Samsung To Take On Google's 'Night Sight' With Galaxy S10's 'Bright Night'

Samsung seems to be working on its own low-light photography solution which will in effect be a rival to Google’s Night Sight. The feature is currently being referred to as “Bright Night” and essentially will work in exactly the same way Night Sight does. The information on this comes directly from references found in the One UI code, suggesting that although the name might change prior to the feature's announcement, the feature itself is well into its development life cycle and will arrive in due course.

Samsung hoping to capitalize on Night Sight fame

Nearly all smartphone makers have brought to market their own software and hardware tweaks designed to improve low-light photography on their respective smartphones. However, and in spite of many working in much the same way, none have managed to attract the level of attention Night Sight did when it was first announced. In fact, Night Sight leaked in app form prior to its official announcement and so those looking to test out the feature ahead of time were able to. Barring the few exceptions, the general consensus on the feature was it’s magic. A sentiment that has been repeatedly made since the feature became official and more users have had the chance to play with it.

Samsung will be looking to capitalize on that popularity and especially if it is able to improve the feature even more than what Google has. At the very least, keeping up with the likes of Google and the various other implementations of the same feature will satiate Samsung users who will want the same level of functionality without having to turn to a solution from Google or anyone else. Night Sight and Bright Night utilize the same underlying principles in the sense that the technology looks to capture multiple images of the same scene at the same time and use those to create one image that is much brighter than what would otherwise be possible, and regardless of how dark the environment might be at the time. What has proven most impressive with these solutions, and attracted the magic tag is the fact that the software is able to do all of this and significantly add far more light to a scene without actually having to rely on a flash to physically add light in the first place.

Likely to launch with the Galaxy S10

Samsung is highly expected to launch its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10 in the opening months of 2019 and it is also highly expected the cameras will be one of the main aspects the company focuses on during the launch. Making the likelihood of Bright Night debuting on the Galaxy S10 somewhat of a given. This is even more likely when you consider the Galaxy S10 is expected to launch with Samsung’s re-envisioned One UI and it is within the new UI that Bright Night references have now been found. The timing of everything, as well as the fact Samsung will really want to promote the Galaxy S10's cameras points very clearly to the inclusion of Bright Night.

However, it is also unlikely Samsung will limit the use of the feature to just the Galaxy S10. Instead, it is possible it will initially be unveiled as a Galaxy S10 feature, and remain this way for some time, before becoming available on some of the more recent and current Galaxy smartphones, such as the Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9 line. This again would mirror the approach used by Google who although launched Night Sight as a feature that's apparently best-suited to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, also made it available via an update to the camera app on the original Pixel and Pixel 2 lines as well.

Galaxy S10 shaping up to be an interesting device

Every major Galaxy smartphone garners considerable attention both pre and post-launch, however, after what many consider to have been a subdued year for Samsung, many now expect Samsung to go all-out in 2019 with its major smartphone releases. And if the currently rumor mill is to be believed, it would seem that is exactly what will happen as the Galaxy S10 has already been heavily rumored and leaked and there’s even been multiple suggestions that multiple versions of the phone will launch catering to different user needs, such as different configurations, sizes, and even display aspect ratios. This is all in addition to a 5G model that's pegged to arrive with a very spec-heavy background- and most likely reflected in a very hefty price tag.

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