The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the current it product in consumer electronics right now, and though I have major beef with Samsung’s native software, the hardware is undoubtedly top notch, specifically that curved AMOLED display surrounded by ultra-slim bezels.
But one of the things that bugged me about the phone was that Samsung didn’t give you an option to hide the navigation buttons to your choosing.
The phone does hide the home/back/recents buttons for you when you’re watching a YouTube video or browsing through photos, but not for other apps that could benefit from going full screen, like Instagram or Chrome.
This is part of the reason why I criticized the S8′s software in my review, because Samsung just doesn’t give you options to do things differently (another example, Samsung refuses to give you a shortcut to pull down the notification shade, requiring you to swipe from the top.
In LG phones (at least with the V10, V20, G4, G5) and the Xiaomi Mi Mix, you have the option to hide the bottom row of soft buttons anytime you want.