Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 and I have to say it looks awesome. It boasts a better screen, faster processor and better camera than the previous Galaxy S mobiles. Fancy tech talk: Full 4.99 inch HD screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, quad-core Exynos processor, 13MP rear-facing camera and more.
The S4 is a bit taller and wider than its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. Despite this, the SIV is thinner and weighs three grams less, at 130 grams. The rear 9camera has also been upgraded from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels.
Despite being a bit taller and wider than the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 is thinner and weighs three grams less, at 130 grams. The rear camera, too, has been upgraded, from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels.
The Galaxy S4 will run Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean,” with Samsung’s familiar TouchWiz skin loaded on top.
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It is the additions to the software that are likely to get the most attention. As it did on the Galaxy S3, Samsung has added several new apps and features — some of them quite fanciful. You view the SIV’s full specs list here.
The Galaxy S4 will be available on 327 carriers in 55 countries, starting in April. The company did not provide a price, but I’m guessing it will be the same price as the S3 was when it released.
Some of the main features of the Galaxy S4 are:
Air Gestures: Refers to hand movements made above the phone’s display, without coming into contact with the display, that controls the phone. Common gestures include waving your hand over the display to skip a track or waving left and right to switch between open web pages in the browser. These gestures only work with specific Samsung apps.
Air View: Like the stylus on the Galaxy Note 2, you can hover over the display with your finger to view information about certain pieces of content. For example, hovering your finger over an email shows you a longer preview without opening the message; hovering your finger over a date on the calendar shows you a quick view of what to expect on that day.
Drama Shot: Camera feature that shoots 12 photos at once and shows you a time-lapse of all the action in those photos combined into one picture.
Dual Camera: Activates both the rear camera and the front camera, so that the photographer can superimpose himself or herself into the subject of the photo. Samsung gave as an example someone watching football superimposing himself or herself into the game.
Dual Video Call: While video-chatting with someone, you can show them both your face and the view from your rear camera while you chat.
Group Play: Allows multiple Galaxy S4 owners in close proximity to join a private network in which they can, among other things, play a game.
S Health: New app that acts as a fitness tracker and food diary. The Galaxy S4 has a built-in pedometer to count your steps, and you can take photos of your meals each day to keep count of your calories and eating habits. Samsung will also sell a fitness bracelet, a digital scale and fitness belt to measure blood pressure, pulse, glucose levels and weight for those interested.
S Translator: An app in which you can input any of 10 languages and receive a translation, either spoken or in text. Also works to translate text on your email, text messages and a few other Samsung apps.
S Voice Drive: New hands-free function for drivers that allows the driver to operate the phone with his or her voice.
Samsung Adapt Display: The Galaxy S4 “learns” what you are viewing and adjusts the display’s brightness accordingly. If the phone senses you are reading an article, for example, it will illuminate from a more muted brightness.
Samsung Adapt Sound: Similar to Adapt Display, your audio can adapt to the content you’re listening to (video, music, etc.) and optimize itself to that content.
Samsung Optical Reader: Camera feature that can snap a photo of a business card and import that information into a new contact in your phonebook. Was not working as of demo time, but Samsung reps assured me it would be fixed by the time it shipped to consumers.
Samsung Smart Pause: When watching a video, the front camera can sense when your eyes move away from the screen and pause the video automatically if you aren’t looking.
Samsung Smart Scroll: When you are reading an email or article on the web, you can scroll up and down by tilting the device up and down rather than swiping with your finger.
Samsung WatchON: A built-in IR sensor lets you control your television set with your smartphone. Comes with a standard remote and a program guide depending on your cable provider. Can also control certain cable boxes and DVD players.
Share Music: When linked with Group Play, multiple Galaxy S4s can work as surround sound speakers, all playing the same song at once.
Sound & Shot: Allows you to record up to nine seconds of audio at the time of taking each photo.
Story Album: Templates that allow you to create a digital photo journal or scrapbook from a certain event. You can also then order and print out that story album for a fee.
Along with the S4, Samsung also debuted a new version of its S View cover that includes a slit to show relevant data, even when the rest of the device is covered up.
The event brings to a close a major push by Samsung to tease the S4, which included television spots and tweets, including one that teased an image of the front of the device. Unofficially, a string of leaks showed off quite a bit more of the device in photos and videos of some of the new features in action.
The S4’s unveiling comes less than a year after the debut of the S3, which Samsung showed off for the first time at an event in London last May.
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