with Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney.


33:15 – Google Pixel 3 XL images leak again, and this time it’s the real deal (Update: unboxing video)

We get a better look at Google’s Upcoming Pixel 3, including a peek inside the packaging. What’s coming with the phone, we wonder?


39:25 – The upcoming Palm phone may have a teeny, tiny display

TCL may be reviving the Palm brand, but now we wonder if it should. (Spoiler alert: It shouldn’t)


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Android 9 Pie review: Closing the gap

On Monday, Google released Android Pie. We have our full review, video review, and a whole podcast episode dedicated to it!


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: Worth the upgrade?

We take a quick look at what the Galaxy Note 9 has to offer over its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review: This is not a laptop

We give you our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Is it worth the money for a high-end Android tablet?


Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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