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Old May 15th, 2013, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am switching to GS4 shortly and was wondering what are the top 3 things that people would recommend with the new phone to either install, uninstall, disable or modify once out of the box? (And I don't mean put in battery, turn on, activate).

I have heard to disable S voice was a popular one, any others?

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Depends on wether you want to root, or have done in the past ;-)
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disable s voice and most of the carrier apps, depending on which carrier you are on it is different. thats the biggest thing. what to do next depends on what you want, i installed a new launcher and theme, then set up all my old apps. it really depends on what all you want to do
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Any particular bloatware that you think I should avoid? Definitely disabling s voice as I wont use. I usually wait a little while before downloading a launcher. Just recently put Nova launcher on my bionic and it is pretty nice.
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Any particular bloatware that you think I should avoid? Definitely disabling s voice as I wont use. I usually wait a little while before downloading a launcher. Just recently put Nova launcher on my bionic and it is pretty nice.
It depends on what carrier you have. on at&t i pretty much disabled any app that had at&t in it (at&t navigator, messages, mobile tv, yahoo finance etc)
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I am switching to GS4 shortly and was wondering what are the top 3 things that people would recommend with the new phone to either install, uninstall, disable or modify once out of the box? (And I don't mean put in battery, turn on, activate).

I have heard to disable S voice was a popular one, any others?

I would not disable or change anything until you have had time to experience it on your own as opinions differ.

My top thing would be to enjoy the phone, try out all the neat features and apps and see what you like and don't for a couple weeks. Then go from there.
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The first things i have done are:

Disabled S voice
Turned off all sensors
Turned off auto adjust screen tone
Enabled developer options and turned off the animation scales to speed up menu's.
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Mine was rooted about 1 minute after I got it. First step with every new phone for me as I need to be rooted to run Titanium backup and put my apps with all their data on the phone. This has the added benefit of getting my ad blocking software on the phone which in itself is a must have out of the gate.

I haven't had a carrier phone in quite a long time at this point so I don't face much bloat of the kind that carriers install but that would be my next step if I had a carrier phone, disable all the bloatware.

Step three would be to apply the know fixes to the particular phone. In the case of the S4 you would want to enable developer and go into those settings and turn off the animations as well as opening up S voice and disabling the home button feature. This will pretty much end the annoying lag in the launcher. This lag is already fixed on several of the custom roms I've tried so I would expect a carrier update doing the same at some point in the future.

From there I normally use a phone for a few days to get a feel for the phones goodies and make sure there are no hardware issues.
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Add to the list 1. Otterbox Defender 2. Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector 3. 64 GB MicroSD Card (less than $52 on Amazon).
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1. Access Developer options (can find out how on youtube) and disable the animations. They don't take away from the look of the UI but I noticed the lag improvement that everyone talked about.
2. Put some sort of security lock on your device as these are sure to be moving up the list of desired phones for thieves.
3. Practice with the camera in different settings to learn all of the new features. This thing takes unbelievable pictures! Took some pictures with the fam. by a waterfall at a resort (with ears) this weekend and our pictures with the S4 were clearer than the ones the resort photographers took.

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Download the SwiftKey app from the Play store.
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Or the Swype app :-)
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Add to the list 1. Otterbox Defender 2. Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector 3. 64 GB MicroSD Card (less than $52 on Amazon).
You may spend more time in a hostile environment than I do or may just not be very careful, but putting my lovely slim phone with a screen that is smooth and a delight to the touch in a fat case behind a rubbery screen protector would go down as the last and second to last things I would do.

I agree about the SD card though. 64GB is a lot of space and comes at a very reasonable price (although sadly for us in the UK, not quite that reasonable).
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The first things i have done are:

Disabled S voice
Turned off all sensors
Turned off auto adjust screen tone
Enabled developer options and turned off the animation scales to speed up menu's.

These look like some of the ones I thought of. Does the s4 have an ability to limit background processes in developer options? I did this in my bionic after it started to lag and it helped with speed.
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These look like some of the ones I thought of. Does the s4 have an ability to limit background processes in developer options? I did this in my bionic after it started to lag and it helped with speed.
Yes in developer options there is options to limit the background processes.
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Does anyone here know how to delete and add all apps into and out of the multi window applications?Cause i cant seem to add whatsapp and etc apps into the multi window.
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Step three would be to apply the know fixes to the particular phone. In the case of the S4 you would want to enable developer and go into those settings and turn off the animations as well as opening up S voice and disabling the home button feature. This will pretty much end the annoying lag in the launcher. This lag is already fixed on several of the custom roms I've tried so I would expect a carrier update doing the same at some point in the future.
This is my first time with an android phone. I see three options in the developer screen: window animation scale, transition animation scale, and animator duration scale. I turned off all three, but still see an animated transition when I open a folder of apps. Is there anyway to shut that animation down?
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The first things i have done are:

Disabled S voice
Turned off all sensors
Turned off auto adjust screen tone
Enabled developer options and turned off the animation scales to speed up menu's.
I'm curious as to why you and many others are mentioning to remove S Voice. I watched a video of it and it seems to be pretty accurate or is it that it takes up a lot of memory to run it?
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Yeah I find it odd that so many people disable S voice. I use it pretty regularly. Owell, different strokes for different folks.
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People are disabling S Voice because it will "some what" speed up the phone, apparently. Some people have noted slight lag when hitting the home button and that is due to S Voice waiting to see if you hit it again to activate S Voice. If you all together disable S Voice there won't be any lag since there won't be anything to look for a second home button hit.
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Good question. I did some research and it appears that Google Search seems to trump S Voice. I saw no need for both apps.

You can always re-enable SVoice if you disable it.
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I've had my S4 for awhile now and just disabled S-Voice, so much nicer. I wish I had done it sooner.


I'm one of those people that try to enjoy what the phone comes with. So I'm still using TW and the stock build on the phone. No root, no flash, nothing. I try to enjoy it how it is. I also do a lot of research before I buy, to see if I'll like it or not. But that doesn't mean I didn't make any changes.

First things I did were disable/uninstall any of the bloatware that would allow it. Coming from the iPhone and Nexus 4, it's been awhile since I've had to deal with AT&T bloatware.

I then turned off some of the gestures and air view features I wasn't going to use, along with turning smart screen off completely. I also turned off the multi-window feature. I didn't care for it.

I then cleared off the entire homescreen. All the widgets, apps, etc, and then organized it how I wanted. I have 5 panels turned on, but I only use 3 of them. Haven't quite figured out what to do with the other 2, lol.
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Having just switched from a single core/GB phone I dont see the lag
Just got the phone yesterday and figure I will experience the beast "out of the box" for at least a few days as previous posts stated.
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I've had my S4 for awhile now and just disabled S-Voice, so much nicer. I wish I had done it sooner.


I'm one of those people that try to enjoy what the phone comes with. So I'm still using TW and the stock build on the phone. No root, no flash, nothing. I try to enjoy it how it is. I also do a lot of research before I buy, to see if I'll like it or not. But that doesn't mean I didn't make any changes.

First things I did were disable/uninstall any of the bloatware that would allow it. Coming from the iPhone and Nexus 4, it's been awhile since I've had to deal with AT&T bloatware.

I then turned off some of the gestures and air view features I wasn't going to use, along with turning smart screen off completely. I also turned off the multi-window feature. I didn't care for it.

I then cleared off the entire homescreen. All the widgets, apps, etc, and then organized it how I wanted. I have 5 panels turned on, but I only use 3 of them. Haven't quite figured out what to do with the other 2, lol.
I tend to be the sane way. I will see how touchwiz treats me before making too many changes but do like to know which functions slow the phone down that i know i wont use. Mi will eventually download a launcher if tw bugs me. i like nova launcher on my bionic but that may change depending on how long i stick with tw.
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Make sweet love to the sexy s4 in many ways other then 3 ha.
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This is my first time with an android phone. I see three options in the developer screen: window animation scale, transition animation scale, and animator duration scale. I turned off all three, but still see an animated transition when I open a folder of apps. Is there anyway to shut that animation down?
Not sure, I don't have them on my international version. Might want to head over to xda and check the section for your specific carrier. Your the first person I've seen mention these animations btw which is a little odd because a lot of people don't like them and shut them down for that reason.
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This is my first time with an android phone. I see three options in the developer screen: window animation scale, transition animation scale, and animator duration scale. I turned off all three, but still see an animated transition when I open a folder of apps. Is there anyway to shut that animation down?
After turning off the animations, you have to do a restart for the changes to work. Restart your phone and you should be good.
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Interesting that the suggestions of what to do are predominantly 'turn off Samsung features'.

If I wanted a phone that didn't use S voice or eye tracking / air gestures, I'd have gotten a HTC One. Might as well get that or a lower grade Samsung phone if you're going to switch off the features as soon as you get it

The first 3 things I'd suggest:

1. Root the phone
2. Disable animations (although I hear an upcoming update will fix laggy transitions)
3. Install Wallpaper Wizardrii or similar to get non-zoomed, non-pixellated wallpapers working

As for what I got rid of; that's limited to some of the junk apps like TripAdvisor and Flipbooks that come with the phone, as well as some Google apps I didn't want/need.
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Really people are rooting this phone first thing? Doesn't that hurt insurance or what not too.
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Really people are rooting this phone first thing? Doesn't that hurt insurance or what not too.
Obviously it's an 'at your own risk' suggestion. However, given it's very difficult to actually brick the device and the methods to root are tested and proven, I'd say the benefits of rooting the device far outweigh any inherent risk it carries.
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Really people are rooting this phone first thing? Doesn't that hurt insurance or what not too.
Some carriers are very root friendly, others aren't.

Sprint doesn't care that I'm rooted. As long as whatever issue I'm having wasn't caused by the process of rooting my device, its still covered.
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After turning off the animations, you have to do a restart for the changes to work. Restart your phone and you should be good.
Restarting made the animation go away. Thanks!
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Interesting that the suggestions of what to do are predominantly 'turn off Samsung features'.

If I wanted a phone that didn't use S voice or eye tracking / air gestures, I'd have gotten a HTC One. Might as well get that or a lower grade Samsung phone if you're going to switch off the features as soon as you get it

The first 3 things I'd suggest:

1. Root the phone
2. Disable animations (although I hear an upcoming update will fix laggy transitions)
3. Install Wallpaper Wizardrii or similar to get non-zoomed, non-pixellated wallpapers working

As for what I got rid of; that's limited to some of the junk apps like TripAdvisor and Flipbooks that come with the phone, as well as some Google apps I didn't want/need.
While your point is valid, the degree or amount of lag will not bother some users as much as it will others. So utilizing that option to turn off Samsung features is a nice option to have.

Especially considering you have no option of expanding storage or changing batteries on the HTC One.
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Yep, first thing I would do with the One is exactly the same including getting rid of its useless junk aka features. As to rooting the phone it can be returned to stock if any warranty issues come up.
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The Samsung rep told me they have software that can tell if a phone has been rooted or not. I have no idea if they actively pursue the issue if someone returns a rooted/restored phone though. I suspect not.
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