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Galaxy S9 March update brings a Galaxy S10 selfie feature

Samsung has released a new software update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, and it brings a new selfie feature that was introduced on the Galaxy S10 lineup. As Samsung notes in the changelog, once the update is installed, the Galaxy S9 will take selfies with a narrower field of view (FOV). The front camera’s rated FOV is 80 degrees, but the update makes the device take selfies with a 68-degree FOV by default and adds a button to switch between 68-degree FOV and 80-degree FOV.

Narrow selfies for your lonesome, wider ones for group shots

This might seem like an odd move, but it actually makes sense. Samsung’s flagship phones have always had a wider field of view than phones from other manufacturers, and while that has always been an advantage with group selfies, it can be overkill if you’re just taking selfies of yourself. So now, by default, the front camera will take photos with a narrower FOV, but you can switch to the full 80-degree FOV if you want to accommodate more people (or more of the background against which you’re taking a selfie).

galaxy s9 camera update

Samsung was quite active last year in bringing new camera features from the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 to older flagships as well as more affordable Galaxies, and we can expect the same to happen with some of the camera features introduced on the Galaxy S10. The company will likely release a similar update for the Galaxy Note 9, but it remains to be seen just how soon that will happen.

Other camera improvements also included

The new Galaxy S9 and S9+ update is currently available in Germany and comes with software version G960FXXU2CSC8 and G965FXXU2CSC8 respectively. The update also adds other camera improvements, such as faster switching between camera modes. It also brings improved stability for Wi-Fi and Samsung’s Messages, Contacts and Video Editor apps. The March 2019 security patch is included as well.

You can check if the update is available for you by going into the Software update menu of the Settings app on your phone and tapping Download updates manually. Samsung doesn’t seem to be rolling out the update over Smart Switch yet, but once that happens, you should also be able to find the firmware for the new software in our firmware database for a manual upgrade.

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Model: SM-G965F
  • Dimensions: 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 6.2” (158.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)

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torrellclement
torrellclement

Just got the update today in Australia. It also improves on Scene Optimiser as well. The logo colour has changed from green to blue, similar to the logo colour found on the S10 family. Neat new changes.

Shauryam
Shauryam

Update arrived in india today

kludara87
kludara87

I was expecting a new modem firmware release along with the new update because I’m having a problem with battery life. I’m using a S9 Duos and it’s eating out lot of power on standby mode (3% per hour overnight). Only if I turn mobile reception off using airplane mode (while WiFi,BT,NFC,Sync On) it will go down to 0.5% per hour. If I invert the test (Mobile reception On – But Data Off, while WiFi,BT,NFC,Sync Off) power consumption increases again to 3% per hour. So it’s clear it’s mobile reception is eating all that power. Is it only me facing… Read more »

LIORID
LIORID

Got it today in Spain

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

Can anyone with march security update can tell me which version is there for oneUI ? I am on feb security update which has oneUI v1.0 which doesnot have digital wellbeing app integrated so it comes in v1.1.

I am rooted i cant use update feature so if you can make me confirm i can download update from firmwares.

siaho
siaho

March note 9 update is still on oneUI 1.0 (the oneUI 1.1 is only for the s10 line currently and most likely till android 10). Also the update is only 100MB and only security patch – not a single one of the fixes/additions for the s9 from February and March is not implemented for the note 9 (that even uses a modem from Dec 2018 and kernel from end of January, just compiled again with no new changes).

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

I have bought Galaxy A30 for dad it is also on oneui v1.1, dont know why samsung is not updating premium devices just one year old or less

locarno
locarno

Nice T-shirt from Ralph Lauren.

kaku85
kaku85

maybe in June it hits the Unlocked Version Snapdragon

woody365
woody365

Probably get that in may 😛

Jidhin
Jidhin

And at least 1 month for it to arrive in the UAE.

siaho
siaho

Meanwhile NONE of the s9 new features is in the Mar note 9 update! NONE! The selfie camera feature, the better reception, the schedule night mode and the few others! The kernel is from January without a single change (same changelist number!) and the modem is from December 2018 without a single change!

They support really good the s9/s9+ and totally abandoned the note 9 and this is insulting! The note 9 is both more premium/expensive and half a year newer… yet they mock us improving and updating the s9 while we receive nothing except half baked security patches.

Puriak
Puriak

Exactly…even the Note 8 current Pie Update is more stable and have all the features that you mentioned above…Note 9 latest Pie (after 3 updates) is still the same as first crap one and full of annoying bugs and lacks of critical features!!!

siaho
siaho

I don’t understand the “-” tbh, why someone of them won’t post a comment with a real discussion value? I admit I was “fired up” when I write it and my language could had been a lot more calm/better, but this doesn’t invalidates my statement. The note 9 is more expensive, no? The note 9 is regarded by samsung themself as the most premium device of them, no? Note 9 is half a year newer than the s9/s9+ – no? Note 9 is the same software/similar kernel as the s9/s9+ with just a few additional things for the spen, no… Read more »

aarozone
aarozone

Note9 BTU UK received a third February security update today. The Kernel version shows March 5th though. We still haven’t received the previous feature update that Germany received and the current above update is yet to come.

arneso1
arneso1

Why i don’t any updates after i manually flashed with odin my phone to one ui (update was not for my region) ? Still with 2018 dec security patch…

faridra
faridra

Same thing happened to me last year. I wrote this issue to some forums, many of them said install your own region and then factory reset it, some said just reset it, and some even said this is impossible and called me liar xD
No result after a month of searches and flashes…

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

I still don’t have Android Pie???

torrellclement
torrellclement

Depends what device your running, and your region. For example, in Australia, the Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy Note9 have all received the Pie update. It may take a bit longer if you have a Galaxy J or Galaxy A device.

ReynArts
ReynArts

I need this on my S8

percey
percey

The S8 and plus are getting updated but nothing new

torrellclement
torrellclement

The only thing with the Galaxy S8 Pie update is that zooming in on the rear camera is harder now. Instead of zooming from the shutter button, it’s now pinch to zoom. Frustrating.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Very good, the selfie mode change is kind of there already. For example taking a selfie in photo mode on Note9 has a narrow FOV, but if you switch to wide selfie it goes to 80° even before you start panning. This solution though is definitely easier to find and use. 👍

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