Samsung Galaxy S III: 10 Must-Know Tips and Tricks

Samsung's new Galaxy S III is one of the hottest Android phones on the market. CIO.com's Al Sacco shares a pile of valuable GSIII tips and tricks that will help new owners customize the device, take screen shots, watch video while using other apps or surfing the Web, launch voice-activated features and more.

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Tue, July 24, 2012

CIO — Samsung's latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, was released less than two months ago--and just weeks ago in the United States--but it's already flying off the shelves of wireless carrier stores.

Samsung's Galaxy S III Smartphone
Samsung's Galaxy S III Smartphone

In fact, Samsung's president of its information technology and mobile communication division, Shin Jong-kyun, said last week that the company has already sold more than 10 million devices, an average of roughly 190,000 Galaxy S III devices a day since it was first released. For context, Apple says it sold 3.7 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2012.

That's a whole lot of new Galaxy S III users. I've had my new GSIII device for a month now, and I spent a lot of time tinkering to learn the ins and outs. Here's a list of 10 Samsung Galaxy S III tips and tricks that every GSIII user should know. (Read "Samsung Galaxy S III: 8 Key Features and Facts" for more specifics on the device. And check out these images and video from Samsung's launch for an insider's look at the Galaxy S III New York City event.)

1) Galaxy S III Home-Screen Panels and Folders

The Galaxy S III's home-screen panels are completely customizable. You can have as many as seven different home-screen panels or eliminate panels as you see fit. You can also move icons and widgets to wherever you want them and even resize some widgets to fit your screen.

By default, the Galaxy S III has seven home-screen panels, but you might not want that many. To delete panels, click the Menu button (located to the left of the main Home button below the display) and then choose the Edit option. On the next screen, drag and drop a home-screen panel in the trash bin icon at the bottom of the display to delete it or click the plus-sign icon at the bottom right of the display to add a new panel. You can also reorganize your panels by dragging them into the order you want them to appear. And you can set a home panel as your main or central panel by tapping the house icon in the upper-right corner of each panel.

The simplest way to jump between panels is by swiping left or right until you reach the panel you want. But a set of small dots near the bottom of your display, just above your fixed-app tray, can also be used to quickly navigate home-screen panels. Just place a finger over the dots and slowly slide it left or right to rapidly scroll through panels. Or tap the corresponding dot to jump directly to a specific panel. And a quick single-tap of the main home button brings you back to your central home panel.

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