Samsung Launches SmartThings Find

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Samsung Launches SmartThings Find, a New Way To Quickly and Easily Locate Your Galaxy Devices

This is Part of the SmartThings app.

SmartThings Find helps you quickly find your connected Galaxy devices.

Samsung Electronics recently announced the launch of SmartThings Find, a new service that helps you quickly and easily locate Galaxy devices. Six million users across Korea, the U.K. and U.S. signed up for early access to the service. SmartThings Find is ready for a global launch on devices running Android 8 or later. SmartThings Find uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies to help people find select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and earbuds.

 

Utilizing the latest in BLE and UWB technology, SmartThings Find will make your life less stressful when it comes to searching for misplaced Galaxy devices.  It has the added advantage of using AR in conjunction with maps and sounds to guide you back to your devices.  SmartThings Find is a simple and visual solution that will help you easily locate your favourite devices. This is just one example of the new meaningful mobile experiences that UWB technology will bring to people across the world.”

Easily Find More of Your Devices

After completing a quick registration process, SmartThings users can easily find their Galaxy devices – from smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, down to each individual earbud. Whether you dropped your Galaxy Note20 Ultra behind the sofa, can’t remember where you stashed your Galaxy Buds Live, or left your Galaxy Watch3 somewhere so secure you can’t find it, the SmartThings Find service will help you keep more of your Galaxy devices safe through the easy-to-use SmartThings app.

Offline Doesn’t Mean “Off-The-Grid”

With the SmartThings Find service, you can easily locate your missing device even if it’s offline. That’s because SmartThings users can now opt in to securely use their Galaxy smartphone or tablet to help others locate their lost devices. Once a device has been offline for 30 minutes, it produces a BLE signal that can be received by other devices. If you report your device as lost via SmartThings Find, any nearby Galaxy smartphone or tablet that has opted into helping find misplaced devices can alert the Samsung server about its location, which will in turn notify you. All SmartThings Find user data is encrypted and securely protected, ensuring that the device’s location is not revealed to anyone except its owner.

Find Your Galaxy Faster With More Detailed Directions

Locating your missing device is a breeze with integrated map directions and the ability to “ring” a lost device to find it more quickly. When you lose a device, you can simply open SmartThings Find on your smartphone or tablet and select the device you want to locate. Your smartphone will then show you the exact location of your device on a map. Once you’re close to your device, you can choose to either have your device “ring” or locate it using the AR-based Search Nearby function, which displays colour graphics that increase in intensity when you are getting closer to your device.

 Availability

A new software update for the SmartThings app will be released for Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 8 or later around the world.  After that, users can access the SmartThings Find service by tapping the banner at the bottom of the home screen in the SmartThings app. In addition, from early next year (2021), Samsung will further expand these capabilities to tracking tags, which will help users locate their favourite items, not only for Galaxy devices, but also others as well.

This information extracted from Samsung Newsroom.  For more information about the SmartThings app and SmartThings Find service, please visit here.

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iPad versus Android – Strengths and Weakness

iPad versus Android

Deciding factors in making a Choice.

Purchasing an iPad or an Android i.e. Samsung Tablet, is not a decision that you should make lightly. There are many pros and cons between the two software and hardware capabilities.

In respect  of Apple you can connect to more than wireless keyboards and accessories of that nature. Media devices and musical instruments  are able to hook up to an iPad. Android’s have a vast amount of products and software to choose between.

 

iPad: Strengths

The iPhone/iPad ecosystem includes the App Store, which has over a million apps, many of which are designed with the iPad’s larger display in mind. This ecosystem also includes accessories, which go beyond just tablet cases, wireless keyboards and external speakers. You can do everything from hook your guitar into an iPad to converting your iPad into a miniature coin-operated arcade game.

The iPad also tends to be more stable and easier to use than Android tablets. Apple approves each app individually, ensuring that it (mostly) does what it claims it will do and the worst of the bugs are eliminated. Because Apple and app developers only need to support a limited number of devices, it is easier to stamp out bugs. And while Android has made great strides in becoming easier to use, Apple’s device tends to be more simple and less intimidating.

The iPad is a market leader, with each iPad release continually pushing the industry forward with one of the fastest tablets on the market. In fact, the iPad Pro exceeds the performance of many laptops.

iPad: Weaknesses

The trade-off in being more stable and easier to use is having less customization and ability to expand. While it is great that each app is checked by Apple before being released into the app store, and iPad users can rest a little easier knowing that it is harder for malware to get onto their device, this approval process does lock out some apps that would be useful.

The iPad also lacks the ability to expand its storage through microSD cards. There are other options, such as Dropbox, and you can use some external drives with the iPad, but the lack of support for microSD and Flash drives is a definite negative.

Android: Strengths

Android greatest strength  is the vast array of devices from which to choose and the amount you can customize your tablet once you make your purchase.  There are some great premier Android tablets from makers like Samsung to go along with hundreds of other lesser-known name brands. Android  supports some features like widgets (small apps that run on your home screen so you don’t have to open them) that Apple has stayed away from.

Android’s Google Play marketplace has advanced in the past few years. While the lack of supervision of app quality means more of those apps will be throwaways without much use, the boost in numbers does provide a lot more variety.

Android: Weaknesses

The lack of supervision and quality control over Google Play (the App store) is one of the big downsides to Android. You know exactly what you are getting when you download name-brand apps like Netflix or Hulu Plus, but when you see/download some little-known app, you don’t quite know what you are going to get.  Amazon gets around this by providing their own App Store for the Kindle Fire tablets, but that means the Kindle Fire has a more limited app selection.

Piracy has done some damage to the Android platform. While it is possible to pirate apps for the iPad, it’s much easier on Android. The amount of piracy has led some app developers to stick with the iPhone and iPad rather than risk the money it would take to create an Android version of their apps.

The variety of devices can be a good point when shopping for what you want, it has its downside in support. Android operating system updates are not always compatible with all devices, and it can be difficult for app developers to stamp out bugs on all supported devices. This can lead to stability problems in some apps.

The above abridged article is attributed to Lifewire

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6 tips for speeding up your mid-range Android

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1) Keep your phone storage 25% empty

The lower and middle range phones have to get by with less memory than the more expensive top range phones.

To compare two Samsung Galaxy models, the behemoth S20 Ultra packs 128GB storage and 12GB RAM, while the more modest A20e has 32GB and 3GB, respectively.

While both top range and lesser range models run faster with 25%+ free space, mid-range phones’ storage fills up more quickly, so it’s important to manage your files.

There are many ways to free up your phone’s memory. The most obvious method is to routinely go through and delete media and apps that you no longer need.

If you’re very popular, it’s worth disabling  “WhatsApp’s”  automatic media sync.  Photos and videos from your groups will quickly clog up your memory.  To do this: open Whatsapp > click the three dots in the top right > Settings > Chats > turn off Media Visibility.

If you’re one of those folks who just can’t throw anything away (i.e. a hoarder), there’s Micro SD cards. You can add as little as 4GB, or as much as 512GB to your storage depending on the model.  However a SD card is only suitable for storage and you cannot run Apps from it – i.e. it does not act as RAM.

To insert the SD card open your SIM slot and insert the card, then open the My Files app > tap the three dots and select Edit> select the files/folders and tap Move > tap SD Card > choose the desired destination folder > tap Done.

2) Don’t hoard, clear your cache

You can also clear the cache (where items are stored or even your trash/junk folder) on your phone, like you would your internet browser. Just go to Settings > Storage >CLEAN NOW.

You can, if you wish, select particular apps to clear – to do this tap Other Apps, then select Clear Cache on the ones you wish to clean up.

Not all Android phones have the same interface and some have inbuilt programs that help you clean up your phone and optimise the phones performance.

The  Alcatel 5 comes with Smart Manager pre-installed (accessible in Settings), which can be downloaded for any Android device, should you want an easier way to manage your phone files.

An example of an Android phone are Samsung phones.

3) Turn off animations

A sneaky way to speed up your Android (an example of Android phone is Samsung but there are many others which use Android software) is to turn off transition animations. These little swooshes and swizzles that come as standard aren’t exactly important for the running of the phone, and they can actually slow down less powerful devices.

To turn them off, you must first enable Developer options– go to Settings > About phone > then tap Build number a few times.

Once this is done, go to Settings > Developer options > now set Window animation scale, Animator duration scale, and Transition animation scale to zero.

4) Enable Lite Mode in Chrome

The experience of lag when browsing the web from lower specification Androids need not be a fact of life when you become aware of  Lite Mode in Chrome, a handy function that compresses pages, meaning quicker page loads and reduced data usage. You can find it in Chrome’s Settings menu.

With Lite Mode enabled, pages load much faster, though images are lower quality.  One thing to note is that the pages are sent to Google for compression before you view them, so if your data speeds are low, you might encounter issues here.

5) Restrict background services

Whenever  a new app is uploaded to a phone you may be asked me if you  want to restrict it.  If you tick ‘yes’ it will  keep the phone’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) focused on other things. If you’ve allowed your apps to run in the background, you can change this by going to Developer Options > Apps Inactive apps. Now just untick all the apps that don’t need to be active all the time. There is no downside to this as – each time you manually open an app it will update, so you won’t be losing out.

Samsungs phones will have all of these features.

6) Use GPU rendering

Another techy one. This trick forces your Android’s graphics processing unit (GPU) to render some 2D elements that would otherwise be handled by software. To enable it, go to Developer options > Force CPU rendering. This does use a bit more power though, so expect to lose around 10% of your battery life.

Android software/operating systems appear to have endless customisation available to the user.

I trust that you have found these tips useful, whatever device you own. Now move on, armed with the knowledge that you saved money on your phone, and didn’t compromise on time.

Apple iPhone 12 – Latest News

Apple iPhone 12

Reports state production of the iPhone 12 models began in July, according to a paywalled DigiTimes report.

The wording of the report suggests that all ‌iPhone 12‌ models will have entered production in July.  It is unclear if that will result in all models launching simultaneously. While it is likely that Apple announces its ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup in September as usual, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and others have previously claimed that higher-end models with support for ultra-fast mmWave 5G will face a delayed launch due to production challenges.

Apple is expected to release four new iPhones later this year, including two ‌iPhone 12‌ models with 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch displays and two ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays. All four models are expected to feature OLED displays, 5G support, and a smaller notch, while the two higher models are rumored to gain a LiDAR sensor.

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This article, “iPhone 12 Production Expected to Begin in July” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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