Samsung has launched the Galaxy S8 + with Android 7.0 Nougat, and, above, the Samsung Experience Personalization layer. In recent years, Samsung has been refining its software layer and bringing it closer to the pure experience of Android. In its last iteration, Samsung has eliminated almost all the applications of its own that, in the past, were pre-installed but, if you miss anything, you can download it from the Galaxy Store. A notable absence is, for example, the application of Music, which has been replaced by that of Google. But Samsung Galaxy S9 will be above all; even older brother Galaxy S8 will look obsolete in front of Samsung Galaxy S9.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 + has a lot of software features that we have already seen in other terminals, such as multi-window, gesture control, power saving modes, secure folder, Samsung Pay, etc. However, the best-known functionality of the Galaxy S8 + is Bixby, an artificial intelligence assistant who offers information cards, reminders, image search and, in the future, voice interaction. We know that the new Bixby doesn’t very stand on its point; however, with Samsung Galaxy S9 there will be a new beginning.
As with all intelligent assistants, in practice Bixby is not much more than a curiosity with limited utility. At the moment, Bixby does not offer any breakthrough functionality so, once the novelty of the first few days has passed, it is relegated to the background. We will have to wait and see if, over time, more services will be added to give it more functionality. Since Samsung has dedicated a physical button, we assume that you have great plans. So, BixBy 2.0 is expected to first appear with the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Another new feature is DeX, which allows you to use the phone as a computer whenever you use the DeX Station base that allows you to connect monitor, keyboard, Ethernet network and other peripherals. Although we do not see great utility to this function for the final consumer, it may be interesting for business users. These all new features will get a new remap in the Galaxy S9.
Samsung has not made improvements to the hardware in the main camera, which still does not make the jump to the dual lens. The Samsung Galaxy S8 + camera maintains a 12MP sensor and a f / 1.7 aperture lens, but now combines three captures each time you press the shutter to produce an image with superior quality.
The front camera itself has improved in resolution and now incorporates autofocus, a quality we do not usually see on other phones. In short, the Samsung Galaxy S8 + is a spectacular phone, both in design and performance and features. Its price, however, is not within reach of any pocket, since you will have to pay 909 euros to get it. And, it will be even tough when Samsung Galaxy S9 comes to the market.