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One UI on Galaxy S10 vs One UI on Galaxy Note 9: some differences to know

One UI on Galaxy S10 vs One UI on Galaxy Note 9: some differences to know

By  Daniel Camilo 2019-06-05 1161 0

Here is a non-exhaustive list of features that can be found on Samsung Galaxy S10 (v1.1), but not on Galaxy Note 9 (v1.0)

Digital well-being options are gradually being developed on Android. Google Pixels offer a mode - probably the most famous - but so does Huawei and, soon, OnePlus. On Galaxy Note 9, this application is not available. But, on the Galaxy S10, a look at the settings will allow you to discover this tab nestled between "Advanced Functions" and "Device Maintenance".

The actions offered by this feature are quite classic. A dashboard allows you to see how much time you spent on each application and how many times you unlocked your device today. In addition, it is also possible to configure timers to limit your consumption and be a little less addicted to your smartphone. For example, you can make sure that you block Facebook after 2 hours of use in a day.

Bixby is obviously present on Galaxy Note 9 and the phablet welcomed the possibility to reconfigure the button dedicated to the assistant designed by Samsung - before this deployment, it was necessary to use a third party application such as bxActions. On the Galaxy S10, there is an additional option in the phone settings: Bixby Routines.

Bixby Routines works in the same way as a service like IFTT or Tasker. To summarize it simply, the phone will automatically trigger certain actions according to certain uses that you have predefined. It's not very clear how it sounds, so a concrete example will be more meaningful: you can set Bixby Routines so that the Galaxy S10 activates Wi-Fi and turns off the ringers as soon as you arrive at your workplace. Alternatively, you can force the display to landscape mode as soon as you open YouTube. You are free to create a whole bunch of combinations and Samsung even suggests a few if you run out of ideas.

Fortunately, the pleasant Dolby Atmos option is available on both the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 9. But the same cannot be said of all the audio sub-menus where some differences can be observed. First, in the advanced sound settings, Galaxy Note 9 offers only one "Quality and Sound Effects" tab, which we will return to just below.

In comparison, on the Galaxy S10, this same category has a second tab "Separate application sound". The latter allows you to play back "the sound of media from an application on another audio device". The "Separate application sound" function exists in the list of apps installed on Galaxy Note 9, but it cannot be used. Samsung has probably planned to offer this option later on its phantom.

Let's go back a little bit and go to the "Quality and sound effects" tab. This includes an equalizer, both on Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10. However, from one smartphone to another, the equalizer changes its appearance. The Galaxy Note 9 offers two pots to improve listening comfort and an option to customize an audio profile.

The Galaxy S10 does not have a potentiometer. Note that on both terminals, the Adapt Sound option is available.

From the first launch of the Galaxy S10, you can enjoy the SmartThings and Smart View panels. The first is a kind of control center for all home automation (not compatible with all brands) and therefore makes it possible to keep an eye on all objects connected to the smartphone. The second one is used to caster the screen of his phone on a TV. These two options appear in the shortcut panel as soon as you connect a Bluetooth headset, for example.

On the Galaxy Note 9 side, both options are also installed. However, they do not manifest themselves. You must download the SmartThings or Smart View application to see their icons appear in the shortcut panel.

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