Samsung's S-Pen comes packed with a bunch of great little features, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch is just added to the impressive list of tricks. One of the new features is Air Actions, which is an extension of the S-Pen remote control functionality introduced with Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
With Samsung Air Actions you can use your S-Pen as a magic wand in apps and control what they does with a sweep. This is a guide on how to configure and use the new feature. Or, if you'd rather check out the official tutorial, Samsung also has a tutorial available online.
Samsung Air Actions vs Air Command
] Air Command debuted on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it is the name Samsung gave to the menu that pops up when you release the S-Pen from the phone. It has received iterative updates over the years, but has remained an important part of the S-Pen experience. It is still part of the Galaxy Note 10. experience.
By contrast, Air Actions is a new feature on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It lets you use your S-Pen as a kind of remote to navigate in apps. You simply push the button and wave it around 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 lineup.
We felt the need to separate the two because the names are so similar and easily mistaken. In addition, Samsung Air Actions are often mis-labeled as "air commands" or "air guests", so we wanted to remove any potential confusion. Below we show how Air Actions works, how to access them and how to use them in apps.
How to enable Air Actions
By default, air actions are active without any input required from you. However, you can enable and disable the feature in the Settings menu. Simply navigate to Settings since Advanced Features and then S-Pen . Air measures should be the best option from there.
The feature is automatically enabled in appropriate apps. The S-Pen bubble icon along the right edge is gray and translucent when Air Actions is unavailable and it changes to purple when functionality is available. It will automatically change colors so there is nothing you need to do to turn it aside from opening a compatible app.
How to use Air Actions
The basic use of Air Actions is simple:
- Press and hold S-Pen button.
- Quickly perform the gesture.
- Quickly release the S-Pen button.
- 19659022] You should try to perform all three steps in a smooth motion, otherwise the gestures may not work. It takes a few tries to get hold of it, so don't be too discouraged if you can't get it right every time straight from the flutter tree.
A total of six gestures can be performed in a given app. They include u s down left and right gestures together with clockwise and anticlockwise swivel gestures. These gestures do different things in different apps.
Clockwise and counterclockwise are not available in media apps as if they are in natively compatible apps such as Samsung's Camera app.
To see control charts for a given app, just tap the floating Air Actions icon on the right edge of the screen. You can also hover the S-Pen tip over the same icon for a quick reference pop-up if you need to.
Configuring Air Actions
The Actions section of the Settings menu allows you to customize the gesture controls. Here's how:
- Navigate to Settings scroll down to Advanced Features then press S-Pen option followed Air Option .
- UI shows you all apps on your device with support for air guests. Click the icon of the app you want to customize.
- Scroll down to Gestures and configure up down left and right gestures with clockwise and moturs gesture. You can also configure single-touch and double-touch on the S-Pen button.
- You can leave the menu when you are done and your changes are saved automatically.
are eight total locations for action between the two S-Pen button press options and the six gesture control options. To be honest, most apps don't have eight different assignable actions. Thus, you can end up or double or leave some of the gesture option blank.
This is a complicated answer since there are actually two lists of compatible apps. The first are the ones you find in the Actions section of the Settings menu. They include apps like Samsung Camera or Google Chrome. Each app is listed in the Settings menu and can be configured individually.
The second set is basically every media player app on Google Play. Samsung has a set of universal Air Actions for all media apps. It worked with my podcast player, my music player and YouTube with all the same controls.
Almost all media player apps use a single, universal set of controls.
You can access the media player gesture controls in the same area of the settings as the other compatible apps. It is shown at the bottom of the section on air measures in the settings under General Controls with the Media label.
You can configure gestures, single press and double tap actions like all other compatible apps. However, any changes you make are reflected in each media player app. In addition, media player apps do not appear to have clockwise and counterclockwise gestures as natively compatible apps.
App support is limited to a handful of Samsung apps along with a few others. However, it should work with virtually any music, video or podcast app.
There is no complete list of compatible apps anywhere, although the Indian version of Samsung's website shows a few. Briefly on trial and error, there is no way to list everyone. However, we know that Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, Google Chrome, Spotify and a handful of Samsung apps work with the feature. In addition, each media player app should also work with Air Actions.
How does it feel?
Samsung Air Actions is a little bit reminiscent of the LG G8's hand gesture. It's pretty cool at first until you get used to it and then it works pretty well. Unlike the LG G8, these gestures do not have to have the S-Pen directly in front of the phone. Thus, you can use the gestures anywhere as long as the S-Pen is still wirelessly connected to the phone.
It definitely works carefully for the basic controls like switching the camera to selfie mode and then taking a picture. We also liked its ability to skip tracks in media players (forward and backward), pause media, and go to previous web pages when using Chrome. For simple, one-time tasks like this one, the Air Actions feature really shines.
Air Action's biggest flaw
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Note 10 uses a 15-step volume bar. If you are at step ten and you need to turn off the unit, you must perform volume down gesture ten different times to achieve the goal.
Using volume down gesture 15 times to go from maximum volume to mute is very tedious and not recommended.
The same story applies to camera zooming, scrolling in Google Chrome, or other high repetition capability activities. Just being able to move one step per gesture makes repetitive tasks tedious and borderline disgusting if you don't just adjust with one or two steps.
Of course, we want to see the feature work with more apps and do other crazy things, but we probably won't see any of this until the Samsung Galaxy Note 11. Apart from its inability to properly handle very repetitive actions, we found that Air Actions- The function works smoothly and consistently after a short learning period.  The Air Actions feature feels like the start of some really cool stuff for the S-Pen. However, this is just the second iteration of the S-Pen remote features, so we didn't expect anything crazy this early in the development process. We really hope that Samsung will improve this feature in the coming years. Tell us what you think in the comments!