Table of Contents
- The Galaxy S4
- The Chips
- Getting Help
- Home Button
- Google Now Cards
- Galaxy S4 Menu
- Special Features:
- The On-off Button
- Easy Mode
- Galaxy S4 Sensors
- Turn on Develper Mode
- Switch Keyboards
The Galaxy S4
- 5 inches, or 4.3 for the mini
- 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display.
- The camera: 13 megapixel, video and video chat.
- Front camera: 2 megapixel Processor: 1.9 GHz dual core, 1.7 GHz for the mini Networks: WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, create a Wifi hotspot OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean, as of 9/6/2013)
- Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410
- PowerVR SGX 544MP3
- 2GB DRAM
- Broadcom BCM4335 WiFi, Bluetooth, FM
- S2MPS11 Power
- Pressure (1274 U311)
- Temperature (Sensirion SHTC1)
- Humidity (Sensirion SHTC1)
- Wolgdon WM5102e audio hub codec
- Intel PMB9820 baseband processor
- Intel PMB5745 RF transceiver
Samsung launched the Exynos line of processors in 2010. The current group of Exynos processors are called SOCs, or System on a Chip.
- Made by Samsung
- SOC - System
- Quad 1.8 GHz ARM processor
- Support for USB 3.0, SATA, HDMI and OpenGL
The Galaxy S4 comes with a very nice help application. Unfortunately, it is not immediately accessible from the home screen. Instead, you need to go to the Apps view, and open it from there.
Long press to bring up the list of running apps. This is also known as the task switcher. Simply click on the app that you want to bring to the fore.
Tap the pie chart on the left to bring up the App Manager. Below you can see the option to view the amount of disk space used.
Google Now Cards
From the long press on the home menu, you can also go to Google Now Cards. You can reach this same feature by simply tapping the Google search input box on the home screen.
Galaxy S4 Menu
- Add Apps and Widgets
- Create Folder: On your desktop you can have a single folder that holds multiple icons
- Set Wallpaper: For both the home and lock screen
- Edit Page: You can add and delete the number of pages on your desktop. Also use this to set your home page.
- Group Play
- Smart Scroll allows you to scrool with your eyes.
- Air Gestures to scroll by waving your hands
- S Beam allows you to share files with another device
- Sensors that track humidity, air pressure and temperature
The On-off Button
The on/off button is on the right side, about 3/4 of the way up.
Long press it to bring up a screen to:
- Turn the machine off
- Go into Airplane mode
- Adjust the sound
Short tap this button to
- put the phone in standby mode and lock the screen
- Shut the phone up if it rings at the wrong time
When the screen is locked, the phone is still active, but the screen is black and you can't accidentally make a phone call or start most other activities.
On some devices, such as the Galaxy S4, you can switch from Standard Mode to Easy Mode. Go to:
- Settings | My Device | Home Screen Mode
- Choose Easy Mode or Standard Mode
Here are some examples of Easy Mode. All the other screen shots on this page unless explicitly stated otherwise, are of standard mode.
Here is the Home Screen in Easy Mode. Notice that there are now just two panes in addition to the Home Screen. See the little icons at the very bottom of the screen? They show icons for the home page, and the two panes.
Here is the pane located to the right of the Home Screen:
Galaxy S4 Sensors
- Proximity Sensor
- Ambient light sensor: This is the tool used to dim or brighten the screen according to the amount of light around you. In other words, if the room is dark, the screen dims, if it is bright, then the screen gets bright.
- Accelerometer: It tells how fast the thing is moving, but also the phone's orientation
- Magnetometer: Turns your phone into a compass, and aids the accelerometer.
- Gyroscope: Measures your position in space and works with the accelerometer
- Weather related: Humidity, pressure, temperature
- Infared (RGB Light) Sensors: Used to pick up on your gestures so you can flip through pictures or scroll through text without touching the screen
Smart Scroll and Eye Scroll
Two Finger Swipe to see All Settings:
Turn on Develper Mode
- Settings | More | About | Build Number
- Tap it about 5 or 6 times
- Now Developer Options appears just above More | About
There are several different Android keyboards to choose from. I usually select Google Voice Typing.
- Settings | My device | Language and Input