Hidey Hole grabs wallpapers from Reddit for you that hide the Galaxy S10’s camera

Samsung Galaxy S10e Toy Story Wallpaper

Since the launch of the Galaxy S10 series, users (including Samsung) have been creating wallpapers that hide the phone’s hole punch cameras. Now, Chainfire, a well-known Android developer, has released an app called Hidey Hole that aggregates these wallpapers for you (via Android Police). 

As the developer states in the app’s Play Store listing, you could get all of these wallpapers yourself by just visiting Reddit. What’s special about Hidey Hole, is that the app makes finding specific images more convenient to locate while throwing in a couple of extra features.

Inside the app, you can first sort the wallpapers based on which Galaxy S10 they were made for. From there, you can have the photos listed by the date that they were uploaded to Reddit or by popularity. And thirdly, you can also search for wallpapers by category. Unfortunately, it looks like this feature is still a bit buggy.

Lastly, Chainfire added the ability to edit a wallpaper’s brightness, contrast, and colors. These controls allow users to finetune each image to look best on their displays.

Editor’s Pick

Don’t bother downloading this app though if you aren’t using a Galaxy S10 device. The developer states that it will crash on opening and they won’t fix it. You will have to find creative wallpapers somewhere else. 

You can download Hidey Hole directly from the Play Store for free using the button below. 

Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S10? (Poll of the Week)

Last week’s poll summary: Last week, we asked you to choose between the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Out of over 60,000 total votes, roughly 39 percent of voters said they’d buy the Mate X over the Galaxy Fold. Just 28 percent would choose the Galaxy Fold over the Mate X. What’s strange is that 30 percent of voters said they’d choose neither phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup goes on sale this week, and we want to know if you’re buying one.

Overall, we’ve heard very little complaints from our readers with the S10 family so far. Not only do the smartphones pack in all the features you could want, Samsung is catering to a wide variety of users this year.

Don’t miss

If you’re after the biggest phone with the best specs you can get, the Galaxy S10 Plus is for you. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 is still a pretty big phone and has a very similar spec sheet, though you do get a few less features. The Galaxy S10e, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone XR, is a much smaller, more affordable phone.

The problem is, these phones are pricey. The cheapest Galaxy S10e starts at $749.99, the S10 proper will cost you $899.99, and the S10 Plus starts at $999.99.

Did you order any one of these phones? If so, which one? Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments with your thoughts. Oh, and our Galaxy S10 Plus review will likely drop sometime very soon, so stay tuned for that!

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Samsung Galaxy S10 phones officially support Netflix HDR10 video

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e aren’t yet available to the general public, Netflix quietly added HDR10 certification for all three phones.

This is good news for those that want to take advantage of the Galaxy S10 phones’ Dynamic OLED displays, which are the first smartphone displays to support HDR10+. Whereas HDR10 features a set metadata channel, HDR10+ features a dynamic metadata channel with a variable midpoint of the dynamic range. The metadata is then used to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis more accurately.

Editor’s Pick

However, we don’t have a firm idea of how much Netflix content supports the HDR10+ standard. We should see such content show up more on Netflix over time, thanks to 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. agreeing to support the HDR10+ standard.

Before you play HDR10 content on your Galaxy S10, make sure you have the latest version of Netflix installed — HDR10 content on Netflix won’t play on an older version of the app.

In related news, Netflix also added HD certification for the Galaxy S10 phones and the lower-end Galaxy M-series phones — the latter include the Galaxy M10, M20, and M30. Netflix added HD certification for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, 710, and 855 processors.

Any devices that feature the three aforementioned processors will support Netflix in HD resolution out of the box. That is unless your device doesn’t support Widevine L1.

DxOMark: Galaxy S10 Plus is the best overall smartphone shooter

Samsung Galaxy S10 Prism Back

Yesterday, DxOMark scored the Xiaomi Mi 9 as the third-best smartphone for taking photos. Now, the scores are in for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and it looks like it’s going to steal a lot of the Mi 9’s thunder.

According to DxOMark, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is now the best overall smartphone camera system for still photography. Its overall score for photos and video is matched by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei P20 Pro, but the Galaxy S10 Plus selfie cam blows those devices out of the water, making it the best full package choice.

The Galaxy S10 Plus received a score of 114 for its rear lens when it comes to still photographs, the same score as both the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro. It also scored a 97 for video, the same score as the Mate 20 Pro but slightly lower than the P20 Pro (which scored 98).

Editor’s Pick

It would appear then that it’s mostly a tie between the three, but the dual-lensed selfie cam on the front of the Galaxy S10 Plus sends it flying past its peers with a score of 96, much higher than the Mate 20 Pro (75) and the P20 Pro (72).

In other words, when it comes to taking photos, the Galaxy S10 gives you the complete package which no other device alone can match.

Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is still the top winner when it comes to video footage with a score of 99, the highest score ever given by DxOMark. However, it could be that the phone received that score because the Mi 9 defaults to 4K video recording instead of the usual 1080p most devices use as a default. Therefore, the score might be a little skewed.

Some folks don’t put much stock into DxOMark scores, but the Galaxy S10 Plus matching the two best smartphone camera systems and beating out even the Google Pixel 3 when it comes to taking selfies is pretty impressive.

NEXT: DxOMark finally debuts selfie camera testing suite

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera might support 1080p slo-mo, HDR10+ video, more

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. 91mobiles.com

The team over at XDA Developers spent some time poring through code contained in the latest software of currently-available Samsung smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9. It found some interesting references to as-yet-unavailable camera features, which likely will debut in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

XDA has done this before, accurately predicting the launch of the Galaxy S9’s Intelligent Scan feature and the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen on the Galaxy Note 9 well before those devices hit the market.

To be clear, it’s not guaranteed that the code references will definitely appear with the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera. However, the likelihood is pretty high that the referenced features will appear at some point.

Editor’s Pick

What did XDA find, you ask? The most notable feature it found is referenced as “SUPER_SLOW_MOTION_CAMERA_RESOLUTION_FHD.” This suggests a new slow-motion capture feature is on the way which will record at 1080p. Currently, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 are capped at 720p for recording slow-motion footage.

Additionally, the team found evidence to suggest that the 0.2- and 0.4-second limits for slow-motion recording will be extended to 0.8 seconds.

Another cool reference discovered is the support for filming HDR10+ video content. Unfortunately, XDA couldn’t find any references to resolution or frame rate for HDR10+ video.

Video isn’t the only thing likely to get some love: XDA also found references to a range of bokeh effects for still images. Using these new effects, you’ll be able to change background focus, make parts of the photo black-and-white, or even create artificial lighting sources for your photos.

XDA breaks down everything they found here, which also includes HEIF image format support, wide-angle video recording, beautification effects, automatic shutter buttons, and more. Just be aware that it may come to be that some of these features won’t see a full release.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy S10 — All the rumors in one place

An official-looking render seemingly confirms the Galaxy S10 Plus’ design (Update: More images)

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Leaked Render 91mobiles

Update, Jan. 31, 2019 ( 3:55pm ET): On the heels of this morning’s leaked render, WinFuture has released similar photos of the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus in multiple colorways and angles. You can view a handful of the new images below.

Galaxy S10 Colorway
Galaxy S10 side angle
Galaxy S10 Colorway
Galaxy S10 Leak Side Angle

Additionally, WinFuture put the renders of the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus side by side so you can see the size comparison. If rumors are to be believed, the smaller of the two will come in with a 5.8-inch display while the Plus model will have a 6.2-inch screen.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Size Comparison
Samsung Galaxy S10 Size Comparison

Original post, Jan. 31, 2019 (12:00pm ET): With MWC just a couple of weeks away, 2019’s smartphone announcement season is just about to start. As is tradition, Samsung’s latest flagship has been leaking all over the internet. This time, 91mobiles claims to have been given official renders of the Galaxy S10 Plus.

As you can see, the handset in the leaked image pretty closely matches leaked CAD models and real-life photos that we’ve seen up until this point. To no one’s surprise, the larger of the two Galaxy S10 models looks to have a dual-sensor hole punch in the top right corner of the display and three cameras around back.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Leaked Close Up 91mobiles

This render also seemingly confirms the fact that Samsung is ditching the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Instead, the South Korean manufacturer is rumored to be including an in-display sensor that will pair with the company’s usual facial-recognition tech.

Editor’s Pick

Other than that, there’s isn’t anything new to learn from this render. The button layout appears to match what we’ve seen in previous years with the power button positioned on the right side of the phone and the volume rocker and Bixby button on the left. And because of the Infinity-O display, the Galaxy S10 Plus features smaller bezels compared to Samsung’s older handsets.

As a refresher, the Galaxy S10 Plus is rumored to have a 6.4-inch display which would match the Note 9’s. Additionally, the handset should come with the Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 SoC depending on the region, 6GB to 12GB of RAM, and up to a terabyte of built-in storage.

Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus at an Unpacked event on February 20 in San Francisco.

Galaxy S10 case renders seemingly confirm three variants and hardware features

Every year Samsung releases a new generation of Galaxy S smartphones and every year they leak out early. While we’ve already seen a good number of photos appear online, Evan Blass has now shared case renders of the South Korean company’s entire Galaxy S10 lineup.

The below renders reportedly show the Galaxy S10E (previously known as the Lite version), S10, and S10 Plus.

If you turn the contrast up on the renders, you can spot a number of additional features. First, it’s quite clear that the Galaxy S10E and S10 each sport a single hole punch camera sensor while the S10 Plus includes a dual-camera setup.

Second, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus feature three cameras around back while the S10E only has two. Thanks to a previous leak, it’s rumored that the three rear sensors will include a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP camera with a telephoto lens. We’re not sure what two sensors will be available on the S10E.

Third, while the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will likely include an in-display fingerprint sensor in addition to face unlocking technology, the cheaper S10E model will not. Instead, it appears as though Samsung is going to add a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that doubles as the power button.

Lastly, thanks to the case being clear, we can see that all three phones should include a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and a bottom-facing speaker. Additionally, there had some talk that Samsung might use a sound-emitting screen similar to the Vivo Nex phone, but the renders do appear to show a minuscule cutout for an earpiece at the top of the display.

Editor’s Pick

Based on previous leaks, it’s believed that the Galaxy S10E will have a 5.8-inch display, the S10 will have a 6.1-inch screen, and the S10 Plus will be the largest at 6.4-inches. It’s also rumored that the class on the two larger models will be curved on the side like with previous Samsung handsets while the S10E will be flat, but it’s hard to tell if that’s exactly true in these renders.

One thing to note here is that case renders aren’t always the most reliable. Occasionally, the accessory manufacturers like to sprinkle on additional details that won’t be seen when the handset is released. But as these images look realistic and they were leaked by Blass, we find them trustworthy.

What do you think about these renders? Which one of the Galaxy S10 variants are you most interested in? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Galaxy S10 Plus renders leak: Here’s what Samsung’s next flagship might look like

  • A new leak has given us our best look yet at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
  • The leak shows off the phone from every angle, confirming the presence of five cameras.
  • The renders also reveal that Samsung isn’t dropping the headphone jack just yet.

We’ve had a ton of Galaxy S10 leaks in the second half of 2018, covering the camera details, model line-up and much more. But we haven’t really had a great idea of what Samsung’s flagship phones will look like.

Now, 91Mobiles and OnLeaks have delivered a ton of renders, purportedly revealing the upcoming flagship in all its glory. The new leak covers the Galaxy S10 Plus, which is expected to be larger (obviously) than the standard Galaxy S10. Aside from the images, we also get a 360 degree video (seen above) to give us a better idea of the 2019 superphone.

The leak indeed shows a triple camera setup on the rear, with all three cameras arranged horizontally. We also see a flash and what is presumably the heart-rate sensor next to the cameras.

The Galaxy S10 Plus render by 91Mobiles.
The Galaxy S10 Plus render by 91Mobiles.
The Galaxy S10 Plus render by 91Mobiles.

Unlike the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9, we don’t see a rear fingerprint scanner here. There isn’t a visible scanner on the front either, because Samsung has apparently gone for an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, according to the publication. This differs from current in-display sensors on the market by using ultrasonic sound waves to verify fingerprints.

Editor’s Pick

Speaking of the front, the Galaxy S10 Plus sports two selfie cameras in a display hole or camera cutout, rather than in a notch. So it indeed looks like you’re getting five cameras — if the second selfie camera isn’t actually related to facial recognition. Speaking of facial recognition, it’s believed that the new phone will ditch the iris scanner in favor of a face unlock solution.

Look at the bottom of the phone and you’ll find a speaker grille, USB Type-C port, and (yes!) a headphone jack. So it tentatively seems like Samsung isn’t jumping on this controversial trend just yet. As for other design choices, we’ve got the power and volume rocker on the right, and the Bixby key on the left. We also see a Huawei-style gradient color scheme on one of the models — hopefully we see more gradient color options at launch.

What do you think of these renders? Give us your thoughts in the comments section! And for more Galaxy S10 coverage, you can check out our rumor hub over here.

NEXT: Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs LG V40 — which wide-angle camera is best?