Essential apps for the S7 and S7 edge
Getting the best out of great hardware requires great software. Here are some of the best apps to make your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge really shine, writes CRAIG WILSON.
A new smartphone is great, but it’s even better if you can move your apps, pictures, documents, home screen wallpaper, contacts and other personalised touches to it without too much effort.
Samsung Smart Switch is an app that lets you do exactly that, whether you’re coming to an S7 from an older Samsung device or from an Apple iPhone. There’s even a microUSB-to-USB connector in your new smartphone’s box so you can plug straight into your old handset to speed up the data transfer process.
Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, which adds a particular look and feel to Google’s Android operating system – like putting a permanent shortcut to your apps folder on the right hand side of the app tray at the bottom of each home screen – has improved over the years, but if you still yearn for the ease, simplicity and elegance of Android as Google intended it, download Google Now Launcher. Then head to Settings > Applications > Default Applications > Google Now Launcher to enable it.
In addition to adding a dedicated game control centre that allows you to do things like deactivating the S7’s buttons during gameplay or recording your gameplay, Samsung’s new phones both include the fastest processors Samsung has used to date.
That means games like Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes can deliver higher-quality graphics than was possible on earlier handsets, which makes for greater realism and a more immersive gaming experience. Plus, who doesn’t want to wield a light sabre, get to grips with the force and speak like Yoda?
The front and back cameras on the S7 and S7 edge are the best Samsung’s ever put in a mobile phone, so why limit yourself to one of them at a time?
Dual Camera is no longer a standard feature of Samsung’s camera app, but you can bring it back by downloading it from the Galaxy Apps store. Thereafter, you can capture stills or video using both cameras simultaneously with the front-facing camera’s content inserted into the image or video from the back camera via an on-screen window.
The combination of superior camera optics and a QHD display makes the S7 and S7 edge not only the perfect devices to capture envy-inducing photos, but also the perfect pocket-sized pieces of gear on which to edit your photos.
Snapseed is one of the best image editing apps out there, it’s free, and it puts even Samsung’s fairly solid built-in image editing tools to shame. Adjust every pertinent setting by sliding your finger from left to right while seeing changes on-screen in real time and switch settings to fiddle by swiping up and down. Then share your pics to social media with a few taps.
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