Samsung has opened general availability of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships in a number of countries, while the two devices are now available for purchase at multiple carriers. However, unlocked versions will be up for purchase at a later date.
Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Tab S3 users will be offered a free three-month subscription to Google Play Music. This means that Samsung will no longer include its Music app on phones and will use Google’s Play Music as the default player.
The platform offers access to various songs and the option to store up to 50,000 music files under the user’s account. However, Galaxy S8, S8+ and Tab S3 users will be offered the option to store and upload up to 100,000 songs from their offline music collection to their Play Music account.
Samsung’s move shouldn’t be that surprising, considering that last year’s Galaxy S7 also came with the Google Play Music application. Google’s app is expected to become the default music player on all Android devices to be launched by Samsung this year.
Samsung is also offering users the option to watch ad-free music videos on YouTube Red for three months. The Galaxy S8 makes it easy for users to conduct all sort of operations with their phones, even use the iris scanner to conduct mobile payments. This is only natural, considering that Samsung has prepared such a service for last year’s Galaxy Note 7 customers as well.
Several credit card companies from South Korea intend to implement the feature for customers to conduct secure financial transactions using the iris scanner, according to a report. Experts say that iris scanning is the most secure form of biometric authentication, considering that every person’s iris is different and has a unique signature.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also use facial recognition features, but they were deemed vulnerable when it was discovered that the feature could be bypassed by using a high-res picture.