Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores, aims to move on from recall crisis

Posted April 23, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 is more expensive to manufacture when compared to its predecessors or even its rival Apple iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel, a new report has showed.

As part of the expanded relationship, Google Play Music is adding enhanced features only for Samsung customers. Subscribing to Google Play Music means you are signed up for YouTube Red, which offers ad-free access to YouTube, as well as special programming. The deal, announced Friday, arrives on launch-day for Samsung's new S8 line of phones and doubles the amount of songs that Samsung customers can upload and stream to Google play for free.

Starting today, you can walk into a retail store and get the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus from several U.S. carriers. Of course, many S8 buyers will probably have throw in their lot with Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, Rhapsody or another of the many music streaming services out there - but if they haven't, they'll get a few extra benefits for choosing Google. General users - non-Samsung users - are given half as much storage capacity for this cloud music program for free.

If AT&T is your carrier of choice, then you should know Best Buy will get you two Galaxy S8/S8+ phones for the price of one on a new line activation as long as you have DirecTV with AT&T.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores, aims to move on from recall crisis
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It has ditched the traditional physical home button in favour of moving to an expansive 5.8-inch curved QHD, near edge-to-edge display that's been squeezed into a device with an overall footprint similar to last year's 5.1-inch S7. Hopefully it follows suit with other features like choosing Google Assistant over its own Bixby assistant. But with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus being sold without Samsung Music installed by default, Samsung's certainly showing what confidence they have in Samsung Music (for the time being, anyway).

The Amazon feature was one of the key elements of Samsung's new Bixby Vision image recognition technology.

Likewise, it's now unclear what sort of Samsung-exclusive features are in development for Google Play Music users in the future, though more details on the matter will hopefully be available shortly.