5 new Galaxy S5 software features (video)

April 9, 2014
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The Galaxy S5 goes on sale this Friday, and if history and early reactions are an indication, Samsung’s new hero device will be another hit.

If you are one of the millions of people from around the world that will get an S5 in the next few weeks, you’ll probably want to know as much as possible about the phone’s software. In this post, we specifically look at the biggest, most interesting new software features coming on the Galaxy S5.

1. My Magazine

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My Magazine gives you a mix of news, articles, and social updates from hundreds of sites and the most popular social networks. Accessible with a swipe from the left, My Magazine piggybacks on Flipboard, though you don’t get as many customization options as you get on the standalone app. Ultimately, My Magazine is a nice, easy to access way to catch up with up the world straight from your homescreen.

2. New multitasking

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Samsung changed the way users can access the recent apps list on the S5, by ditching the Menu capacitive menu in favor of the new Recent Apps button. The move makes it way easier to switch between apps, and the redesigned multitasking interface is another step in the right direction.

3. Toolbox

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Toolbox is a little widget that reminded us a bit of the Chat Heads feature of Facebook Home. The widget, which floats on top of most of your apps, contains shortcuts to five apps of your choice. The always-on-top part may be annoying, but if you have a specific workflow, Toolbox could prove very handy.

4. Download booster

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Download booster seems to be one of those ideas that someone should’ve been done years ago. The feature combines Wi-Fi and data connectivity to increase download speeds. It works as advertised in most cases, though you will need to keep an eye on data consumption to avoid any surprises at the end of the month.

5. Ultra power saving mode

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When you find yourself in a pickle with your phone about to die, you likely don’t care about pretty colors or Facebook updates. Ultra power saving mode sacrifices convenience for durability by making the screen monochrome and turning off all but the essential features. In theory, this should help you extend battery life by at least a few precious hours.

What’s the best new software feature on the Galaxy S5? Tell us in the comments.

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