Galaxy Alpha: KitKat 4.4
1. “OKAY, GOOGLE…”
You’ve seen it plastered over the place: the hip, new phrase that’s your instant portal into Google’s world of search.
On the Alpha, even if your phone is just idly displaying the home screen you can say,“Okay, Google” and do anything from starting a timer to looking up a contact to Googling your own name. It’s a simple way of controlling your phone and unnervingly accurate.
Apple’s got iMessage, everyone else has Whatsapp, but why not try Google’s own messaging service?
Choose it over Samsung’s own chat app as your default SMS inbox and you’ll be able to seamlessly jump between text messages and Google Chat missives, which have the benefit of being free and allowing you to send files and pictures. You can also start a video call from the same source.
2. LOCK SCREEN MAGIC
Android 4.4 brought a nifty new feature: placing the cover art for whatever album or movie you’re hearing/seeing on the lock screen.
On the Galaxy Alpha this looks great, and even if you’re playing music from Spotify you can see what you’re listening to with a gloriously overblown display – and scroll through/skip tracks too. The trick also works if you’re playing from phone to Chromecast.
4. PROJECT BETTER
Project Butter was a UI spruce-up that came as part of Android Jellybean, designed to make sliding your digit across any phone running the OS a pleasurable experience.
With KitKat and the Galaxy Alpha, things are even smoother, with every flicker and flutter of your digits rendered accurately through all your apps. After all, there’s nothing worse than a missed press, especially when gaming…