Galaxy S20 phones may be Samsung’s new flagship products, but since the company continues to sell the S10 line alongside it, it continues to do a remarkable job of providing software updates: the Korean manufacturer begins to roll out a big update from last year’s series, giving it’s a ton of Galaxy S20 One UI 2.1 functionality, particularly in the photography department. The Note10 benefits from the same treatment.
In addition to the new features in One UI 2.1, the update elevates security patches to April’s level, even beating Google’s Pixel line. It measures roughly 1.5 GB on the S10 +, although the size may vary depending on the device and location. There are also the generic bug fixes and the usual stability improvements on board.
The S10 and Note10 series cameras see significant improvements. On the one hand, they support single shot, which allows you to capture multiple photos and videos at once, with AI that recommends the best of all. Both lines also benefit from night mode improvements, including the addition of a night hyperlapse function. And once you’ve taken a photo, you can now edit it with custom colors and styles based on other images as part of the new custom filter feature.
On the videography side, a new Pro Video mode gives you manual options to get exactly the image you want, such as ISO, shutter speed and exposure level. The most impressive addition, however, is a 4K 60fps mode for selfie cameras – your movement, Google.
The gallery is now able to intelligently group your images by pressing a new square button in the top bar, called Clean View. When viewing a photo in full screen and enlarging it, a new auto crop icon in the upper left corner allows you to quickly save the zoom level as a new image.
After the update, you will also find a new quick share thumbnail in your quick settings. It allows you to send photos, videos, and other files to nearby contacts without depending on third-party software. There’s also Music Share, which lets you extend your Bluetooth connection to a friend, so you don’t have to disconnect from your own car stereo or speaker when they want to listen to their music.
Be warned that the new version of the software will delete all previously saved AR emoji, as an update of the functionality will make the old emoji incompatible.
- AR Emoji has been updated with improvements such as manual editing and improved facial expression recognition.
- ※ As AR Emoji has been updated to a new version, all previously saved AR emojis will be deleted the next time you open the AR Emoji app.
New camera features
- Various menus, modes and filters have been added, such as AR Zone, Single shot, Video Pro, My filters, Selfie tone, timelapse for the night and a mode for recording videos with the front camera in FHD / UHD at 60 fps.
- Similar images are now grouped together for a more organized viewing experience.
- A feature has been added that allows you to merge multiple different album groups into one group, or merge different groups and albums into one group.
- An improved search function has been added to search for photos based on information such as the time or place where the photos were taken.
- The Quick Crop function has been added to enlarge and crop parts of high resolution images.
- A multilingual translation function has been added.
- A feature has been added to search for various items at the same time, such as emoticons and stickers.
- Text undo / redo functionality has been added. (Slide two fingers left or right on the keyboard.)
- An icon to open Samsung Pass has been added.
- Files can now be shared quickly and easily with nearby Samsung devices using Quick Share.
- Music Share now allows you to share music with your friends using a Bluetooth audio device.
Samsung announces that the update will be released “in certain markets within the next few weeks, including the United States.” OTA has so far only deployed in a few locations, including the Netherlands and Germany, but it will probably not take too long to reach other regions. Check your phone settings to see if you already have access to the update.