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Some co-workers and I have recently upgraded our phones to the latest Samsung Galaxy, THE S5. Yes, I must treat this like all Ohio State University football players, current and former(See “The Ohio State University“). /end sarcasm. This week I’ll be taking a moment to help Galaxy S5 owners learn a little more about their phone and its’ features.
After having a few conversations with others, I realized that not everyone immediately takes a deep dive into their new “toys”. I however, am 100% THAT GUY. Yep, I’m that computer and technology loving nerd who wants to know any and everything his new device can do and then show it off. Nothing wrong with a little honesty, right?
So, back on topic. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has some pretty cool features. They may not all be for you or for many users of the phone, but for those of you looking to get the most out of your device and learn a few new things that it can do, follow along with me.
Today, I’ll be covering Air Gestures/Motions, Air View(these two should really be in one section) and One-Handed operation.
Galaxy S5 Motions and Gestures
So, the Galaxy S5 has come out with the ability to browse through your photo albums, e-mail messages and play, pause, fast foward, or stop music on your device without ever having to touch the screen! Awesome! Right? Sure it’s a little gimmicky, but this is really a neat feature and it’s fun to show off.
To get to this feature, you’ll need to go to Apps -> Settings -> then there is a section labeled “Motion”. Under this section, you’ll find Motions and gestures and Air view.
Within this menu, you’ll see options for Air Browse, Direct Call, Smart Alert, Mute/Pause(pretty self explanatory) and Palm Swipe to Capture.
Air Browse – This allows you to swipe through your photos and scroll through the bodies of your e-mails. It will also allow you to change music tracks in-app and on the lock screen, but that is a secondary feature(at least for me).
Direct Call – This is a pretty cool option! Once a person’s contact details or information are pulled up on your screen, you can put the phone to your ear and it will dial for you, saving you the push of the on-screen option.
Smart Alert – If you often sit your phone down, this feature is pretty handy. Smart alert will vibrate to let you know of any missed calls or messages when you pick your phone up. Maybe another slightly gimmicky feature, but if you’re picking your phone up to move it, rather than play on it, it’ll let you know “Hey! You missed something!”
Mute/Pause….I’ll let you explore that. It pretty well does what it says.
Palm Swipe to Capture – Switching from a Droid Razr Maxx to a Galaxy S5, I caught myself wondering “How do I take a screenshot on this phone?”, there’s two ways but, this one is the cooler or the two. To use the Palm Swipe to take a screenshot, you’ll need to put the side of your hand on the screen, pinky down and the other 3 fingers in line(like you’re karate chopping something). Start on the right side of the phone and swipe to the left, this will capture a screenshot! It does take some practice, but once you get it, you’ll find yourself using it more often than not.
The Galaxy S5 Air View feature is really helpful in previewing content without having to open it all the way.
This feature has been most helpful for me in Gallery and Text Messages. Air View allows you to hover your finger over and preview any content that doesn’t fully display its’ self via quick preview. This allows you to see recipients included in group texts quickly and easily and to see more details from longer text messages. This will also allow you to quickly see the first 9 images in a gallery before you open the full image library(perhaps this will even save you some embarrassment).
In use with your calendar, Air View will preview what appointments you have, at what times without having to go into that specific day to find out. Just a handy little tool that Samsung has included with the S5.
I find myself using this feature quite a bit and with almost every app that it is available for use in. Note: These features will not work in 3rd party apps and is limited in factory system apps that come installed on the phone.
Air View will save you clicking in and out of everything in your gallery when you’re looking for that ONE picture, when you have tons of similar ones(if you have kids, you know what I mean). It will also save you the hassle of searching through your calendar for that one appointment you need to move a half hour later on a day you don’t remember.
One-Handed Operation Mode, pretty simple title, right? Many users coming to the S5 will be transferring from a smaller device, in many cases a MUCH smaller device. Samsung planned ahead and has offered a way to allow you to quickly operate your phone with one hand, easily.
With One-Handed Operation active, a simple half swipe left, followed by a half swipe right THEN removing your finger from the phone will shrink your screen size to approximately a 4 inch phone size. This allows you to get to app icons and features much more quickly, all while not having to make that extra stretch of the thumb or using a separate hand to operate the features further away.
This comes in very handy for people with smaller sized hands. Women and some men will really appreciate the ability to quickly navigate around the new S5 screen, as they had with their previous devices. The fact that they made this so easy to activate and deactivate really helps with a great experience for all kinds of users.
Just want to have the smaller screen for a second to switch apps? Swipe left, swipe right – complete your action – then swipe left, swipe right and VOILA! Full Screen AGAIN!
To get to this setting go to Apps -> Settings -> Device -> One-Handed Operation. I’ve not used this much, but it’s nice to know that if I ever strain a thumb reaching for Facebook or Spotify that I have a back-up plan!
Without going overboard on ALL the features that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has in one blog post, I’ll end this week’s overview here. Keep in mind, this is not to show off what MY phone can do that yours can’t(JK, iPhone 6 – in your face!). It is also not to be some over-the-top review of what this phone can do, but rather it is to help inform and educate those who may not dive right into all the details of their new devices and are looking for a little guidance.
Thanks for taking the time to read my entry this week, I hope you’ll come back and check out the next one!
Until next time,
Brandon X. Battles