Samsung posted a video featuring some of the team behind the new foldable experience brought by the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Z Flip3 5G. It’s interesting to hear them talk about the inspiration behind some of the changes, but this six minute video also contains several handy tips on how to use the phones more efficiently.
Samsung sees the two phones as very different devices. The cover display on the Galaxy Z Flip3 handles basic tasks and allows the user to customize the look of the phone with various watch faces. Opening the Flip turns it into a familiar bar-type phone. The Z Fold3 starts as a bar phone and transforms into a power user tablet when opened.
The company sought ways to make it easier for users to set up their phone as they like. For example, the Z Fold3 has the option to mirror the shortcuts and widgets of its cover screen on the main screen, thus removing the need to make the same change twice when editing the homescreen.
The multi-window mode was revamped with useful tricks too. For example, you can drag a link from the Samsung browser to the side of the Z Fold3 screen and it will split the screen, showing the link in a new browser window. This allows you to keep browsing the original page while also viewing the new page.
There’s also a new taskbar, kind of like the one seen in desktop OSes. It gives you quick access to the most important apps. The simple action of checking a new message and then returning to the previous app used to take six touches, but the taskbar reduces that to three touches.
Check out the video for more on how One UI was adapted to the foldable form factor – there are even more productivity tricks you may not know about. And don’t miss our Z Flip3 video review.