Download WAEC CBT App for Android
Download JAMB CBT App for Android

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks - how to make the most of your new smartphone

Samsung's Galaxy S8 went on sale in the UK yesterday, allowing Brits to finally get their hands on the most lusted-after Android device on the market.

While retaining many of the widely-praised features of the Galaxy S7 Edge , such as the curved screen, 12-megapixel rear camera, wireless charging and water resistance, it has added just enough to elevate it above its rivals.

The new handset boasts a stunning "infinity" display, cutting-edge facial recognition software, and a new artificial intelligence interface called Bixby.
If you were among the first to buy the Galaxy S8, you're probably still getting to grips with all the new features, so here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.



Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks - how to make the most of your new smartphone


Use two apps at once

The Galaxy S8 comes with a feature called Snap Window that lets you use two apps side by side.
This can be really handy if you want to browse Facebook while keeping an eye on your emails, or WhatsApp your friends while checking Google Maps.
To open apps in split screen view, you'll first need to launch the two apps you want to run side by side. Then return to the Home screen.
Hit the "Recents" button on the soft keys at the bottom left of the screen (it's the one that looks like two rectangles on top of each other).

Scroll through until you find the app you want to appear at the top of the screen, and then tap the Snap Window icon in the header of that app.
You can then choose another app to snap to the bottom of the screen in the same way.
To return to a full screen view, hold down on the dividing line between the two apps and drag up or down until one of the apps disappears.



Take a screenshot

With no physical home button, screenshots are handled a little differently on the S8 to previous Galaxy phones.
The simplest way to take a screenshot is to press the power and volume down keys at the same time.
Alternatively, you can enable swipe gestures by heading to Settings > Advanced features and turning on "Palm swipe to capture". This lets you take a screenshot by swiping the edge of your hand across the screen.


Wine pairing tips

Samsung's Siri rival Bixby still has a long way to go before it becomes truly useful, but one application that works really well is using Bixby Vision to get wine pairing tips.
Just launch the camera app, and then then the icon that looks like an eye in the bottom left corner. Next, take a picture of the label on a bottom of wine.
Bixby will use image recognition to search for the wine and bring up information such as vintage, price or suggested food pairings from Vivino .



Protect your eyes

If you're in the habit of using your phone at night, it's a good idea to turn on Samsung's "blue light filter".
This changes the colour of the display to reduce blue light, avoid eye strain and help you sleep better.
Head into Settings > Display > Blue light filter to change the times and the strength of the effect.


Customise always-on display

The Galaxy S8 has an always-on display, meaning it will display certain information, such as time and date, even when it's in standby mode.
You can enable this by going to Settings > Lock screen and security > Always On Display and switching the toggle to the "On" position.
While you're there, you can also customise the clock style, colour and background. With a few of the styles you can also tap on blank spots on the screen to add more information like a second clock or an image.

If you only want the always-on display to remain on during the day, and turn off at night, tap "Set schedule" to select the on and off time.
Once everything is set up the way you want it, tap "Apply" at the top of the screen.



Edit the edge panel

Samsung's Galaxy phones are different from other Android phones in that they have a customisable edge panel, providing quick access to priority contacts and most used apps.
You can choose what appears in this panel by going to Settings > Display > Edge screen.
You can also add and remove panels by tapping on "Edge panels".



Colour-coded call alerts

If your phone is face down, there's an option to have the edges light up when there's an incoming call.
This is ideal for meetings, because your phone will reveal there's an incoming call without you needing vibration or showing everyone who is calling.
To enable this feature, head to Settings > Display > Edge screen and turning on "Edge lighting".
If you have set up priority contacts in the People edge, and one of those people calls, the edges of the screen will light up in whatever colour has been assigned to them.
Edge lighting was first introduced in Galaxy S6 Edge, so it's not a new feature, but it cannot be found on any other Android devices.


Create a GIF

The Galaxy S8 lets you create a GIF instantly from anything that's playing on your phone - like a video on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.


Start by enabling the Smart Select edge panel by going to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels.
Then, once your video is on the display, pull in the edge panel, swipe to access the Smart Select panel, and select "Animation".
A preview window will appear, which you can move and adjust to cover the part of the screen yoy want to capture.
Tap "Record" to start recording the video, and again to stop. A timer and file size indicator will appear on the screen so you can see the size and length of the clip.


Enable one-handed mode

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are an unconventional shape, making it a bit of a stretch to reach the top of the screen with one hand.
Luckily Samsung has included a feature that lets you shrink the display panel by swiping in diagonally from the bottom left or right, so that all the controls are within reach of your thumb.
Alternatively, head into Settings > Advanced features > One-handed mode and select "Button". This will mean you can tap the home button 3 times and it will shrink into one-handed mode.


Unlock your phone with a glance

The Galaxy S8 comes with a handy facial recognition feature that lets you unlock your phone by just holding it infront of your face.
To enable this, head to Settings > Lock screen and security > Face Recognition. Enter your PIN, password, or pattern if asked.
The Galaxy S8 will guide you through the process of registering your face. To use your face to unlock the phone, ensure "Face unlock" is toggled on


The facial recognition option is arguably the quickest and most convenient, but it is not as secure as the other methods, as it can be faked using a picture of your face.
For this reason it cannot be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or Secure Folder.
If you'd rather use the fingerprint reader or iris scanner, these can be set up in the same way.


Launch camera from the lock screen

Double tap on the standby button to launch the camera. You can do this from the lock screen or any other location in the phone.
If it's not turned on, open the Camera app, select Settings and toggle on "quick launch".


Give it a rinse

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S8 is IP68-rated, which means it's dust-resistant and can be dunked in water to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.
So it will survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won't break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don't want to take it swimming.
We understand you might be reluctant to run the risk of dunking your £689 gadget in a bucket of water, but rest assured, if it gets sticky or dirty, you'll be absolutely fine running it under the tap.


Trending

Insurance Terms App On Mobile 

WAEC Result Checker

9 Great Substitutes To Student Loans
 
Citadel Insurance Mobile App 

How to transfer Money With GTBank App

Samsung Galaxy S8: A Business Phone for a Business Man

Share your thoughts
EmoticonEmoticon