Smartphones are filled with so many features and options that even the tech savvy person has a hard time keeping up with it all. So you can imagine what a beginner or someone who is very uncomfortable with technology must feel like. Samsung has what’s called Easy Mode and it’s one of the most underrated features the Galaxy S 4 offers. It’s for the person who really wants things to be simple. Maybe your Mom, Dad, or Grandparent would like a phone such as the GS4, but just doesn’t want to deal with all the fuss.
This is exactly why Easy Mode was created. It’s already been available on the Galaxy S III, but Samsung has simplified it even more. Easy Mode only has three home screens. The main home screen has non removable widgets for the time, date, and weather. You will also find six apps to choose from that have much larger icons. The left home screen is dedicated to calling. You can select up to nine contacts to set as favorites and you can open the phone app, which includes the keypad, call logs, and contacts. The right home screen includes 9 apps that you can customize to whatever you want. You still have an app drawer as well, but all apps are spelled out and in alphabetical order. The settings menu is also simplified as well as the camera interface.
Looks like that update we told you about for the HTC One is good to go. HTC just announced an update (version 1.29.401.13) for the European model that concentrates on the UltraPixel camera with many fixes. It includes improvements for sound captures with Zoe, noise reduction for slow motion movie captures, better color reproduction and dynamic range for non-HDR images in certain conditions, and corrections to EXIF information when ISO settings are manually changed. Those of you with a European model should expect to see the update this week. If you have a carrier version, expect a rather long delay especially if you’re in the U.S. Don’t forget to check out our guide on the HTC One camera as well as how to utilize Zoes and video highlights.
Do you remember back in March when we told you of the leaked launch date and pricing for Lenovo’s new Intel powered Ideaphone K900? What about when it showed up in benchmarks barely beating the Samsung Galaxy S 4? It looks like China is going to start selling it on May 6th, however we don’t have any pricing for the device, nor do we know if it will ever make it out of China as of yet.
The Lenovo Ideaphone runs on Intel’s Atom Clover Trail+ processor clocked at 2 GHz, has a full HD 5.5 inch screen, 16 GB of storage and a 2500 mAh battery that charges in just 90 minutes. The device runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and has Wireless Display which is a feature that allows the user to play media on the TV without, you guessed it, wires. The specs just keep coming, it is 6.9 mm thick, and has the same 13 megapixel camera that can be found in the Sony Xperia Z.
I don’t know about you, but I would really like to see this phone in my region some time soon. Would you buy this if it came to your area?
Source: GSM insider
Well here’s something interesting for a Wednesday morning. A Google X device has appeared in the AnTuTu Benchmark database. Since this phone is made by Motorola, we have been referring to it as the Motorola X. Could Google brand the phone themselves? Seems unlikely to me, but it’s anyone’s guess at this point. Just like any screenshot, we don’t have any proof that it’s real, so take it with a grain of salt.
Other notables on the screenshot is that it’s running Android 5.0.1, which is expected to be Key Lime Pie. There is also a score of 15,479, which doesn’t scream flagship or high-end, but the emphasis is supposed to be on the camera from what we gather.
Whether the screenshot is real or fake, you be the judge, but the phone definitely exists. We just hope to see it at Google I/O, but the latest news is that we won’t. Stay tuned because this freight train is just getting started.
Samsung introduced Smart Pause and Smart Scroll with the latest version of TouchWiz (based on Android 4.2.2) on the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sometimes when you’re watching a video, you need to look away at something else. Wouldn’t it be nice if the video paused automatically? That’s exactly what Smart Pause does, and when you return to looking down at the video, it will continue playing from where it left off. It’s pretty nifty when it works, but I found that it’s very dependent on light. You can forget it working in the dark, but I found it didn’t want to work in average light either.
Smart Scroll works with emails and web pages. When you read a webpage, you will eventually get to the bottom of your display. You have two choices: Either swipe up to reveal more information or let Smart Scroll do it for you. This one is pretty spotty as well depending on how you set it up.
Both of these features are found in the quick on/off toggles found in the notification shade, but you will need to fine tune your settings, especially Smart Scroll since it can work by either tilting your head or the device. Just hit the break for a video showing you how it’s done and how both features work.
Samsung introduced a slew of new features as part of TouchWiz (based on Android 4.2.2) on the Samsung Galaxy S 4. This guide will discuss Air View and Air Gestures, which are all about using your finger or hand to be more productive. Air View was first seen on the Galaxy Note II, but you needed an S Pen. Now you can hover your finger over emails to read the text without actually opening it, and you can see the pictures in a folder without actually tapping it. You can even use your finger as a magnifying glass in the stock browser.
Air Gestures will let you navigate by waving your hand. Instead of swiping your finger from picture to picture in your gallery, you can wave your hand instead. You can even answer your phone without picking it up. You will find quick on/off toggles for both Air View and Air Gestures in your notification pull down, but you might need to fine tune the settings a little. Just hit the break for our video showing you how to set them up and how to use them.
When you first turn on any Android phone, there are always a few things to set up like your Gmail account and location settings. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a little different since there are so many new features with the latest version of TouchWiz. To help users, Samsung added a quick settings menu that will appear during your initial setup of the device. This is where you will be able to turn on or off specific things like Air View, Air Gesture, Smart Scrolling, and so on. You will also have the opportunity to learn about each feature as well.
This video guide we will show you the initial setup process as well as tell you about the major changes with TouchWiz. Most of what you have been used to in the past will be the same, but Samsung added some enhancements like an improved power toggle menu, a newer look to the settings menu, a brand new sidebar for multitasking, and a new quick launch menu as part of the stock Browser. We won’t get into the major software features in this guide, just the changes to the TouchWiz user interface for now. Don’t worry, we have plenty of guides planned, so keep an eye out. Hit the break for the full video walkthrough. Read more
Today, Facebook has updated their Messenger application to include stickers. Yes, you read that right. Emojis are boring, let’s start using stickers. There’s also support for new sticker packs and a sticker store. So if you’ve been enjoying using Messenger’s chat heads, you can now spice up some of your conversations with some stickers. Is it a huge update? No. But who doesn’t like stickers? Hit the download link below to check it out.
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Are you the proud owner of a new HTC One? Is your only complaint the weird button layout? Developer tbalden at XDA may be able to solve your problem with his new kernel tweak which turns the HTC button into a sleep button (which also enables the home button to wake the device) or a menu button, depending on your preference.
This little tweak is possible since the digitizer of the HTC One extends a bit under the HTC button, which allows a different function to be assigned to it with a custom kernel. Currently, the hack isn’t 100% functional, and there’s been a tiny amount of weird behavior with it, but it’s definitely going to be a great mod as it’s further developed and tweaked. Hit the break below to check out the forum post to get the mod working on your shiny new phone.