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Samsung Takes Us on a Software Tour of the Galaxy S4: Air View, S Translator, Dual Camera and More

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 event is long gone, but as we lead up to an April launch, the company wants to make sure you know all there is to know about this year’s flagship. Since most of their Radio City Music Hall show was spent running through a series of supposed-to-be-humorous slap stick comedy scenes, you may have missed out on some of the action. The volume of new software features announced at the event was actually pretty overwhelming, so expect videos like this from Samsung to continue to pop up for the next few weeks.

In this first clip, their demo gal from the Unpacked event walks us through Air View, Air Gesture, S Translator, Sound and Shot, and Dual Camera.

We may have asked this in the past, but are all of these new Samsung features nothing but a bunch of gimmicks or do you find them to be useful? 



Via:  Samsung Tomorrow

  • michael arazan

    She also shows how airview takes 2-3 times longer than just touching the dam screen!!

  • Seth Schorr

    Did anyone notice that Alex seemed to forget Abraham’s name? She seemed to say any other pronoun but his name. Awkward.

    Gimmicks? Yeah. They could be considered gimmicks, but most features can be looked at as gimmicks. The S-Pen could certainly be called a gimmick, but is useful to many. Most camera software is just value added gimmick. Gimmick is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

  • Tom

    The only I like is the hover action to activate mouse over elements on websites.

  • dehdeh

    S-Translator so innovative I’ve been waiting for this….oh wait Google translator has been out forever now and does same thing used many times on jobs

  • wm snyder

    I admit at this point it may sound and look like a gimmick . But it also opens the door to make our devices more human friendly and can turn into some cool innovations….so it’s a start.

  • storm36x

    I want the dual camera function on my Galaxy note 2!!

    • wm snyder

      as far as i have read if it’s not a hardware issue we should be getting the update…..whenever the carrier want to get off their dead butt

  • troy studnicka

    A lot of useful stuff..pretty much hands free I like it 🙂

  • sk3litor

    Today’s gimmicks are tomorrow’s standards. Remember when cameras on a phone was a gimmick?

    • Tom

      No, it was always a great feature ever since it was introduced. The quality wasn’t great but it was very useful.

    • Geoff Johnson

      OMG is that a camera phone? I can’t wait to get a camera phone! Those were the days…

  • Guest

    Man she needs to lay off the binge drinking, drugs and late nights

  • Mike

    Does anyone even use the features on the S3? I don’t…there’s maybe one or two things I like about touchwiz on my S3, and Allshare, S Voice, S suggest, group share, all that crap I’ve never used and don’t plan to.

    The dual camera would be nice but very seldom would it actually be used.

    The rest of it is useless.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      You and other people use all of that, just not samsungs iteration.

  • wassup

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Alright, I dont know about other people, but i like to read in a comfortable position. Not all the time do i want to move my other hand to scroll or rearrange how i’m holding my Note 2 (large device). The Smart Scroll feature will be useful to me.

    • Seth Schorr

      S-Translate really is a gimmick since Google has had a translator for a while now.

  • Bretton Key

    This is a pretty good mini demo of some the features of the this S4, but the real icing on the cake is seeing the apps that are able to really take advantage of the hardware the phone has not mention the possibilities the phone can do.

    Samsung really should take advantage of the buzz and have more diverse accessories to go with this phone such as a hook up that would allow for projecting images, cases that are more mophie, better docks, and speakers that go w/ the phone, as well something that make the phone waterproof…with all of their resources and innovation, I think that it possible and even feasible.

  • Kevin McDole

    So, I’ll be honest. I read about all these features before I watched the video. I thought they were cool, though I didn’t think I’d use any of them. Now that I have seen a video for them, they just come across as not useful, and maybe even a little gimmicky. I know of other apps out there that can do many of these things (not the air view, which is the only feature I might even be remotely interested in, and even then, not that much).

  • Sirx

    S-Speak’N’Spell or GTFO!!!

    “The cow says: TOUCHWIZ!”

  • Bewara2009

    Lol when she tries to throw it up and catches it.. Priceless face

  • Tim242

    Those capacitive buttons are so ugly. I turned their lights off immediately on my Note II. Now, if I could just figure out how to turn the home button off. I hate Samsung’s strange design choices and software gimmicks. Can’t wait to get away. HTC is not the answer though.

    • Bewara2009

      I love it . don’t mind it on my note 2… And won’t mind it on my future S4 too.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      HTC is not the answer, +1. I don’t think sense is ugly butttt…they can do better. I’d like it to be a little more minimalist.

    • fartbubbler

      How do you turn off the button lights on the note II ?

      • Seth Schorr

        Check in the Settings. It’s there.

  • MichaelFranz

    Dual Camera will be nice, but i think we see that in many other phones soon. The S-Translator is nice and im surprised Google translate didn’t do it first, it impressed me. now to see how good it works especially with different dialects and such I would probably use that since my GF’s family speaks a lot of spanish.

    Stuff like S-Health and all these Eye and hand gestures just dont do it for me. I dont use them on my GS3.

    • Bewara2009

      Welcome to the Samsung world..

    • Austin Warren

      No other phones have Dual Camera and I haven’t seen it anywhere. Other than the LG Note 2

  • NastyEmu

    Pretty gimmicky. I enjoyed the feature on the S3 that kept the screen on when you are looking at it, but not enough to remain on the stock ROM. Also, I’m pretty sure there are third party apps that do the same thing now too.

    • Austin Warren

      Yeah because software works without the hardware.

      • ynksbsbll2

        The hardware is a camera…

        • Austin Warren

          I guess I should have added /s.

      • The hardware is a front facing camera. Cutting edge stuff..

  • NorCalGuy

    Some are pretty cool while some seem a little creepy, in a time were your personal info is out there and no real way to control it, having features that watch you ie video play back pausing when your eyes leave the screen little weird. Ya no one is watching that video….or are they?? But in other improvements integrating s pen features like hover could be good down the road if devs can come up with ways of using it ie dirty hands but you want to check that text you just got but don’t want to touch the screen.

    • Bewara2009

      I think you need to get samsunged so you can stop bashing on samsung.

      • NorCalGuy

        Lol you again the x phone troll… I should have added sent from MY SAMSUNG GALAXY NEXUS. Hope that helps clear it up for you

        • XphoneTroll

          Yes it does.. I know my name says it all.. Lol

  • Tirionfive

    Dual Camera is cool, Sound shot seems gimmicky and probably uses a propriety format.

    S Translator is just a terrible replacement for Google Translate(S voice, anyone?), but other than that, the rest of the features are cool. Google Translate can already do reading mode as well as speaking mode.

  • Austin Warren

    Sweet. I see S translator is like Google Translate but this makes it so much easier by being able to speak and have it read it out also. Don’t see any gimmicks here.

    • Google translate does all of that…

      • Austin Warren


  • Eric Soriano

    Having kids, the dual camera would be a great feature during a video chat.

    • David Arensdorff

      was seriously just about to post that exact comment! I’m always Vid-Chatting with my wife and my son is always doing something crazy, now I’ll be able to see both of them at the same time!