Re: Bye Blackberry, Hello Samsung Apps
Besides "autocorrect" there is a similar feature called "autocomplete". I found that out when I noticed the phone was putting in words that I hadn't typed. Apparently, you type a couple of letters and it then drops in the complete word--of its choosing. Both features can be turned off in some menu, somewhere.
And then this morning, I realized that in Samdung's great updates, or perhaps my carrier's great knowledge of communications policies, someone has shut down the Wireless Emergency Alert system. (Often buried under "messages, setup...)
That's the deal where your carrier is supposed to notify you if WW3 started, or if the President has something special to say, or if there are Amber Alerts. Choice of three categories, you can turn off all but the Presidential ones. And you're supposed to get a test message once a month to confirm the system is working, the phone makes a uniquely unattractive warning sound to let you know about it.
About three years ago I was getting the routine "test" alerts between 2-5AM, which I did not find humorous. I did find AT&T's liaison office, where a fellow agreed that sending out tests at that hour just might lead to everyone shutting that option--effectively shutting down the system. "We'll have that fixed today, thank you."
Last year I got the urgent news that water and ice would be available at a school, 600 miles away from me, after Panama City got clocked by the hurricane. Hmm...that's local and urgent? And not even my area code or residential address or location? FCC complaint filed.
Then this morning it struck me, I haven't even heard a TEST message since then. Called TMob (bought cheap, paid dearly) and the chimp that picked up the phone had never heard of the alert program, so I said thank you, I'll just go through the FCC...they know all the good phone numbers.(G)
Which is just to say, if you are new to Android or Apple or cell phones in the US at all, there IS an Emergency Alert System, which may plague you with Amber Alerts (if I'm not sightseeing on the highway, really, am I going to see Amber?) but which could be invaluable for tornado warnings, or hurricane season, or other serious issues that could range from, literally, inbound missiles (remember the fun in Hawaii?) to Donald looking for a golf partner.
If you DO have the severe warnings enabled on your phone, and you're not getting a "business hours" test message once a month...those nice folks at the FCC will be glad to take a complaint on it, and your carrier has 30 days in which to make a written response, or they get demerits.
It is possible that SamDung's OS updates killed this, they like to enable stuff you've disabled, so they can do more datamining, but you'll find in Android that the phone makers and the carriers all swear "the other guy" did whatever is wrong.
And in SamDung's case, they've been impersonating Google apps lately. Calendar, Contacts, all sorts of apps FROM SAMSUNG turn up, and the phone tries defaulting to them, leaving it unclear just what information you're giving to who. (Because they all datamine it.) They offer call screening to slow down spam--but that also sends your entire contact list in to them, so they can sell "We can identify this caller" information to everyone. And if you've got private celebrity, politician, or even just unlisted friends phone numbers in there? Ah, yeah, they're now publicly listed.
Then there's Bixby. It is ghoulware, it is the Undead. You can't uninstall it all, you can't even turn it off and disable the button that summons it. (Well, you can force a stop--but as soon as any of the system software updates, guess what gets enabled again? And asks you to open a Samdung account, complete with contacts and backups and....all of that again.)
Last edited by hellosailor; 03-25-2019 at 02:33 PM.