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Samsung Strengthens Galaxy S10 But Weakens Galaxy Note 10 With New Upgrade

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The latest software update to the Galaxy S10 brings new features to the camera, the interface, and its popular peripherals. It also shows a future where the Note and the S are effectively the same phone.

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Although Samsung has announced the UK availability of the latest software update, it has been slowly rolling out for the last week, with SamMobile noting the initial availability in Germany and Switzerland:

The update is rolling out to the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+, carrying firmware version G970FXXU3ASIG, G973FXXU3ASIG, and G975FXXU3ASIG, respectively. The release introduces a handful of features from the Galaxy Note 10, including Samsung DeX for PC, Dynamic Lock screen, AR Doodle, Super steady recording in the camera’s Hyperlapse mode, new effects for the Live focus mode, and Live focus video.

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But there’s a little wrinkle to these features. These were key software features showcased in the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus devices just two months ago. While there are still some hardware differences – notably the S-Pen stylus – Samsung has brought the two product lines within digital inches of each other. Which leads to the question of why  the South Korean company still needs two flagship smartphones.

There has been talk of the Note range and the Galaxy range merging together. By focusing on neither the Galaxy S or the Galaxy Note brand – and moving to say a Galaxy Super brand-name – developer and marketing efforts can be focused on a single model that would live through the year.

The Note and the S are so close to each other that this would not be a huge step to make. With synchronised software on show with this update, I’d argue Samsung is already there. It just needs to pull the trigger on the new brand in 2020.

Now read more about the potential for a dual-screened Galaxy phone next year…

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