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Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Hands-On Video

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is more than just thinner, lighter smartphone with a bigger 1080P HD display, it also packs in a collection of smart software features that the match and beat some of the best iPhone 5 features available.

In addition to our Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on video, we took some time at the Galaxy S4 launch event in New York to go hands on with a few of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 software features.

Samsung hopes that these new software features will combine with the upgraded hardware to deliver a smartphone that can unseat the iPhone 5 and withstand the HTC One launch.

Read: 10 Samsung Galaxy S4 Features You’ll Actually Care About

Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Hands On Video

In the short video below we cover some of the most exciting Samsung Galaxy S4 features. We also highlight a few in the description afterwards that we weren’t able to capture on video while at the event.

Motion Controls

A wave can control the Samsung Galaxy S4.

A wave can control the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features several motion controls that allow users to control the device without touching the display. In the video we show how users can navigate a webpage with a hand gesture. Users can also answer or ignore a phone call with a similar gesture.

Air Control

Use Airview to see more info without touching the screen.

Use Airview to see more info without touching the screen.

Perhaps one of the most impressive features is that the Galaxy S4 is able to pull off AirView thanks to sensors. This feature comes over from the Galaxy Note 2, but it doesn’t require the S Pen. With Air View, users can hold their finger above the screen for a preview of a message, a photo and more.

Smart Pause

Look away to automatically pause a video on the Galaxy S4.

Look away to automatically pause a video on the Galaxy S4.

With Smart Pause, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will automatically pause a video when the user looks away. This is a handy feature, but not a killer feature on its own.

Multi-View

The Samsung Galaxy S4 includes one of our favorite Galaxy Note 2 features. With Multi-View, users can run two apps at the same time on the 5-inch 1080P HD display.

Based on past experience the apps may vary from carrier to carrier, but the feature is definitely one of our favorites. Check out how the Multi-View feature delivers better mobile productivity to see why this is such a big deal.

S Voice Drive

S Voice Drive is new for the Galaxy S4.

S Voice Drive is new for the Galaxy S4.

Samsung delivers an upgrade to S Voice with the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone now includes a driving mode that is designed to help users drive without distractions and get information they need without the need to upgrade to a better in dash system or buy a new car with a built-in infotainment system.

Dual Camera Mode

Stay in the picture with Dual Camera Mode.

Stay in the picture with Dual Camera Mode.

The Galaxy S4 features a 13MP rear facing camera and a 2MP front facing camera and a new way for users to make use of both at the same time. With the new Dual Camera Mode, users can put themselves in the photo or video by super-imposing a small photo or video from the front facing camera into their creations. The feature offers several configuration options and works brilliantly.

Sound & Shot

With sound and shot you can send a photo that includes a short message or sound.

With sound and shot you can send a photo that includes a short message or sound.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 camera app can record a short snippet of sound with a photograph to spice things up. This can be something that happens during the photo or a short message after it is taken.

Group Play

Stream audio over up to eight Galaxy S4 devices.

Stream audio over up to eight Galaxy S4 devices.

With the Samsung Galaxy S4, up to eight of devices can join together to turn the phones into a makeshift party station or even a surround sound system for watching a movie. The devices pair together over their own WiFi network, without the need to all connect to a home or work network. The devices offer independent volume control and let users pick what songs to hear next.

Smart Scroll

Thanks to the eye-tracking technology that is built into the Galaxy S4, the phone allows users to scroll without touching the display. Once the device detects a user is looking at the Galaxy S4 tilting the phone forward or back will scroll up or down. This is handy for reading a long web page while in bed or perhaps while stall surfing.

Samsung WatchON

Control your HDTV with Samsung WatchON and the IR port.

Control your HDTV with Samsung WatchON and the IR port.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features an IR controller in the power button which pairs with the Samsung WatchON software so that users can control their home theater system without the need for a separate remote.

S Translator

An example of the S Translator in action.

An example of the S Translator in action.

We couldn’t get the Samsung S Translator software to work during our hands on, due to the noisy room and poor connectivity, but this should allow users to quickly translate between English and a number of other languages by speech or by text.

S Health

S Health includes a number of cool software features that rack exercise, walking, food intake and can pair with accessories to track blood glucose, blood pressure, weight and sleep habits. Some of these require Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories, like a S band fitness tracker, a heart rate monitor or a scale.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

3 Comments

  1. Android Times

    03/22/2013 at 2:12 pm

    What difference will there be in SIII and SIV when SIII will get updated to Android 4.2? Samsung says old flagships will get all features of S4 unless there’s no HW limitation (Source: http://www.androidtimes.info/2013/03/samsung-will-bring-galaxy-s4-software.html) Apart from 2 new sensors SIII will all be SIV..

  2. Brian Lampright (@motoxer913)

    03/23/2013 at 10:47 am

    almost every feature shown here are nothing but advertising gimiks to sell more phones. I guarantee most of these features like the eye tilt scrolling, the non-touch gestures, etc are going to annoy people so badly when they don’t work properly that they get turned off. But hey, atleast their multi-billion dollar marketing campaign will have plenty of “features” to talk about.
    Anyone who buys the S4 over the competition is a fool for marketing. Do yourself a favor and get an HTC One or Nexus4 or the upcoming LG Optimus G2

    • sheeza zafar

      03/26/2013 at 8:54 am

      you really think they r doing this for advertisement they r multinationals ok

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