Samsung may have left its kitchen sink approach to software features behind, but the company still manages to pack its phones and tablets with a great deal of unique functionality you won’t find on stock Android or devices from other manufacturers. Samsung has been focusing on introducing features that actually matter instead of running after gimmicks (though the latter still exist), and for me, one of the new sharing features introduced in One UI 2.1 has come as a boon for my outdated car stereo.My car stereo has Bluetooth and even a touchscreen, so it’s not that outdated, but it’s limited to having just one Bluetooth device paired at any given time. So, if my phone is connected to the system and someone wants to play music from their phone, I must first turn off my phone’s Bluetooth and disconnect so the other person can pair their device. When I want to reconnect my phone, I must go through the pairing process (which requires entering a PIN) again.Which is why I’m really digging the Music Share feature in One UI 2.1 these last few months. I don’t really allow anyone else to play their music all too often when I’m driving, but the few times I do, I can now leave my phone connected to the car stereo and my wife and parents can still play their music on it thanks to Music Share. It works effortlessly, and while everyone in my home uses a Galaxy phone, Music Share allows connections from non-Galaxy devices (even a Windows PC) as well.Of course, getting around an outdated car stereo’s limitations is not the only use case for Music Share. It would be great for a party where you’re listening to music on a Bluetooth speaker and want everyone to be able to change tracks from their own phone, or just about any situation where there’s just one Bluetooth speaker but several people wanting to play their favorite music on it. And if you’re not in the mood to share (does this count as a pun?), you can simply turn Music Share off from its quick toggle in the notification shade and regain full control.Music Share certainly isn’t a feature everyone would use. Like I said earlier, I don’t always let others play their music in the car when I’m driving, and I’m more or less the one who’s always in the driving seat, so it’s not a part of everyday life for me, either. But it’s very handy when the occasion arises and is a prime example of functionality that’s there when you need it but gets out of the way when it’s not.Do you use Music Share on your Galaxy phone?
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