Samsung reveals ’10 Hidden Features’ of the Galaxy S5

In a blog post on Samsung Tomorrow, the Korean tech giant revealed the “10 Hidden Features” of the Samsung Galaxy S5.


Here they are:

1. You can write on it with a Pencil


“To use your smartphone like this, go to Settings, then Display, and then tick the ‘Increase touch sensitivity’ feature or select ‘Touch sensitivity’ among the 22 quick menu icons by pulling down the status bar with two fingers. Now you can instantly send text messages, send files, and take pictures with your fingers, a gloved hand (which we’ve already introduced through the Galaxy S4 and Note 3), your fingernail or, that’s right, even a pencil!”

2. Tilt for a Customized Playlist


“Tilt the Galaxy S5 horizontally (into landscape) while listening to a song via music player, and your Galaxy S5 instantly suggests similar tracks among the songs stored on your phone based on information of the current song, such as its genre, mood, source, etc. So the more songs you have, better the recommendation – instead of a mess and a headache.”

3. Bookmark for Your favorite Apps with ‘Toolbox’




“You can either tap the ‘Toolbox’ icon on the quick panel (swipe down the status bar), or go to Settings and tap ‘Toolbox’. A white circle-shaped icon with three dots inside will appear on the screen. Press and hold the icon and drag it to the Edit button, and then you can customize which apps appear on the floating Toolbox menu.

“The floating shortcut menu will be shown and can be activated on every screen, which makes it really useful for multi-tasking!”

4. Maintain Your Privacy with Private Mode



“To activate this mode, you first need to choose how you will unlock the screen in the private mode. To do this, go to Settings then tap ‘Private mode’. After selecting the contents you want to hide, press Menu, and then touch ‘Move to private’ and a lock key will appear next to the contents, protecting them safely. Easy.

“Contents that are protected like this will only appear in the private mode and not in the normal mode.

“But, you should be aware that you won’t be able to access your “hidden” contents if you have forgotten how to unlock the screen. So, please don’t forget your password, PIN, or pattern!”

5. ‘Kids Mode’


“Samsung launched a new ‘Kids Mode’ on the Galaxy S5 which makes your phone safer for/from kids. With a cute UX design, Kids Mode provides fun and safe content for children. Also, you can allow and restrict access to applications and media content stored on your device by following a few quick steps.”

a)       Go to the Kids Mode widget at home screen, you can download this app. After downloading, a Kids Mode screen will be created.

b)       Set your PIN and

c)        enter your kid’s profile, and then

d)       select the applications that your child is allowed to use.

“By default, it provides camera, painting, voice recorder, and video apps. To download various games and learning apps for kids, go to the Parental Control at the bottom right side of your screen, and Menu at the upper left, and then ‘Kids Store’.

“If you download a new application, a gift box appears on the Kids Mode screen. Tap this box and an app will be created as it opens. On a special day, install apps your child wanted and give them as surprise presents!

“On Kids Mode, you also can limit the time your kids can use your smartphone. Tap ‘Parental Control’, ‘Menu’, and then ‘Daily playtime limit’ and you can set daily time limit – no longer than 3 hours, for example. Furthermore, you can check the activity history – total playtime and most frequently used applications for last 30 days.”

6. Enable Camera from the Lock Screen



“Just go to Settings, Lock Screen, and then ‘Camera shortcut’, a camera icon will appear at the right bottom of the lock screen. You can take pictures or make videos with a simple touch on the camera icon.”

7. New Camera Features – Virtual Tour, Shot & More Mode

Virtual Tour


“The ‘Virtual Tour’ is a feature that allows you to take pictures as if you are giving a tour of the surrounding area to viewers.”

Shot and More


“The ‘Shot and More’ mode allows you to edit pictures and apply various effects immediately after taking your shots.”

8. Set ‘Priority Senders’ in the messaging app



“Go to the Messages app, tap ‘+’, and then select Priority Senders to add up to 25 people.”

9. Check Caller Information while you’re still on the Phone


“On the Settings, tap Call, and select ‘Show caller information’ check box. Then the callers’ recent social network activity (Google+) and the history of your communication with them will be displayed.”

10. Receive a call while using other Apps with ‘Call Notification Pop-ups’



“On the Settings, tap Call, and select Call notification pop-ups check box. The incoming call notifications in pop-ups will be displayed if an application is open on the screen.

“And if you tap the speaker icon on the pop-up screen, you can receive a call and keep using applications.”

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