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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: 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)
  • Model: SM-N960F
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
  • Display: 6.4" (162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)

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corb06
corb06

Strange, I see the Live Focus mode available in settings for camera modes, but it’s not visible when trying to select it in shooting mode. It’s just gone from the different modes I have activated. (Normal S9)

locarno
locarno

“Of course, Live Focus remains an imperfect feature as the background is not always distinguished properly and there can be artefacts”

With ToF sensor it is better ?

“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.”

USA only I think.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Yeah, I was surprised to see my S9 get these features – but then I remember how the S8s got a lot of S9 features last year, and being annoyed that I upgraded lol.
Also, not a big change but the charging animation has changed for – I guess June devices?
Because my S9+’s wireless and wired charging animation is the same and is the same on my Tab S4 now too. Its a small change but definitely fits into OneUI.

Shimy
Shimy

Came here just to see if it was mentioned. I like the new animation, it was a nice surprise.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Again, for clarity, snapdragon didnt get all features mentioned earlier.
S10s aren’t even getting all those either with snapdragon.

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

I bet Canadian/US S9/Note9 owners won’t see this until they get Android Q. Night mode isn’t even out yet on the S10 in Canada lmao.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Add the neighboring USA devices to the list.

yosephtangly
yosephtangly

I still on April patch. I have change my Tablet to iPad because of software reason.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

The feature disparity within Samsung’s lineup is becoming unjustifiable. Snapdragon models are at least three months behind on features now, with no sign they’ll ever catch up.

x M a L i K x
x M a L i K x

It only seem to be the US which is falling behind I have the chinese verient snapdragon S10 plus and I have all the updates I’m glad I didn’t get the US version.

kaku85
kaku85

sadly the Snapdragon Unlocked S9+ US is stuck in April patch forever