The eleven best tricks with Galaxy S Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the flagship terminals of the year. Its specifications are among the most notable of this season. With 8 GB of RAM, high-end eight-core processor, AMOLED screen of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels and storage up to 512 GB, is a terminal that can with everything, which also integrates the S-Pen, traditional Note.

The S Pen is the differentiating element of the Note range, and this year it comes with many new features thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. Otherwise, Note 9 remains true to tradition and is a rather conservative terminal as far as technological additions are concerned. This type of terminals, with everything they have of power, are also a bit complicated to take advantage of in its entirety. They have so many features that many of them can easily go unnoticed.

After trying the Galaxy Note 9, in this article we will show some tricks aimed at taking advantage of some of these more or less obvious functions of the terminal. They are not “secret” functions: it is complicated to tune a terminal over what is possible from the firmware and existing applications, although there will be some tricks that allow taking advantage of elements such as the dedicated Bixby button, the voice assistant of Samsung, which, at the moment, is not available in Spanish.

1 Change the color of the notes by the white

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One of the hallmarks of Note is the ability to write notes by hand. With the terminal at rest, simply remove the S Pen from the receptacle, the writing screen will be activated. By default, the color of the ink is the hallmark of the S Pen that comes with the Note. In the 8GB RAM model, for example, the S-Pen is yellow and the ink is yellow. To change this, we can go to Settings, Advanced Functions, S-Pen and there the Notes section with the screen off.

If we deactivate the option to use the S Pen’s distinctive color, the ink will be white on the usual black background.

2 The S Pen as a remote control

The S Pen on the Note 9 carries Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The most obvious function is to take photos remotely, although it can also be used for many other common tasks. In Settings, Advanced functions, S Pen, S Pen Remote, we can choose what remote actions we can handle with this accessory.

You can define specific actions for the long press of the S Pen button, or for a double press or pulsation in applications such as the Gallery, the Voice Recorder, the PowerPoint presentations and accessories that we have as the Samsung Gear 360 camera if it is connected.

In the section of Main Controls, we define the general settings for apps like YouTube or the music player. One active press or for playback and two skip the content in question.

3 Open apps with the S Pen button

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It is possible to define the behavior of the S Pen before a long press of the button. In this case, it is feasible to choose an application that we have installed. The camera is a common example, but if there are others that we are more interested in having on hand, we can choose them in the configuration menu of the S Pen in Settings, Advanced functions, S Pen, S Remote Pen.

4 Set a note on the screen always on

When we write a note with the function of writing notes with the screen off, we can also make that note remain fixed on the screen always on that appears permanently even when the terminal is at rest. To do this, we just have to click on the thumbtack that appears in the upper left in the notes writing interface.

This note will remain fixed for half an hour. We can use this functionality to remind us of important issues or to customize the interface. We can minimize the note or maximize it by means of controls of the interface on the screen itself.

5 Screenshots of any form

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With the S Pen, it is possible to make very special screen captures. When the S Pen is close to the screen and we press the pointer button, the floating menu of Air Command is displayed, where we have several options available. One of them is Smart Select, with different possibilities: Rectangle, Loop, Oval or GIF Animation.

The loop, specifically, allows drawing on the screen to make a cut of an area whose shape is defined by the closed stroke that we decide with the S Pen.

6 Disable the Bixby button

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The Galaxy Note 9 has a dedicated button to activate the Samsung assistant, called Bixby. This assistant is a bet from Samsung that, in principle, competes with the Google Assistant, Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. But, at the moment, it is only available in English. So the usefulness of this button is marginal.

To change the behavior of this button we can use an application called bxActions that makes it possible to redefine its behavior to, among many other things, activate the flashlight, make a screenshot (in the Pro version of payment), execute shortcuts, and so on.

This application requires certain permissions that will be enabled when requested by the app itself.

7 Notifications on the Edge screen

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Another characteristic element of Note 9 is the Edge screen. In fact, it is the same screen as the main one, but with the term Edge, we refer to the part that is close to the curved edges and to the upper and lower edges. In addition to having the Edge screen itself to display menus for accessing apps and functions, you can also configure this screen to display lighting effects and colors when receiving notifications.

To do this, we have to go to Settings, Screen, Edge Screen and there we go to Edge Screen Lighting where we define both the style and the apps that will launch the notification effect.

8 Change the screen resolution

The Galaxy Note 9 has an excellent screen resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels, but the operating system has options to change it to other less demanding for the battery or graphics such as HD + and FHD +. It may happen that you do not realize it and you are using a screen resolution less than the native one.

If it is what you want and it is not a problem, perfect, but if you want to be sure that the sharpness is maximum, better if you check it in Settings, Screen, Screen resolution, and define the one that is convenient.

9 Change the DPIs on the screen

Another way to “intervene” the sharpness of the screen and the amount of information that “fits” in it, is through the DPIs. This option is enabled within the Developer Options. To activate them, you have to go to Settings, About phone, Software information and there press repeatedly on Number of Compilation until the message appears confirming that the Developer options are already activated.

Within this menu, you should go to Minimum Width and choose a value for DPIs lower than the nominal to make the elements on the screen larger, and choose a higher value for the graphic elements such as text or the icons look tinier.

10 Load the S Pen

The S Pen is powered by an internal capacitor. It does not have a battery, so autonomy is not especially long. With a few tens of clicks, or having it out of the terminal, the battery will run out. But the advantage is that the load is immediate. Just by putting the S Pen in the receptacle, the battery will reach 100% without any delay.

11 Apply themes to the Always On Display

The screen Always On Display can be configured in multiple ways to integrate various elements such as the clock and the start button on the screen. But more personalized elements such as themes can also be added.

In the Lock Screen options, we have an option to change the clock style where there are options to include predefined themes, such as the Halloween of the capture.

Leak renders of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Lite, S10 and S10

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The reputation that the new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone series will be made up of three devices is known and has been around for quite some time.

With a new leak, the well-known tipster Evan Blass has released the renders and dimensions that the new devices will likely have. According to Blass’s own suspension, this is actually a mix of actual renders of the device combined with designs that represent what a particular bucket manufacturer expects. However, the post does not state who this bucket manufacturer is.

In any case, the image that makes the Internet round refers to three devices that appear equipped with an in-display camera at the center of the top of the screen. The first is the Galaxy S10 Lite, followed by the mainstream Galaxy S10 and finally the Galaxy S10 +. The first two appearances with a single front camera while the third one appears to have a dual selfie camera.

The Galaxy S10 Lite, the Beyond 1 / SM-G973F the Galaxy S10 and the Beyond 2 / SM-G975F the Galaxy S10 + are also featured in the device design/renders. The S10 Lite will be the smallest with a diagonal screen of 5.8 inches, that is, the same diagonal as the Galaxy S9, although the margins appear to be even more limited. This may translate into even smaller overall dimensions for the new device.

The Galaxy S10 will have a diagonal screen of 6.1 inches and maybe overall dimensions similar to the current S9, while the Galaxy S10 + is said to have the largest screen that will reach 6.4 inches.

It is worth mentioning that additional rumors want Samsung to prepare another device in the S10 series but will have upgraded, premium features and will be launched after the three standard series devices. The Galaxy S10 Lite, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 + are expected to be presented at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February, while the premium is rumored to be announced in March or April 2019.

Rumors call for the premium version of the series to have similar technical features to its other siblings but with a differentiation in construction materials. While the three basic models will be made of metal and glass, the premium S10 will be made of ceramic materials and a metal frame on the side. Additionally, this device is rumored to have a main camera consisting of four sensors and two sensors that will make up the selfie camera. Finally, the premium S10 will stand out as it will support access to 5G networks while its screen will reach 6.7 inches.

Samsung prepares the Galaxy Beyond X with six cameras and 5G

The new Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to be launched early this year, with the latest rumors suggesting that announcements are likely to be made next February.

There is a general perception that after the loss of part of Samsung’s market share (won by Chinese manufacturers), the Korean company is determined to change the data with the models it will present in 2019. Everyone expects the upcoming Galaxy S10 is a major upgrade compared to Samsung’s recent models.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports that the company will present not three, but four models that will fit into the new Galaxy S series. Three of the devices will be the “classic” Galaxy S10 series and are expected to show during the Mobile World Congress.

However, the fourth Galaxy S device is interesting, which, according to the WSJ, will be released later in the spring of 2019 and will only be available in the US and Korean markets. Until now, this device is known only under the codename Beyond X.

WSJ information wants Beyond X to support access to 5G technology networks while incorporating a total of 6 camera sensors. Note that Samsung already launched the Galaxy A9 with four main cameras and a single camera over the screen. The Beyond X will apparently go one step further by offering a quadruple main camera and a dual front camera.

At the monitor level, the Beyond X is said to have a diagonal screen of 6.7 inches, while the rest of the Galaxy S10 will move from 5.8 inches (and the current S9) to 6.4 inches (slightly larger than S9 +). The cameras in the S10 mainstream range will range from three to five, front and rear, depending on the model.

Interesting is the fact that Samsung is considering adding to the S10 series models and rechargeable wireless charging capability to charge other devices or wireless accessories. It’s the first-time feature in Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro.

All the above, the Galaxy S10 and the Beyond X, will come along with the folding smartphone that Samsung has already brought to us. Indeed, WSJ notes that there is a strong possibility that the retractable device is called Galaxy Flex, but without giving any further information on it.

Discover the Galaxy S8 Brodit Active Swivel Stand

Possesseur of a Galaxy S8, I think this article will interest you because I am focusing today on a pivoting support allowing both to securely hold your smartphone but also to load it.
Let’s see what to expect with Brodit.

Galaxy S8 Brodit Active Swivel Stand Test

Main Features

  • Dimensions of 7.2 x 4.5 x 9.5 centimeters
  • Dimensions to use the S8 without a case
  • The weight of 300 grams
  • Swivel ball 20 ° in all directions
  • Swivel head 360 °
  • Cigarette Lighter Charger
  • 50 cm cable


The Brodit Active swivel stand is well packaged and very professional, which will make an excellent gift if needed.

He is ready to be assembled. Here is what’s in the box:

  • The support for your Galaxy S8
  • The USB Type-C charger -> Integrated cigar lighter plug
  • Screws for fixing
  • An instruction manual

The support is perfectly adapted to an S8 so that your Smartphone does not move absolutely and is thus solidly maintained.
Besides this support is equipped with a tilt rocker so you can easily adjust the angle for better viewing or switch between portrait and landscape mode.
The incline can go up to 20 ° while you can rotate 360 °. The must, no?

This mount is equipped with a USB Type-C connector that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket of your vehicle. The charging is also immediate as soon as you put the phone on the support.
The big plus is that you have an extra USB port if needed.

Finished the battery problems over long distances!

This swivel stand for your Galaxy S8 brand Brodit is a really good fracture and perfectly maintains your smartphone!

Note that I have two regrets about this support.
First, the fact that you need to buy a small support (ProClip) to fit it on one of the air vents of your car (small single support depending on the model of your car).
Second is the price because you must still have more than 60 €!

Nevertheless, this support does its job perfectly and is especially very good (thankfully).