This is an in depth look at what has changed with the Samsung Android 8.0 Oreo on the new Galaxy S8. This is all a pre- cursor to the Galaxy S9 which is OUT NOW!! Click the link to buy now through Amazon. The Samsung Galaxy S9 & the Galaxy plus has been released right around the same time as the WMC 2018 (winter music conference) and has become the official phone of this years WMC. Great marketing! So Let’s take a look at what has changed on the Samsung Android 8.0 Oreo on the new S8.
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What Has Samsung Changed with its S08
To improve the security features that are used in bio metrics like (face, fingerprints, and irises). These are only available when you use a secure screen lock such as (pattern, PIN, or password). When you switch to a non-secure screen lock type, like (Swipe or None), the bio metric authentication is suspended for unlocking and for verification purposes in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. Now if you’re using bio metrics now without a secure screen lock, you will be able to continue after the upgrade, however changing to a secure screen lock type is recommended.
- notifications can now be managed for each app with notification categories (supported apps only).
- Your Icons will be shown at the bottom of the notification panel for notifications that aren’t currently visible.
- “When” you touch and hold an app to display shortcuts to common or recommended tasks within the app (supported apps only).
- Notification badges on app icons are linked with the notification panel. “When” you clear a notification in one location, and it will also be cleared in the other location.
- The toolbar gives quick access to useful functions.
- GIF keyboard Let’s you send GIFs.
- More high-contrast keyboards are available for use.
- Overall It is a more user-friendly keyboard.
- Background services are limited to improve performance and battery life.
- The most Current running apps will always be shown in the notification panel.
- Has improved font size, color, and other settings for better Edge panel visibility.
- You can touch and hold the Edge panel handle to change its position.
- Samsung has added 3 more Edge lighting effects and color customization for apps.
Lock Screen and Always On Display
- New clock styles for the Lock screen and it will Always On Display.
- Adjust the personal transparency of notifications to get the look you want.
- Allow your phone’s screen go dark when mirroring to another screen.
- Control your account settings and profile information for multiple apps.
- Tap your profile picture on the main Settings page to access your profile information and account settings.
- Can now view and manage photos and notes stored only in Samsung Cloud.
- Store any type of file in Samsung Cloud Drive.
- Able to select specific items to delete or restore from your backups.
- You can see how big each backup file is and how many items it contains.
Samsung Dual Messenger
- Install a second copy of a messaging app allowing you to use two accounts at the same time. For apps that verify accounts using phone numbers, you’ll need a different phone number for each account.
- Touch and hold a messaging app on the Home or Apps screen to install the second account or go to Settings – Advanced features – Dual Messenger.
Find My Mobile
- You can back up a Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud remotely when your phone is lost.
- Lock Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
- See more apps at once by changing the app list view to full-screen.
- Use Game launcher in Samsung DeX for a full-screen gaming experience.
- Added support for 2 additional Samsung covers (LED View Cover, Clear View Standing Cover).
- Bluetooth now supports high-quality audio codecs, including AAC and Sony LDAC.
- Video player includes auto repeat and 2x speed option.
- Voice Recorder provides smart tips to conveniently block calls while recording.
- Email Let’s you flag Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync emails.
- Samsung Health’s new sticky notification Let’s you see your step count at a glance.
- Clock now includes a Landscape mode and timer sound options.
- The digital clock widget goes directly to the Clock app when you tap it.
- Samsung Pass added the ability to manage usernames and passwords in third-party app
Biometrics (the new age of finger prints)
We are starting to see more and more Bio metrics in Phones and check points. It is one of the best ways to make a specific identification on someone.Biometrics is the technical term for body measurements and calculations. It refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication (or realistic authentication). Through Biometrics, you can hold a lot of information about someone through a data base, sensitive information. When you are entering another country you may be asked to scan your eyes to read your Biometrics before entry. Why are they putting this type of technology in phones is a great question to ask yourself.
The raise of concern over protecting ones sensitive information is at high demand. Nowadays everything is being held on our phones like banking information, emails, photos, etc. People have their lives on their phones so it is imperative to keep that phone secure.
Barometric identifiers are the distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals. Think of it like a Profiler on steroids via an Artificial Intelligence. Using a Bio metiric reader for your phone is actually underselling what its really used for. Don’t get me wrong, I think its amazing and a sign of what’s coming in the future with Samsung Android users as well as iPhone users. (Click link for information on the iPhone X)
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The Galaxy Plus 9 will also be released along with the Galaxy S9 which leaves me to wonder to do I want a really good new Samsung, Or a really good and BIG Samsung? That is right the Plus9 will have a bigger screen, like most phones when a “plus or upgrade” is offered. It offers a 6.2 inch display which is very similar to the 8plus screen. Offering a low-light dual lens camera, and looks very much like the last years model of the 8plus, however the fingerprint sensor is now center aligned in the back, and the long overdue of speakers on a Samsung Flagship. The S9 plus Has Everything the Samsung buyer is looking for except for the price, however I am sure that will change with time.
Is this like an Android trying to be an iPhone?
That’s a good question, they both have similar features and technology but the price of the Samsung is going to be considerbly lower that an iPhone. The technology is similar, they both have an“AI” and “AR”software working towards their advantage.
- There is facial recognition on both phones.
- The iPhone X has no headphone jack while the Samsung S9 has one.
- The Android Oreo 8.0 vs iOS 11 is Different so if your compelled to use one or the other that will sway your decision.
- A lot of factors also include if you have Apple Home Pod or all your music is on iTunes, it might be difficult to impossible for you to get all your Apple services switched over.
- Design of both phones are glass on glass with metal frames, however the Samsung has an special feature. The (AMOLD) screen which has a nice curve, and there are more colors available with the Samsung.
- The screens are pretty much the same size for both phones, except the Samsung has a higher resolution and pixel density(2,960X1,440 pixels/529 ppi and 570ppi) than the super HD Retnia Display on the iPhone X.
- Both phones come with stereo speaker configuration, but who the winning ticket goes too, we will have to wait and see.
- The Samsung has a better placed fingerprint sensor to unlock is in the back of the phone under the camera, As opposed to the iPhone x which will use a Facial ID or password to unlock the phone. Both have Facial recognition features that can unlock the phone. But the technology used is different. Galaxy S9 uses intelligent scan, a combo of iris scanner and facial structure. It favors ease of unlocking vs. Security. Due to the lack of security on the facial ID you would probably want to use the fingerprint scanner.
- Cameras Between the two are very similar, even tho the S9 has not been tested yet in real world scenario. The S9 has a single main shooter, while the S9 Plus has a dual lens set up which is similar to the iPhone X. The S9 Plus does allow for better low lighting situations and allows you to control the intensity of the blur. What’s unique about the S9 is the new super slow motion feature that allows you to record video up to 960fps in HD. The iPhone X is on a fixed f/1.8 and has a slow mo rate of 240fps in full HD. Both cameras offer Augmented reality and blurred background option for better selfies,
- Storage for the Samsung S9 has anywhere between (64GB,120GB, and 256GB) with an expandable storage of up to 400GB. The iPhone X only offers a 64GB and 256GB option with no SD card slot.
- As for Speed goes, we really can not comment here until the phone can be in hand and there are real world tests. I can say this, the Samsung S9 is powered by Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 depending on region. While Apple’s processors is an A11 Bionic Chip for the iPhone X.
- Battery for both phones can be done through Wireless charging, but the S9 has a larger battery. Al tho battery size does not always determine the time used, so we will have to wait again until further real world testing can be done.
OK Wow! we have learned a lot here, Both phones sound Amazing! and strong! I think what it will come down to is pricing and general everyday usage. If your an avid Apple and iPhone user in home and on the go then iPhone X is definitely for you. If you are more of a Google, Android kinda person you will go for the obvious. It really is a hard nut to crack, both phones are going to give you just about the same thing, I would say Samsung S9 gives a little extra in its overall performance. I will have a better conclusion for you further down the road. If you would like to buy the iPhone X 64GBclick in the link provided. Here is the iPhone X 256GB. I hope you have found this information useful in making your decision on which phone or service you would like to go with or stay with.
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