Meanwhile, the majority of other carrier Galaxy S10 variants are getting a dedicated Night Mode in the June security update.
The good news, however, is that we know it will be included in the July update, which should start rolling out in the next few weeks.
Verizon and AT&T both got the June security update a little over a week ago, and it included the dedicated Night Mode for the camera app, that we've been seeing rolling out to the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S10. It's a feature that you would think Samsung would have included in the Galaxy S10 when it launched, but it did not.
The Galaxy S10 lineup does have a night mode, but it is not a dedicated one, nor one that the user can control. If the camera thinks that the environment is too dark, it will jump into its own night mode (called "Bright Night"). But if the camera doesn't think it's dark enough to need this mode, then it won't use it.
This new Night Mode from Samsung does offer a better experience than the non-dedicated night mode that came with the Galaxy S10. It makes the pictures look less blurry and it also gets rid of more noise in the picture. Making for a much better experience, which is what Samsung users will want anyways.
Night Mode has become a pretty popular camera feature in the past couple of years. And of course, as always, every smartphone manufacturer is using a different name for their own night mode. Google has Night Sight, OnePlus has NightScape and Samsung does Bright Night. Just to name a few.
Things really got popular for night mode last year when Google released Night Sight. It was able to add more light to these dark photos than the average eye could even see. When it showed off Night Sight at its Pixel 3 announcement last year, many thought that the picture was just taken during the day (perhaps close to sunset) but no, it was actually at night.
The way these night modes work, normally, is that the camera will take many different photos at the same time. It will then stitch those photos together, which gives it a lot more data and more light to make the photo look even better. And that is the end product. Which is a brighter photo, without the street lights or candles being blown out, like they typically are. This also means that you don't need to rely on the flash anymore, which usually makes your photos look worse anyways, at least on a smartphone.
It's currently unclear why Samsung and/or T-Mobile left the Night Mode feature out of the June update that went out just a week ago. But at least we do know that it will be coming to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10+ on T-Mobile in the next update. So users aren't completely left in the dark – of course with Night Mode, it wouldn't be dark anyways.