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First Look at “Starter Mode” Widgets on the Samsung Galaxy Stellar

Verizon and Samsung announced the Galaxy Stellar this morning, a device which includes a “Starter Mode” for first time Android users. It’s an interesting move by Samsung, you know, trying their hardest to dumb down a phone in order to make it appealing and easily understandable to new smartphone owners. Thankfully, it’s really just a set of widgets that can be loaded up by hitting Menu>Settings>Mode Change>Starter Mode. Once a Galaxy Stellar owner gets used to Android though, these starter widgets can be removed in favor of a “Standrad Mode.” Until then, this is what they will be greeted with.

So what kinds of widgets do we get in “Starter Mode?”

  • Favorite Contacts:  You have seen it before, but on the Galaxy Stellar, it’s put front and center. A quick tap lets you add your favorite contacts. Once added, another tap gives you a pop up to decide if you want to call or text the person.
  • Quick Dialer:  We aren’t sure what is wrong with the phone icon that takes you to the dialer, but if you want to dial someone’s number from your home screen, you can do that with this widget.
  • Favorite Settings:  This widget allows you to setup shortcuts to change or check on your favorite settings. You can quickly adjust brightness, check battery status, change your ringtone, and adjust volume if you’d like.
  • Favorite Apps:  This is similar to the “Settings” app in that it allows you to pick your favorite apps and set them as shortcuts in a folder type setting. What I’m not understanding, is why an app shortcut on your home screen that you pulled from your app drawer is any different. Well, actually it’s not, but if a new user doesn’t know how to add apps from their app drawer, this widget will be easy enough to understand.

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  • jdlogan151

    Kellex, The new starter mode is also available in the JB leak for the T-Mobile Galaxy SIII.

  • SH

    I really think this is a good idea. I can tell you how many times my mom hands me her Thunderbolt because she can’t figure something out. Props to Samsung for at least trying to make an Android phone that older generations can use.

  • The dialer home screen is AWESOME. Looking for a widget right now.

  • master94

    So basically a smartphone that even ios users can comprehend. 😛

  • joejoe5709

    I’ve been hoping for something like this for my mom to get started on smartphones.

  • frankandsimple

    I see some semblance of MIUI

  • nightscout13

    Samsung is trying too hard. Gimmick. STOCK ICS theme would work perfectly, if everyone would just use it!

    • TheDrizzle

      Yup. Google’s worked so hard to make Android easier but now no one uses stock Android.

      • Droidfann

        I think the idea is for iphone owners who can’t afford a new iphone so they dumb it down for them to use and understand.

        • Steven

          iPhones are free.

  • John Jenness

    Reminds me of the “Launcher” that was in Mac OS 9.

  • So funny there’s a “favorite apps” widget, where you get to put the apps you use the most. Didn’t this used to be called the homescreen?

  • Detonation

    The sad thing is there will be people who will use starter mode, get used to the widgets, then at some point switch to standard mode or some other phone, and complain that those “features” are now missing.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    So, pretty much the “Jitterbug” setting? Nicely done, Sammy!

  • *standrad* mode is totally rad. lol

  • The people who need to use Starter Mode won’t be able to get into Starter Mode.

    • Bsody

      Ah hell, you beat me to it.

      • Might want to fix the spelling on “Standrad Mode.” at the end of the blurb at the top...HopsOnToday5.blogspot.com

    • I’m sure this is a test; Probably will be for next Galaxy Tabs and etc

      That being said… this line does have some line of truth on it

  • N8shon

    Might want to fix the spelling on “Standrad Mode.” at the end of the blurb at the top.

  • Kyle Miller

    Starter mode AKA iPhone Mode.

  • DroidBricker

    I consider any stock Verizon phone “Starter Mode”.

  • Diablo81588

    It’s just a bunch of widgets? lol…

  • elliot323

    Starter Mode looks like iOS

    • vincet3

      I thought iOS was starter mode for Android?

      • DrewNusser

        It was for me.

      • CopierITGuy