Samsung announced a barrage of new features for its Galaxy S4 smartphone on Thursday meant to dazzle smartphone buyers: everything from touchless controls to new implementations of face-recognition technology.
But at its core, the smartphone is exactly what many expected it to be: a larger version of the Galaxy S III, albeit slimmer, with a faster processor.
Some features do seem truly useful, particularly new software that’s meant to make editing photos a breeze and allow users to film or shoot pictures from the phone’s front- and rear-facing cameras at once. Other features include the ability to use the smartphone as a remote control device, built-in translation software that will work with voice or text, three-way video chats and health and fitness-tracking software that keeps an eye on how many calories you’re burning as you carry your phone.
But early reactions to the phone have been ho-hum, with a few folks getting excited about individual features, but no one seeming to find the Galaxy S4 to be a real game-changer.