This hidden Samsung Galaxy Note 9 feature is genius and every phone should have it
by Victor Hristov / Aug 09, 2018, 12:06 PM
So yes, we were fascinated when we read about a simple new feature in the camera section of the Galaxy Note 9. The feature is called "lens smudge". Get it?
Okay, if you don't get the idea just by reading the name of a new feature, let us tell you that Samsung seems to have somehow figured out a way to tell you when you have smudges all over that camera lens and now officially warns you to clean the lens before you take a picture.
How does it do it? Magic, of course. Also... we have absolutely no idea. We have reached out to Samsung for an explanation, though, and will update this as soon as we get an answer.
Lens Smudge "intelligently detects blinks, blurs, smudged lenses...", says Samsung
Since we don't know the exact workings behind this magic and since Samsung highlights this as "Lens Smudge Flaw Detection" we do assume that there is some actual detective work being done and it's not just a nice reminder that pops up every once in a while (like it already does on current Samsung phones). Samsung also highlights "flaw detection" in the specs page for the Galaxy Note 9 alongside the new Scene Detection as brand new features. Lens Smudge will notify the user of a smudge on the camera once in a 24-hour period. Still, we don't find an answer to how exactly this feature works and we will wait for Samsung's answer on this to actually understand it.
If this is indeed the smart lens smudge detection that Samsung suggests, well... woohoo! And yes, also yawn, this probably seems like a boring thing for those common-sense people that always ensure their camera lens is clean and that are power users, but you would be surprised to learn how many people we see everyday that keep on snapping photos on their phones with a camera stained with oily fingerprints. And yes, it could be the front, or the rear camera, but a smudged camera almost seems more like the norm for the average user rather than an exception.
So thank you, Samsung, on behalf of the average user for figuring this out! Now, if only more phone makers figured out how to do this...
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posted on Aug 09, 2018, 12:09 PM 1
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Whoever made this article has not used another android phone in the past, The pixel 2 xl has this feature, launched almost one year ago. -_-
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 1:20 PM 1
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Someone is missing a chromosome. That feature has been out since at least the S9. My factory unlocked S9+ has it. Guess someone hasn't used a S9 lately..
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 12:13 PM 4
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Thanks for your friendly and pleasant observation, but my logic was that since this is listed as "Smart Lens Flaw Detection" there might be some detection going on. Previous Notes and Galaxies only popped up a notification at random times (but maybe that was my experience with this?) Anyway, we have reached out to Samsung for a comment on this and will update when we get an answer!
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 12:21 PM 2
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Yes other Galaxy device do have a notification for such, but I doubt its using SLFD, which yes does sound like this is some type of hardware assist method for knowing the lens could be dirty. I think the heroes are all in such a hurry to claim there phone does the same thing, they aren't looking at the fact, that something about it is different.
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 2:38 PM 0
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It's a reminder that pops up whether your camera lens is smudged or not, and it's been presented on Galaxy phones since the S8.
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 12:17 PM 5
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looks like Victor isn't having a good day...
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 1:25 PM 1
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