For many reasons, Samsung devices have become quite iconic. In fact, not all of the reasons are good ones. TouchWiz is one of the most divisive aspects of Samsung mobile devices and is certainly one of the trademark elements which the Android community often focus on when a new Samsung device arrives. Then there’s the “Samsung button”. Now to be fair, there are a lot of manufacturers who now include a home button. However, it sees this is another aspect which has been dubbed a ‘Samsung trait”. So much so, that even when smartphones like the OnePlus 2 came through, many instantly picked up on how it was including a ‘Samsung button‘.
Either way, if you are a Samsung smartphone owner, then chances are you either love or hate using the home key. If you fall into the latter category and are one of those who would prefer to be using a capacitive button, then to coin an age-old phrase, there’s an app for that.
easyHome is the app and in short, it does exactly what it claims to do. The app will take your Samsung smartphone and essentially turn it into an on-screen usable device. To be clear, the home button functionality does not migrate to an on-screen control but instead, the app changes how you interact with the home button. Instead of physically having to press the button, you can simply tap it (like you would an on-screen button) and the home feature is activated. One of the obvious benefits of such a button, is that you don’t have to worry about any ‘wear and tear’ kicking in. According to the Play Store listing, you can also long press the home button which will then lock the device. The app is available now and is free, although, this is for a limited version. You can opt for the paid version which costs $1.69 and does offer more functionality. Although, it is worth noting that the Samsung device compatibility is limited to the newer Samsung devices. According to the Play listing, those currently supported include the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy A8. For those interested, you can check out the app through the link below.