If you own a Samsung Galaxy S9 you may have seen an update rolling out to your phone. If you haven’t be prepared because Android 10 with One UI 2.0 is on its way to you.
The update brings with it some of the features that were part of the major firmware update for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10+ users. The update includes:
- Dark mode that includes enhanced image, text, and color adjustments for day and night environments, along with darkened wallpapers, widgets, and alarms while Dark mode is on.
- Clearer and improved icons and system colours along with improved layouts for titles and buttons to eliminate wasted screen space.
- Smoother animations including enhanced animations with a playful touch.
- Full screen gestures with new navigation gestures.
- Refined interactions that enable users to navigate more comfortably on large screens with minimal finger movement along with the ability to easily focus on what matters with clearly highlighted buttons.
- New ways to access One-handed mode: double tap the Home button or swipe down in the center of the bottom of the screen. Settings moved to Settings > Advanced features > One-handed mode.
- Accessibility that enables high contrast keyboards and layouts for large text have been improved. There is also a new function has been added that converts speech to on-screen text in real time during voice/video calls or when speaking into the mic.
- Better battery usage graph which now provides more detailed information.
- Digital wellbeing that enables users to set goals to keep your phone usage in check, use Focus mode to help avoid distractions from your phone and keep an eye on your kids with new parental controls.
- Camera improvement which now includes added ability to edit the modes that appear at the bottom of the screen. There is also a new icons have been added to notify you when there are new settings and features, along with an improved the layout so you can focus on taking pictures without the settings getting in the way.
- New Link to Windows feature has been added, that enables you can easily access photos, messages, and notifications from your phone on your PC, and a screen mirroring feature is also provided. This feature is available through the Link to Windows in the quick panel or Settings.
- Link Sharing has also received the ability to enabled file upload capacity has been increased. Which enables you can now upload up to 3 GB per file and up to 5 GB per day.
- Samsung DeX update brings with it increased support is now provided for connecting to a computer using Samsung DeX.
- Media and devices has now replaced SmartThings with these new services.
You can read more about the full new features of the update from Samsung Notify updates page. Interestingly though, it would seem that the update was ready for rollout back on the 18th of February, just on a week ago. Checking the status of the three major telco’s, with Optus and Telstra now deploying the update and Vodafone yet to announce deployment.
If you’re a Galaxy S9 user and want to check if you have the update, simply to go Settings > Software Update > Download and Install to check if the update is ready for you to install. Its probably best to download via Wi-Fi but if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, keep an eye out on your data in case you may not have enough to download.
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