Samsung Galaxy S10 touch sound change after April update gets thumbs down

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Back in the old days, I used to grab my father’s Nokia 3310 and tried to create tunes using the built-in composer app. This nifty composer tool (we didn’t call them app then) can create monophonic sounds using the combination of keypad sounds.

Modern Android smartphone rocking people should try something like this app to bring back those memories. ?

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Although Nokia 3310 has been revived by HMD Global, the charm of those monophonic keypad sounds are long gone. We now have these virtually bezelless, all-screen smartphones, where the primary method of interaction is a touch-sensitive display panel.

With the advent of tough and gestures, phone makers added an option of enable touch/tap sound. Emulating the legacy keypad sounds, these touch sounds are quite useful to bring nostalgia or comic relief.

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Tap sounds and Dial pad tones under MIUI 10

Well well well, that’s not true in every cases. Samsung Galaxy S10 users across the globe are in troubled waters, after the Korean OEM quietly changed the default touch sound via the recent most software update.

Hello, today in the morning I recieved the ASD5 (April) update for my S10, upon rebooting the touch sounds changed and now the whole device sounds like a toy. How to revert this change?

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New touch sound in the April update guys? It’s so much worse than the old one, it’s really jarring. I’ve turned off touch sounds for this update…

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As we are talking about an audible object, it is rather difficult to describe the awe via words. Good for us, a S10 user took their time and shared a small video snippet of the Galaxy S10 screen recording with the touch sound.

According to most of the users, the new tune sounds similar to the cheap toyish noise, which is rather unpleasant for a flagship phone.

no man the touch sound definitely changed… at least for me on the exynos version… sounds like a rejected user input sound or like no more characters to back space sound or like dead battery sound…

the original sound has more of a click to it

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Agreed the tounch sound is pathetic and degrades the phone to a cheap plastic child’s toy. Switching off is not a solution to the problem, the correct solution is to revert back to how it was.

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As a matter of fact, only global users having the Exynos 9820 powered Galaxy S10/S10/S10 Plus are affected by this ‘toy’ sound. This is because the US (except Sprint) and Canadian Snapdragon S10 models are still stuck on March security patch (build ASD3).

Meanwhile, global Galaxy S10 models have already got April security patch (build ASD5/ASD6), which brought the much-awaited camera night mode feature alongside other fixes. The same OTA update reportedly pushed this weird tune and replaced the older touch sound.

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Galaxy S10+ April update (ASD6) changelog

As these sound files are stored inside /system partition, which makes it impossible to change them without root access. Another option could be downgrading to the previous build using tools like Frija, but that’s everyone’s cup of tea.

A Samsung moderator has confirmed that users have no choice other than sticking with the new sound or turn it off altogether.

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We are looking forward to Samsung rolling out the April update for US models so that we can verify Samsung’s decision to distribute the new touch sound. They might reconsider and revert back to the old sound, depending on user feedback.

Do you like the new touch sound on you Galaxy S10 after April update? Or prefer the old one? Do let us know by commenting below.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.