Posted on 22 Nov 2017 Back
Know Your Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has many impressive features that will make you feel like a tech wizard once you get used to them. Here are eight Galaxy S8 tips and tricks you need to be aware of.
- The Samsung Galaxy S8’s screen is huge. You might struggle to reach the top of the display while holding the phone in one hand. That doesn’t mean the pull-down Notifications tab has to be out of reach, however. You can enable gesture controls on the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. This will let you pull down the Notifications window just by swiping down on the biometric sensor. Go to Settings > Advanced features > Finger sensor gestures, and toggle that switch to the on position.
- The Galaxy S8 also lets you make the on-screen content more compact. Users can activate a one-handed mode by either swiping diagonally up from either of the phone’s lower corners, or tapping the home button three times in quick succession. For either of these options to work, you’ll first need to activate the feature. Do that by tapping Settings > Advanced Features > One-handed mode.
- The curved edges on the Galaxy S8’s display let you access many hidden features and functions, as well as shortcuts to your favorite apps and favored contacts. To access, pull in from the tab on the screen’s right-hand edge. Doing so will bring up shortcuts to your most-used apps. Swipe in again and you’ll see your favorite contacts. Swiping once more will bring up smart select features that will let you capture a range of screenshot options. On any of these windows, hitting the settings cog will let you tweak and customize the content.
- There are more than a dozen pre-installed Edge Panels to choose from, ranging from weather and live sports scores panels to those that offer instant calendar checks and even access to the phone’s compass and torch. You can also download new Edge Panels if you want.
- You can take advantage of the big display with split screen multitasking, which will let you run two apps side by side. To open apps in split screen view, you’ll first need to tap the ‘Recents’ key at the bottom of the screen. Now, tapping the multitasking tab on your already open apps (it’s the one that looks like two rectangles atop each other) will open them in a compressed half screen view. Once open, you can drag to resize or return to a full screen view.
- The Galaxy S8 runs the Google Assistant of course. Letting you perform tasks, access certain features, and make online searches, all with nothing more than simple voice commands, Google Assistant is accessed by long pressing the phone’s soft key home button. You’ll have to set up the Assistant before first use, but once that is out of the way you’ll be able to use all the “OK, Google” prefixed questions and commands.
- The Galaxy S8’s 12MP rear camera has a f/1.7 wide aperture, phase detection autofocus, and optical image stabilization-enhanced sensor. The camera lets you tweak all the settings in Pro mode. Within the camera app, swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen brings up a number of shooting options, including Panorama, Slow motion, and Hyperlapse modes. Clicking the ‘Pro’ option will give you complete control over the camera. You’ll be able to tweak everything from the camera’s ISO rating and shutter speed to focal point and white balance.
- The Galaxy S8 could be a big help in an emergency if you enable the SOS Messages feature. Go to Settings > Advanced Features > Send SOS messages, and flick the toggle switch. Once you’ve set up your emergency contact, triple pressing the phone’s power button at any time will automatically send a message to your SOS contact. You can choose to enhance the message beyond a standard alert and a location link.