This weekend (February 15, 2019) a major update was pushed to may T-Mobile managed Galaxy S9+. This update is rife with problems that make the phone more difficult to use and less valuable to the owner. Here is a less than comprehensive list of the poor choices Samsung made with this update and how users can survive until the Samsung devs stop smoking whatever drove them to push these changes and restore some sanity to our devices:
Dear Samsung, here's a tip. Call the old Microsoft devs who bailed after Satya took over and killed the Windows Phone program. They knew how to design user-friendly interfaces, just got hosed on the marketing budget before getting kicked to the curb. In all reality, they had built a superior phone experience and I'm quite sure could do it again given sufficient opportunity.
Have you also noticed your privacy settings got changed?? Yup, the update did that too.
And how about the overwhelming urge of the messaging app to have my contacts know when I read their messages? Get bugged about that every single time I open messages.
Concur, hire the window phone dev team. Or at least figure out that no matter how good your screen is, thousands of tiny bits of information are in fact only data to be ignored, not information. Information comes in sizes and positions that you can actually read.
It also appears it (the upgrade) is not compatable with the infotainment center on my new Chevy. When a call comes in, the ringer starts and will not stop until the vehicle has been turned off for a period of time. According to others, this only occurred after the update. I wish I could turn back the update.
My husbands S9 started making calls on its own too. He could be texting someone, and when done, closes the app and turns off the screen. Before he can even put it in his pocket, next thing he knows the phone is calling the person he just texted, like me. I checked the swipe and gestures features which were turned on. I turned them off. I checked my phone and they were turned on too. I know I had them turned off prior to the update. Its annoying that the update changes the preferences you have worked hard to customize for yourself. I had my husband restart his phone. I dont know what else to do since there has been nothing on the support or community pages in referrence to the phone inadvertantly making calls to people you just finished texting. I even had him recreat the conditions he would be in when these calls occurs. Like, how he exits the app, or holds the phone, which external buttons he pushes. But it wouldnt make the "accidental" call. Frustrating to say the least.
Um yah, where did the back button go, very disappointing and frustrating to have to use the back button in the Firefox browser or in any browser now, the split screen is gone now, or can I not find it? No explanation as to what the three bars on the bottom of screen are intended for... also Nova Launcher not cooperative with new UI... I want to throw my phone... angered to a point of buying another one, which in itself is not fun looking for something in an unlocked version where stereo speakers...I like listening to music and cannot use earbuds of headphones at work, or even want to. Very wreckless update.
The three bars are the back, recent apps, and home "buttons" for using the full-screen gestures. If you don't want to try the gestures, you can switch back to navigation bar buttons, but the bar will not auto-hide as it did under Oreo. Once you open the recent apps menu, long-press the icon at the top of one of the apps then press the split screen option, then tap the other app you want to share on the screen. Search around for guides for getting started with OneUI and save your money instead of throwing this phone away.
Um yah, where did the back button go . . . the split screen is gone now . . . No explanation as to what the three bars on the bottom of screen are intended for
Is anybody else having issues with the Bixby feature as well??? I had set up Speed dial numbers for many of my main contacts and one of the main uses I had for Bixby is to hold the botton to make Speed dial calls. Since the update, I can no longer speak to make the Speed Dial calls... I really don't know what happened there... Seems even Bixby got messed up since the update.
This is a horrible update. I cant even read half the things on my screen when I swipe down due to the colors being dark purple & dark grey, I think they took away SO many options in the settings menu, everything is giant an wasting space, my instagram keeps automatically updating although I have auto update off, this layout is not user friendly! Why does my messages screen have to be all white & I cant change the color? Why dont I have a dark theme anymore? The layout is garbage. Worst update.