It has now been over a week since Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S20 lineup went on sale across the world. Apart from packing these devices with top-notch internals, Samsung has also added plenty of new and useful software features to them which you are unlikely to discover if you don’t prod through the Settings menu. If you have recently gotten your hands on the Galaxy S20, S20+, or the Galaxy S20 Ultra, check out the best tips and tricks for these devices to get the most out of them.
The tips below will help you in discovering some hidden and lesser-known features of the Galaxy S20 and further improve its usability.
Samsung is including a native screen recorder on the Galaxy S20 series. This means you won’t have to rely on a third-party solution from the Google Play Store if you ever need to record the screen on your S20.
To start a screen recording, expand the Quick Settings panel and tap the ‘Record Screen’ button. You can also customize the screen recorder including the resolution, whether you want to record system sounds, audio from the internal microphone, and more. For this, go to Settings -> Advanced features -> Screenshots and screen recorder -> Screen recorder settings.
Customize the Side key
The Galaxy S20 series does not come with a dedicated Bixby button. However, by default, if you long-press the side/power button, it will open up Bixby while a double press will open the camera app. If you want though, you can assign the side key to bring up the power menu instead of Bixby. Navigate to Settings -> Advanced features -> Side key and then change the ‘Press and hold’ option to Power off menu. If you wish to, you can assign the double press action to a custom app of your choice or disable the action altogether.
Link to Windows
The Galaxy S20 series comes with a ‘Link to Windows’ feature that will let you seamlessly send and receive texts from your Windows PC, make/receive phone calls, mirror your phone’s screen, and more. While the Link to Windows feature is found in previous flagship Samsung devices as well, Galaxy S20 owners get to exclusively enjoy universal copy/paste. This means you can paste the clipboard content of your PC on your Galaxy S20 or vice versa. Additionally, the Your Phone app will support RCS messaging on the Galaxy S20 lineup, though this is limited to only the default Samsung Messages app.
You can follow this guide to set up the Link to Windows feature on your Galaxy S20 and PC.
You can take full advantage of the display of the Galaxy S20 by displaying more content on it at any given time. Previously, this required changing the DPI from the developer settings but Samsung has improved the Screen zoom feature on the Galaxy S20 and allows one to reduce the size of the UI elements by a notch. Alternatively, if you want, you can increase the size of the UI elements in case you don’t have 20/20 vision.
120Hz refresh rate
The Galaxy S20 series comes with a 120Hz AMOLED display. However, for battery life reasons, Samsung ships these phones with the display refresh rate set to 60Hz. This means you will have to manually switch the display to 120Hz to enjoy the smoothness it offers. While power users are going to be aware of this, the average Galaxy S20 user is not. You need to at least experience the smoothness that a 120Hz display brings to the table before dismissing it as a gimmick.
Enable the 120Hz display refresh rate on the Samsung Galaxy S20 by going to Settings -> Display -> Motion smoothness and switching it to ‘High refresh rate.’ If you are traveling or want to extend the battery life of your Galaxy S20, you can switch it back to 60Hz.
This is not really a new feature, but it is easily one of the most underrated ones in my opinion. Samsung Pay is like Apple Pay or Google Pay on steroids. While the latter two payment solutions require an NFC-based payment terminal to work, Samsung Pay can work with any traditional payment terminal without any issues thanks to its MST technology.
Samsung Pay has been a part of all major flagships from the company released over the last few years and the Galaxy S20 series is no exception to this. Once you set up Samsung Pay, you will be surprised at how easy it is to use and how it works with all kinds of payment terminals.
Enable One-handed mode
The Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra are massive devices that you are going to struggle to use one-handed in many situations. In such scenarios, you can use the one-handed mode in One UI on the Samsung Galaxy S20. The feature is disabled by default so you will have to enable it first.
Navigate to Settings -> Advanced features -> One-handed mode. You will need to select how you want to enable one-handed mode: by swiping down from the center of the bottom edge of the display or by double-tapping the home button. If you use the navigation gestures, the second option will not be available for you. Then, whenever you are struggling to use your Galaxy S20 with one hand, simply enable the one-handed mode. This will shrink down the UI and scale it to the left/right part of the display so that you can easily reach the desired content.
Lock apps in memory
The Galaxy S20 series comes with oodles of RAM which makes them perfect for heavy multitasking. However, if you wish to, you can take things up a level by locking an app in the memory. The app will then always be loaded in the RAM which will ensure that it will load instantly whenever you open it. On the Galaxy S20 and S20+, you are limited to locking only one app in memory while on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you can lock up to three apps in memory.
To lock an app in memory on the Galaxy S20, bring up the Recent Apps view and then tap the icon of the app that you’d like to lock. From there, select the ‘Keep open for quick launching’ option. A locked app will always be present in the Recent Apps view with a lock icon.
Run apps in window mode
Here’s another tip to further improve the multitasking experience on the Galaxy S20 series. You can run apps in a window mode. So, if required, you can read something in Chrome while running Google Keep in window note for quickly taking notes. Or you can have two documents open for quickly referencing them. What’s even better is that you can have multiple apps open in window mode at the same time.
Bring up the Recent Apps view and tap the icon of the app you’d like to run in window mode. Then, select the ‘Open in pop-up view’ option. Do note that not all apps support this feature and the option will be missing for incompatible apps.
Install Good Lock
Samsung has greatly improved its skin and One UI on the Galaxy S20 series offers plenty of customization options. But if you want to customize things even more or just want more useful options to play around with, install Good Lock on your device. The app and its modules will allow you to make changes to the System UI including the ability to customize how the Quick Settings panel looks, the lock screen style, the Recent Apps view, and more.
There is also a Theme Park Good Lock module using which you can create and apply themes on your Galaxy S20. Good Lock and its modules are available to download from the Galaxy Store. Do note that the app is not available in all parts of the world, so you might have to sideload it.
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for the Galaxy S20 series? Share with us in the comments below!
OnePlus 8 Pro camera sample shows off ultrawide night photography w/ good detail – 9to5Google
With a bigger price tag expected, one of the biggest hurdles OnePlus is set to face on the upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro is the camera quality. It’s got the hardware to do well, but how are the results? There’s not much available yet, but OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently shared an intriguing sample.
Shared on Twitter, the first public OnePlus 8 Pro camera sample is a shot taken with the ultrawide camera in a city at night. The shot — presumably taken using OnePlus’ “Nightscape” mode — shows a city in the evening with a mostly clear sky and dozens of buildings with lights turned on at night. For just about any 2020 smartphone, this is a shot that should always look great!
In OnePlus’ case, the shot indeed does look pretty stellar. There’s plenty of detail in the shot especially towards the center. Since this is an ultrawide lens, though, there’s a bit of distortion and loss of detail off to the sides of the frame. The shots were uploaded through Twitter’s website, though, so there’s no extra compression added on.
Ultra wide that can get ultra close.
One side here was taken with a OnePlus 8 Pro, the other with another flagship phone (I think you can probably tell which is which). pic.twitter.com/qOR1OiNod0
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) April 8, 2020
Lau also uploaded another picture from the same location from “another flagship phone.” He doesn’t specify which other phone is being used here, but the results aren’t nearly as good. The shot overall is much darker and there’s a lot less detail in all of the buildings. Just given how good most flagships have gotten recently, though, I have a tough time believing this comparison involved something like a Galaxy S20, iPhone 11, or Huawei device.
Regardless, it’s obvious why this sample shot is so good. As was leaked recently, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s ultrawide camera is a 48MP sensor that’s almost identical to the main one, just with a wider field-of-view on the lens.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is set to debut on April 14th.
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Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March – TechCrunch
With the COVID-19 pandemic making work from home the default for those companies that are able to do so, it’s no surprise that we are seeing a massive rise in the usage of video chat tools like Zoom, Google Meet and Teams . We’d already heard some updates from Zoom and Google, but today Microsoft joined the parade with a new report on how its Teams users have adapted to the rise of remote work.
Back on March 16, the company reported 900 million meeting minutes in Teams . Now, less than a month later, it says that it saw a new daily record of 2.7 billion meetings in one on March 31. During those meetings, more users than ever also turn on their video cameras. Overall, the number of users who go on camera has doubled since before this crisis began and the overall number of video calls in Teams grew by over 1,000 percent in March.
That’s a lot of time spent in meetings that could’ve probably been used in more productive ways, but it sure is a lot of Teams meetings.
The Microsoft team also looked at where people use video most, with Norway and the Netherlands leading the pack. There, 60 percent of calls include video. In the U.S., that number is 38 percent. Microsoft says this may be due to the availability of fast broadband.
Microsoft also found that its users are also spending more time of the day with Teams. In March, the average time between when somebody first used teams and the last use of the service increased by over an hour. The company argues that this doesn’t mean that people are working longer hours, “rather that they are breaking up the day in a way that works for their personal productivity or makes space for obligations outside of work.”
No matter the service a company uses for remote work, it’ll be interesting to see how many of these new habits will stick once this crisis is over. In China, where some employees are now returning to work, the number of daily active Teams users continues to grow according to Microsoft but there will surely also be regions where usage will decline quickly once things get back to something resembling normal.
OnePlus 8 design teased: Check out the official Glacial Green colorway – Android Authority
We’ve seen plenty of leaked renders supposedly showing the OnePlus 8 series ahead of its April 14 reveal date. That isn’t stopping the company from teasing the design in the lead-up to the unveiling.
OnePlus has now posted a YouTube video (above), giving us a tantalizing glimpse at the OnePlus 8 design and the Glacial Green colorway. The clip also confirms the alert slider and power button combo of previous devices, as well as a curved display. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the 3.5mm port is returning any time soon.
CEO Pete Lau also took to the official forum to reveal that they’re using fifth-generation matte frosted glass on the back of the OnePlus 8 series, complete with a gradient effect. In fact, Lau says the company experimented with over 300 color and texture combinations to suit the glass back.
The OnePlus CEO then confirmed the Glacial Green name for the color option seen in the video, saying the color was meant to invoke “fresh, environmentally friendly, natural, and youthful feelings.”
Otherwise, Lau noted that the OnePlus 8 series is thinner and lighter — hopefully this doesn’t come at the expense of battery size.
This is just the latest disclosure from the company in the run-up to the OnePlus 8 series launch. OnePlus has previously confirmed a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G, a 120Hz screen for at least one model, UFS 3.0 storage, and LPDDR5 RAM.
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