There are times when Samsung consumers wished that company made metal phones. Now that wish of the consumers has come true. As here comes the full metal smartphone from Samsung. It has been on the public demand for too long that Samsung must make a metal flagship phone. While it might not be the flagship phone, you were looking for, but it sure does give a feel of a premium device.
Coming to the specifications of the device, it packs quite a high-end hardware. The device comes with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED Display and is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 processor. The other specs of the device are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS. In the camera department, it sports a 12MP rear shooter and 2.1MP front snapper for selfies. The device comes with a poor 1860mAh battery.
For the Samsung Galaxy Alpha users, we wanted to share how you can improve your experience by using the tiniest of the tricks that your smartphone is capable of doing. Here are few FAQ, tips and tricks to get you started in improving the user experience on the device.
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- How to use Smart Mute/Pause feature on the Galaxy Alpha?
- How to use the Airview functionality on the Galaxy Alpha?
- How to use the Fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Alpha?
- What are the Magnification gestures on the Galaxy Alpha?
- How to remove the My Magazine feature from the Home Screen on Galaxy Alpha?
- How to use the Blocking mode on the Galaxy Alpha?
- What is the Screen mode on the Galaxy Alpha?
- How to use the Power saving modes on the Galaxy Alpha?
- How to use the Multi-Window and Pop-up window feature on Galaxy Alpha?
- How to insert the SIM card on your Samsung Galaxy Alpha?
- How to share your Data network via Tethering?
- How to take a Screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy Alpha?
- How to check for the Android Updates on Galaxy Alpha?
- How to Install external apps with apk files on the Galaxy Alpha?
- How to customize the Quick Settings in the Notification Panel?
- Will the Samsung Galaxy Alpha get Android 5.0 Lollipop update?
There are some motion gestures you would definitely like to use. Like the Smart Pause and Mute functionalities on Galaxy Alpha. It allows users to mute the incoming calls, alarms, as well as pause the media with gesture. It comes pretty handy in some situations and if you are going to use it. You need to enable the features. Now you can easily carry out these functions just by covering up the screen with your hand. And if you are not going to use them, you better turn it off, as it will save a lot of battery juice on your Galaxy Alpha.
It is a magnification tool on your device, which allows you to preview the media contents. Like a scene from a movie clip or contacts from the dialer pad. For instance, you can just hover a finger over the image in the gallery, and it will show you a preview of that image. It is a pretty convenient feature that you might like to use.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha has the fingerprint scanner built into the home button. It can be used to unlock the device via your fingerprints. To do that, you first need to register your fingerprints. When you are registering your finger, you will get ten entries. For better recognition, you should register your fingers from both ways, like horizontally and vertically. Doing this will make it easier for your device to unlock your device with a single hand.
Another thing that is quite convenient is the toolbox feature. It is a floating bubble that has five of your favorite apps available to access quickly from anywhere. You can also customize the available apps in the toolbox from the settings area. Check the ticker against the app that you want in your toolbox. The feature is quite interesting as it doesn’t bother you while browsing on the phone. As it fades away automatically after couple of seconds.
Now there are the magnification gestures. They can be enabled from the accessibility area, where you need to go to the vision there you will find magnification gesture options. Enabling it will allow you to zoom in anywhere by tapping three times. Besides there is also an option, where you can double tap and hold, which will allow you to move through window. This feature might be useful for some of you while I won’t need it.
My Magazine, which is baked into the Galaxy Alpha’s launcher, is displeasing. And if you don’t want it on your home screen, it is very simple to turn it off. You just need to long press the blank spot on your home screen to pull up the launcher edit buttons. Now tap “home screen settings” on the right side, and you will see settings area. There you just need to uncheck the box called My Magazine. Now you can enjoy more traditional home screen.
There are various interesting modes to personalize the experience on Galaxy Alpha; Blocking mode is one of them. What it allows you to do is that you can simply block the incoming calls and turn of the notifications. It can be further customized based on the period and the functionalities that you don’t want. In that time interval, you can still allow some contact’s calls to pass through, as in emergencies. It is quite useful whenever you are busy or in long meetings.
Private mode is where you can keep all of your documents, pictures and media contents safe. You can hide docs and media contents directly from the gallery or file manager. Select the ones you want to hide add and move them to a private folder.
Then, there are various screen modes for the overall better experience on the Galaxy Alpha. There are various options available here; adaptive display is one of them, which is the default screen mode. It optimizes your screen for the better results. And if you want to watch a movie, you can select the cinema mode. Or else if you don’t like the saturation offered by the AMLOED. Then you can go with the basic mode.
First we have a normal power saving mode, which will restrict the maximum performance of the device. Second is the Ultra power saving mode, where you get just the basic apps to call, text, etc. It will prove quite helpful in extreme conditions like when your phone is running out of power. These modes are quite useful, and you will see them on all Samsung high-end smartphones. Except the Grayscale mode, which is missing from the Galaxy Alpha.
The Multi-Windows allow you to run two or more apps at a time on your display. Samsung has also included the pop-up view. That allows you to use multiple apps in the form of new pop-up window. It is easy to multi-task also as you just swipe down the window diagonally to pop-out the running apps. Get additional features to move contents from one window to the other. Though, note that it will get messy if you open more than three pop-ups at a time. You can just minimize these windows based on your priorities.
Samsung has provided SIM card slot on the back of the device. First you need to remove the back cover carefully. Now turn off the device and safely remove the battery in order to insert the SIM card. Just slide down the SIM in the given slot, and then put back the battery carefully. SIM is successfully inserted, now close the back cover and turn on the device, to check if the SIM card is working or not.
There are two options to share data via tethering. First you can directly go to the quick settings in the notification panel. There you will have to enable mobile data and mobile hotspot, and you are ready to go. If you want to configure, you need to go to settings, where you will find the Tethering and Mobile hotspot option under the connections section. Turn on and setup a password, and you are good to go.
It is another easiest and most widely used feature of the Android operating system. On Note 4, you have to press the power button (found on the right side) and the physical home screen button. Now view the saved screenshot can be directly accessed from the notification panel.
I get it; everyone loves updates, especially bug updates that include UI changes. To check if you have received an upgrade, you need to go to the settings on your Galaxy Alpha, and then tap on the about device option. Ensure that your device is connected to the internet. Now open the software updates options and then tap on the first option. It will check for the system updates. Make sure you do the updates over the Wi-Fi connection only.
You just have to go to the security options first; there you need to go to the settings. Now tap on the option called Unknown Sources. Remember to check the box in front of the option. Now you can easily install the apk files on your device. Note that is installing the apps from unknown sources might damage your new device.
You get quick settings on top in the notification panel, where you can customize the options. Add the things that you use most. To customize them, you need to go to settings; there you can find quick settings option, where you can add as many as nine options. It will make things easier for you as you can access them very quickly.
Right now, there was no announcement regarding this major upgrade to the Android 5.0 Lollipop. But looking at the track record of Samsung, it seems that consumers have to be patient this time too. Though, looking at the specs of the device, that is pretty high-end. Therefore, we hope that it might get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, sooner or later.