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New Galaxy S9 and Note 9 Pie beta makes a few camera UI changes

Samsung released an update for the Android Pie beta on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 this week, bringing a number of fixes for known issues. And it turns out the company is also playing around with the camera app interface a bit. Pie brings major changes such as a dedicated video recording mode and features like Scene Optimizer for the Galaxy S9, and the latest beta is changing the way the latter works.

Scene Optimizer no longer a dedicated shooting mode

On recent devices and on Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, Samsung had spun off Scene Optimizer as a separate mode. On the new beta that was released this week, it’s back to being a toggle in the camera settings, but it does something different. Enabling Scene Optimizer in the camera settings now adds a switch for it in the main camera interface (the viewfinder), and you can now use this switch to turn Scene Optimizer on or off on the fly. The icon for the switch is a bit confusing, but it turns green when Scene Optimizer is enabled. And, once the feature detects the type of scene you’re trying to capture, the icon will change to reflect that.

Here’s a comparison of Scene Optimizer in the camera app interface from the last beta (left) vs the new beta (right):

android pie beta camera ui update 2

Here’s the Scene Optimizer icon indicating the type of scene (landscape, in this case):

android pie beta camera ui update 3

Basically, on the latest beta, the Scene Optimizer toggle in the camera’s settings menu decides whether you see the toggle for switching the feature on or off in the main interface, almost like toggle-ception. The update also changes the icon for enabling the full-screen viewfinder (it now says 4:3 instead of Full), and inside the camera settings, Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection are now the first options, in keeping with One UI’s focus on having the most important functionality above everything else.

Things could change with further beta updates

Of course, whether this is how things will be in the official stable Android Pie update that releases in January remains to be seen. The very purpose of the beta program is for Samsung to play around with various features and UI elements and take user feedback, so the camera app may yet go through more changes.

What do you think about this new way for accessing Scene Optimizer? Would you prefer a dedicated mode instead, or do you have an even better suggestion (not excluding the removal of the feature altogether considering it doesn’t many any meaningful differences?

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mada222
mada222

Icone frames also doesn’t exist

mada222
mada222

@Abhijeet Samsung contact doesn’t add new contact via WhatsApp.
Turn on wifi automatically doesn’t work.
App shortcut in dark mode doesn’t appear any thing.
S9+

enrico9800
enrico9800

Beta for s8 and s8+ no?

Exa64
Exa64

The Update for the S9+ ‘exynos’ brings better performance too, All benchamarks scores went Up – Antutu : from 247/248K to 258/261K – Geekbench : Single core from 3700 to 3790 // Multi core from 9050 to 9200 – 3Dmark : Sling shot extreme GL ES 3.1 3519 / Unlimited 3585 // Vulkan 3019 (has glitches though) Games are a bit smoother, phone is fast, HDR on camera is way better now, much more effective. only negative point is battery life, still about the same, maybe un bit worse at time Overall it’s a nice Update, with a lot of… Read more »

Usama 0017
Usama 0017

much better and seamless.

yashsonkiya
yashsonkiya

its a good move i hope that samsung should include the portrat mode for its 2017 flagship phones the s8 and the s8 plus

acruzlu02
acruzlu02

Still holding out and hoping that they will push the beta out to the carrier models in the US. I was gonna flash the unlocked firmware but sided against it since it has been years since i have done that. Til then gonna keep checking my samsung plus app. 🙂

marrila
marrila

Still no UK release for Note 9 beta 🙄😡

Moosehead1
Moosehead1

Abhijeet before you get all excited about one ui pie new phone and camera features,what is happening to all the promised ar emojis updates that were to be available on the Note 9 late 2018. There have been No new pre done charterers, faces, hair styles,skin colors etc.. Last thing that was added was Disney Frozen back in Sept? FAKE NEWS? Please advise and make sure you are responding to your readers.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

What Samsung has to do is to at least allow to put individual modes as icons on the home screen as shortcuts again, a great feature on Note 8 and I believe on S8 too removed on the not so intuitive camera interface a lo Iphone introduced with S9 and Note 9.

Yousef206
Yousef206

Makes more sense now