Samsung Galaxy A70 gets the Galaxy S10’s camera night mode in the July update
Software is one area where Samsung has faced criticism for its lackluster support and unwillingness to update older devices. In recent times, though, the company has shown more enthusiasm at rolling out both platform and security updates to its budget and mid-range smartphones (thanks in large part to Project Treble). The company updated the Galaxy M series of smartphones with Android Pie and One UI earlier in May. Meanwhile, the budget-friendly Galaxy J7 Duo was updated just a few days ago. Now, the company is rolling out a new software update to the Galaxy A70.
The Galaxy A70 is a premium mid-range smartphone which launched in April of this year. The main highlight of this new update is the inclusion of a dedicated Night mode. As we have already seen on many devices so far, having a dedicated Night mode goes a long way in improving low-light and dark shots as it allows users to capture long-exposure shots, improving both shadows and detail retention while reducing noise levels.
The update bumps the build number to A705GMDDU3ASG6, weighs 367MB in size, and also includes July’s security patches along with various bug fixes.
The Galaxy S10 was the first device to receive a dedicated Night mode. It came as a replacement to the rather confusing Bright Night feature, which didn’t allow users to manually toggle the mode and instead relied on scene detecting algorithms to decide when it should kick in. The new mode brought a manual toggle – similar to the one found on Google Pixel and OnePlus devices – which can be accessed by swiping.
The new Night mode feature later made it to the Samsung Galaxy S9 series and eventually to the Galaxy Note 9. It was further extended to the mid-range Galaxy A50 in June, leaving many Galaxy A70 owners wondering as to why the feature made it to the less-expensive device before them. But now that it’s finally here and Galaxy A70 users can now take advantage of the Night mode to take stunning photos even in dark conditions.
The previous Galaxy A70 updates have brought many camera features including Super Steady mode for videos, Super Slow-mo, Live Focus, and Beauty Video mode. With this update adding the Night mode, it brings the camera experience of the device, at least in terms of functionality, in line with that of more expensive Samsung smartphones.
At the time being, the update is rolling out only in India but it shouldn’t take long before other regions follow suit.