PSA: Galaxy S8 and Note 8 get Dolby Atmos with Android Pie

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Last updated: January 23rd, 2019 at 20:41 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s 2017 flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, get support for Dolby Atmos with the Android Pie update. Dolby Atmos was introduced to Samsung’s smartphone lineup with the Galaxy S9 when the company finally brought stereo speakers to its flagship line, and we have seen the feature included in many mid-range and budget devices ever since. Samsung also brought Dolby Atmos to some devices via software updates, and the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are now joining the party as well.

Works only with wired and Bluetooth audio

The Galaxy S8 and Note 8, like other Samsung devices without stereo speakers, get Dolby Atmos only for wired and Bluetooth audio. But don’t let that disappoint you, as Dolby Atmos is more suited to wired/Bluetooth audio anyway, with the biggest benefit coming in the form of an increase in overall volume output and better separation between the left and right channels. Like the S9 and Note 9, you can choose between Movie, Music, and Voice mode depending on what type of content you’re listening to or just leave it at Auto mode, which automatically attempts to select the best mode for the occasion.

To use Dolby Atmos on Android Pie on the S8, S8+, or Note 8, you will first need to have earphones or a Bluetooth device connected to the phone. You can then drag down the status bar twice to access the quick toggles and enable Dolby Atmos using its dedicated toggle. It’s set to Auto by default, and to select a custom mode, you can either tap the Dolby Atmos text under its quick toggle or go into the Dolby Atmos menu in the Sounds and vibration » Advanced sound settings » Sound quality and effects section of the Settings app .

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