The Samsung Omnia HD i8910 is a sophisticated touchscreen S60 smartphone, with stacks of useful features and applications inside. Among its user friendly controls is a Widgets function, which enables users to open and use mini-applications for a wide number of in-phone functions and online services, straight from the phone’s homescreen.
A list of Widget icons is contained in a hidden toolbar on the left of the screen. Tapping the arrowed tab on the bottom of the display opens up the toolbar, which users can then scroll with a swipe of the finger and select for display on the homescreen.
As many Widgets as you like can be displayed at the same time on the homescreen. You can also drag them about to suit the layout your prefer. Other widgets are available too – they can be added to the toolbar list by delving into the menu system. Others can be downloaded over the air too.
And Samsung has added a feature to make it easy to organise Widgets into easily viewable screens – Widget Packages. You can create up to three packages of homescreen widgets, which you can switch between with a simple press of an onscreen button – so you can see sets of related functions without them being cluttered by lots of other Widgets.
In this way, for example, you can create and view packages of, say, entertainment Widgets, organiser Widgets and online Widgets – or use any other mix of widgets you prefer. It can make using Widgets just that little bit more user-friendly than it already is.
Here we show you how to use Widgets, add new Widgets and create Widget packages…
Adding Widgets to the homescreen
It’s simple to add Widgets to your homescreen. The procedure is the same, too. when you’re creating Widgets Packages for one of the the alternative homescreen Widgets views (see below).
- Press the arrowed tab on the bottom left of the homescreen (Figure 1).
- The Widgets toolbar opens up on the left side of the screen (Figure 2).
- Scroll through the Widgets toolbar to see the list 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.
- To add a Widget to your home screen, touch and hold 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).
- You can drag and drop more Widgets onto the home screen. You can place as many as you want (Figure 5), move them around as much as you like, or drag them offscreen back to the bar.
- Once you have selected the widgets you want to use, close the toolbar by pressing the arrowed tab on the bottom left of the display. The toolbar closes and the Widgets remain onscreen (Figure 6).
- You can drag and drop the Widgets to get your preferred screen set-up (Figure 7).
- To use a Widget, simply tap the icon on the homescreen to select it and press again to open. The Widget will open and you can begin to use the application or service (Figure 8).
You can change around your widget selection as often as you want to, simply by opening the toolbar and dragging and dropping icons off or on to the toolbar as desired.
There are three Widget ‘Packages’ you can create and view separately on the homescreen – effectively allowing you to create three individual Widget homescreens.
- To switch between Widget Packages – with their separate sets of Widgets displayed on otherwise similar homescreens – simply press one of the three buttons on the black and white Widget Package icon that appears when the Widget toolbar is active (Figure 9). As you press each button, the Widget selections onscreen will alter.
- As you switch between the alternative Widgets Packages, you can drag and drop Widgets from or back onto the toolbar, just as before (Figure 10).
- If you want to switch to another Widgets Package view, simply open up the toolbar by pressing the arrowed tab, and select the appropriate button on the black and white Widgets Package icon. Close the toolbar and the Widgets Package you have displayed will be the one shown on your homescreen (Figure 11).
Adding more Widgets to the toolbar
In addition to the set of Widgets you can initially see in the toolbar, Widgets for other phone features can be added. These can be selected from a list of Widgets in the phone’s menu system.
You can decide which Widgets are displayed on the toolbar – removing ones you don’t use or adding ones you might fancy via the settings menus in the phone. Usefully, Samsung has also included a Widget for setting up Widgets on the toolbar – the icon looks like a cog with small squares next to it (Figure 12).
- Drag and drop the Widgets icon onto your homescreen from the toolbar (as outlined above) to use as a shortcut to the Widgets settings menu. Once dragged onto your homescreen (Figure 13), press the icon to open up the Widgets settings menu.
- Alternatively, from the homescreen, press Menu. In the main menu, press the Settings icon (Figure 14).
- Press Personal (Figure 15).
- Press Widgets (Figure 16). You are taken into the Widgets settings menu (Figure 17). Press Widgets.
- A list appears of applications and features for which Widgets can be displayed on the toolbar – the ticked options are the ones currently shown in the toolbar (Figure 18).
- Press the unticked ones you want to display, and a tick appears. Pressing a ticked option deselects it from the toolbar (Figure 19).
- Scroll down the list and tick or untick as required. Press Back to return to the previous page with your selection alterations saved. Press the Call End button to go back directly to the homescreen.
- Open the toolbar by pressing the arrowed tab. The amended toolbar appears, with new selections showing, and ones you’ve deselected omitted (Figure 20).
- Drag the new Widgets you want to use onto the homescreen in the same way as before (Figure 21).
Downloading new Widgets
In addition to the pre-loaded Widget selection, you can search for and download new Widgets from Samsung. A MoreWidgets2 app Widget can be added to the toolbar from the additional Widgets menu (or it may be pre-installed on some versions of the Omnia HD i8910).
- Add the MoreWidgets2 Widget to the toolbar in the way outlined above in Adding more Widgets to the toolbar.
- Open the toolbar by pressing the arrowed tab.
- Scroll down to select the MoreWidgets icon (Figure 22). Drag on to the homescreen. Close the toolbar by pressing the arrowed tab again.
- The MoreWidgets app enables you to search for Widgets online, by Category, Latest, Most Downloaded or Top Recommended. Alternatively, you can do a word search, by tapping the bank panel and typing in a key word (Figure 23).
- Press one of the search options and you will get a Select Connection request (Figure 24). Choose the internet connection you prefer to use and press.
- In a few moments a list of Widgets is displayed onscreen (Figure 25). Scroll through pages of lists by using the small arrowed buttons on the bottom of the MoreWidgets panel.
- Press the Widget on the list that you want to download. The phone will connect to the Samsung download site, displaying details of the selected Widget (Figure 26).
- Press the Download button onscreen. Details of the download appear onscreen (Figure 27). Press OK.
- Details of the file and size and progress of the download appear. You are informed when the file has been saved to Downloads (Figure 27).
- The new Widget has now been added to the Widgets toolbar.
- Press Close to exit and go back to the homescreen.
- Open up the toolbar as before by pressing the arrowed tab.
- Scroll down until you see the newly added Widget icon in the toolbar (Figure 29).
- Drag and drop the new icon onto the homescreen (Figure 30). Close the toolbar by pressing the arrowed tab. You can now press the new Widget to open and use the application.