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Help me find certain functions on my Essential Ph-1

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I recently got the Essential Ph-1 from Sprint. Since it's a new phone there doesn't seem to be a lot about it. Maybe I'm not used to the basic Android functions but there are several features that my Galaxy S5 had that I would like to find on the Essential so I'm wondering if I need to download different apps or if this phone has them hidden in different places

1) Delayed text messages - one of my favorite features of the S5 was that I could set a delay for text messages. After pressing the Send button it would give me a five (or ten or whatever) second window to allow me to cancel the text in order to edit or not send at all. Does the Essential not have this feature?

2) Showing number of unread messages - My old phone would also show the number of unread messages that I had but this one doesn't. Not such a big deal but the added number to the icon would help me realize that I got new text messages

3) Editing pictures - Whenever I took a picture with my S5 I could open a menu which gave me several options, one of which was Crop Image (I think there was also a resize image which I used on occasion). It seems like the only thing I can edit with this phone is changing the color filter and rotating the picture.

4) There is a row of icons that is fixed on the bottom of the screen. It allows for five icons to always appear. There are really only 3 or 4 that I would like down there but when I remove icons it just leaves a hole in that spot. It doesn't re-space the remaining icons evenly. This one is more of just an annoyance rather than a functionality thing.

5) My S5 also allowed me to save certain words that weren't in the dictionary so when I texted it would know what I wanted to say. I don't seem to have that feature anymore. I also can't choose to delete an entire word at a time with a long hold.

I'll have to add more things as I discover them

Thanks for any help

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1) Try a different SMS app. Textra is pretty well liked and has a lot of features, I am betting delay is one.
2 & 4) Try a different launcher like Action Launcher. It will allow you to setup your doc however you want and I bet it can do the iconds on apps that support it.
3) Again use a different app for the camera or edit in post with something like snapseed.
5) What keyboard were you using before? Swiftkey allows you to sync a dictionary to your google account so it will move with you among devices.
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I didn't realize that each phone used different apps for what I thought were standard functions. I never installed different apps for any of these on my old phone so I thought that was just part of Android.

I don't think it's the camera app I need to change, but the picture viewing app. I used to have "Gallery" but now I have "Photos" which looks like a Google app
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What you're realizing is that you've used Samsung's "version" of Android all this time. Samsung and most OEMs modify the base Android code and layer their "enhancements" on top of it. For Samsung they call this Touchwiz in their earlier models and now they've lightened their modifications and call it the Samsung Experience. On top of that Samsung also develops their own versions of many of the stock applications, such as messaging, browser, phone - these are not the same as the ones Google develops in their base OS.

The Essential phone is much closer to "stock" Android - similar to what you'd get if you bought a Google Nexus/Pixel. There's still some modifications but not as many user facing changes.

The solution is to get apps that can offer similar functions and then make those the default apps for your chosen action - something iOS still actually can't do.

1) As LR said.. Textra is a good messaging app to install, it has more features than most apps. You can set it up and then make it your default text app.

2/4) Replacing the stock launcher will get you more features - similar to Samsung's touchwiz launcher. I also use Action Launcher but Nova Launcher is another very popular one and can do what you need.

3) Lots of photo editing apps, Snapseed, Lightroom mobile, or even just Google Photos has cropping and basic editing and is my go-to app since I have it installed for backing up photos anyway.

5) I like Google Keyboard - I'm not sure if that's the default on Essential - if it is, it should have the option to save words, if not you can download it and again make it default. Swiftkey is a good choice too. (In the past you probably used Samsung's keyboard app)

It's a bit of an adjustment coming from a Samsung device but once you get the replacement apps configured you'll be all set.
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What you're realizing is that you've used Samsung's "version" of Android all this time. Samsung and most OEMs modify the base Android code and layer their "enhancements" on top of it. For Samsung they call this Touchwiz in their earlier models and now they've lightened their modifications and call it the Samsung Experience. On top of that Samsung also develops their own versions of many of the stock applications, such as messaging, browser, phone - these are not the same as the ones Google develops in their base OS.

The Essential phone is much closer to "stock" Android - similar to what you'd get if you bought a Google Nexus/Pixel. There's still some modifications but not as many user facing changes.

The solution is to get apps that can offer similar functions and then make those the default apps for your chosen action - something iOS still actually can't do.

1) As LR said.. Textra is a good messaging app to install, it has more features than most apps. You can set it up and then make it your default text app.

2/4) Replacing the stock launcher will get you more features - similar to Samsung's touchwiz launcher. I also use Action Launcher but Nova Launcher is another very popular one and can do what you need.

3) Lots of photo editing apps, Snapseed, Lightroom mobile, or even just Google Photos has cropping and basic editing and is my go-to app since I have it installed for backing up photos anyway.

5) I like Google Keyboard - I'm not sure if that's the default on Essential - if it is, it should have the option to save words, if not you can download it and again make it default. Swiftkey is a good choice too. (In the past you probably used Samsung's keyboard app)

It's a bit of an adjustment coming from a Samsung device but once you get the replacement apps configured you'll be all set.
I have Google Photos installed by default but can't locate crop at all. When a picture is open the options at the bottom are Share, Filter changing, Info, and trash can

Oh and Swype was the keyboard that I had been using on my Samsung. Maybe I'll go back to that one because it had some shortcuts for select all, copy, paste, etc.
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I have Google Photos installed by default but can't locate crop at all. When a picture is open the options at the bottom are Share, Filter changing, Info, and trash can

Oh and Swype was the keyboard that I had been using on my Samsung. Maybe I'll go back to that one because it had some shortcuts for select all, copy, paste, etc.
It's there:
https://support.google.com/photos...roid&hl=en

Yep, just re-install Swype. Not 100% sure if they cloud sync your dictionary like Google/Swiftkey but I would think they do.
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It's there:
https://support.google.com/photos...roid&hl=en

Yep, just re-install Swype. Not 100% sure if they cloud sync your dictionary like Google/Swiftkey but I would think they do.
It's not. I don't have a pencil icon anywhere
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It's not. I don't have a pencil icon anywhere
It definitely is.. I just tried it on my phone. You don't need the pencil icon. Read under "Adjust, crop, or rotate a photo"
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It definitely is.. I just tried it on my phone. You don't need the pencil icon. Read under "Adjust, crop, or rotate a photo"
Can you take a screenshot for me? All I see is what I described and nowhere does it give me the option to crop

The icons at the bottom are
Share
Some type of Edit button which opens up the options in the second screen shot (first option is filters, then color adjustment, then rotate)
Info (tells me about the photo)
Trash

The three dots at the top right open up a menu that says Slideshow, add to album, use as, print, delete from device, archive
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The last one that you called "rotate" also lets you crop.
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The last one that you called "rotate" also lets you crop.
I only see a slider bar that lets me rotate slightly or I can click the button next to the bar that will turn it 90 degrees at a time. Nothing more from that function
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I only see a slider bar that lets me rotate slightly or I can click the button next to the bar that will turn it 90 degrees at a time. Nothing more from that function
Once you press that button you see the picture shrink down a bit and you get the white corners, drag those to crop...
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Once you press that button you see the picture shrink down a bit and you get the white corners, drag those to crop...
Holy heck I would have never figured that out. Thank you
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One more function I remembered is that my S5 had the ability to schedule a text to be sent at a certain time. Does Textra have that? I can't find it if it does.

I also can't get rid of the voicemail icon in the notification bar at the top. I've gone into my settings>phone>storage and cleared data but it's still there. Reset the phone and still there. It won't let me clear it or swipe it away. When clicking the icon it dials my voicemail and tells me that I have no messages (not even any saved messages).
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One more function I remembered is that my S5 had the ability to schedule a text to be sent at a certain time. Does Textra have that? I can't find it if it does.

I also can't get rid of the voicemail icon in the notification bar at the top. I've gone into my settings>phone>storage and cleared data but it's still there. Reset the phone and still there. It won't let me clear it or swipe it away. When clicking the icon it dials my voicemail and tells me that I have no messages (not even any saved messages).
Still haven't found a text scheduler. I even found what I thought was the Samsung text app but it wasn't the same.

The default camera app doesn't have a panorama mode? My Samsung had that built in.

I can't get the free 360-degree camera to work either. I attached it to my phone and no special camera mode popped up. And when I took a picture they were all normal.
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