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Galaxy S9 May update seems to have fixed the black crush (color banding) issue

Since launch, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been plagued with minor issues that angered a lot of users. Most prominent among them are the call glitches and display color banding issues. While Samsung has issued multiple updates to fix the calling problems, the Galaxy S9’s color banding issue hasn’t been addressed so far.

Thankfully, with the May update, Samsung seems to have fixed the Galaxy S9’s color banding issues as well. Though Samsung hasn’t officially mentioned the fix in the update changelog, affected users have noticed the change after the update and posted the same on the company’s help forums. Samsung might have intentionally omitted to mention the fix in the changelog as doing so would amount to an official acknowledgment of the problem.

The update is not available in all the markets yet

For those unaware, the color banding issue, also known as the black crush, refers to a phenomenon where the screen has trouble displaying shades of dark accurately. It results in a grainy or a pixelated picture with blocks of black which is immediately apparent when watching dark images or videos. The problem is not entirely new as even some of the previous Galaxy flagship smartphones were affected by this as well.

The May update, which is either XXU1BRE5 or XXS1ARE6 depending on market, started rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ earlier this month. However, the update hasn’t been released in all markets yet. If we go by Samsung’s track record with monthly updates, it may even skip this update in some countries. If that’s the case, Galaxy S9 users in those countries can expect to get the black crush fix with the next update, whenever that rolls out.

If you have received the May update on your Galaxy S9 and S9+, do let us know if it has fixed the color banding issues for you.

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WladoW
WladoW

RE6 may update g965f, nothing changed black crush is still here. Some videos looks better on my old s6 :D, i am wondering if they are blind in samsung, or how this could happend, if its (i hope) sw problem

johnwick20
johnwick20

i got an update but it didnt fix shit

He2debnath
He2debnath

Still exist?

sriszone
sriszone

Update Rolled out in India

Biransahin
Biransahin

That’s good, though my wife never had a black crush or banding issue on her S9 plus plus G965F Exynos version so the May update was purely a security patch.

RodrigoDuarteh
RodrigoDuarteh

I have an S9 Plus, model SM-G9650 and received the update 2ARE6 and did not fix the problem, in the XDA forum shows that only the update XXU1BRE5 is correcting the black crush problem.

Jamespeter59
Jamespeter59

Already recieved this update,The black crush issue is still there after this update

Jamespeter59
Jamespeter59

Absolutely dissapointed, i had to sell my s5 to get this, now it comes with a worser display than s5

Biransahin
Biransahin

“Worser”? It can’t be any “worser” than your grammar. Lol.

johnwick20
johnwick20

look its grammar police guys , she thinks that this is a school or something

He2debnath
He2debnath

Still exist??

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