Software

When it comes to the overall look and feel of the software, the brand new Samsung Experience 9.0 brings a lot of smaller quality of life improvements under the hood. Now, whenever I install some apps that support the app twinning (known as Dual Messenger here), a notification will appear asking if I want to clone another copy of the app for my second account.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Software User Experience

Since the fingerprint scanner is moved to a more appropriate position, I find that the “swipe fingerprint scanner to show or hide notifications” become useful. You’ll have to enable the fingerprint scanner gestures for that.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Software User Experience

Speaking of the fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S9 now has a total of 4 different methods to unlock the phone. You have the usual password or pattern unlock, fingerprint, the iris scanner, and also face scanning. It’s only natural to add face scanning unlock since there is an emphasis on “3D face scanning” tech for the past few months.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Software User Experience

Also, Samsung now has something called Intelligent Scan where you can unlock the phone by using both your iris and face data together. There is about a second delay, from my tests – a picture can’t fool the Galaxy S9 to unlock. If the place is too dark for face scanning, the Galaxy S9 will bump up the brightness a little so that it illuminates your face for the face scanning to work.


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