Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher update promises to fix the lag, doesn't


It's fair to say Samsung isn't exactly well known for its great software: its smartphones are often accused of being plagued by performance problems, even when equipped with the most high-end hardware. Its current flagship, the Galaxy S8, was no exception to this: users were often left disappointed with the device's performance, which can be prone to stuttering. A new update for the device's stock launcher, however, aims to remedy this problem: on the home screen, at least.

The fix itself is for a pretty specific problem: the lag which presents itself when opening or closing the app drawer via a swipe gesture. The word "fix," however, is a bit of an overstatement: while the lagging is now far from its previous ridiculously high amounts, it's still present and quite noticeable in our own S8+ unit. However, it only rears its ugly head just after you lift your finger from the screen – baby steps, we guess.

Really, an update pushed out more than two months after the device's release date, which also doesn't fully address a pretty narrow and specific problem, doesn't give us much hope Samsung will be cleaning up its act in regards to software any time soon. Still, here's hoping the company finally proves us wrong – everyone would win that way, after all.

Apart from this fix, though, Samsung TouchWiz Home v6.1.09.2 brings a relatively modest changelog to the table: the only other additions here are a new information screen and improved visibility of app names on the home screen. The update should be available right now, both in the Google Play Store and Samsung's Galaxy Apps.

source: Play Store via SamMobile

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103 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Samsung will always be unstable and will always lag because of their horrible software. Smh

19. Rafishant

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Samsung flagship is always snappy and very fast when you get it first. A few months later, it started to lag and get slow. A year later, the phone becomes like a garbage bin and requires a hard reset.

21. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

You're wrong, my S7 Edge was laggy after 1 week.

85. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

I've been using my s7 edge (exynos) since feb and no lag whatsoever and it even got faster after the may security patch update which also included faster animations i guess

102. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

My S7 Edge is also the Exynos version and I bought it in June. It has June security updates and the UI is still laggy. Faster animation? I don't really care, I got all animations to 0.5x on both my phones and my Xperia Z3 is still less laggy. My bro got a A5(2016) and my mom a J3(2016) and they are also laggy. I'm not saying they are laggy in apps or games, but in the UI, yes they are.

103. coromd

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Well the A5 and J3 are s**tty budget phones....

26. Dr.SamX

Posts: 239; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

YES! Sometimes takes a month, sometimes a few month or a year, but it has been like this since Galaxy S1!

39. bucknassty

Posts: 1318; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

it has something to do with their launcher... i always switch to nova or 3rd party when using a samsung phone... something is just... not right

43. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It's coz People don't know how to keep there phone clean of junk, to many apps in the background and so on. Just like any device or computer they all slow down. U need to maintaine them to keep them fast. That should be a standard thing to know when buying such technology!

68. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"U need to maintaine them to keep them fast. That should be a standard thing to know when buying such technology!" Couldn't agree more!

83. fkrisi

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 28, 2017

If you keep your phone fit, there is absolutely no problem. Clean up the leftover data, defragmemt the databases of all apps, restart your phone daily or at least weekly. If you keep this up, you will have a nive and fast phone, like a new phone that you just unboxed :) Talking from experience. Still rocking a Galaxy Note 3 (for 3 years now) and I'm running android 6 on it. Butter smooth ^^ If I will have a chance I will upgrade to a Note 8 though, I need even more processing power :D

84. fkrisi

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 28, 2017

nice*

95. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

clearly you haven't used a samsung phone since the s6, my note 5 is year and a half old and received two major updates and i never reset it to factory settings since day 1 and its running like day 1 and even faster. the moment i read someone in 2016 or 2017 stating that samsung phones needs a factory reset after several months of use i immediately know that he is stating bullsh*t and never used a samsung phone since the s3

24. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I can confirm that the lag is there, and it's quite obvious to the eye. It never lags when using apps or games, only when I'm switching between the home screen and the app drawer, or when opening a folder. It's a problem with their stupid animation, and that's why since I've changed the animation speed to x0.5 in the developer options menu, this animation lag is completely gone.

51. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I wish I could +1 this comment a thousand times! Just did what you said & my S7E is moving much faster. Now if only there was a way to reduce the lag that I get when trying to type a comment on this site.

92. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Use Samsung's default browser, and download compatible ad blocker and switch it on from the settings. Fast loading speeds and you'll save tons of data.

96. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly what I did, and it's smooth as butter.

86. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

IKR! x0.5 is the best suitable animation speed. Samsung should make this their default

38. AxelFoley unregistered

There is actual data done every quarter that says iOS was, has been, and continues to be unstable. It's fair to say that Apple isn't exactly well-known for its software. That is according to experts and writers who know what they are talking about. It's also well-known that there is a hyphen in the word "well-known". So whoever wrote this article probably isn't an expert in anything, including their paid job. http://techaeris.com/2017/05/20/android-devices-perform-ios-counterparts-least-one-study-says-yes/

41. yyzamin

Posts: 380; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

It's fair to say that Apple isn't exactly well-known for its software. - Dude iOS is the reason why so many people buy iPhones. That is according to experts and writers who know what they are talking about. - What qualification makes anybody an expert in mobile phone operations? Seriously man, you have NO idea

44. AxelFoley unregistered

- The Apple logo and fitting-in is the reason why so many people buy iphones. I bet the majority of iPhone buyers couldn't tell you the name of its OS. - What are the qualifications of software engineers that do through testing of mobile software that produces data for Fortune 500 companies? My guess is they have a whole lot more expertise is their professional field than you. Seriously man, stay on your level. Come with numbers and data, or don't come at all. And the numbers show that iOS crashes 3 times more. PERIOD.

42. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

But Samsung's devices lag and drop frames drastically more. Actually Samsung has been well known to be awful with software.

52. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Drastically & awful are being used out of context here. Is TouchWiz a fan favorite? Absolutely not, but if the software/OS as a whole were awful then people wouldn't get the phones.All of my friends with iPhones love the way my S7E takes pictures but they prefer iOS. I thought the camera on the Nokia 1020 was amazing but the software & OS of Windows had me like, "Mmmmmm, better not."

2. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Meanwhile I'm enjoying the lag-free experience of a Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Pretty sure I'll be getting Android O on it about three months before Galaxy S8 too... In today's news Sony has added XZ Premium to their Open Devices Programme to support the Android communtity. Samsung meanwhile is fighting Android at the same device that has it installed with heavy, laggy skin and half-baked doublicates like Bixby.

8. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

who said Samsung software lags. I have nearly170 apps installed. My phone boots in like 15 seconds at most and after boot, all apps on the drawerrs shows up instantly when I swipe up the app drawer. Use phone for 8 or 9 hours straight, gets intensely hot and it has never lagged. I guess the old touchwiz got y'all prejudging the new s8. lmao

15. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I had tried Galaxy S8, and I have to say Samsung still lags, but not worse than the previous model.

23. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

My S7 Edge on Android Nougat still lags, I think it is a third party app because it's not laggy at all on Safe Mode...

22. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Sony is close to stock Android so why would it take them much time to update OS anyway?

25. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Exactly. This new Xperia Launcher on my XZ Premium is just different enough to feel like a proper Sony device, but without offending Android purists. This time I didn't even bother to download the Google Now Launcher that I was using on my previous devices. This time I was really considering a Samsung Galaxy S8, just to try something different, but I just have the feeling that Samsung is using Android and it is at the same time in competition with Android. And this doesn't work. Particularly the duplicate Bixby-Assistant is for me just wrong conceptual thinking from the ground up.

34. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Z3+ and Z5 have nougat since february. Moto X Force is still on 6.0.1

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