Latest update limits color options for Galaxy S8′s navigation bar background

Samsung is pushing out a new software update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ right now, and it looks like the company has decided to limit the customization options for the navigation bar. Well, at least when it comes to the choice of color for the navigation bar’s background, as there is no longer an option to choose a custom color from an RGB scale. In fact, Samsung has switched up the available background colors, and the worst of it is that you can no longer use a fully black navigation bar background.

The new color choices are all light shades, and it’s unclear why Samsung suddenly decided the existing options weren’t good enough; it could be that Samsung is hoping the new colors will help keep visual uniformity across apps. But it’s disappointing to see, especially for someone like me who likes keeping black as the background for the navigation bar. The default white background doesn’t go too well with the primarily white background inside most apps, as the navigation bar stands out by not being as white as the rest of the interface.

Here’s a comparison of the old and new color options (old on the left, new on the right):

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The update does bring a nice little icon to the navigation bar that lets you hide the navigation bar or lock it into place (the latter doesn’t work inside full-screen apps like Netflix or YouTube). Hopefully, Samsung will see the folly in limiting the customization options for the navigation bar background and bring them back in a future update. For those wondering, yes, the new update does bring the latest security patch. The update is available in a handful of markets right now and should be expanding to more countries in the coming days.

What’s your take on Samsung changing up the available colors for the navigation bar?

Also Read Galaxy S8 Tip: How to change the color of the navigation bar

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Bilal Hashim
2 days 23 hours ago

Doesn’t make any sense to remove the black option :/

mdesign83
3 days 17 hours ago

Why just cant apply the color of notification panel to the navigation bar in each app?
Darkgrey in firefox
Blue in facebook
Etc…
This would solve the aging problem if that is a point of decision..

adamlee92
13 days 3 hours ago

flashed the XEU UK AND IRELAND BUT MY CSC STILL BTU so I’m running a new software which isn’t available for BTU. Will I still get the next OTA?

adamlee92
13 days 9 hours ago

still nothing here in the UK (BTU) UK and Ireland has the update but no the UK only.

paolostyle
13 days 11 hours ago

They changed also the font from the Always On Display… :-(

obsydian
13 days 14 hours ago

Not even bothered with this feature, so don’t care.

o0MHJ0o
13 days 14 hours ago

lucky for us in the UK we haven’t been updated since April so, can still use all the colour options lol

billywongwashere
13 days 14 hours ago

It arrived yesterday

o0MHJ0o
13 days 11 hours ago

not on my S8+ unlocked

strazzi
13 days 14 hours ago

Don’t care about it…

seancrosse
13 days 18 hours ago

Perhaps Samsung want the screen to always appear full size, in line with their marketing with the edge to edge screen?

edwardmcardle
13 days 20 hours ago

since black turns off the pixels, not allowing black on the bar will ensure uniform aging of all pixels as they will all be on for similar amounts of time, this will ensure all subpixels decay at the same rate and uniform colour is maintained

markstep1
14 days 1 hour ago

and all video recording is now limited to 10 minutes

romanson
14 days 2 hours ago

LAST THAT I CAN RECALL , THERE WAS A KIND OF TRANSPARENT , NOW THERE IS A WHITE AND SOME GAY COLORUS…

romanson
14 days 2 hours ago

This is a stupid update for s8+

PLEASE RESTORE IT AS IT WAS.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE UPDATE BETTER , DONT DOWNGRADE OUR PHONES

Martin Eugeniev
14 days 3 hours ago

Nooooo! I liked that! Damn it!

adamlee92
14 days 2 hours ago

I haven’t got the update yet but I can still only record for 10min

markstep1
14 days 3 hours ago

Also the new updates limit recording time of videos to 10 minutes

ProdByEchelon
14 days 4 hours ago

Because dark colours will cause burn-in. Isn’t that obvious?

adamlee92
14 days 5 hours ago

I use a black theme so my navigation bar is mostly black. hope it stays black after the update

yash92duster
14 days 4 hours ago

its white everywhere after update

this update sucks for navigation bar

Iris is little better now

Skander1345
14 days 4 hours ago

This is incorrect. You can still set theme navbar setting, which includes black with a theme that sets it as black.

 
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