Hello everyone. Michael here with The Daily
Note. Welcome to part 2 of What’s New in Android 4.4 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. If you
missed the first episode, make sure to check that out first because I pointed out some
important updates to multi-window. Today, let’s focus on the changes to the Samsung
keyboard, the lock screen, and the lock screen widgets. So let’s check it out.
Let’s first start by looking at Samsung keyboard. It has been updated with Galaxy Note 3 style
inputs for handwriting. And it works a little bit differently in the way that if you take
out the S Pen when the keyboard is already showing, it will now switch to the handwriting
mode automatically. Before, it would only show you the handwriting mode if you enabled
the keyboard after the S Pen was already out. Or if you enabled it manually.
Continuing on with the Samsung Keyboard, you will see that it now supports emoji characters.
Emoji is more than just emoticons. They have become adopted as a standard and are considered
more like characters on a keyboard. And if I’m not mistaken, the emoji icons here should
be the same for all android devices. Now here’s something interesting. A lot of
people have gotten the camera unlock on their lock screens. You can enable a camera icon
that you can swipe on the bottom right corner, which will open the camera directly from the
lockscreen. However, it’s missing from my update completely. Not a big deal since you
can add something like the Nexus Camera Widget which you can download from the Google Play
store and add it as a lock screen widget. And it works just as efficiently, maybe even
better. One change I found is this message here that
says swipe screen or say wake-up command to unlock. That’s a new message that I don’t
really need to see every time. Fortunately, you can remove it by going to Settings ->My
device ->Lock screen ->and uncheck Help Text.
One last thing about things related to the lockscreen and Android 4.4 is that you get
this new music widget. Unlike before where you had access to a music widget all the time
placed from the list of lockscreen widgets in this list, now you can only see it when
the stock music player app is playing music. When the music is paused it doesn’t appear.
I guess what they want you to do in this case is access your notification panel, and hit
resume from here. I guess it’s not too big of a deal.
I do want to mention that this music lock screen widget looks very similar to the lockscreen
widget found on the Galaxy Note 3, however, on the note 3, you can actually jump to different
parts of the track by long tapping on it. You can’t do this on my Note 2. Maybe that’s
one for the next update. One last thing to add to that is that this
widget also interacts with other music apps such as Google Play Music. It uses the same
widget which is interesting. I guess this explains why this lockscreen widget disappears
when you’re not playing music. It doesn’t know what music app you want to start music
with. So that’s it for today. Make sure to tune
in to the next part of what’s new in Android 4.4 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I’ll post
that up as soon as possible. In the next day or two. I’m trying my best to get more videos
uploaded more regularly. Anyways, please like, share, and subscribe. And as always, thank
you for watching.