Setting up, using and downloading Widgets for the Samsung Tocco Lite S5230

User guides 19:08, 4 Sep 2009

Set up Widgets on the Samsung Tocco Lite S5230's home screen to customise how you use your handset - we show you how

The Samsung Tocco Lite S5230 offers a great value way of enjoying a taste of touchscreen mobile action. It adopts Samsung's TouchWiz touchscreen user interface, which provides a user-friendly way to control the phone with finger prodding and swiping.

One of the eye-catching parts of the TouchWiz UI is the use of Widgets on the standby screen. These are mini-applications you can dot around the standby screen that, with a press, can open up or control an application or feature from the phone, or which can launch online applications.

There are over 30 Widgets pre-loaded onto the Tocco Lite. These range from calendar, memo and clock applications to music player, games and image gallery features - plus links to online services such as Facebook, Flickr and MySpace. Additional online Widgets include one for AccuWeather weather updates, plus a More Widgets one that enables you to search for and download further Widgets online.

With a few finger strokes, you can customise your phone by dragging and dropping Widgets onscreen from a pop-out toolbar. And you can add further 'hidden' pre-loaded Widgets to the toolbar by delving into the menu system and selecting them to be displayed.

You can change your standby screen's Widget selection as much as you want - it's simple and quick to do. And on the Tocco Lite there are three alternative standby screens you can swipe between, so you can organise your Widgets to your own tastes and avoid a cluttered standby screen.

We also show how to download and install new Widgets...

 

Setting up home screen Widgets

  1. Press the home screen (Figure 1).
  2. The Widgets toolbar opens up on the left side of the screen (Figure 2).
  3. Scroll through the Widgets toolbar to see the rundown of Widgets available, represented by the small icons (Figure 3). Swipe your finger up or down to quickly browse through the toolbar, or hold your finger on and drag to move more slowly.
  4. To add a Widget to your home screen, touch and hold it onscreen and drag onto the main part of the home screen. You can place the Widget wherever you want on the screen. Take your finger off to drop it in place (Figure 4).
  5. You can drag and drop more Widgets onto the home screen. You can place as many as you like (Figure 5), move them around as much as you want, or drag them back to the bar. If you don't press the screen for around 8 seconds, the toolbar will automatically close.
  6. Three alternative home screens are available. You can swipe between these with a left or right finger stroke (Figure 6). Widgets can be placed on any of these screens. These alternative screens can be a good way to organise Widgets  to avoid screen clutter.
  7. Once you have selected the Widgets you want to use, close the toolbar by pressing the home screen, or let the toolbar close automatically after a few seconds. The Widgets remain onscreen (Figure 7).
  8. You can still move the Widgets around as much as you want (Figure 8).
  9. To use a Widget, simply press to select. The Widget will open and you can begin to use the application or service (Figure 9).

To change them around, open the toolbar as before, and simply drag the Widgets you require on or off the display.

 

Adding more Widgets to the toolbar
As well as the initial set of Widgets you can see in the toolbar, a number of other Widgets can be shown on the toolbar for other features applications within the phone.

You can choose which Widgets are displayed on the toolbar via one of the settings menus in the phone. Usefully, Samsung has also included a Widget for setting these up on the toolbar.

  1. Open the toolbar as before. Scroll down to select the Widgets Settings icon - it looks like a cog - and press (Figure 10).
  2. You are taken into the Widget menu (Figure 11). This is a list of apps and features you can select to be displayed on the toolbar - the ticked options are the ones shown in the toolbar.
  3. Press the unticked Widgets you want to display, and a tick appears. Pressing a ticked option deselects it from the toolbar (Figure 12).
  4. Scroll down the list and tick or untick as required. Press Save to keep your selections.
  5. You are returned to the home screen. Open the toolbar by pressing the home screen as before The amended toolbar appears, with new selections showing, and ones you've deselected omitted (Figure 13).
  6. You can now drag the new Widgets onto the homescreen in the same way as before (Figure 14).

 

Downloading new Widgets
In addition to the pre-loaded Widgets selection, you can search for and download new Widgets from Samsung. A More Widgets icon in the toolbar can be used to access these from Samsung's mobile internet portal.

  1. Open the toolbar by pressing the home screen.
  2. Scroll down to select the More Widgets icon (Figure 15). Drag it on to the home screen.
  3. Press the More Widgets panel onscreen to launch (Figure 16). The application refreshes the list of Widgets available to download and presents them onscreen (Figure 17). You can scroll through these using the up/down arrows at the bottom of the More Widgets panel.
  4. Alternatively, you can do a word search, by tapping the search panel. Using the virtual numberpad, type in a key word and presing Done. Press the Search magnifying glass icon.
  5. When you see a Widget you want to download on the list, press it to select. The phone will connect to the Samsung download site, displaying details of the Widget you've selected (Figure 18). Press the Download button onscreen.
  6. The Widget should download in a few seconds. It will be automatically added to your Widgets toolbar. A message appears to confirm it has been downloaded and activated (Figure 19). Press Back. Press the Call End button to exit the download service.
  7. Open the Widget toolbar. Scroll down the toolbar until you find the new Widget you have downloaded (Figure 20). (You can drag the More Widgets toolbar back into the toolbar, if required.)
  8. Drag the new Widget on to your home screen and drop it in place, as before (Figure 21).
  9. Press the new Widget on the home screen to open and use it (Figure 22).

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