There has been a lot of talk about Samsung’s latest flagship Smartphone, The Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s a phone I’m sure a lot of people would love to own (speaking for myself at least) but if you have a really good Android phone which has nice features, there is still a way to get some of Samsung’s coolest features on your current Android device.
The Galaxy S5 is filled with new and exciting features, which have helped make it one of the hottest products available today. Below are four cool apps that you can download onto your Android Device for you to have that Galaxy S5 experience in a beat.
Runtastic Heart Rate App
The heart rate sensor located on the back of the Galaxy S5 is one of the devices most noticeable features. When you open the S Health app and place your finger on the sensor, it will give you a fairly accurate reading of your heart rate in beats per minute (BPM).
There is a free app from Runtastic, and it offers similar functionality, it’s called the Runtastic Heart Rate app. The Runtastic Heart Rate app uses the camera sensor on your smartphone to measure your heart rate. When I tested it, the results weren’t too far off from those taken with the Galaxy S5’s heart rate sensor (for goodness sake it’s the same heart).
Selective Focus (Google Camera)
The Galaxy S5 is capable of refocusing photos after they have been taken entirely through its software.
The newly released Google Camera, which is available for devices running Android 4.4 or higher, has a similar feature known as Lens Blur that allows you to adjust the amount of background blur on a photo.
Private Mode (App Lock)
Whether it’s an inappropriate image or a secret document, we all have personal items on our devices. The Private Mode feature on the Galaxy S5 hides personal content away from others that you have designated as private. The content is only visible when the feature is toggled on, which requires you to scan your fingerprint, or enter a password or pin.
App Lock is a free app on the Google Play store. It offers similar (and in some cases more) functionality to Samsung’s Private Mode. You can set it up to require a pin to access a designated app, change system settings, uninstall programs, answer calls, and more.
Content can be locked based on the time of day or even your phone’s locations, while a photo and video vault feature allows you to hide away those pictures and videos you may not want others to find on your device. You can also set up different user profiles for guests, kids, or that friend who always borrows your phone (which I don’t quite understand).
Kids Mode from Zoodles
On the Galaxy S5, there is a kids mode app which makes the device safe for young children. The app gives parents the ability to restrict their kids from accessing certain apps and media content. It also transforms the device’s user interface to a more child-friendly layout with new icons and new wallpaper.
You as a parent (or big sibling) can create restricted profiles for kids on an Android 4.3 tablet. This function cannot be found built on other Android devices. So, the App Lock app mentioned above can be used to restrict access to various content and settings on your phone, but if you want to achieve the icons and wallpaper effects as well as setting up a full kids mode, then you can check out the Kids Mode app from Zoodles.
As you can see the, Google Camera and the Kids Mode App work best in android devices running Android 4.4 and 4.3 respectively or even higher. So please, if your device is running on Android 4.2 and you install these two apps, you may not get the maximum performance from them and you may end up on the Play Store with giving a bad review.