Tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S IV, which promises to be your life companion for a richer, simpler, and fuller life. If there is one thing Samsung proved tonight, it’s not the specs that sells, it’s the features. Last year it was all about S Beam, S Voice, and AllShare. This year they added a whole lot more such as Dual Camera, Group Play, Share Music, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Voice Drive, WatchOn, S Health, Adapt View, and Adapt Sound. Still, we can’t forget about the specs, and they are impressive with the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz Exynos Octa or 1.9GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 2600mAh battery. What are you waiting for? Hit the break to see our hands on of the Next Big Thing.
When Samsung mentioned during their Unpacked Event this evening that 327 mobile operators around the world would carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV there was little doubt all of the major U.S. carriers would get to carry the device. Those carriers have been hitting the Internet to get the word out that there was no need to make an assumption – availability is going to happen.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV isn’t just packing upgraded hardware and an iPhone shattering 5-inch 1080p HD display. Several new software features were added with the camera being up first, benefiting from some of what you’ll find in the Galaxy Camera:
- Cinema Photo which captures still images from moving backgrounds
- Shooting in Drama Shot burst mode, you can create animated gifs
- Eraser mode removes unwanted background objects or people
- Sound & Shot mode adds audio to the background of still images
- Story Album automatically groups photos based on details such as location or time
During their big reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S IV tonight, the folks from Samsung talked about a couple new features they were including on the device that users may find useful. The first is the Samsung Knox security scheme. Knox is designed to create a virtual wall between the personal and work areas on a device. Knox may be thought of as the manifestation of their SAFE, Samsung Approved For Enterprise, security and part of their big push to get Samsung devices adopted in the enterprise.
Translation apps can be a major blessing and the Galaxy S IV comes with S-Translator, a new app which works with nine different languages. Those languages are English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Korean. All nine languages work both text-to-speech and speech-to-text for whatever situation you’re in. On stage at Samsung’s Unpacked event, S-Translator was demonstrated live and seemed to do the job. To make the feature even more useful, an optical reader function can translate printed text right on the phone’s screen. You all excited yet?
While everyone was glued to the Samsung Galaxy S IV announcement the guys over at Android And Me were getting the scoop on the Motorola X Phone. The unnamed source sharing what they termed “insider information” disclosed a few Googlerola nuggets. For starters the X Phone will be a line, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy line, not a single device. The most impressive tidbit was the plan to allow users to order custom tailored devices. This could be anything from the color, to the amount of RAM, to the storage space. This would mirror the way many PCs are sold.
The source agreed June was a likely launch date for the new line of devices and thought an update guarantee was plausible. This would be a guarantee by Motorola that a device would, at the very least, get the next major Android update. Other possible good news is regarding the expectation that Google will continue to subsidize the final price of the phone, as it does with the Nexus 4. The’re no telling how accurate this guy will end up being but I definitely like what he’s saying.
Source: Android And Me
The Samsung Galaxy S IV was announced at Unpacked in New York City and while it features many of the rumored specs, it also packs specialized sensors. Samsung’s health-tracking app S Health was introduced last year and allows users to more easily track their fitness. For example, the built-in pedometer can track your steps. There are even sensors to measure the temperature and humidity of whatever environment you’re in. S Health can sync with blood pressure monitors or glucose meters via Bluetooth, and track your diet by pulling calorie related information from a database.
After all the speculation, rumors, and leaks, Samsung has officially revealed the Samsung Galaxy S IV at their Unpacked Event in New York City this evening. It should probably come as no surprise that Samsung has possibly set a new standard for smartphone devices with their latest Galaxy device. Utilizing a combination of top-tier hardware and unique software features, Samsung has produced what may arguably be the most advanced smartphone in history. Samsung says the device will be available by the end of April in 155 countries spanning 327 mobile operators.
What would a party be without party crashers? HTC decided to make sure the Samsung party would be complete by sending some reps out to the event to show off the new HTC One. Three HTC reps came with the devices to give journalists and others waiting to get into the event a chance to get their hands on the devices. Why not take advantage of a captive audience of about 3,000 people waiting to get into the Samsung event, right?
Along with the opportunity to get their hands on the HTC device, the reps were handing out HTC branded cans of Pringle potato chips.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S IV announcement from our team on the ground in New York City.
We’d just found yesterday out that the HTC One is indeed headed to Verizon’s network after all, but could it be at the expense of another touted device? According to various reports, Big Red’s variant of the device is expected to be released sometime in March throughout Walmart stores across the country, alongside the other variants for AT&T and Sprint. However— once the device is released, Walmart (or Verizon) is intent on showcasing the device and will immediately replace the DROID DNA with the One smartphone instead. I know, I know— it’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow for all of you Verizon customers out there— especially with all the hype and pandemonium that both Verizon and HTC put into the launch of the DROID DNA.
Hopefully this is some sort of gaffe or snafu and Verizon customers won’t have a reason to loathe (and/or hate) Verizon and Walmart for this curious decision.