Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Shutter Sound: Here’s what you should know
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Maintaining a universal software variant for international usage is a hard task. For example, parameters like Daylight saving time (DST) to network bands in mobile telephony often vary between countries.
To tackle this situation, popular PC operating systems like Windows introduced the idea of locales.
In computing, a locale is a set of parameters that defines the user’s language, region and any special variant preferences that the user wants to see in their user interface. Usually a locale identifier consists of at least a language code and a country/region code.
Unlike PC, initial smartphones had a tiny amount of internal storage. Implementing a similar set of customized presets could be space consuming, so OEMs decided to make separate hardware models (yes, you read that right!) for the same phone.
With time, the price of the flash storage chips decreased drastically. Smartphone makers started to incorporate bigger internal storage, which was proven useful for OS designers to store region specific configurations inside a unified update package.
However, end users may not always aware of these design choices. Take the following example: some Galaxy S10 users reportedly can’t find an option to disable the camera shutter sound.
On Samsung Galaxy S10 – Android Pie, how can I turn off the camera shutter sound when taking a picture ? ( Apart from just putting phone in DND mode or sound on silent when taking a picture)
@SamsungMobileCA hi, I bought S10+ from @FreedomMobile and I don't have option to turn off the camera shutter sound. Other people on s10 sub-reddit have the option. Can you please help me out here? (All the software is up to date). @freedomsupport told me to contact you. pic.twitter.com/fdpi9hivU3
— ???? (@bitwitjoe) April 11, 2019
Users have found it little bit weird, as apparently some Galaxy S10 models do provide a simple toggle in the stock camera app to turn off the camera shutter sound.
Whereas for the others, there is no such option under Camera settings:
According to a Samsung US Care Ambassador, carrier branded US models of Galaxy S10 should have the option of toggle camera shutter sound.
That is why you have that option, you’re with Verizon. Here in the United States we don’t have any restrictions and we can turn off the shutter sound in the camera settings
While EU laws apparently demand the camera to produce a shutter sound while capturing a photo. (Privacy, huh?)
Region code. Please take into account that this is UK forum and UK is still part of EU and some regulations are applied here, e.g. camera’s sound or high volume warning.
Digging back a little, we have found that carriers like T-Mobile do allow end users to turn off the camera shutter sound, but the option is missing from the unlocked US models sold directly via Samsung.
Allow me to explain the situation.
With the arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung engineers introduced a feature called CSC (Customer Software Customization) in their firmware.
CSC is nothing but a set of predefined parameters which resides inside the root system partition of your Samsung device. Samsung and/or wireless carriers can easily make changes and prepare customized OS variants by setting appropriate values in the CSC.
It is theoretically possible to change the CSC values manually and unlock hidden options, but you need to have root access to do that.
Condition: application, camera
Action: do not disturb on (important: do not use volume because it makes a sound when you turn the camera off)
You can achieve the output by manually muting the system sound, but automating it using Bixby sounds much easier.
Remember that local laws may still demand you to enable the shutter sound, so please consult the rules before shooting pictures in a sensitive area.
Do you have the option to toggle camera shutter sound in your Galaxy S10e/S10/S10+? Comment below.
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