New information on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9: icons, menus, Bixby, more

New information on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9: icons, menus, Bixby, more
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is pretty close now and we've been seeing and hearing all sorts of interesting stuff. From a Bluetooth-connected S Pen to a slew of new colors, DeX desktop interface without the need for a DeX station, and exclusive (for a while) support for Fortnite.

The rumor mill is going crazy over at Twitter suggesting some other changes we might be seeing as soon as the hot new phablet lands.

For one, the Note 9 will, allegedly, be first to introduce Samsung's next generation of AI — Bixby 2.0. With it, we will get some sort of "AI-based UX". Perhaps an upgraded version of the Bixby screen, which is basically a colorful waste of space in its current form.

We'll also be getting new icons for the Samsung Experience interface's basic apps. Though, we're not sure how much of a big deal this is, considering the fact that the Samsung Theme store allows you to go crazy with icons anyway.

Allegedly, we'll be getting a whole new S Pen menu — we assume this means the Air Command floating menu will get a redesign. A much-needed one, for sure — it's already a bit overcrowded as it is and we can only assume that whatever new features the S Pen gets with its Bluetooth connectivity will need their own space.

Last, we have "some new gestures" which is a pretty wide statement, especially considering that the Note interface hasn't had much gestures to begin with thus far. We assume this has something to do with Android 9 P and its new gestures — the home button is now a home bar that you can slide left, right, and up, a-la iPhone X.

sources: Smartphone Tips; Ice Universe

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Not enough to capture growth sales for Samsung

2. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I still don't know what usefull features could bring Blue Tooth on S Pen. Can someone help me! The mentioned "features" in the tech media are all BS, and only heavy battery inside the S Pen that we should charge.

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Has it been confirmed that the new S-Pen features will need a battery? because that would be an awfully small battery. Seeing as how the S-pen is normally powered by the screen, that would be a huge change. Also, maybe the pen could be charged while in its silo or when your phone is charging. Or gets charged by your phones battery, which wouldn't need very much since the battery would be very tiny. But judging from the S-Pen pics, it looks ot be the exact same size. So what battery would fit?

4. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Bixby 2.0 designed to suck even more resources from your device! I personally don't see the advantage to using this type of software but if there are heavy Bixby users then I guess you'll be happy for this lol

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

And you know this how? Because you've use Bixby 2.0?

5. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I mean, Nova Launcher is a day one download so I probably wouldn't see the new stuff.

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