The Samsung S-Pen has many small features, and the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has just been added to the impressive list of tricks. One of the new features is Air Actions, an extension of the S-Pen remote control feature introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
With Samsung Air Actions, you can use your S-Pen as a wand in apps and control what happens to them in one fell swoop. This is a guide to configuring and using this new feature. If you prefer to watch the official tutorial, Samsung also offers an online tutorial.
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Air Actions, on the other hand, is a new feature in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus a kind of remote control to navigate apps. You just press the button and move it like a magic wand to do different things. The feature uses a six-axis motion controller in the S-Pen, a new feature in the Galaxy Note 10 series.
We felt it necessary to distinguish the two, as the names are so similar and easily confused. In addition, Samsung Air Actions are often referred to as "air commands" or "air gestures" incorrectly. Therefore, we wanted to eliminate possible confusion. Here's how air actions work, how you access them, and how to use them in apps.
Activating Air Actions
Actions are enabled by default without you having to make any input. However, you can enable and disable the feature in the Settings menu. Just navigate to Settings then to Advanced Functions and then to S-Pen . Air actions should be the top option from there.
The feature is automatically enabled in the corresponding apps. The S-Pen bubble icon at the right edge is gray and transparent when air actions are unavailable and changes to purple when functionality is available. It automatically changes colors so you do not have to do anything to turn it on except open a compatible app.
Use of Air Actions
The basic use of Air Actions is simple:
- Hold down the S Pen button.
- Perform the gesture quickly.
- Quickly release the S-pen button.  You should try to perform all three steps in a gentle motion, otherwise the gesture may not work. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, so do not be discouraged if you can not get it right the first time.
A total of six gestures can be executed in each app. These include u p down left and right gestures along with the clockwise and counterclockwise ] rotate gestures. These gestures have different functions in different apps.
In media apps, counterclockwise and counterclockwise gestures are not available, as in natively compatible apps like the Samsung Camera app.
To view the control schemes of a particular app, just tap the hovering icon for air actions on the right edge of the screen. You can also move the S Pen tip over the same icon to get a pop-up window with a quick reference if needed.
In the Actions section of the Actions menu, you can customize the gesture controls. Proceed as follows:
- Navigate to Settings Scroll down to Advanced Functions and then tap on the option S-Pen followed from the option Air Actions option.
- The interface shows you every app on your device with support for air gestures. Touch the icon of the app you want to customize.
- Scroll to the section Gestures and configure the settings up down to the left and right gestures together with the gestures clockwise and counterclockwise . You can also configure tap once and tap twice on the S Pen button.
- You can leave the menu as soon as you're done, and your changes are automatically saved.
There There are a total of eight action points between the two options for pressing the S-Pen button and the six options for gesture control. To be honest, most apps do not have eight different assignable actions. This may allow you to double or leave out some of the gesture control options.
This is a complicated answer, since there are actually two lists of compatible apps. The first ones can be found in the Actions section of the settings menu. These include apps like Samsung Camera or Google Chrome. Each app is listed in the Settings menu and can be configured individually.
The second set basically consists of every media player app on Google Play. Samsung offers a range of universal air actions for all media apps. It worked with my podcast player, my music player, and YouTube with the same controls.
Almost all media player apps use a single, universal control.
You can access the media player gesture controls in the same range of settings as the other compatible apps. It is displayed below in the "Actions" section under "Settings" in the section " General controls labeled Media .
You can display the gestures, single press and double press Configure actions like any other compatible app, but any changes you make will be reflected in any Media Player app, and media player apps will not appear counterclockwise or counterclockwise, as with native compatible apps Apps are the case.
App support is limited to a handful of Samsung apps and some others, but it should work with virtually any music, video, or podcast app.
There is no complete list anywhere Compatible apps are available, although some are listed in the Indian version of the Samsung website, so there is no way to list them all without trial and error however, Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, Google Chrome, Spotify, and a handful of Samsung apps work with this feature. In addition, any media player app should also work with Air Actions.
How does it feel?
Samsung Air Actions are a little something reminiscent of the hand movements of the LG G8. At first, it's pretty picky until you get used to it, and then it works pretty well. Unlike the LG G8, these gestures do not require you to have the S-Pen right in front of the phone. So you can use the gestures anywhere, as long as the S-Pen is still wirelessly connected to the phone.
It definitely works consistently enough for the basic controls like switching the camera to selfie mode and then taking a photo. We also had the opportunity to skip titles in media players (back and forth), pause media, and access previous webpages when Chrome is in use. For simple, one-off tasks like these, the Air Actions feature shines.
The biggest flaw of Air Action
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For example, media apps use swipe up and down to airplay increase and decrease the volume. Note 10 uses a 15-level volume bar. If you're in step 10 and you need to mute the device, you'll need to adjust the volume 10 times in a row to reach the destination.
The 15-fold use of the volume control to switch from the maximum volume to the mute is extremely tedious and not recommended.
The same story applies to camera zoom, scrolling in Google Chrome, or other activities with the ability to do many repetitions. If you can only move one increment per gesture, repetitive tasks are cumbersome and borderline, unless you just adjust them by one or two increments.
Of course, we want the feature to work with more apps and make others go crazy. It's unlikely that we'll see anything like this with the Samsung Galaxy Note 11. Besides being unable to properly handle repetitive actions, we have found that the "Actions of Air" function works smoothly and consistently after a brief learning period.
] The Air Actions feature feels like the beginning of some really cool things for the S-Pen. However, this is just the second iteration of S-Pen's remote features, so we did not expect too crazy results at the beginning of the development process. We definitely hope that Samsung improves this feature in the coming years. Tell us your opinion in the comments!