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Samsung Galaxy event (live blog)

Samsung is widely expected to announce the Galaxy S4 at its Unpacked event in New York City. Join us live from Radio City Music Hall.

  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:48:19 PM
    Now for the work-personal balance part of Knox. Like BlackBerry balance, the phone can keep them separately.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:48:31 PM
    Okay, Jeremy is back out.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:48:48 PM
    It's another "scene." The girls from Miami.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:48:51 PM
    This is torture....
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:49:00 PM
    BlackBerry Balance is good and really simple.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:49:06 PM
    The new scene: Jenny and the Bridesmaid.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:49:30 PM
    Roger: +1. These voices...
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:49:32 PM
    Now for Group Play. It can turn any GS4 into a stereo surround sound system.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:49:45 PM
    It can use multiple phones to create that stereo effect.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:49:47 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:49:55 PM
    Oh good, line dancing in heels.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:49:56 PM
    Now the girls are dancing while holding their phones up in the air.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:50:12 PM
    I hope there's real wine in those glasses.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:50:21 PM
    I'm not really sure how to live blog this. It's so weird...
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:51:06 PM
    You can adjust the volume of each device, switch to two speakers if there are fewer phones. You can also share photos with the link up.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:51:25 PM
    Why do these actors and actresses sound so annoying?
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:51:46 PM
    They're so...whiny.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:52:05 PM
    So there was already a photo-sharing feature on the Galaxy S3, but Group Play hopefully makes it easier to set up than the previous sharing feature.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:52:08 PM
    With dual video calls, you can see the video feed from the rear camera and a picture-in-picture of the person's face. That's nifty.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:52:27 PM
    With Air Gesture, you can control the phone with the swipe of your hand (without touching the display).
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:52:29 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:52:51 PM
    With Air Call Accept, you can pick up a call with the wave of your hand.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:53:26 PM
    Okay, now for Smart Scroll and Pause: The GS4 can detect whether you're looking at the phone.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:53:28 PM
    Ok, Smart Pause, finally something I can talk about without cringing. It's kind of a cool feature, but there's a bit of a delay in pausing and resuming play.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:53:49 PM
    If you look away from the phone, the video will pause. When you return, it'll start playing again.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:54:06 PM
    When you're reading, you scroll up and down by tilting the phone up and down.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:54:39 PM
    The Galaxy S4 can tell you how many calories you burn through the S Health feature.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:55:16 PM
    It's interesting to me that Samsung is going after the personal fitness market with a built-in app and accessories. Way to cut into Nike+ and the Fuel Band. Can't wait for Brian Bennett to test this one out. He's Mr. Wearable Tech, you know.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:55:22 PM
    You can connect the GS with the S band, body scale, and heart monitor.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:55:32 PM
    The GS4 can take all that data and present you with an easy to read report, Bidan says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:56:16 PM
    Accessory time - there's the S View cover that covers the front. It has a slit that shows the relevant data. You flip it open to use it.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:56:25 PM
    I think they actually enjoyed themselves more. A for effort, though. Samsung really tried to entertain us.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:57:14 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:57:23 PM
    The MC is wrapping things up. Wow, less than an hour. I have to say, it was pretty efficient.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:57:24 PM
    The orchestra pops up, Jeremy and Will Chase take their bows, and make one last plug for the GS4.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:57:33 PM
    The S View cover apparently is a bit of a smart cover that will format info in a certain way when it knows you're using it. We'll have a hands-on soon as possible.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:57:38 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:57:38 PM
    Bidan: It's extraordinary technology is there to make your life richer.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:58:05 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:58:13 PM
    Now for some hands-on time with the Galaxy S4.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:58:19 PM
    They are pretty good, I have to admit.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:58:32 PM
    Now for the send off with the orchestra.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:58:33 PM
    The show is over, now for the stampede to the stage for the phones!
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:58:41 PM
    Wow ,thanks for bearing with us. You've made it fun.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:58:43 PM
    Seriously, people are running to the front.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:59:13 PM
    Roger and I value our limbs, so we're gonna kick back for a minute, then go check out all the fun stuff we didn't get a chance to see before.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:59:17 PM
    We may be stuck in our seats for a while. There's quite the crowd building around us.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:59:38 PM
    Oh, that's nice. They left the specs on the two large displays on the side.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:59:41 PM
  • sarahtew 3/15/2013 12:00:14 AM
  • sarahtew 3/15/2013 12:00:29 AM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/15/2013 12:01:14 AM
    Roger and I are literally trapped in the seats while people crowd the aisles waiting to touch the phone...
  • sarahtew 3/15/2013 12:01:15 AM
  • Roger Cheng 3/15/2013 12:03:20 AM information on price or carrier availability.
  • Roger Cheng 3/15/2013 12:03:21 AM
    And...we're totally trapped in our seats. The crowds around are eager to see this phone, and aren't willing to budge. This could be a long night.
  • Roger Cheng 3/15/2013 12:03:45 AM
    Samsung's announcer just apologized for the delay in getting in due to the surprisingly large number of guests and security for the GS4.
  • Roger Cheng 3/15/2013 12:12:12 AM
    Okay, so we're wrapped up here.
  • Roger Cheng 3/15/2013 12:12:19 AM
    Thanks for following along.
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