Samsung Galaxy S4 Brings Along New Set Of “Smart Features”
The Galaxy S4 was officially unveiled tonight in New York City at the famed Radio City Music Hall. As widely expected, the new smartphone has some notable improvements on the hardware side, including a bigger display and a thinner body.
On the software side of things, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will come to market with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running beneath Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Unsurprisingly, Samsung will also be including several new features with its TouchWiz overlay.
Samsung has expanded its “Smart” set of features that debuted last year with Smart Stay on the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S 4 will come to market with Smart Pause, which will pause a video when the phone detects that the user is no longer looking at the screen.
Smart Scroll will scroll the content of the browser or emails by monitoring a user’s face looking at the screen as well as his or her wrist movement.
Samsung has also ported its Air View feature from the Galaxy Note series to the Galaxy S4, allowing users to preview the content of emails, photos and videos by hovering their finger over the display.
Along with Air View, the Air Gesture functionality allows users to change a music track, scroll around a page or accept a call by waving their hands in front of the device’s display.
The list of new functionality doesn’t stop there, though, as Samsung also introduced a slate of S-branded features like S Voice Drive for voice control functionality while behind the wheel of a car, S Translator for translating either a voice or text and S Health, which utilizes the Galaxy S4’s sensors to monitor a user’s health. Rounding out the list of features is Samsung Optical Reader for scanning text and business cards and Group Play, which can beam content like music, photos/videos and games to others without needing a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.
The Galaxy S4 has shown that Samsung has decided that they can innovate a new beginning without just developing on old fortunes. Will the features demonstrated above be good enough to keep the market happy, and make the people want to buy the Galaxy S4?