Samsung Galaxy S4 Preview

March 15, 2013

The Korean electronic giant has thrown down the gauntlet to its rivals in smartphone business especially the iPhone. Samsung has unveiled feature-rich Galaxy S4 with groundbreaking eye motion technology to let users control key functions at a glance. Samsung is officially the biggest and most successful maker of smartphones powered by Android software that Google makes available for free. Samsung has become the top smartphone maker worldwide with a 29 percent market share, according to IDC. Galaxy S3 has sold more than 40 million worldwide since its launch ten months ago. In one highlight, sensors in the S4 detect when a person looks away from a video and then pauses play until the distraction has passed and eyes are once again directed at the screen.

The eye motion technology can also screen through emails. Samsung Galaxy S4 is lighter, it’s thinner, it has a premium feel and more modern look, a plastic border that seems like metal, and a screen that makes for compelling viewing. Galaxy S4 Super AMOLED screen is brighter and sharper compared to its predecessor and its full high-definition, 441 pixels-per-inch resolution makes words easier to read, photos more detailed. That will give Apple’s 326ppi Retina display true competition.  The fresh features have a lot of potential, while others might seem more frivolous. The most useful additions in my opinion are the Air Gesture. This is because depending on the moves made in front of the phone’s 2-megapixel front-facing camera, will let users drive the phone without touching it.

The Galaxy S IV a bigger display and several new features, including a significant addition which promises to unsettle BlackBerry. I have a deep feeling that Galaxy S4 main selling point for enterprise users is its Knox feature, which is a partitioning of mobile device management system that separates work and play. Also, the feature isolates data and applications from the personal and work profiles of the user into separate containers to secure the corporate network. Knox runs on Secure Boot, ensuring verified and authorized software can run on the device, and Security Enhanced Android, a mechanism separating based on confidentiality and integrity requirements.

Galaxy S4’s camera also gets much more than a 13 megapixel boost. The image modes from its Galaxy Camera now feature for quick photo enhancements, and some innovative features lie in its menus and I think dual Camera makes for excellent travel shots. The same camera enhancements could be replicated by apps although they work seamlessly as part of the phone. Group Play seems to work well in sharing photos to other handsets and music could be shared between handsets. An S Translator feature allows user to speak or enter text in one tongue and have it instantly converted to another. S4 sensors combined with S Health software enable handsets to be used to track exercise, eating, heart rate and other fitness factors. Samsung has beyond doubt proved it is taking innovation seriously and the ascendancy to top smartphone seller is not accidental. The phone will launch globally in the second quarter of this year. No specific date was provided but I must admit am going to buy the phone.

Contador Harrison