June update for the Galaxy S9 sets adds dedicated camera night mode, Live Focus effects, and more

A new software update is available for Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in Kenya. The update, which is mainly meant to upgrade the security patch level of the devices to June 2019, also brings quite a number of camera improvements, including some features that debuted on the Galaxy S10.

After installing this update, which has software version G960FXXU5CSF2 for the S9 and G965FXXU5CSF2 for the S9+, users of both devices should notice the Galaxy S10’s Live Focus effects, that is, Blur, Spin, Zoom, and Color Point.

To apply the effects, open the Gallery app, find the photo you took in Live Focus mode, and tap on Change background effect. This is unlike the Galaxy S10 where the effects can be applied on the fly and not necessarily after capturing a Live Focus shot.

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Also part of this update is the dedicated Night mode in the camera app. This feature arrived on the Galaxy S10 in April and is also expected on the Galaxy Note 9.

The camera app also gets support for scanning QR codes by pointing the camera to QR codes. This eliminates the need for Bixby Vision or any other 3rd-party app to scan QR codes.

There’s definitely more to this update given that it weighs close to 600MB, but here’s the full changelog as provided by Samsung.

  • The performance of the Camera has been improved
    • Added Background blur intensity bar (Selfie)
    • Adjust background blur with 8 intensity levels on the preview screen when setting Live focus mode
    • Improved usability of QR Code reader
    • A new Night mode function has been added
  • Improved stability for Messaging, Contacts, and Gallery apps
  • June 2019 security update

OTA updates may take several days to reach all units, so don’t be surprised that your next door neighbor already got this update on their S9 and you haven’t.

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