Galaxy S9 update adds more AR Emoji options, call/message continuity

The latest Galaxy S9 update brings a couple of new features that were introduced on the Galaxy S10 lineup. The July security update – software version G96*FXXU6CSG8 – for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was released for the Exynos variants in Germany today, and it adds more customization options for AR Emoji and brings support for Call and Message Continuity. It also reportedly fixes the Night mode camera issue that had been plaguing some Galaxy S9 and Note 9 owners.

Call and Message Continuity is a neat feature that lets you accept calls and check out new messages on a Galaxy tablet as long as that tablet is logged in to the same Samsung account as the phone that is connected to your carrier. Since the feature uses a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection, you don’t have to worry about your phone being close by. The Call and Message Continuity menu is located in the Connections section of the phone settings.

As for AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 is now closer to the Galaxy S10 lineup in terms of the customization options available. That includes being able to tell the phone that you’re a kid (boy or girl) instead of an adult (which is great if you have a kid who likes to play with the AR Emoji feature on your Galaxy S9 or S9+) and not having to awkwardly smile with your lips closed before the phone can turn your photo into an emoji. The user interface has been updated as well.

Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners in Germany should be able to download the 533 MB software update over the air. Just open the phone’s Settings app, select Software update, then hit the Download and install option. It may take time to reach everyone, but hitting the Download and install button a couple of times should make the update show up for most users. We also have the firmware for the update in our firmware database that can be used to upgrade the device using a Windows PC.

The update doesn’t seem to be rolling out in any other market at the moment, but that shouldn’t be the case for long. We should also see the Galaxy Note 9 get the new features, but since the July security update for the phablet didn’t include them, Note 9 owners will probably have to wait for the August security 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
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