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Khai

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Tue, Mar 26, 2013 9:00 AM

Samsung's focus on software upgrades for Galaxy S4

On paper Galaxy S4 indeed have a hardware bump as they upgrade from S3. But these are only minor hardware upgrades where average users can't really feel the difference in terms of speed and performance. This is because most high-end phones have hardware performance that is superior over the software capabilities.  The average consumer might not even know that it has 2GB of RAM.  Even Samsung don’t brag on the improved hardware as they already know its the best in the market. In their launch event, Samsung only mention about the S4 specs only on 1 final slide, after their credits (as shown below).
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Having said this, Samsung focus might not be at the hardware this time. They learnt that the previous S3 consumers are inclined towards their product due to innovative software enhancement.. By inferring from the launch event, its easy to spot that they are adding value towards their software. Samsung spend the entire launch presentation elaborating on the new innovative software features.

Here are some of the awesome software features that S4 have a lead as compared to any other phones.
1) Smart pause – Pause video when users look away
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2) Air View – Control device without touching it (good for those who have long nails)
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3) Watch On – Use IR blaster for any TV. Yes, any TV with the IR receiver. (even the ancient CRT ones)
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4) Optical Reader – scanning business card info
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5) Group Play – Share Music and play games on multiple devices
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6) Dual Shot – Use and record front facing and back facing camera at the same time.
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7) Chat On – Samsung’s version of Facetime

8) Tilt Scroll - Using gyroscope for scrolling though web pages instead of touch scroll.

9) S Translator – Enhanced Google translator

10) S Health -  Monitor physical health and reach goals
Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 11.13.00 PM

It seems that Samsung is successful in pulling off its “S” Branding, without even mentioning Android. Do you think Samsung is pulling away from Android to develop its own branding?
Personally I feel that Galaxy S4 features is definitely making a move towards value adding via software since it already have superiority over hardware. What do you guy think? Do drop some comments below.

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IncTEh

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7 years ago

Of all the new software, I find that only the dual camera is of much use. Seriously, most people will be facinated with the new stuff like air view, smart pause and etc. But after prolong usage, people will just use the conventional methods to pause the video or any other stuff that can be done traditionally. And certainly, air view and smart pause will take up some battery life too.

 

My point of view is that they sure look cool, and would be a good addition to the array of software samsung has, but few people will actually make full use of them. And it hurts to know that Samsung still refuse to allow developers to come out with their own ROMs. CyanogenMod has already announced that they will not support S4. This has given me second thoughts about the phone. 

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Khai

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7 years ago

In my opinion Samsung is giving out all its features in the hope that 1 or 2 of its features will kick off to a brand new era of innovation. I personally think tilt scroll is useful as I often have no hands to browse the web in the packed trains. We may not use e function all e time but it maybe useful in certain situation. In terms of battery, it's e best that I know of. Anyway the back cover is easily openable to replace a new battery, unlike some phones. I do share your sentiments for the difficulty of not having a cyanogen mod. I guess through time someone will be able to hack a rom and the hardcore android fans will enjoy s4 in its full glory. Lol
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IncTEh

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7 years ago

Even if someone manage to hack, they won't be able to go pass the exynos part.. so irritating. Just hope SG's variant of S4, Snapdragon processor will be easier to hack.

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7 years ago

I think the Dual shot will be quite useful, and air view too! I just hope Samsung quality will improve this time around... i'll give Samsung another chance with the S4!

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7 years ago

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7 years ago

Smart pause is useless for me, not that type of guys who staring at a handphone screen for movies, not like cinema feelings.

Air View sounds pretty cool, sounds like really high-tech stuff, protect the screen from scratching, but would it be  too much sensitive for pressing the wrong button.

the most favorite feature should dual camera, taking photo wherever and whenever u like with mutiple effects, that's good enough for me

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7 years ago

Can't wait to get my hands on the new Samsung S4, been wanting to replace my Samsung S2 ever since the many good phones released by Samsung earlier.

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7 years ago

Hi ....

 

In the present SAMSUNG has captured with various model of smartphone.....Now it launch with S4 which is very goodto previous model (S3). It have 13 mega pixel rear camera which is very good. It good to see new application like smart pause, air view etc. Watch on application which is advanced so it nice. But smart pause and air view does not seem to be use in frequent way. As the mobile user does not use all the application which has been built-in. I alway prefer to purchase new & advance technologies system. But all over i says it is extraordinary and solid mobile in comparison with other smartphone.

 

Thanks...

Khai

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7 years ago

@ XiaoBao  I dont normally watch long movies on my phone as well. But I hope S4 can improve by using smart pause eye tracking in other ways. Perhaps dimming the screen when you look away. In this way it can save lots of battery ya?

In terms of Air View, there might be settings to control the sensitivity of your fingers. Once I have my hands on it, I will check this out for ya. Thanks for your opinion. Keep them coming!

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7 years ago

I think the smart pause technology is a good idea but it might be difficult to achieve perfection. It's really nice when videos pause on the screen when i turn away, but i wouldn't want it to resume playing my someone beside me peeps at my phone. It kinda defeats the purpose. It would also be interesting to see how this technology behaves when there are many pairs of eyes staring at it. If this technology has no glitches, it would be an impressive feature. I look forward to test it out.

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7 years ago

I fully agree that S4 is so powerful and advanced enough. My only hope against the smart phone is the longer standby time and talking time so that I can enjoy it without bothering the dead battery so frequently.

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7 years ago

battery life beats everything , i like to compare them to gaming consoles even though they are phones

back when PS3 came out they mention how the hardware is years ahead and how no current games can maximise the system.

then was the topic about PSP and DS each battery life can last from 6 - 8 hours
PS vita and 3DS only 3 hours?

technology is moving fast, battries innovation is not making and breakthroughSmiley Sad

Khai

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7 years ago

Hi Chao and doel, Samsung S4 has one of the largest capacity battery amongst the latest smartphones out there. You may say that the huge screen will drain the battery faster. However users have the option to pop out the battery and replace it with a new one. Most new smartphones has cease to allow manual battery switching.

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7 years ago

The most useful function should be the dual camera. To be able to use both cameras at the same time should be quite interesting to see what kind of photos S4 can produce. I'm sure alot of users will like this function, especially those who love photo taking. Definitely looking to test this out once I get my S4!

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7 years ago

I am pretty looking forward to the S Health function. It seems to be a big advantage over other phones of equivalent class on the market as an increasing number of people nowadays are really careful with their bodies. Health if everything. If S Health can really effectively improve a person's health condition by monitoring one's daily physical activity as well as his/her consumption of calories and giving useful advice on the records, it is definitely worth owning the phone. Not to mention, it is probably the first function implemented by the mobile phone manufacturer itself, instead of some probably already existing expensive apps on the Google Play Store.

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