Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge Game Launcher walkthrough


One of the most notable new features on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 series (S7 and S7 Edge) is the Game launcher.

What is it all about and how can you make best use of it? We walk you through all the important features of the new Game launcher right below.

A place for all your games


You can find the Game launcher as a separate folder icon on your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and once you tap on it, you'd see that it automatically aggregates all of your games in one place. In case some of your installed games do not appear in the Game launcher folder, you can manually add them as well.

So why do you need the game launcher? Here are six things that it allows you to do in order to get a more immersive gaming experience:

1. Toggle alerts on and off during a game



This is a very straightforward option: when you turn off alerts during a game, you are basically telling your phone to not disturb you with the worries of the outside world while you are playing. While this might be a bit excessive for casual gamers, if you are looking to beat a score or perform well in multiplayer games, enabling this option would be quite useful.


2. Lock recent and back keys


How many times have you interrupted your game by accidentally pressing the back key? We know we've done it more than once, and it's always very annoying. With the option to disable these two keys while playing you are basically eliminating that possibility, and we would enable this option for all of our games.

3. Minimize game


If you are just playing a game on the side, while also doing something else, the new 'minimize game' option will come in particularly handy, as it minimizes the game to a bubble that you can move around and quickly resume gameplay.

4. Screenshot


Screenshot is self-explanatory: tap on this button to capture a screenshot and share it with your friends, be it if you want to share your high score, game mishap, or some annoying game bug.

5. Record video


Recording video on Android has been possible for quite a while via third-party apps, but with native video recording on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge you can rest assured that the video won't crash and will be recorded at smooth frame rates that will look great if you re-watch it later on or decide to share it on Twitch or YouTube.

6. Tweak settings



The one option we found most useful is tweaking game settings in the Game launcher. You can choose to conserve battery and customize the way games run: you can choose to run them at 30fps rather than 60fps, and reduce the amount of rendered details for some battery longevity benefits and this is a great option to have.

Conclusion


This wraps up the functionality of Samsung's Game launcher, a simple yet useful set of tools for gamers that will help keep us more immersed in our game and less distracted by the endless stream of notifications. We, for once, wish Game launcher was also available on other phones in its current form.



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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

WTF, they removed the low resolution + 60 fps mode. That was the most useful mode as I could shut up the morons who think lower screen resolution = higher performance. So my question is: Can you still download game tuner from galaxy apps on S7? As this game launcher is useless.

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Yep, and it works. Though I can't say I noticed much difference after comparing two screengrabs from Angry Birds at extremely low/high resolution.

3. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Mr. Chris! Angry Birds isn't a resource or graphic heavy game. Even a phone with Snapdragon 600 can handle Angry Birds without breakibg a sweat. Compare that using games like Dead Triger 2, Asphalt 8, Morden Combat 4, Vain Glory etc...

8. AciMars

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Angry Birds 2 far more demanding than Asphalt 8, even T760 MP8 Exynos 7420 GPU struggling deliver consistent FPS (60 FPS).

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

That's because of terrible optimization, not because it's resource intensive. I have seen subway surf lag on iPad air 2, but much more demanding games run smoothly. Also many stupid game manufacturers cap the max frame rate to 30.

4. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Please do a screengrab from Asphalt 8 at extremely low/high resolution. I bet there will be a noticeable difference.

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

On my s6 the difference is pretty stark for clash of clans. Maybe the resolution of angry birds by default is too low to lower further.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I wish other OEMs will make an app similar to game tuner, or maybe there is an alternative l can find in the play store?

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Only if rooted. GLTools

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What makes you think lower resolution doesn't equal higher performance? Do you know how gaming works?

12. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Lower screen resolution doesn't mean higher performance. Are you dumb? Gaming framerate depends on which resolution the game is rendered, not the screen resolution. Game tuner allows you to play a game at 720p on a 1440p device. So how exactly is higher screen resolution affecting my gaming performance. Say this statement to a PC gaming enthusiast and he will punch you in the face. I personally have a QHD Dell monitor, but I game at 1080p or lower to get that 60 fps(poor kepler graphics card). The high screen resolution still allows me to browse, multi-pane and edit pictures much better than a 1080p screen, and still doesn't affect my gaming experience. THERE IS NO RELATION BETWEEN SCREEN RESOLUTION AND THE RESOLUTION THE GAME IS RENDERED. I say this statement at least once a day. But every day, some self-proclaimed gaming expert has to take a piece of my mind.

16. Shocky unregistered

You game at 1080p on a 1440p monitor? really? Gaming at a non-native resolution = YUCK!!

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Not exactly since the ratio is 4:3. But yeah, it's not as sharp as 1080p. That's why I'm planning to upgrade to 4k this summer. 1080p on 4k looks exactly as sharp as native 1080p due to 2:1 scaling.

19. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Sorry, I posted my comment below before seeing this one I'm replying to. 4K monitors cost quite some cash, man. Nice project.

20. tyrionTheWise unregistered

No, actually they don't. Search for Dell p2415q. It's an IPS 4K display for 420$.

18. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Not really. 1080p is plenty good for gamming already! Lowering a 1440p monitor's resolution to 1080p results in better framerates and less over-heating.

21. Shocky unregistered

Betters framerates, yes. But it looks horrible, if you're going to game at 1080p then get a 1080p monitor, no scaling issues. 4K is also an option as tyrion mentioned.

22. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Oh, I understand now. Since 4K is four times 1080p, it scales at 2:1 ratio. Perfect. I'm not really into 4K gaming, though... I've got a Quad HD monitor. That's enough for my gaming experience.

13. Shocky unregistered

Of course lower resolution equals better performance, unless you're one of those fools that thinks no games run at 2560*1440.

14. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Read my comment you replied to. I asked specifically about game tuner. You can FORCE games to run at 720p with that app. PLEASE READ THE COMMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE REPLYING AND EMBARRASSING YOURSELVES ON THE INTERNET. I thought you were among the smarter ones. But alas. Also you didn't read comment #11 or 12.

15. Shocky unregistered

It's the internet, why would anyone by embarrassed? Get a grip. I haven't got time to read every post. :-)

7. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Yet another innovative idea from Samsung that we would begin to see implemented in the next android build of copied by other phones.

23. seancojr

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

Does anyone know which game is shown in the (first) screenshot that depicts the 'Save power' settings?

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