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  1. chezm's Avatar
    Honestly, I'm TOTALLY confused about this whole "smart manager" thing. I don't have a "smart manager" app in my app drawer, nor so I have a "smart manager widget" ... the only thing along those lines that I have is a widget for "Usage Manager".

    However, if I look in my app manager, and go to "all", there IS a "smart manager" app in the phone, and it appears to be running ... but I cannot interact with it at all. Most I can do is clear the cache/data, and force-stop it. But I can't open the app, or really do anything with it.

    FYI: I'm on AT&T, and from what I have seen when google searching, it seems Verizon and AT&T have effectively locked the end user out of using this app.

    Long story short is, I can't use it, and have no idea what it's for, or what it does.
    if you dont have access to it, then i dont see a reason why it would be needed to run in background. Its just a simplistic tool that gives a simple UI display for Battery, Storage and Ram. If i didnt have accessibility to the app in using its tools, and if it was possible, i'd just disable it...if it didnt damage anything.
    05-21-2015 12:44 PM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    the Widget has quick links to Battery, Storage and Ram...as well as a quick "Clear" button to clean all current Apps hogging Ram...but its probably useless because as soon as i open 1 app it goes back up lol...or its the Ram issue we're aware of.
    Yeah that is how Android works w/ RAM. It tries to fill the RAM. Once you clear it -- it will just cause the phone to start shoving more things back in there. Basically it is making the phone work harder since it keeps trying to fill the RAM.
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    05-21-2015 12:45 PM
  3. chezm's Avatar
    Picture of widget, top

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    05-21-2015 12:45 PM
  4. razza1987's Avatar
    I am loving being in Australia having this device. I seem to be missing a lot of the issues that come with it lol
    05-21-2015 12:57 PM
  5. razza1987's Avatar
    And this is inside the app
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    05-21-2015 12:59 PM
  6. razza1987's Avatar
    Picture of widget, top

    Posted via the Android Central App
    How do you get it as a widget?
    05-21-2015 12:59 PM
  7. chezm's Avatar
    How do you get it as a widget?
    Under widgets, go to S alphabetical apps.

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    05-21-2015 01:06 PM
  8. Wiggum333's Avatar
    Under widgets, go to S alphabetical apps.

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    Looks to me like the AT&T phones have the "Usage Manager", which has the same basic widget, functions, etc. Perhaps its truly the exact same thing but with a different look - which would explain why Smart Manager is running in the background, and the "Usage Manager is just feeding off the Smart Manager data, and coming through the Usage Manager interface (for lack of a better way to explain it)
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    05-21-2015 01:20 PM
  9. razza1987's Avatar
    Under widgets, go to S alphabetical apps.

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    Thank you so much. I'm still getting used to even having widgets in the first place lol
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    05-21-2015 01:20 PM
  10. Wiggum333's Avatar
    Here's the Usage Manager widget:




    Here's the Battery Usage stuff that gets pulled up when you click on the battery part of the widget:




    and, here's the 'general' usage screen that gets pulled up when you hit the far right icon on the widget:

    05-21-2015 01:37 PM
  11. razza1987's Avatar
    Do widgets use up a lot of battery as though you are constantly running the app they are attached to? Totally a widget noob here xd
    05-21-2015 01:49 PM
  12. deeb215's Avatar
    Another annoyance is when I wipe my cache some settings change their state from what I've configured. An example would be the "Always scan for Wifi" comes back on when I had it disabled. Found this out this morning, so now I'll have to review all of my device settings to be sure there aren't more. I know when you turn Location Services off/on it defaults back to high accuracy, but that happens without a wipe.
    05-21-2015 02:03 PM
  13. Hectorius's Avatar
    I'm glad I decided to wait before getting the S6 edge, think I might keep my Note 4 a bit longer..
    05-21-2015 03:59 PM
  14. Kookie Mon's Avatar
    The whole point of being able to screen cast is so you don't need to take your tv with you when you travel. I think this is ultimately the problem that people who have problems with screen mirroring are having. I travel a lot and would prefer not to have to take my tv with me. With older Galaxy phones one could connect the phone to the TV using an MHL adapter and it worked great. I have my home computer connected to two flat screens when I need to watch or stream movies. Using the Galaxy S6 to screen mirror at home seems like an asinine thing to do.
    05-21-2015 05:38 PM
  15. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    I've got a few annoyances that range from nit-picky to ones that negatively affect my usage:

    - Battery life for me hasn't ever been stellar. I usually get about 3hrs screen time and by afternoon it's just about flat. I've tried various tweaks I've read to try and improve it, but haven't really noticed any difference. Sometimes at about lunch I just put it on power saving to keep it going into the night.

    - I still get slight stutter and lag here and there. About 90% of the time it's fine, but every now and then it'll stutter between homescreen pages, drop frames when swiping from app to app or in Chrome tabs, take a couple seconds to open the multitasker app, the double press home button to open camera definitely takes longer than 0.7s or whatever they advertised etc. I just don't feel it's the fastest/smoothest android phone I've used.

    - Notifications muting music for a good 3 seconds and that bar that pops up when you get a notification that just stays there for what feels like forever. I don't need it on the top of the screen like that. Just play the sound (don't need to completely mute music), and have the icon pop up in the notification bar at the top.

    - Screen. While it's very good, I find it quite over saturated, to the point that some apps look blinding. I use the Google Keep app a lot and the yellow and red notes are so intense, they're hard to look at. Of the four screen settings two of them are oversaturated for me and the other two are too dull and undersaturated. I would have liked a screen setting to be in the middle.

    - The auto-brightness is quite bad. I can turn the screen on, turn it off, turn it on, turn it off, turn it on and it'll select a different brightness every time. Very inconsistent. I find it regularly being too low or too bright in situations. Also the transition from light to dark or dark to light is not a smooth, gradual transition as it is in other phones. It just kind of flicks to the brightness which is jarring.

    - Even though the phone has 3gb ram and it constantly uses around 2.7gb of it, I always find apps and web pages have to reload if you move away to another app or homescreen or something. It seems to have really aggressive ram management and kills off apps really fast. Very frustrating when you're on Chrome filling out some form, go home to look at your Drive documents to get some details, go back to Chrome and it has to reload the page from scratch with all info wiped.

    - The external speaker is not very good. Over half volume it starts cracking and distorting on mids and especially highs. I used to use external speaker for calls a lot on my previous phone, but now I've stopped doing that completely.

    - Our firmware doesn't have auto-rotate for images in the gallery, which is extremely annoying. You have to rotate the phone, then press the 'rotate' button for the image to rotate. It also doesn't allow apps in the app drawer to be sorted alphabetically or line up so that there aren't gaps in app pages. A launcher fixes the app drawer stuff, but doesn't fix the gallery issue, which is not ideal.

    - Because of the camera protruding from the body, I already have scratches on the bottom part of the camera module.

    - I don't like TouchWiz's aesthetic and the Themes aren't any better. I'd like a theme that looks professional, classy and not designed for children. Better yet, just let us customise our own theme. I'd love to change the colours used in the notification shade, settings, phone dialer etc.

    - The notification light seems to only have three colours: blue for notifications, red for charging, green for fully charged. When there is a notification the light takes a really long time to show up between pulses. A lot of times I've looked at the phone, waited a second or two, seen nothing, only to find out that there was a notification, but the pulse timing is so long. There's no way to customise the colours or pulse timing in the settings so you're left with having to download an app to fix it.


    So that's about it. Again, they range from nit-picky to more serious issues. And they're things I personally have issues with and understand not everyone would feel the same.
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    05-21-2015 05:58 PM
  16. jcp007's Avatar
    I've got a few annoyances that range from nit-picky to ones that negatively affect my usage:

    - Battery life for me hasn't ever been stellar. I usually get about 3hrs screen time and by afternoon it's just about flat. I've tried various tweaks I've read to try and improve it, but haven't really noticed any difference. Sometimes at about lunch I just put it on power saving to keep it going into the night.

    - I still get slight stutter and lag here and there. About 90% of the time it's fine, but every now and then it'll stutter between homescreen pages, drop frames when swiping from app to app or in Chrome tabs, take a couple seconds to open the multitasker app, the double press home button to open camera definitely takes longer than 0.7s or whatever they advertised etc. I just don't feel it's the fastest/smoothest android phone I've used.

    - Notifications muting music for a good 3 seconds and that bar that pops up when you get a notification that just stays there for what feels like forever. I don't need it on the top of the screen like that. Just play the sound (don't need to completely mute music), and have the icon pop up in the notification bar at the top.

    - Screen. While it's very good, I find it quite over saturated, to the point that some apps look blinding. I use the Google Keep app a lot and the yellow and red notes are so intense, they're hard to look at. Of the four screen settings two of them are oversaturated for me and the other two are too dull and undersaturated. I would have liked a screen setting to be in the middle.

    - The auto-brightness is quite bad. I can turn the screen on, turn it off, turn it on, turn it off, turn it on and it'll select a different brightness every time. Very inconsistent. I find it regularly being too low or too bright in situations. Also the transition from light to dark or dark to light is not a smooth, gradual transition as it is in other phones. It just kind of flicks to the brightness which is jarring.

    - Even though the phone has 3gb ram and it constantly uses around 2.7gb of it, I always find apps and web pages have to reload if you move away to another app or homescreen or something. It seems to have really aggressive ram management and kills off apps really fast. Very frustrating when you're on Chrome filling out some form, go home to look at your Drive documents to get some details, go back to Chrome and it has to reload the page from scratch with all info wiped.

    - The external speaker is not very good. Over half volume it starts cracking and distorting on mids and especially highs. I used to use external speaker for calls a lot on my previous phone, but now I've stopped doing that completely.

    - Our firmware doesn't have auto-rotate for images in the gallery, which is extremely annoying. You have to rotate the phone, then press the 'rotate' button for the image to rotate. It also doesn't allow apps in the app drawer to be sorted alphabetically or line up so that there aren't gaps in app pages. A launcher fixes the app drawer stuff, but doesn't fix the gallery issue, which is not ideal.

    - Because of the camera protruding from the body, I already have scratches on the bottom part of the camera module.

    - I don't like TouchWiz's aesthetic and the Themes aren't any better. I'd like a theme that looks professional, classy and not designed for children. Better yet, just let us customise our own theme. I'd love to change the colours used in the notification shade, settings, phone dialer etc.

    - The notification light seems to only have three colours: blue for notifications, red for charging, green for fully charged. When there is a notification the light takes a really long time to show up between pulses. A lot of times I've looked at the phone, waited a second or two, seen nothing, only to find out that there was a notification, but the pulse timing is so long. There's no way to customise the colours or pulse timing in the settings so you're left with having to download an app to fix it.


    So that's about it. Again, they range from nit-picky to more serious issues. And they're things I personally have issues with and understand not everyone would feel the same.
    Short and sweet. Sorry you aren't having a great experience with the phone. There's an American saying...fish or cut bait. It sounds like you are unhappy with the GS6 and would be happier with the next big thing later this year. Hope you stick around and at least see if any updates help some of your issues.
    05-21-2015 06:10 PM
  17. chezm's Avatar
    Do widgets use up a lot of battery as though you are constantly running the app they are attached to? Totally a widget noob here xd
    Some widgets do, but smart manager doesn't from my experience.

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    05-21-2015 07:07 PM
  18. AlphaTango414's Avatar
    I've never understood picky people. I adapt to everything around me including every phone I have owned. There will never be a perfect phone or machine until one passes the Turing Test and takes over the world....

    These phones are still very new and things will get smoother as updates rollout.

    Battery life will hopefully get better for some of yall as I don't have a problem with it. 14 hrs with 5 hrs of Sot with 44% still to go.

    These hiccups that occur when doing simple things are more than likely because the way the 8 processors are programed to work with one another.

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    05-21-2015 07:43 PM
  19. razza1987's Avatar
    I've never understood picky people. I adapt to everything around me including every phone I have owned. There will never be a perfect phone or machine until one passes the Turing Test and takes over the world....

    These phones are still very new and things will get smoother as updates rollout.

    Battery life will hopefully get better for some of yall as I don't have a problem with it. 14 hrs with 5 hrs of Sot with 44% still to go.

    These hiccups that occur when doing simple things are more than likely because the way the 8 processors are programed to work with one another.

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    The inconsistency in the battery life is seriously pi**ing me off. I notice it more having coming from the iPhone six plus. Yesterday my phone had 4-5 hours of screen on time. Today it was seven. Why shouldn't it be consistent? Why shouldn't my numbers be as impressive as yours when we have the exact same phone?
    05-21-2015 07:58 PM
  20. KelseyRo4's Avatar
    I was suppose to try Nova over the weekend but was too busy. I'll try it soon tho thanks.
    I'm using hola launcher and loving it so far

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    05-21-2015 08:47 PM
  21. AlphaTango414's Avatar
    The inconsistency in the battery life is seriously pi**ing me off. I notice it more having coming from the iPhone six plus. Yesterday my phone had 4-5 hours of screen on time. Today it was seven. Why shouldn't it be consistent? Why shouldn't my numbers be as impressive as yours when we have the exact same phone?
    There are so many factors between one persons phone and another's. I'm a minimalist so I only have key apps that I use on a daily basic. If I can do it through my Web browser, such as FB for an example, I don't need the app. Actually I just counted, I've downloaded 16 apps that doesn't come preloaded with the phone. I also have 37 preinstalled apps disabled.

    Not only that but cell reception, GPS efficiency, WiFi, and many more factors that keep going. Heck, even heat is a factor.

    Not sure if it was in this thread I read it, but someone mentioned it projected them only having 10hrs of time right after taking it off the charger with a full battery. This is due to having settings setup to drain your battery for days or weeks. Then you start fixing these settings and such. The memory of your 10 hour days are still in there. It's probably best to FRS and start over again. Just my opinion.

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    05-21-2015 08:56 PM
  22. jcp007's Avatar
    The inconsistency in the battery life is seriously pi**ing me off. I notice it more having coming from the iPhone six plus. Yesterday my phone had 4-5 hours of screen on time. Today it was seven. Why shouldn't it be consistent? Why shouldn't my numbers be as impressive as yours when we have the exact same phone?
    I don't recall but I think we talked about clearing the cache partition. Have you done that? I only ask because I'd like to know but don't want go digging through a to nod posts.
    05-21-2015 09:05 PM
  23. Techno-guy's Avatar
    I don't recall but I think we talked about clearing the cache partition. Have you done that? I only ask because I'd like to know but don't want go digging through a to nod posts.
    Good suggestion - thanks...I do a cache partition clear once every 2-3 days just for the heck of it. Not sure how much it helps but it certainly can't hurt.
    05-21-2015 09:15 PM
  24. drone3's Avatar
    Totally agree. For some issues, looking in the mirror would help. No one forced them to buy the phone. No one told not to do their own research and not just rely on demo videos. It's never an issue of personal responsibility or usage habits or carrier related issues or OS bugs or a combination of the above. It's always the fault of Samsung device design and manufacturing. Especially when you are an early adopter, that's anyone who buys a month or less after release, issues will arise and require adaptation.
    Thread title is S6 annoyances, those aspects of the S6 annoy him, and there's nothing wrong with that. Essentially you are annoyed that those things annoy him, how ridiculous.

    dreaming of electric sheep
    05-21-2015 09:17 PM
  25. jcp007's Avatar
    Thread title is S6 annoyances, those aspects of the S6 annoy him, and there's nothing wrong with that. Essentially you are annoyed that those things annoy him, how ridiculous.

    dreaming of electric sheep
    Nope. Point is some annoyances can be mitigated by taking a bit of personal responsibility for device management and acknowledging that past habits and carrier issues as root causes for issues that are a mangable from an end user perspective.
    05-21-2015 09:23 PM
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