The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now starting to receive its Android 8.0 Oreo update. The update is now rolling out to Note 8 models in France, bumping users to version N950FXXU3CRC1 and giving them the March 2018 Android security patches.
Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on when this update will begin making its way to other regions. It is good to finally see Oreo hitting the Note 8 somewhere in the world, though, because it means that Samsung is largely done working on the update and so it may be close to release in other regions, too.
Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when the Note 8’s Oreo update begins hitting other parts of the globe.
AR Emoji is one of the top new features of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and today Samsung announced a new promotion to help it get peoples’ attention.
Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners can use Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to create personalized messages using the AR Emoji feature. These characters are available in the AR Emoji mode on their device’s camera.
Samsung plans to add characters from The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Frozen to its AR Emoji feature later in 2018.
AR Emoji’s big feature is that it can create a 3D replica of your face by mapping more than 100 facial features, but the Apple’s Animoji show that people are also interested in using fun animated characters to send messages to others. Mickey and Minnie Mouse are two of the biggest animated characters ever, so this is a big addition for AR Emoji. While this feature alone isn’t likely to sell many GS9 and GS9+ phones, the addition of beloved animated characters could get people to check our AR Emoji when they otherwise might have ignored it.
We’ve seen all fourmajor UScarriers launch special deals on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and now Samsung is doing the same thing.
Samsung is offering discounted accessory bundles with the purchase of the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+. Customers can choose either a Power Upgrade Bundle or S9 Ultimate Bundle, which are priced at $ 49 and $ 99, respectively.
The Power Upgrade Bundle includes a wireless charging pad, battery pack, and car charger, which is a bundle that’s valued at $ 170. Customers who opt for the S9 Ultimate Bundle will get a wireless charging stand, IconX wireless earbuds, and a Gear VR virtual reality headset, all of which is valued at a total of $ 400.
These are both pretty great deals, especially when it comes to the S9 Ultimate Bundle. With it, you can give mobile VR a try and see what having truly wireless earbuds is like, all for considerably less that buying the three accessories separately. The good news is that this bundle offer will run through April 6, so you’ve got plenty of time to decide which bundle is the right one for you.
Last year we compared the speakers on the newly launched iPhone X to Samsung’s then-current flagship and the iPhone destroyed in loudness, bass, mids, and highs. Will it do the same against the all new Galaxy S9+? AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Samsung decided to focus heavily on image quality in its latest devices, and the S9+ has a 12-megapixel f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture lens as its main camera, which is paired with a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, similar to what’s available in the iPhone X.
A variable aperture is unique to Samsung’s new devices, and it offers some benefits that are going to improve image quality. With a variable aperture, it’s easier to find a balance between light and image quality.
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At the wider f/1.5 aperture, the Galaxy S9+ camera can let in more light in low light situations, but a wider aperture tends to compromise image sharpness at the edges of the photo. In conditions where the lighting is better, the narrower f/2.4 aperture will provide a crisper higher-quality image. The Galaxy S9+ can automatically select the proper aperture for the best image.
The iPhone X has two lenses like the Galaxy S9+, but no adjustable aperture, and that gives the S9+ a bit of an edge. As you’ll see in the images below, though, both the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9+ have fantastic cameras that are capable of taking some amazing images.
In these photos, we used an automatic mode to capture the images, and no editing was done. This image of a sunset demonstrates some key differences between the two cameras. The S9+ offers a crisper image with more definition, but the colors in the iPhone X image are warmer and more true to life.
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The Galaxy S9+ has a “Live Focus” mode that’s similar to Portrait Mode on the iPhone X, and the photo below compares Live Focus with Portrait Mode. Both of these modes have some issues, but making adjustments to blur is easier on the Galaxy S9+, which gives it the win over the iPhone X. In general, the Galaxy S9 also has more built-in image editing tools with its Pro Mode for taking manual photos.
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In addition to images, we also took a look at video modes. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 can record in slow motion at 960 FPS, a unique feature because the iPhone X’s slo-mo maxes out at 240 FPS. Both devices can also record in 4K video with optical image stabilization, but the Galaxy S9+’s video was less jittery. The iPhone X did win out when it came to suppressing outdoor wind sound, though.
Both of these cameras, as mentioned before, are great and can capture images that are on par with DSLRs in some situations, but there are definitely some features that make the Galaxy S9+ ever so slightly better than iPhone X when it comes to image and video quality.
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Of course, Apple is going to be introducing the successor to the iPhone X in about six months, and with the camera improvements that come with every new upgrade, it’s likely iPhones coming in 2018 will outshine the Galaxy S9+.
Which images do you prefer? iPhone X or Galaxy S9+? Let us know in the comments.
Right on schedule, T-Mobile is now selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are now in stock on T-Mobile’s website, and they should be available in your friendly neighborhood T-Mo store, too. Pricing for the Galaxy S9 is set at $ 0 down and $ 30 per month for 24 months on EIP, $ 0 down and $ 32 per month with JUMP! On Demand, or $ 720 full retail. The Galaxy … [read full article]
Earlier this week, I noticed that my Galaxy S9+ review unit had an OTA update available. This update addressed some stability issues with the camera and put the phone on the latest security patch (which is certainly a good thing). But at nearly 250MB, it was quite a sizable update, too, and so installation took a bit to complete – my phone was out of commission for over five minutes.