Samsung has made it clear that they are not only focusing on smartphones and tablets, but wearable devices are also an important part of their portfolio development. Over the years, we have seen various smartwatches and headsets added to their product lines and they have added many features to make life more productive and easier for their users. Recently, they shared four “hidden features” that will add “convenience and simplicity” to the daily routines of those who own the latest Galaxy devices.
The Smart Lock feature has been around since 2014, but not many people know about it. It allows you to unlock your smartphone in places or situations where you feel safe enough to do so without using a fingerprint scanner or password. When your Samsung Galaxy smartphone is connected to your Galaxy smartwatch, or when your phone is detected on your body, it can remain unlocked. You can also choose to automatically unlock it when you are in a specific location.
For those who use Samsung headphones, there’s a feature called Buds Together that lets you share your music with another pair of nearby headphones without sacrificing sound quality. Just tap on the Music Share icon on your smartphone and choose the headphones you want to share your music with. The other owner has to accept the invitation before they can listen to the music that is playing on their headphones. It is available on Samsung Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds +, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Buds Pro.
The Auto Switch feature is available for Galaxy Buds Pro or devices running One UI 3.1 or higher and allows you to seamlessly switch between connected devices when you need to. An example is when you receive a call on your Galaxy smartphone while playing a game on your Galaxy tablet. Instead of having to disconnect and reconnect your headphones, you can automatically switch the Bluetooth connection when you answer the call.
The Hand Wash app is quite important now that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. The latest update automatically detects when you wash your hands and starts a 25 second countdown, the prescribed hand washing time. However, the availability of this auto-detection feature varies by market, carrier, and device. Otherwise, you can use the manual function in the Hand Wash app.