If anything, we love how HTC is confidently making it known that Samsung underwhelmed a group of spectators during its much-publicized launched in New York City. While there are those who are really excited at what the S 4 can do, many were also disappointed that what they have been waiting for was actually "Meh". HTC is one of them, voicing out its opinion over Twitter that the S 4 will actually flop.
It sounds like the brilliant company has something up its sleeves and we might be in the dark. After suffering a major delay with the production of some important components of its HTC One, the company is maintaining its confidence with interesting tweets bashing Samsung's highly popular S 4.
Anyway, we love a good underdog story; let's just hope that HTC will deliver soon.
Source: HTC Twitter
The New York Times reporting today that Samsung's next generation Galaxy phone will let users use their eyes to scroll through text, according to a person who has tried the new phone. Samsung wouldn't confirm the report but it did file for a trademark in Europe under the name "eye scroll. "
Samsung has scheduled a press conference on March 14 in New York to announce its new Galaxy S IV smartphone. The South Korea-based company currently leads the smartphone market globally but Apple's iPhone 5 overtook Samsung's Galaxy S3 to become the world's best-selling iPhone in the fourth quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.
Samsung's next big smartphone, to be introduced this month, will have a strong focus on software. A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.
The phone will track a user's eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.
The source would not explain what technology was being used to track eye movements, nor did he say whether the feature would be demonstrated at the Galaxy S IV press conference, which will be held in New York on March 14. The Samsung employee said that over all, the software features of the new phone outweighed the importance of the hardware.
Indeed, Samsung in January filed for a trademark in Europe for the name "Eye Scroll" (No. 011510674). It filed for the "Samsung Eye Scroll" trademark in the United States in February, where it described the service as "Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers."
Samsung has also filed for the trademark "Eye Pause," without describing what the feature does.
In an interview, Kevin Packingham, Samsung's chief product officer, declined to share details about Samsung's next phone. But he said he disagreed that the new hardware would be insignificant compared with the software, and over all, "It's an amazing phone."
Eye tracking systems have been in development for a while. Samsung's current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, already has a feature that watches you. The feature, Smart Stay, uses its front-facing camera to know to keep the screen lit up when a person is looking at it instead of dimming it automatically.
Tobii, a technology company that received $21 million in funding from Intel last year, has been working on a technique that uses infrared sensors to track precise eye movements.
Samsung's Galaxy S III has been the company's best-selling phone, so the release of its next flagship phone has been highly anticipated
AndroidAuthority ran Geekbench 2 on the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 last week and posted the results on YouTube. As everyone's wondering how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 compares to other popular smartphones. Prime Labs posted the results in the image above.
Some things to consider when looking at the results:
- It's clear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April. What's not clear is how the Galaxy S 4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that's a remarkable achievement. I am amazed at how quickly smartphone technology is improving.
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5). Will they be able to make a similar improvement for the next iPhone?
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the BlackBerry Z10. However, unlike the Galaxy S 3 and the iPhone 5, the Z10 launched this year, not last year. Will BlackBerry feel compelled to release an updated handset with a faster processor sooner rather than later?
- Android Authority only tested the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC. We have no idea how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the new Exynos 5 Octa SoC will perform, but given how the different Samsung Galaxy S 3s performed I imagine the Geekbench score will be similar.
- Both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, although the HTC One runs at a slower speed (1.7 GHz vs. 1.9 GHz). The HTC One is also running an older version of Android (4.1.2 vs. 4.2.2), so the HTC One's performance should improve slightly once it is on the latest version of Android.