Galaxy Fold gets a user guide like it was 2000 all over again

JC Torres - Sep 26, 2019, 6:54am CDT
Galaxy Fold gets a user guide like it was 2000 all over again

In the fashion world, the old becoming new again is, well, nothing new and it seems that Samsung is doing the same for mobile. Smartphones have become so common and so universal that almost everyone below 50 have few problems acclimating to the device for the first time. The Galaxy Fold, however, is so novel and strange that Samsung has released not just a video on how to take care of the device but, now, even how to use it in the first place.

To be fair, the Galaxy Fold is indeed unlike any phone or tablet launched in the past 10 or even 20 years. Never mind the fact that it folds in half, the Galaxy Fold’s customized version of Android is designed to take advantage of that multi-form design and the fact that it has two screens instead of just one.

Rather than waste paper to ship a long pamphlet on each device, Samsung expects that Galaxy Fold owners are savvy enough to navigate the Web and find its new guide on how to use the Galaxy Fold. It’s not a full-blown manual but when was the last time you saw a phone manufacturer publish such a how to use guide that isn’t a manual?

This guide comes on the heels of a video that also informs users on how to take care of their new phones, again something not seen in recent years. Then again, the Galaxy Fold is also perhaps the most fragile phone in recent years as well.

This “how to use guide” explains the device’s multi-window capabilities, which can support up to three split screens and five floating windows for a total of 8 simultaneous apps. There’s also the App Continuity that lets users switch seamlessly between the large main screen and the small external screen, provided the app supports Android 10’s new APIs. It is admittedly an innovative and novel user experience that few will be able to get their hands on because of price, availability, and doubts over its durability.

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