Galaxy A5 (2016) & Galaxy A7 (2016) update for India adds S Bike mode and Samsung Members app


Samsung has rolled out an update to the Indian units of Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) that adds S Bike Mode and Samsung Members app to the device. In addition the update also bumps the Android security patch date to November 1.

The Samsung Members app was always available for download from the Play Store, but the new update will install the app, if you have don't have it on your device. The app is Samsung's primary support apps and includes a user community where the company's officials offer regular tips and tricks and answer to user queries. Additionally discussion for beta versions of major Android upgrades for flagship devices also takes place in the app.

As for S Bike Mode, the update adds support for S Bike Mode, but to use this feature you will have to download the necessary app from the Play Store. For those unaware, S Bike Mode is a India-specific feature designed for the safety of the bikers to provide distraction-free ride. The feature was first introduced in the Galaxy J model, and can be activated in two ways: You can use the S Bike Mode NFC tag and tap a compatible device to it for automatic activation, or manually through the quick setting toggle in the notification shade.

Before riding, activating the S Bike Mode will set the phone to Do Not Disturb Mode, and turns off all notifications except for important calls. If someone calls the rider, a pre-recorded message will be sent to the caller  saying that the person is currently riding bike. The S Bike mode also has a motion sensing feature to ensure that the rider does not pick up the phone without stopping the bike. The Notifications tab accumulates all the missed calls so you can view them after reaching your destination.

The update is rolling out over-the-air, and if you have not received the download notification yet, check for it by going to Settings » Software update menu, and tap on Download updates manually option.

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