Crash! Galaxy S9 has a graphics bug
A bug finder has detected that when a Galaxy S9 device (Snapdragon 845 only) is running Samsung Internet and is strained, the entire device will crash. It has been determined that the Adreno graphics unit along with the app cannot handle certain shaders (think: special effects), and the device simply shuts down. Apparently the browser contributes to this because it does not know when to restart itself. The testers tried reproducing the results in Chrome and it did not reboot the device. They also attempted the test using Samsung's browser on a Google device, but that also did not produce the same results. Similar issues have occurred with HTC phones as well. It is unclear exactly how much strain is needed before the device restarts or when we will see a fix released. It is sure to be some time before an update to repair the issue.
Has anyone experienced this issue yet? It sounds like a temporary fix may be to switch browsers until it can be patched. They did note that this bug was not demonstrable on every device. They were able to reproduce it and test it, but not every S9 suffered the same fate. It is fair to note that Samsung's browser has improved a lot and has risen in popularity over the last several months.