So, this is interesting. A user over at reddit figured out how you can jump on a voice call through Google Hangouts on Android. This minute. Right now. Using your phone (with a little help from your computer). It works, for the most part, but clearly needs some final touches.
This is the deal – we have been waiting for Google to fully build voice calls into Hangouts on Android for some time. We know it’s coming – Google has said as much. In March, a report claimed that within a couple of months, Google Voice should be fully killed off in favor of Hangouts. Unfortunately, until Google flips the switch or releases an update with call integration baked in (like it has been on iOS), this feature will remain on our list of must-have features. (more…)
Remember how on launch day of the Galaxy S5, we realized (to no one’s surprise) that Verizon had completely disabled one of the phone’s better features, Paypal fingerprint support? Well, some things appear to have happened behind the scenes with the apps required to make this work, so you can now at least register your fingerprint to login to the payment app. It takes the sideloading of the Samsung Apps store, since Verizon doesn’t preload it, along with the a couple of app installs from there.
I should point out that this method enables Fingerprint logins for the Paypal app, but that could be it. I have not been able to test whether or not you can actually verify payments too.
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A new flagship has landed, so as always, we want to make sure you know how to use all of its best features with 25+ tips and tricks. Actually, most would consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 to be the flagship of the year, that is, until someone comes along and dethrones it. So since this device is as important as any, we spent some extra time running through this series of feature highlights. 18-minutes worth, to be exact. (more…)
Because some of you asked about it almost immediately after installing the new Google Camera (video tour), we wanted to make sure you knew how to enable the Manual Exposure setting. Thankfully, it’s really simple. (more…)
If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5 today from a carrier partner in the U.S., then you are more than likely already overwhelmed by the amount of bloatware installed on your device. For example, on the Verizon variant alone, we’re pushing 20 pre-installed apps that I will never use. From Big Red’s ever-growing list of VZW apps to the pre-loaded suite of Amazon products, it’s a bit much.
Thankfully, Samsung keeps making it easier and easier to disable these bloatware apps, since many can’t be fully uninstalled. Below, we’ll talk about the two ways you can quickly disable/hide those unattractive carrier-branded apps. (more…)
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner, yep, it does. It’s not as slick as Apple’s on the iPhone 5s, but it’s there in case you want to give it a spin. You can use it to authenticate in your Samsung account, potentially pay for things with Paypal, and even set it up to be used for unlocking your phone. In my brief time with it, I’ve found that it works for the most part, but is indeed a bit particular in where it wants you to swipe, much like other fingerprint scanners that require a swipe. (more…)
Samsung is known for tossing all sorts of gimmicky software features into its flagship Galaxy phones. Some are neat tricks that you’ll seldom use, while others look great on a press event stage and almost no where else. But the new Galaxy S5 has one in particular that is actually pretty useful – it’s called Toolbox.
Toolbox is in a way a lot like some of the floating apps we have seen over the last year (Chat Heads or Floating Notifications), in that it displays itself as a circle that floats with you to any screen. It can go transparent if you aren’t using it much and light back up the minute you touch it. It’s useful, though, because you can attach five of your favorite apps to it, making them accessible anywhere. (more…)
HTC may be in a neck-and-neck battle with Samsung for king of the gimmicks, but even I can admit that they innovated or at least created something useful in one area – the lock screen with Motion Launch Gestures on the HTC One (M8). Motion Launch Gestures allow you to quickly wake your phone, unlock it, jump to your home screen, launch BlinkFeed, or even activate a voice dialer for making mostly-hands-free calls. Most of the gestures are incredibly useful, especially since the phone is uncomfortably tall with a lock/wake button placed at its very top. With these gestures, you almost never need to press that button.
But what if you find the gestures to be a nuisance? For example, we have found that voice dialing on the M8 is mostly miss, with a few hits here and there. It’s also confusing to dismiss should you accidentally activate it, since there isn’t a cancel button. (more…)