People laughed when Samsung’s (005930) marketing boss said the company was planning to generate Apple-like buzz for future products. It has been a little over a year since Younghee Lee’s comments, and now it’s quite clear that Samsung kept its impossible promise. The Galaxy S 4 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year and it could go down as one of the biggest product launches of all time — which is why Samsung spared no expense and rented out Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Can the Galaxy S 4 possibly live up to expectations and help Samsung continue to flourish the smartphone market? Our live coverage of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 press conference follows below.
That is all she wrote… check out our hands-on post and have a good night
Everyone is taking a bow
It looks like we are wrapping up here.
The new S View Cover builds on the GS3’s cover and includes a see through space to allow users to see notifications
A new feature called S Health will help users stay healthy… supports accessories such as body scale, heart rate monitor or s band (sorta like Nike Fuelband)
When reading you can tilt the phone slightly to scroll up or down
As we learned from previous rumors, the Galaxy S 4 will automatically pause if you turn away from the phone.
Samsung’s ChatOn service will also support the company’s “dual camera” software.
There are short plays for each new feature… people are getting restless and are looking forward to playing with the device
Samsung has added what seems like hundreds of new features in the Galaxy S 4
Samsung is pushing its new KNOX software for enterprise users, a service that keeps business and personal files separate and safe
The Galaxy S 4 works while wearing gloves too
Watch out Apple! “You can transfer information from older phones to the Galaxy S 4 thanks to Samsung Smart Switch”
It is essentially the same feature Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S III but includes bigger fonts and a few different features to assist you while driving
“S Voice Drive” is a service that Samsung would like you to use while you are driving.
Samsung HomeSync creates a home cloud that allows you to stream content to your device when you aren’t home
We have also published our hands-on preview with the Galaxy S 4 http://bgr.com/2013/03/14/samsung-galaxy-s-4-hands-on-preview-374918/
“Adapt display” feature changes brightness of the display depending on what you are doing, watching a video, playing a game, reading a webpage, etc…
It can be used without a data connection… very cool!
The brand new S Translator feature supports both text to speech and speech to text in 9 languages.
As expected the Galaxy S IV includes “floating display” technology, allowing users to hover over the screen to make selections.
It also includes an eraser mode that can… you guessed it… erase unwanted people from images!
The camera’s new “drama shot” feature can take more than 100 shots in 4 seconds
The Samsung kid (Jeremy) can tap dance!
It works with both videos and photos
The front and rear cameras can actually shoot video at the same time
Samsung has included a new “dual camera” feature in the GS4
Oh geez… Samsung is putting on a play…
Removable battery too… thank you
2,600 mAh battery!
13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facer, microSD slot, 2GB of RAM
GS4 includes Bluetooth 4.0, an IR LED sensor to control your TV, MHL support, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
“Magazine look and feel” to the new TouchWiz
Full HD 5-inch display with 441 ppi
Ryan Bidan, Samsung’s Director of Product Marketing, has taken the stage to talk more about the GS4
A Galaxy S 4 video is now playing
“It will make your life richer, simpler and fuller”
Coming to 327 mobile operators, available in 4G LTE and 3G versions
The GS4 is slimmer, lighter, and more solid
“The Samsung Galaxy S 4”
“What we show you tonight is the result of all of this”
Samsung is looking to create an ecosystem
Words like “S Health” “S Translate” “Group Share” and “Samsung Knox” on screen.
“Wouldn’t it be convenient if a smartphone paused when you look away or know when to scroll up and down.”
Talking about a lot of “what ifs”
“We are always listening to people around the world”
J.K. Shin, Samsung’s mobile chief has taken the stage
“Tonight we will show you a beautiful Samsung product”
Box and all
Will Chase and Jeremy have taken the stage
Playing the Samsung teaser with Jeremy
The countdown begins… here we go
The lights are dimming
“The show will begin in a few minutes “
A little Internet troubles but we are back and the show will start in 3 minutes.
“Ladies and Gentlemen the show will begin in 15 minutes”
People have come from all over the world for today’s event. This place is packed!
We have taken our seats and are waiting for the show to start