More on the Galaxy S IV: Samsung continues doing everything it can to differentiate itself via...

More on the Galaxy S IV: Samsung continues doing everything it can to differentiate itself via software, even as the OS and many of its core apps for its hardware are provided by Google (GOOG). The S IV features a text/speech translator (9 languages), the ability to transfer data from any phone witha PC's help, a health-tracking app that can leverage the phone's pedometer and sync with blood pressure monitors, and the ability to control home electronics via infrared. There's also Samsung's eye-tracking and touch-free gesture tech (as rumored). No kitchen sink just yet. (live blog)

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  • Paul Zimbardo
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    This is really a Galaxy S III Version 2.
    14 Mar 2013, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • silverscreen
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    So? you prefer Samsung to call it the S3S instead ? :)
    14 Mar 2013, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • BULRUN100
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    A lot of hype for nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a joke!
    14 Mar 2013, 09:07 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    The big deal in this will really happen as the new ad campaign rolls out. The public will see some of the specs as alluring, then judge whether to size fits their lifestyle. Software features and ease of use are the aspect that will pull in purchases. Suddenly "Retina" display seems blurry, though Full HD seems to just be a marketing spec, and not a truly useful screen resolution.
    14 Mar 2013, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    As I expected, a lot of hype over nothing. They'll have to wait to copy AAPL's next big enhancement.
    14 Mar 2013, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Yes, that's Apple's clever strategy. Why didn't we all see it? Don't introduce anything, then, Samsung can't copy it. Brilliant!
    14 Mar 2013, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    @Jack: You're delusional. Clearly you're an Apple fanboy invested in Apple stock and will dislike any non-Apple product no matter how great it may be because it's not Apple. Yes, it's that obvious. Unfortunately you're going to miss out; the S4 will be better than the iPhone 5 and likely the iPhone 5s. Competition in the smartphone market should be viewed as a positive for the consumer because ultimately it will yield improved products. What would be needed to wow Jack Baker? That's the real question. I don't dislike Apple products, but it's amazing how defensive some Apple fans can become when a competitor releases a product that potentially matches or is potentially better than a current Apple product. There are other smartphones on the market now that are just as good as the iPhone.


    Why are you in denial of recognizing or potentially utilizing other great smartphone devices? Are you that stubborn?


    The S4 release will certainly spell trouble for Apple in the near future.
    14 Mar 2013, 10:30 PM Reply Like
  • the_value_vulture
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    I am not saying that Apple fans can't be defensive but come on. CNBC, WSJ, ect were heralding this device to be the death of Apple's Iphone. If it was reported that the S4 was going to have its own parade in Time's Square while being carted in on a gold plated float, I would have believed it with all of Samsung's bloated hype going into this.


    The phone is a definite upgrade to the S3 as far as hardware, but this is underwhelming considering what the anti-apple media pundits were making this out to be. How many pixels do you really need? Are you going to even be able to tell the difference? A .2" bigger screen, 2 cameras instead of one! I can already hear the complaints about the touch free gesture tech.


    Anyways, back to the Apple armageddon scenarios. I will start the new headline "Will Apple Survive? (Insert any phone manufacturer's name) Puts IPhone in Bargain Rack!"
    14 Mar 2013, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    @the_value: I hear you and good point. It is definitely not the death of the iPhone, but it is certainly not "a lot of hype over nothing". I think the S4 will be a great phone with new, useful, interesting and improved features. It's good to see other phone manufacturers coming out with some competitive smartphones.
    14 Mar 2013, 11:08 PM Reply Like
  • harshbagla
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    @2MuchDebt: I think the point of Jack is media and trade gurus said its the end of iPhone as there is no sparkling feature other than few upgrades. What more is S4 then?
    1) As it is the S3 gets heated up with the processor and affects the battery life, S4 has quad core processor which will worsen it. They know that battery life has been a problem and should have given it a good thought.
    2) the touch free gesture which samsung launched on the smart TV, was totally unnecessary on the smartphone. You are so close to the phone is better to touch the screen rather than just wave at it. It does not increase efficiency
    3) Definitely the health tracking app is the best addition to S4
    4) Eye tracking feature, it would be such a waste of a resource. Sometimes, its "hard to keep it simple". Samsung should learn that.


    As per Samsung's history they only have a winner product in terms of S3. S4 proves that they do not have the brain power to innovate on a consistent basis. That is what we Apple Fanboys are proud about. Yes there has been leaderships issues, and its not supported well in stock prices. But the products are "SIMPLE" to use.
    15 Mar 2013, 02:32 AM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    @harsh: I appreciate the level head and objective comment. I think some of the new features will be adopted and liked by some people and not by others. I do hope the battery life improves. I didn't hear about a new battery in the phone. Was an improved battery part of the S4? Either way, I think the S4 will be a solid product. I think the Note product line has been successful too, but not to the extent of the Galaxy series (not as widely adopted by consumers). Note that Samsung has a different business strategy than Apple (reverse engineering). Thanks for the post!
    15 Mar 2013, 08:05 AM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    now the s3 is free....heard an add on radio....
    15 Mar 2013, 12:06 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Some good evolutionary improvements. Cool.
    14 Mar 2013, 09:51 PM Reply Like
  • Vegas Ben
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    And people accuse Apple of not innovating? Holy crap Samsung!!! Their innovation is bigger, more pixels, lots of memory capacity, and TWO cameras instead of ONE?
    14 Mar 2013, 09:56 PM Reply Like
  • Vegas Ben
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    The only thing I like is the infrared for remote controls.
    14 Mar 2013, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "Some good evolutionary improvements. Cool."


    How's the phone reception quality?
    14 Mar 2013, 09:57 PM Reply Like
  • dividend_growth
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    Samsung and good software are an oxymoron.
    14 Mar 2013, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • LYogi
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    A lot of sound and fury signifying nothing....
    15 Mar 2013, 12:09 AM Reply Like
  • XRTrader
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    Yeah, I don't know how many of you watched the event - but it was corny, and came off as tasteless. Overall, the "launch event" was a terrible failure. I don't think you'll get much argument on that point if you look around the net.


    The phone is a different story. I actually like its look - and like the screen size. I think they tried to stuff a little too much into it, and it looks a little "busy." There's a nice gizmodo article and also a couple over review pieces around the net that go into detail - the main complaint seems to be the "clunkiness" of the software add ons (many of which don't work that great or smoothly) and the phone-feel / construction, which is reported as feeling slightly cheap compared to the HTC1 and the iPhone. The specs are great (and all an upgrade from the iPhone and others - camera megapix, screen reso, RAM, processor, etc) - although some of these probably don't make a perceptual difference to the avg user.


    Overall, I think the event was a bomb, but the phone was middle of the road. An incremental product from the S3 (which is a good phone). Question is if people get frustrated with the extras (some of which don't work routinely like the scrolling features) and the software clutter.


    Give's AAPL an opening in the media hype around Samsung if they care to use it. They should pounce now to try and change the media dialogue. I think this window is important for AAPL, since perception often is reality in both the stock market, and also in consumer goods.
    15 Mar 2013, 12:21 AM Reply Like
  • mvvh69
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    Blackberry Z10 had most of this features this "new" phone has in January - they are good at copying others ideas.
    15 Mar 2013, 01:57 AM Reply Like
  • pman6
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    higher resolution screen and camera.


    woopty doo
    15 Mar 2013, 05:13 AM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    I hope you can turn the motion feature off as it could be annoying at times I would think.
    15 Mar 2013, 06:11 AM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    I agree bgold. I expect the user would have that option (or hope they would at least!).
    15 Mar 2013, 04:31 PM Reply Like
  • css1971
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    Hmm, a numbers bump all round... No innovation there though the screen will be nice. Eye tracking? ... You have to be kidding, annoying gimmick.


    Wow. It needs 8 cores? Is the software *really* that bad? I only have 2 cores on my desktop PC and that's overkill.


    And yup. The split between Google and Samsung is becoming more evident to the world. Watch for when Bada/Wave become the big Samsung releases not Galaxy. Almost shorting time for Samsung (and Google).


    Looks like the HTC One is the phone to have this year. Of course that's a just a Blackberry copy.
    15 Mar 2013, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • mogando
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    notice how after the entire song and dance presentation (mostly awkward), samsung didn't ONCE mention the battery LIFE (they like touting battery size, which means nothing without context)


    if batt life were great, they'd be thumping it at the show.
    15 Mar 2013, 11:31 AM Reply Like
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