Taking into account the huge interest I was kinda thinking guys that one video review is quite insufficient to reveal all the new and interesting features and software innovations in Samsung’s latest flagship – the Galaxy S4. So this video review is entirely dedicated to the S4’s software novelties and features.
Air View allows you to control the phone without touching the screen, only a swiping gesture over it is enough
Air View is undoubtedly one of the most intuitive new functions on the Galaxy S4. For example you can control the phone without touching the screen, only a swiping gesture over it is enough. Probably many of you like myself in the beginning will think.. alright this is pretty cool but what do I need it for? Well, it comes very handy when you have messy fingers for example and don’t want to stain your device. In the Settings menu, choose my device from the tabs above and then scroll down and activate the Air Gesture feature.
The gesture sensor is the first dot to the right of the receiver
Now let’s go through the multiple Air view features. Go to Motions and Gestures, where all functions should be turned on. Go ahead and tap Air gesture once again after you have turned it on. You will find a number of the ways to control different functions by moving your hand over the display. Let’s go ahead and activate the Quick glance function. It gives you the liberty to check your device for missed calls or unread messages when the screen is switched off without even touching the handset. When laid on a flat surface just hover your palm over the display. A soft light appears and the time is displayed along with the number of missed calls or messages. The trick happens thanks to the gesture sensor that recognizes hand movements using infrared rays. So if the want the magic to happen make sure you move your hand over the upper part of the device. The gesture sensor is the first dot to the right of the receiver.
Air browse allows you to move between pictures, pages and music tracks even on the lock screen
Air browse allows you to move between pictures, pages and music tracks even on the lock screen. Air move lets you organize apps, shortcuts and S planner events to different pages. Air call-accept gives you the opportunity to accept incoming calls with one wave over the screen.
Other smart functions are available in the Smart screen menu. Smart stay is one of them, when activated, the screen stays on as long as you are looking at it.
Smart pause is the second feature that delivers to you the comfort to control simple functions intuitively without having to use both of your hands. It is definitely not one of the smoothest-running features on the S4 but it still does the job. It will be a second or two after you have turned your head away from the display but the video actually pauses. When you look at it again, it continues playing.
Smart Scroll scrolls web pages without you bothering to even touch the screen
Smart Scroll scrolls web pages without you bothering to even touch the screen. Of course you have to activate this function first from the Smart Screen sub menu. Now just tilt the phone a little bit backwards and it starts scrolling. You can scroll the page back by tilting the phone forward. Now, when you set the phone straight again the scrolling stops. This feature is pretty handy as it allows you to read web content and books with one hand. However, it will be a while before you get used to the angle you need to tilt it to in order to scroll and then freeze the page.
Air call-accept gives you the opportunity to accept incoming calls with one wave over the screen
We couldn’t make it the first couple of times but then it gets easier. Smart rotation orientates the screen according to the angle of sight.
And finally the S4 introduced a health platform that is in charge of your healthy lifestyle. S Health provides a board where you add your age, your height, your weight, and calories you burn a day. Thus you create a personal health profile which keeps track of your everyday life. You can add records for the activities you do, miles you run, you can also make a record for your blood pressure and blood glucose. In the food tracker menu you can set a maximum number of permitted calories a day and then organize your meals according to the number of calories they contain. You can even add a picture with the meal you had in that restaurant last night. The Walk mate function measures the steps you have made along with the distance and calories your have burnt during the walk. It is active as a background application counting while you are listening to music for example.
Samsung have provided the Galaxy S4 with custom-made headphones that are included in the box.
S4 introduced a health platform that is in charge of your healthy lifestyle
They ensure perfect isolation from background noise and thus deliver rich sound and deep bass. The temperature and humidity sensor on board of Galaxy S4 measures the comfort level according to the temperature and humidity levels around you. The barometer on board identifies the atmospheric pressure at the current location. Now the face is smiled when they are in the norm. Exercise mate makes a ports profile where you add the activity you are exercising and the time you have spent doing it and you end up with the number of spent calories. S Health application helps you keep track of your diet and eating habits.
All in all the galaxy S4 offers a whole bunch of useful applications that complement the user-friendly interface of the device.