Samsung has released software updates for a bunch of devices, including high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, and entry-level phones like the Galaxy J7 Nxt, Galaxy J7 Pro, and the Galaxy J7 (2017). While phones like the Galaxy J7 Nxt, Galaxy J7 Pro, and the Galaxy J7 (2017) have started receiving the Android 9 Pie update with One UI, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ were already running Android 9 Pie with One UI software.
So, what’s new with the Galaxy S9 series’ software update? Well, you would be happy to know that last year’s flagship Samsung phones are now receiving the dedicated camera Night Mode feature with the latest update, which will tremendously improve the low-light image quality.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt, Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy J7 (2017) Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 9 (Pie)-based One UI software for the Galaxy J7 (2017) in Spain via an OTA (over the air) update. SamMobile is reporting that Samsung is rolling out the update with firmware version J730FXXU4CSF1 and it brings One UI 1.1 as well as April 2019 security patch to the Galaxy J7 (2017). To remind you, the Galaxy J7 (2017) was launched in India in 2017 with Android 7.0 Nougat, and it’s commendable that Samsung has rolled out two major software updates to the mid-range phone.
The Galaxy J7 Nxt has started receiving the Android 9 Pie update in Thailand, and the update carries firmware version J701FXXU6CSF1. The update file size is over 1GB and it also brings May 2019 Android security patch to the phone. The Galaxy J7 Pro, on the other hand, has started receiving the Android 9 Update in Algeria, Mexico, Russia, and Spain right now and the update has a file size of just over 1GB. The update’s firmware version is J730FXXU4CSF1 and it brings May 2019 Android security patch to the Galaxy J7 Pro.
One UI software brings various UI enhancements such as Night Mode, rounded UI which is ergonomic, improved stock apps, adaptable storage, newer icons, recycle bin in the gallery, battery optimizations, new keyboard, smart screen orientation, new widgets, and Digital Wellbeing.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Receives Camera Night Mode
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 series, we had wondered as to why the phones don’t have a dedicated night mode in the camera app, something that even lower mid-range smartphones have these days. While the Galaxy S10 series has something called Bright Night, a feature that turns on only when the AI mechanism sees fit, we had felt that it would do much better in low-light conditions if it had a dedicated camera night mode. A few weeks ago, Samsung started rolling out Night Mode, which can be turned on manually, to the entire Galaxy S10 series. Now, the company’s flagship smartphones from last year have started receiving the same feature.
The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ have started receiving Night Mode in the camera app through a software update in the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The update also brings the June 2019 Android security patch to the phones. If you’re not from these three markets, you will have to wait till your Galaxy S9 series phone gets the June 2019 security patch. The camera night mode captures multiple frames of the same scene in quick succession and the superimposes those images on top of each other to create an image which is brighter, has more details, and saves highlights from clipping.