Galaxy S9 and Note 9 get Galaxy S10’s Live Focus effects with latest update

The latest updates released for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 bring new background blur effects for the camera’s Live Focus feature. The new effects debuted on the Galaxy S10 lineup and have come to the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 with the June security update, in addition to other camera features like a dedicated Night mode and a QR code scanner.

There are four effects to choose from: Blur, Spin, Zoom, and Color Point. Our favorite effect is Color Point, which makes the background black and white. However, unlike the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 only allow changing the background effect after a Live Focus photo has been taken (the S10 trio let you change the effect on the fly). You can do this by opening the Gallery app, navigating to a Live Focus photo, and then hitting the Change background effect option. The new effects can be applied to both new and existing Live Focus photos.

Of course, Live Focus remains an imperfect feature as the background is not always distinguished properly and there can be artefacts, especially around a person’s hair. Still, it’s fun being able to change the blur effect, allowing for a more artistic look in your bokeh/portrait shots compared to standard background blur, and Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 owners can now take advantage of the same Live Focus effects as the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+.

Note: It’s possible that not all countries will receive the new Live Focus effects with the June security update and will instead get them through the next software update. 

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 5.8 inch / 147.32 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-G965F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 6.2 inch / 157.48 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-N960F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • Display: 6.4 inch / 162.56 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
Join the Discussion