Samsung shows 10 neat hidden Galaxy S4 features
Now, to guide us through all its secrets, Samsung is walking users through 10 awesome hidden features of the Galaxy S4.
TouchWiz is not all about Air Gestures and other trickery you might not use all that often - it is packed with useful features as well. Take a look right below to find out what are they.
10 Hidden Features of the Samsung Galaxy S4
1. Access Quick Setting Panel with two fingers
2. Add your TV remote control to the notification panel
3. Multitasking with pop-up keyboard
4. Blocking mode for when you do not wish to be disturbed
5. Wi-Fi Timer for efficient data usage
6. Adapt Sound optimizes sound quality
7. Optimizing in-call audio clarity
8. An easier way to enjoy video content
9. Access the camera from lock screen
10. Change lock screen message
source: Samsung Tomorrow
1. voxmarc (Posts: 319; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
no. 3,4 6, and 8 Note 8.0 has those feature too....
7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1547; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
For the first time, I don't call these hidden features a gimmick, These are the features that they should promote and not the other useless gimmicky things like group play, s translate,pop up play and so many more
8. tech2 (Posts: 2468; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Those features are easily marketable than these !
13. tiara6918 (Posts: 1547; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
These hidden features are what I find useful and convenient rather than the gimmick they're promoting on commercials and advertisements. But I know that that's one of the factors that makes the phone attractive to the consumers even though they will not use them in their everyday lives
19. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Agree it's the little things about tw that I like rather than air view etc...I guess it's just easier to market features like that..
31. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
For some, they're useful features(air view, air gesture, etc). For others, they may be all gimmicks. So what? Flagship phones are supposed to have over the top gimmicks and features. Look it luxury cars(like BMW, Mercedes) or luxury items, they're full of gimmicky features such as rain sensing wipers, heated/cooled/messaging seats, automatic you name it. Do people use many of these gimmicks or features? No, but it's there. Same thing.
You don't want gimmicks, then don't buy flagship phones(or turn it off), cheaper phones don't come with them.
33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Completely agree, im all about options, give me all the features possible and may me chosose what to use or not
37. Taters (Posts: 3602; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Eh, Group play is actually one of the most brilliant features ever that people just seem to brush over. People keep on associating it as a music and speaker only feature but as far as I know, correct me if I am wrong since I haven't personally used it, you can air drop files, share power points with other samsung devices and highlights during presentations and have lan gaming set ups. It sounds quite versatile and the pinnacle of any wifi direct connection to me.
I mean what's better? Air drop on it's own or group play that can do gaming, music, files, pictures etc. I am not sure if group play can do shared video or not but it's just a really advanced form of DNLA so it should be able to do it.
28. tech2 (Posts: 2468; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Of course it is a gimmick. They should include the highly productive & revolutionary wallpaper which moves in the background when we move the phone !
Imagine the endless possibility with such a innovation !
29. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
He's secretly waiting for Apple to "borrow" these, probably in iOS 9.
32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Like Samsung did when they first launched the Galaxy line of phones?
36. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Because Apple 'invented' a square with round corners. Now that's innovation!
40. joe1blue (Posts: 128; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
These are gimmicks until the next iphone includes these things.
3. shuaibhere (Posts: 1679; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
and many says this are gimmicks...
but when others make this kinda features it's cool...
haters gonna hate..
24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Only the quick settings feature is useful. Everything else just feels like a gimmick.
35. av911 (Posts: 154; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Everything feels like a gimmick to you until Apple implements it. By that time, you'll call it revolutionary.
38. Fishbowl (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)
Okay. Now you're just being a hater here. Touchwiz is usually the first thing I get rid of on my phone, but I have to admit some of these are useful. You really wouldn't use blocking mode? The stuff they marketed the s4 with you could have a case against. Dunno why you would knock these.
41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Blocking mode is a ripoff of Do-Not-Disturb. If those features are useful then why do you get rid of TouchWiz?
42. Fishbowl (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)
I've played with my friend's iphone/ipad and i didn't remember if they had that thing or not, but that's not really the point; I would have mentioned it anyways. It's a useful feature (in fact it isn't in AOSP) and I wouldn't put them in the gimmick category, as are a couple of other ones. Multi-window along with the moveable keyboard has its uses. Quick access to Watchon controls from the shade will be useful to control your tv/receiver while you're using Chromecast. I'm already getting into TL:DR territory, but the other stuff mentioned is useful for everyday tasks.
I didn't really make it clear, but I've kept TW on my S4. I usually got rid of touchwiz in my past devices because I found it ugly as sin and featureless so I flashed CM/AOKP/AOSP roms and got used to them. It's still ugly as hell but Touchwiz's suite of features is now good enough that I can ignore TW's tackiness.
5. android_hitman (Posts: 672; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
I knew all of those "hidden/secret" features.
6. joey_sfb (Posts: 3263; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
That why I don't mind to use touch wiz but I wouldn't buy Samsung phone because of it. It's still the hardware performance of the device will be my no.1 priority.
Their note 8/10.1 and Samsung tab 3 series suck big time!
9. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
i hope these all gimmicks comes to my S3 in the 4.3 update !!!
11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I knew about all if them except #3. The pop up keyboard is actually a smart idea. Kudos to Samsung for that.
EDIT: Was suppose to be my own comment and not a reply.. The reply system is on crack.
16. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Maybe you should have clicked on the"Edit" button... Reply is not on crack, cause i just used it.
Edit: Just used the edit too.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I think you skipped the part where in capitol letters it says EDIT. And this has happened before, so my statement still stands. Go try being a smarta-s elsewhere.
26. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
One way to definitely get these so-called "gimmicks" on your S is by getting yourself an iPhone and syncing it to iTunes. Let us know how that works out for you?!
12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
The beauty of owning a GS4 :) it is just so packed with hidden features that other Android phone makers don't seem to have thought of. This is why I find it hard to leave Samsung, anything else would feel like a downgrade at this point.
14. tiara6918 (Posts: 1547; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Maybe they should include these things in their manual next time. Some of my friends who own an android didn't even know that a long press on the home button would lead you to multitasking, which just means that a lot users do not know the basics
18. vincelongman (Posts: 1718; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I agree, average consumers aren't that good with tech. I know so much people who didn't know how to close apps, take panoramas and use multitasking.
20. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
I think admit of average consumers just don't dig into there phones like we do and just use it for the usual web browsing, messaging, gaming etc instead of customising the phone to every last detail
25. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
I like the wifi timer and the voice somethin features!!! well done sammy
30. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)
My Galaxy S4 sometime automatically restarts... why is that! furthermore goes quiet hot.
34. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
oh my god it seems like another hidden feature..... :d
43. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
I only use about 7-8 things. One of them is a flashlight which I can't believe Samsung didn't add with the overabundance of options. The rest are just a waste for me. W/O rooting I'd like to know if the quick settings in the pull down can be disabled?? I'd much rather download my own simple settings bar. I get SOOO annoyed with having to confirm EVERYTHING! I just want to hit airplane mode and it just come on. I want to turn it off and it just simply turn off without asking me to confirm. I want to turn on Bluetooth without confirming or having to choose what's connecting. Etc etc. Also since I don't use 14 of the other options, I hate having a bunch of greyed out toggles (14!!) I'm never going to use. EVER. I simply want wifi, bluetooth, flashlight, GPS, airplane mode, brightness, and sound. This has nothing to do with the status bar but I get tired of when I want to switch a to an incoming call & I have to quickly confirm whether I want to end the current call or hold the current call. I just simply want to answer the call when I have a call on hold. I've missed calls because of this annoying feature. Especially when driving. Not to mention I have 25 disabled bloat apps that I never use, and that doesn't include the ones I can't disable like the useless Chat On. If it wasn't for Nova Launcher and having the 32gig version, I wouldn't even be able to use this phone. I think when the Nexus 5 reaches end of life status or when the Nex 6 is about to launch, I'm going to get rid of this phone. Too much bloat, but I do love the screen and remote.