Samsung's Game Launcher updated with new UI, better discovery options
Samsung's Game Launcher made its debut earlier this year on the Galaxy S7, and the app is now picking up an update that introduces a new user interface and a discovery feature. Game Launcher lives as a separate folder icon, and the app automatically collates all the games installed on your phone. The service provides a set of tools designed to minimize frustrations while you're in a game, and as such you have the ability to disable the back and recent keys, disable alerts, record in-game video, take screenshots, and more.
With the update to version 2.0 (opens in new tab), Samsung is rolling out Game Discovery, a recommendation service that suggests games based on your preferences. Then there's My Diary, which analyzes and logs your scores over time. The interface now has a more opaque background, making it easier to read text.
The update also allows you to add non-gaming apps to the Game Launcher folder, if you're interested in using the Game Tools features with other apps. Game Launcher is pre-installed on the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 active, Note 5, Galaxy A8, and the Galaxy C series. It is available to download from Galaxy Apps for the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge+.
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Really like this app. Means all my games are just a tap away without clogging up my homescreen.
You say "recommendation", I say ads for games I don't want. The game launcher already did this. It'd put random game icons in my list and I'd have to remove them constantly because there's no way to turn this "feature" off. It's really annoying.
One of the best Samsung feature IMO
The app works great to collect all my games out of the way; but the background used in the app chokes if you're using Google's "Wallpapers" app to automatically change the background each day. Not a huge issue; but it takes away from the otherwise smooth and clean experience that Samsung has been appearing to be trying to produce lately.
Funny thing is I don't play games on my phone but I do DFS and the little toggle always comes up when i open DraftKings but not FanDuel