[Update: rolling out now] Galaxy S10 is getting Note 10's camera features and DeX for PC support with new update
Update, October 28: It took just over a month, but the Galaxy S10 series is now getting an over-the-air update (opens in new tab) through U.S. carriers offering the below features, including live focus video, front-facing camera night mode, and an improved video editor.
What you need to know
- Samsung is rolling out a new update for the Galaxy S10 series phones, bringing many key Galaxy Note 10 camera features.
- The update is now rolling out to the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G in select regions.
- In addition to features like Night Mode for the front-facing camera and Live focus video recording, the update also adds support for Samsung DeX for PC.
Samsung is bringing (opens in new tab) some of the Galaxy Note 10's most impressive new camera features to the Galaxy S10 series with a new software update. While the update is currently rolling out only in select European markets, it is expected to expand to other regions soon. The update adds features like AR Doodle, built-in video editor, as well as Link to Windows Integration to all four Galaxy S10 series phones: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G.
To enhance the camera experience on the Galaxy S10 series phones, the update brings Night Mode support for the front-facing camera. Some of the other key Galaxy Note 10 camera features such as Super steady video stabilization, AR Doodle, and Live focus video recording are also included.
In addition to the new camera features, the update incorporates Samsung DeX for PC support as well. This means Galaxy S10 users can now easily launch Samsung DeX on their PC or Mac simply by connecting the phone to their computer using a USB cable, although they will need to download the app from SamsungDeX.com first.
Another useful feature that this new update comes with is Link to Windows support. The feature will allow Galaxy S10 users to wirelessly connect their phone to their Windows 10 PC and do things like send and receive messages, sync photos, and more directly from their PC. As noted by SamMobile, the update includes the September Android security patch too.
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Very nice! Probably won't really use any of it, but it's a good thing.
Fantastic. Great news!
This is amazing news. I will use a lot of this. The live focus on video will be how I do a new video blog. I can't wait to try the video editing. I'll probably use the Link to Windows most. The Dex stuff I'll just play with.
Hope they do this for the S9 and S8 as well. No reason the software update should not be available to both.
This should have been rolled out to all phones 2 years old or newer on day one. Samsung doesn't understand that impacting people's workflows in positive ways is going to benefit you more down the road than trying to force them to buy an expensive upgrade for one feature. This is something Apple has mastered with their macOS <-> iOS integration features (Continuity, Handoff, etc.). They just added it to all of the supported iPhones, and by the time those users were ready to upgrade their Phone, Tablet or PC - they were unwilling to part with those feature and convenience. Not putting this on the S10, Note 9, etc. on day one just means more people will have had less reason to NOT leave Samsung and get the new iPhones, new Pixel, etc. That being said, this is not a selling point to me, because I hate how Your Phone and DeX are designed on in Windows/Galaxy devices/OS. I used an iMac + iPhone from 2014 to 2018. Really, everything else feels very sloppy to use once you've experienced that. Google not having usable desktop apps for things like Duo, etc. doesn't help, either (Microsoft does have Skype, but it can be hard to get people to create an entire Microsoft Account just for one service).
Verizon already started the roll out. My Verizon variant S10 Plus got the update.
Would be nice if they improved camera quality
Got the update on Rogers (Canada) for my s10+
What's next Samsung sending out s-pens to s10 users?