Just when you thought Apple had the upper-hand in the smartphone world…Samsung delivers yet another strong contender. The New Samsung Galaxy S4 is out to put a world of hurt on Apple’s iPhone with one of its coolest feature being a truly “Hands Free” control. This feature available on its latest model, allows the user to maneuver apps by hovering their fingers an inch above them (without touching the screen), something the “germaphobes” would appreciate. The company also unveiled an advanced 13-megapixel camera and a feature that pauses video when the user takes his eyes off the display as well as a Dual-shot mode which allows users to take still photos or video using the 13-megapixel rear lens and the front-facing 2-megapixel lens so that the shooter’s face appears in the frame. Another cool mode lets you record a voice or ambient sound that plays over a still photo, while “Drama shot” takes a multitude of frames in just a few seconds to create artsy composite photos. If you hate those annoying photo-bombers…Samsungs’ got you again with its new “eraser” feature that lets you delete background objects/people from a photo with a swipe of a finger!
It seems Samsung’s chief concern was including a myriad of camera features or expansion of existing ones considering that users are heavy into photo-sharing sites like Instagram,Facebook and Pintrest. With that said the S4 is complex, revolutionary and visually appealing but can be very overwhelming for some. I believe the S4 will certainly sell well and it is incrementally negative for Apple but my main question about this phone is: Can it still make phone calls? (I kid…I kid)
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Blackberry is betting big on Alicia Keys to bring enough of her “cool factor” with her to their dying brand that it will help them on their come back tour. The mobile giant hired Keys to be their Global Creative Director recently and she is just one component of a massive campaign to “get back to relevant” in the mobile space.
The once leader in the market has been absolutely dominated over the past few years by arch rival Apple and their series of iPhones. It isnt only Apple who has surpassed them as other brands such as Samsung have cruised by Blackberry with their line of Galaxy phones.
The once “tech forward” phone company has been stagnant for years and has really lagged behind the other players in the space. Only time will tell if moves like this will pay off. What do you think, can Keys help them get back on top?
The new BlackBerry 10, which debuts on Jan. 30, 2013 is RIM’s last attempt at remaining relevant in a smartphone market dominated by Android and iPhone. The company, who once dominated the market with its email and messaging platform looks to establish itself now as a secondary, viable alternative to iPhone and Android devices.
A prototype of the touch screen version of the BlackBerry 10 was demonstrated late Wednesday at the USA TODAY bureau and resembled the iPhone in shape although the aesthetics of the final version is yet to be confirmed. It will come in two versions: a hard keyboard and a touch screen with a 4.2 inch display that boasts a 12-24 hour battery life.
There are some cool new features to look forward to, such as a more intuitive auto correct, an 8 megapixel that reports comparable images in poor lighting conditions much like Iphone 5 or Nokia Lumia 920s, a brand new voice control application – RIM’s answer to Siri and basically a host of virtual tools that strike a “balance” between your work and personal stuff.
Keep in mind that anyone who’s been able to get their hands on one of these can only comment on the demo version which is likely to be missing the full spectrum of the final product, something that RIM would most likely want to keep under wraps until the launch date. Shares seem to be in agreement that RIM may have a legitimate winner on their hands with stocks now trading at around $12 which is up nearly 80% since late September. Looks like the embattled RIM still has some life left in it…however if it fails to sell as expected… it could be R.I.P for RIM.