Samsung is reportedly rolling out updates on its Galaxy S10 and Note 10 that add “slofies” in the camera app. This has been confirmed by several phone owners in Germany and Switzerland region who recently received the update. Interestingly, however, there is no word from Samsung regarding this.
Now, if you don’t know what a “slofie” is, it’s a name given to the slow-motion video feature via the front camera. The term was coined by Apple and it debuted in the all-new iPhone 11 Pro series. It allows users to make some creative slow motion videos of themselves. Did we really need it? No. Is it fun to use? Yes, if you’re 13.
In fact, it was criticized by most tech reviewers and MKBHD even avoided to use the term “slofies” in his videos altogether. The reason for this was just to emphasize how ridiculous this sounded and how there wasn’t any particular need for it. I do admit, however, that it was, at the end of the day, a creative move from Apple but it wasn’t something worth copying.
Samsung is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world and does come with its own revolutionary features that we see in its devices. Copying a feature like slofies does disappoint you especially when there are are a lot of other good features that it could’ve integrated into its own smartphones.
Regardless, it looks like Samsung has made its decision and we’ll soon start seeing slofies (obviously with another name) in Samsung phones. The feature was intended to debut with the next major OneUI 2.0 update but it seems like the company just couldn’t wait to roll it out.
Apart from this, the update also brings Auto Hotspot, which automatically shares data with nearby devices with the same Samsung account. It also beings new updated media controls in the notification tray that help control your TV. The update is only available for the aforementioned region, while a global rollout is expected next year.