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4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy Note 8 Pie & 12 Reasons You Should

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Install for Adaptive Battery & Adaptive Brightness

Install for Adaptive Battery & Adaptive Brightness

The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie comes with some big changes from Samsung, but it also comes with some of the key features from Google.

Android Pie update comes with a variety of changes including Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Actions, Slices, and Smart Text Selection.

If you're unfamiliar with Google's Android Pie features, you should take a look at our Android Pie vs. Android Oreo walkthrough

Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness are the two features we want to single out here. 

Adaptive Battery is an AI-based feature that learns how you use the apps on your phone over time and uses said data to improve your Galaxy Note 8's battery life. 

So if you use an app a lot it will stay in your memory after you close it. If you don't use an app a lot your phone will instantly kill it so that it doesn't suck up power in the background. 

It also learns when you use your apps the most. For instance if you use an app at a certain point in the day every day, it will wake that app up during that time period. On the other hand, it will stop the app in the background during the times you don't regularly use it. 

Once you get on Android Pie, Adaptive Battery is located in Device Care (formerly Device Maintenance) in your device's Settings.

Adaptive Brightness also uses AI to learn your habits. And like its name suggests, it's focused on the brightness of your display. 

Over time, your phone will learn how you like to set your phone's brightness in certain situations and it will adjust the screen accordingly. 

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Prasanth

    03/07/2019 at 8:13 pm

    After installing new pie update my call log is not working properly. Automatically deate call logs.what i do?

  2. Dan

    03/29/2019 at 4:38 am

    This artie is a waste of time to read it has no information in it.

  3. Kevin

    03/31/2019 at 9:05 pm

    So… you have no reasons not to update basically? With two being practically the same.

    1) OneUI is kinda ugly. Don’t install if you can’t stand their new launcher.
    2) Menus have increased loss of space due to an odd use of titles.
    3) Root/Bootloader unlock reasons.
    4) Carrier specific bs. Verizon likes to bloat.
    5) Settings that get locked out due to updates. For instance, when we lost the ability to save to a microsd a few android versions ago.
    6) You can wait for a better phone.

  4. mark

    04/05/2019 at 7:31 am

    Not happy with the UI after update on note8. My texting app has slowed down to undearable use. Is there a way to back track out of this update. Not happy with it at all. If bugs arent fixed I will be changing phone on renewal.

  5. Dave

    04/06/2019 at 2:33 pm

    Unlike this article, which provides nothing of value, here’s a valid reason to not install the update.

    If you depend on wifi calling, I don’t recommend the pie update for Note 8 at this time. When I set wifi calling to wifi preferred, it reverts back to cellular preferred.

    I live in an area of very poor cell coverage. As such, the pie update on my note 8 is completely worthless.

    As long as this update was in “testing” you would think I t-mo-ho could have managed to test high level features in a most basic sense.

  6. debby dubois

    04/11/2019 at 6:07 am

    since the update, I have lost my “split screen” ability and can’t find it now…anyone else?

    • Barry Johnson

      04/21/2019 at 9:30 pm

      I have lost split screen also did you find a fix? Thanks

    • Dean Toth

      05/28/2019 at 3:08 am

      There’s 2 answers
      1) split screen is simplified to where you just long press the app symbol while you are in the recent apps view

      2) the new way doesn’t allow saving app pairs to homescreen (only to the side dock) and also doesn’t allow resizing or swapping of split windows. To bring back the old style download the Samsung tweaking app called “goodlock” only available in the Samsung store.
      Goodlock is a UI tweaking front end app with several components, such as changing the style of the multi task view (I don’t like the new style) AND let’s you have the old split screen controls (where you can long press the split bar to drag or swap).
      Once you install goodlock, each UI tweak is then downloaded separately and all managed from the goodlock front end. You get to choose which to download. I only use the split screen and the task view tweaks, the others are fairly less useful to me, but you might try them all to see what you think.

  7. Christina Cueva

    04/15/2019 at 4:01 pm

    I hate the new Note 8 update. It just forced it on me a couple of days ago. It’s like someone stole my very good phone and gave me a piece of crap. Why do we have to swipe to get rid of screens instead of closing them? I am so tempted to switch to iPhone. I’m very angry. I don’t even want to use my phone anymore. They should have left it alone!

    • Dean Toth

      05/28/2019 at 3:17 am

      You don’t really have to ever worry about closing recent apps. The recent apps view does not mean all those apps are still running in the background. They are just screen shots to let you quickly go back to an app you are using recently.
      Even in the cases where an app is running in the background, when memory is low and you open a new app, Android automatically closes the background app to free up memory, but the image of the app is still in your recents view.
      This has been true since like 5 versions of android ago.
      It’s a myth that you have to constantly close everything in your recents view (Google that).
      However if you really want to clear all recents, try this

      download the Samsung tweaking app called “goodlock” only available in the Samsung store.
      Goodlock is a UI tweaking front end app with several components, such as changing the style of the multi task view (I don’t like the new style) AND let’s you have the old split screen controls (where you can long press the split bar to drag or swap).
      Once you install goodlock, each UI tweak is then downloaded separately and all managed from the goodlock front end. You get to choose which to download. I only use the split screen and the task view tweaks, the others are fairly less useful to me, but you might try them all to see what you think.

      The new recent tasks view this app gives you are really nice and let you view many more recents at once for easy jumping back and forth.
      It also gives you a CLEAR ALL button.

  8. Patri

    04/16/2019 at 2:28 pm

    This article is crap. I have the update on my note 8 and now I don’t receive text messages or phone calls and my messages I try to send out fail. This update is garbage and has ruined my perfectly great phone, now its junk. Samsung better fix this fast!

    • Maria

      04/19/2019 at 9:33 am

      I had the same issue when I originally updated to Pie at the end of March. Incoming calls were being rejected, texts failing. Ended up calling my provider and they directed me to the store to have a tech check it out. Needless to say they replaced my Note8 with another one and said to wait atleast a month before updating software again.

  9. John

    04/20/2019 at 4:14 pm

    Update ruined a well oiled machine. After I downloaded, my phone actually started turning off by itself. Hated the new UI. Can’t say anything good about it. Go to your settings and turn OFF automatic updates!!
    Verizon had to send a me a new Note 8 as mine had become unusable!!!

  10. Chris sims

    05/22/2019 at 2:16 am

    I updated and it fried my sd card. Cant be read by phone or laptop yet I can play the music on it through my stereo. It’s a 64gb Samsung card with all my pics on it and I did not back it up so very annoyed. Also I have the single sim version but since update it tells me I have dual sim. This is not the case. Very upset with this from Samsung as I have no way of recovering my pics or documents. My theory is that phone overheated whilst download/upgrade/install and has basically melted card.

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