Regular readers gg will probably remember that the Bixby scripts in Samsung smartphones were the discovery of the year for me. I am confident that this is a new and very powerful tool that directly brings our future closer and makes smartphones more efficient than computers. Huge flexibility of settings using dozens of factors, events and sensors from time to location based on geolocation. All this, of course, should appeal to experienced users who know how to create a comfortable work environment for themselves. In addition, all new user-generated scenarios lay the foundation for a large amount of data that Samsung can use to create new scenarios that will “predict” user actions (although this will only be a repetition of popular and sought-after situations for more experienced smartphone users). The settings for Bixby scenarios on the Galaxy Z Fold2 are also different taking into account the state of the foldable display: closed, open and not completely closed in Flex Mode.
Frankly, the first impression of the new section in the settings was deceptively ascetic: by default, you can fix one of the three display states (open, closed, slightly opened) and bind the screen orientation states (landscape, portrait or automatic selection) to them and control the Always display function On. But, after a little thought, I immediately made several scenarios at once that reflect my personal experience of use. Given that all people are different (and their needs differ), this opens up literally new horizons of user experience that you can manage yourself. Let me explain with examples.
Let’s start with awakening. After sleeping, I pick up my smartphone and open it. Since in self-isolation mode you do not need to go to work (but you can sleep longer after night vigils on the Internet), you can assume that I am already at work. And, accordingly, it is ready to receive work calls and messages in Telegram. Accordingly, you can switch the focus mode to work (it is responsible for ensuring that the smartphone does not distract me with tasks not related to work). Change shortcuts on the lock screen from Facebook and Clash of Clans to working applications – True caller and Telegram. You can also immediately open gagadget in the browser to see what happened on the site while I was sleeping. And in the Edge panel, leave only the weather widget and the task list. The question immediately arises: what does the bending display have to do with it? The magic is that the script only starts after I open the screen. That is, before that, I can see some messages, quickly respond to them if they are urgent, from the external screen, or ignore and go to wash, brush my teeth and have breakfast. But I will really start working when I open the screen completely.
Another scenario is a car trip. Usually, I open the display completely, draw a route on the map, then close my smartphone and connect it via a cable to the car’s multimedia system, where Android Auto is launched. In my scenario, Spotify is still running, Dolby Atmos is put into music mode, the equalizer is set to Rock mode. The volume of the Bluetooth signal is set to maximum if I have to take a call on the car’s hands-free system. Of course, Spotify in Android Auto is able to launch itself, but instead of it, you can select, for example, Google Podcast, that is, I am the one who decides how and what will be performed in my scenario. From the outside it may look either magic or fantasy. Although we are only talking about new technologies that provide new opportunities.
Another scenario is an incoming call during work. At work, the smartphone lies next to the laptop in a closed state. If a call comes in, then Dolby Atmos switches to voice mode, a dialer is launched, which will not need to be called additionally to look at the call.
Another interesting scenario: if I am at home and open the screen in Flex Mode, YouTube automatically starts, and immediately shows the subscriptions section. Dolby Atmos switches the sound to a “film” pattern, and the screen orientation is always landscape. Of course, I don’t always need only YouTube at home, this scenario is more likely to be given as an example.
Finally, if I open the smartphone after 19 hours (but no later than 20), then the game Clahs of Clans starts immediately, the display switches to adaptive frequency mode for smooth picture, the screen orientation becomes landscape, and the brightness of the colors is saturated.
And such scenarios can be created not one, not two, but dozens. And all of them will also take into account the state of the display – what do you prefer to do on the external or main display. Or it is generally more convenient to use Flex Mode (for example, for the same video calls). In addition to its scripts, Samsung offers a dozen ready-made:
For those who are not at all familiar with Bixby scripts in Samsung smartphones, here is a list of available settings. It consists of two parts: a list of conditions and a list of actions when these conditions are met.
If the list of conditions fits on two screens (thanks to the external display, which is very convenient for any lists and leaflets – from websites to social networks, in this case it helps me to take fewer screenshots to demonstrate the possibilities of scenarios), then the list of available actions takes already five screens. And each point has its own complex set of available actions:
In general, there is a lot to turn around and be creative in organizing work (and entertainment) with a smartphone. I am fully confident that such scenarios will evolve and very soon change our lives. No, they will not change it until they are recognizable, but everything will become more convenient and comfortable, taking into account the individual characteristics and needs of each of us. And owners of folding smartphones will have a little more room for these new possibilities.
Three things to know about Bixby Routines for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
- These are special modes that allow you to automatically change the settings and operating modes of your smartphone.
- There are half a dozen ready-made scripts, and the user can create any number of his own.
- Scripts take into account dozens of conditions, including one of three states of the foldable display, and dozens of actions available to change.