Galaxy S10 Doesn’t Get Dedicated Night Mode in the US With June Update
The low-light performance of the last few Samsung flagships is sub-par compared to the likes of Huawei and Google. Samsung decided to do something about it by baking a Night Mode into the Galaxy S10 series. Last month, Samsung rolled out an important update for the Galaxy S10 which allowed users to use the devices' in-built Night Mode whenever they wanted to. The mode would kick in automatically whenever the camera detected poor lighting conditions. That may be helpful under pitch black conditions but the problem arises when the ambient light is just above the threshold of what the camera considers 'dark', resulting in noticeably poor camera performance.
There are no improvements to the actual Night Mode itself. The quality of images will remain more or less the same, but the option to switch it on manually is nice. The feature then made its way to older devices such as the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ via the June security patch. Most international variants of the device have received it via the update, with the notable exception of the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S10s in the US.
The first carrier to roll out the update for the Galaxy S10 was T-Mobile (via Sammobile) bearing firmware version G973USQS2ASF7. It brings the latest security patch for the month of June 2019. The update even added the ability to scan QR codes from the camera app without having to use Bixby Vision for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. And yes, the Snapdragon-based Galaxy S10 didn't get that either.
We can expect the likes of AT&T and Verizon to roll out the update in the coming weeks. It seems unlikely that either of the carriers will include the features in their updates. It looks to be more of an issue specific to the Snapdragon variant of the device. Hopefully, they should find their way into the July security update next month.
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