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Utility Apps for Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

Utility apps for your Samsung Galaxy Tab just make the Tab more useful, easier to use, or a little more pleasant to use. For example, a barcode scanner makes the Tab more useful, Gesture Search makes searching on the Tab easier, and Zedge lets you dress up your Tab with wallpaper and ring tones.

Barcode Scanner

Many apps from the Android Market can be quickly accessed by scanning their barcode information. Scanning with what? Why, your Galaxy Tab, of course!

By using a barcode–scanner app, you can instantly read in and translate barcodes into links to that app at the Android Market.

There is one called Barcode Scanner. It’s easy: Run the app. Point the Tab’s camera at a barcode and, in a few moments, you see a link or an option for what to do next. To get an app, choose the Open Browser option, which opens the Android Market app right to that app’s page.

Gesture Search

The Gesture Search app provides a new way to find information on your Galaxy Tab. Rather than use a keyboard or dictate, you simply draw on the touchscreen the first letter of whatever you’re searching for.

Start the Gesture Search app to begin a search. Use your finger to draw a big letter on the screen. After you draw a letter, search results appear on the screen. You can continue drawing more letters to refine the search or touch a search result.

Gesture Search can find contacts, music, apps, and bookmarks in the Browser app.


The Zedge program is a helpful resource for finding wallpapers and ringtones — millions of them. It’s a sharing app, so you can access wallpapers and ringtones created by other Android users as well as share your own. If you’re looking for a specific sound or something special for Home screen wallpaper, Zedge is the best place to start your search.