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Samsung Will Fix the Galaxy S8 Red Tint Issue With a Software Update (xda-developers.com) 31

When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ first launched, several users reported a red tint to the displays. But then a few days passed and more reports emerged about the issue being widespread, especially in South Korea where many owners are facing this issue. According to XDA Developers, Samsung is aware of the issue and will be issuing a software update to fix it. From the report: Some thought this was just the nature of OLED technology. Because it's organic, it is expected to have some sort of variance from one device to another. We've seen this time and time again on Samsung devices, and others which are using AMOLED panels that were sourced from Samsung. This is generally not a widespread issue though and most of the time the difference is rather small. For whatever reason though, this doesn't seem to be the case with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. This new OTA update to fix the red tint issue is said to be coming next week at the end of April, and Samsung assures their customers that there isn't a problem with the phone itself.
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Samsung Will Fix the Galaxy S8 Red Tint Issue With a Software Update

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  • by fredrated ( 639554 ) on Friday April 21, 2017 @05:58PM (#54279801) Journal

    They are going to change the color of the software?

    • by BeauHD ( 4450103 ) Works for Slashdot
      Via the software. Currently, Galaxy S8 owners can manually adjust the tint of the display in the settings, but that is not an ideal solution. I assume Samsung's software update will recalibrate the display settings to make the "default" mode have less of a red tint.
    • by n2505d ( 759637 )
      Cut the chatter Red 2
    • Unlike LCDs which use a backlight with a fixed white point, OLEDs produce red, green, and blue on demand. So the "white point" is just however much red, green, and blue the software commands the screen to display when trying to show the color white.
  • by imidan ( 559239 ) on Friday April 21, 2017 @06:11PM (#54279863)

    I've been using an S4 for a couple years, and I was looking forward to possibly upgrading to the S8. But it seems like a bit of a shitshow. The fingerprint scanner is in a weird place, apparently as a last-minute change because they couldn't get it working on the touchscreen. The software assistant doesn't work in English. This wouldn't be that big a deal to me because I probably wouldn't use it anyway, but the hardware button for activating it is not re-programmable, so it's a complete waste at the moment. Obviously, no removable battery. And now the screen is red. At least it has a headphone jack, I guess?

    Meh. I guess my current phone is good enough.

  • Utter twaddle (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Friday April 21, 2017 @06:47PM (#54280049) Homepage Journal

    Because it's organic, it is expected to have some sort of variance from one device to another.

    Are they breeding them instead of manufacturing them? Or is there perhaps some inherent unpredictability in carbon chemistry that I'm not aware of and that the brewing, pharmaceutical & petroleum industries have found a way to overcome?

  • They claim it has HD voice, but I wonder if it's usable on any of the major carriers.

    How is the radio in it? Does it drop calls frequently?

    Is the touch screen responsive? Does it false? Does it take a particular gesture to get it to work properly?

    Basically, they're worried to death over a red tint on the display, but you never see discussion of whether it performs its basic function as, you know, a phone.

    • by adolf ( 21054 )

      If there were something negative to write about its performance as a communications device, someone would write about it.

      See also: "You're holding it wrong."

  • The red tint is actually fire smoldering behind the display...be ready for another fireworks show!
  • Well, coming from Samsung, it already is really explosive.
  • Many relevant news on this issue you'll find here... http://mobilenewsflash.com/sea... [mobilenewsflash.com]

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