Samsung’s Galaxy Labs app is a suite of device optimization tools for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Launched in October 2019, the app is now picking up a major update, adding two new modules to its collection.
The version 2.0 update for the Galaxy Labs app, which is now live on the Galaxy Store, introduces a Memory Guardian and a Thermal Guardian. The former is a RAM management tool that lets you see how your phone’s memory is divided up by the system. You can see which apps are running and how much RAM they are consuming. You can also clear apps out of memory.
Samsung devices aren’t the worst when it comes to RAM management, probably because they do not keep apps running in the background for long. The team behind the DontKillMyApp website has placed the Korean manufacturer at the top of a chart that lists OEMs based on how aggressively they kill background apps. Nonetheless, it’s nice to see how the system assigns RAM to different tasks. Memory Guardian module also offers a chart of historic usage of RAM by different apps and cached processes.
Thermal Guardian, on the other hand, is a tool that will keep your phone from overheating. It features a thermal threshold slider that lets you adjust the temperature at which your phone starts to throttle performance. If you drag the slider to the far left, the phone would start throttling two degrees before it usually would. “Inversely, dragging it to the right will raise that threshold by two degrees,” Android Police writes.
Samsung’s Galaxy Labs app gets a major update
Samsung offers a number of utility features for its Galaxy devices, either baked into the system or via separate apps. Good Lock and Galaxy Labs are among the most popular utility apps that Samsung offers. While Good Lock receives updates pretty regularly, Galaxy Labs haven’t been getting the same treatment from the company. Now, more than a year after launch, the device optimization app is receiving a major update. Along with the two new modules, this update also brings some improvements to the existing tools.
Battery Tracker has got a minor visual refresh as well as a new feature. Just like the 24-hour chart, the 7-day chart also now displays your screen-on time. Battery Guardian now lets you enable screen power saving on a per-app basis. It will dim the display quickly when you aren’t using the phone to save power. A bedtime power-saving feature limits background activity and CPU usage while you’re asleep to improve the battery life.
The latest update for Galaxy Labs, however, deprecates File Guardian, a tool that lets you restore the deleted files from your phone. Since most Samsung apps already have a recycle bin baked into the system, it’s an understandable move.
The Galaxy Labs app is device-specific and is available in select regions only. If you live in one of those regions and have a compatible device, the latest update should be available now through the Galaxy Store.