My device was recently updated to the latest firmware and now I'm able to use the split-screen feature on my Samsung Galaxy Note II. With a few taps I was ready to go… Instantly I was impressed. I haven’t yet had a device that could allow me to do 4 to 5 things at one time. Now this is truly multi-tasking to the extreme.
It came so natural to me. Without thought I would be surfing the internet and taking a note at the same time. Or browsing FB and watching a video simultaneously.
Through a combination of applications and new features Samsung has created an entirely new way to use your phone. With pop-up note, pop-up play (videos), pop-up browser, quick commands, and air view you can get things done all at the same time with ease.
This allows you to open a new window instead of another tab when browsing the internet. You select a link.
This allows you to watch a “locally stored” video on any screen while doing other things. You can resize the box, pause or close it out right from the pop-up video. Pretty cool feature!
While on a call or sending a text, to browsing the internet or playing a game, you can pull out your S-Pen and hold down the button as you double tap the screen and Pop-Up Note appears.
Multi-View (aka multi-window, or split screen)
This allows you to have two applications running at the same time, both viewable on the screen at once.
Applications compatible: Chrome, Talk, Gallery, Facebook (and Twitter I have read), Internet, Maps, Video Player, YouTube, S Note, Gmail, ChatOn, Email and Messaging
TIP: Once Multi-View is turned on you can hold the back button for 2-3 seconds to toggle the feature on and off. You can tap and hold the blue tab to move it from left to right, or top to bottom. Once you have selected the side you want it on close the tab and then you can drag it up or down or left or right to get it exactly where you want it on the side of your screen.
Check out this video to see some of the cool things you can do all at the same time.
There are just 3 things I don’t like about these features
That I can’t just open pop browser like I would the normal browser, it has to be trigger through opening a link. Once launched you can change the address in the address bar. As long as you don’t close the browser window you can use it. It will not appear in your recent apps tray though.
That I can’t play “any” video through Pop-Up Video, only locally stored video files.
That only certain applications work with Multi-Window (yes I know this is not true if your rooted, but I don’t want to root my device)
Have you tried out any of these features if so what do you think? Let us know how you are using these features and share any cool tricks you might have learned.
Thanks for reading…
Download the Galaxy Note II User Digest from the Play Store
I came across this video and wanted to share it with everyone because it shows all the amazing things you can do with this powerful device. Not only does it demo the features but it shows you how to do it. Enjoy.
I thought I would compile a short list of tricks I learned over the last few days. Here are 10. Please check out the link below for even more tips. This device has so many features, so here are just a few tricks.
Don’t lose your pen!
Make sure you’re alerted if you walk away and forget your pen. By turning this feature on you will be alerted when you’ve forgotten your pen. That doesn’t mean the device will help you find it, so try not to lose it!
Settings > S Pen > S Pen Keeper
Make hand writing on the Note comfortable
Tweak your Pen style. You want a marker, pen, pencil, or paint brush? You want a .02 pencil or a .05, well adjust the size. Is your favorite color red or purple, and then change the color. To customize these options, open any application that uses the S-Pen, like S-Note. Tap the icon of the pen tip and customize and then save by tapping the + button to the top right. You can save as many as you would like and switch up whenever you like.
Arrange your music by moods Open the Samsung Music player and slide the tabs at the top to the left until you see Music Square. When opened for the first time it will scan your music library. Then it arranges the tracks by mood - passionate, calm, exciting and joyful. Tap a block within the grid and a track will be played to match your mood. Amazing!
Learn quick Commands
Learning the S-Pen quick commands makes calling, texting, opening an application or basically anything fast and easy with just a few swipes of the pen.
Use your Micro USB port to stream video
With a Samsung cable (MHL-to-HDMI converter) you can output HD video and surround audio to your TV. How cool is that!
Easily move pictures from one folder to another
Want to organize your pictures, the Note II lets you easily drag-and-drop pictures to folders of your choice (not sync pictures/albums from social sites). Open an album> Hold down on the picture you want to move and once you see the box appear around it, drag it to the folder you want to put it in.
Jelly Bean easter egg Yay!!!
If you haven’t heard of the Jelly Bean Easter egg, well then it’s time to introduce you. Go to Settings menu > About device and rapidly tap on the Android version number until a huge red jelly bean appears over your home screen picture. Hold your finger on the Jelly Bean until it explodes into dozens of bright jelly beans. Want more fun, you can shot and flick them off the screen… what better way to pass time.
Are you texting with a friend and want to call them without bringing up your keypad. Done… while in the text conversation hold the phone up to your ear and it will ring the person you were text messaging. In order to use this feature you must enable it. Go to Settings > Motion < Direct Call. While your hear check out the other motion features you can enable and use, as well as the tutorials. Have fun!
Hold down your MENU key to quickly open Google Now.
Hold down your HOME key to open your recent apps, swap an app away to close it, or tap the manage apps button (looks like a pie cut into 3) to see what’s running. You can tap the “g” button to open Google Now, or the Trash Can to close all open apps.
Double tap the HOME key to open up S-Voice.
Share Your S Notes through Social Networks
Post your S Notes, with the layers, to your social networks like Facebook and Google+ for others to see. And other Galaxy Note II users to download and edit. Collaborate!
Here is a list I found online that I thought you might enjoy…