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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.

  • Niz 3/14/2013 10:57:30 PM
    @john.falcone If the 5s looks like the last 3 iPhones just bigger you know for sure apples lost their game without Steve jibs
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:35:56 PM
    WIth the optical reader, the GS4 can translate written words. It has 3,000 useful sentences that are embedded. You can communicate even if you don't have a network connection.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:35:56 PM
    Oh, and in case you're wondering what I think about the Galaxy S4, you can watch video and read up on it in my hands-on impressions
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:36:13 PM
    That's key if you travel and don't have an international plan.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:36:30 PM
    The S-Translator is integrated in other apps like messaging.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:36:40 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:36:57 PM
    Adapt Display: It automatically adjusts contrast and other factors depending on the light. It makes whatever you're look at better, Bidan says.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:37:02 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:37:09 PM
    The Super Amoled display is superior to LCD displays, Bidan boasts.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:37:19 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:37:34 PM
    I'm thinking that auto-adjusting that makes things "look better" also sometimes means "makes the screen look a little dimmer." This happened a little bit in the GS3 with the browser.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:37:55 PM
    Oh jeez, there's more bad acting on our way, narrated by the annoying MC.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:38:26 PM
    Story Album allows you to set up an album based on themes or events. You can add tag on photos or people.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:38:53 PM
    Using Blurb, you can use Story Album to create an actual photo book directly from the phone.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:38:55 PM
    This story album idea is a great idea, especially since it brings in Blurb, a custom publishing platform. I just used Blurb to create a book. This smartphone version may not be quite as extensible as the desktop software, but with mobile, sometimes simple is better.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:39:45 PM
    HomeSync, introduced at Mobile World Congress, allows you to share photos from the phone to other devices like TVs.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:40:06 PM
    Wow, this whole presentation is super cheesy.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:40:42 PM
    At least they're winking at us the whole time. I'm not sure if that makes it cheesier or not, but it's a pretty good storytelling device.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:40:45 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:40:49 PM
    With HomeSync, you can connect any smartphone, TV, tablet, or PC, Bidan says. It can be viewed in HD.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:41:08 PM
    HomeSync functions as a hub for life and memory, and uses cloud services, Bidan says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:41:39 PM
    The stage rises again to create a third level, with a car suspended on its side. "Space is tight in Manhattan," the MC jokes.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:41:52 PM
  • John Falcone 3/14/2013 11:41:57 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:42:09 PM
    Galaxy S Voice Drive kicks in when you go in your car. It's a simpler version optimized for driving. You connect with Bluetooth to the car.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:42:38 PM
    S Voice Drive sounds like it's been made specifically to counter Siri embedded in cars.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:42:44 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:43:09 PM
    You can transfer data from any phone or OS to to the Galaxy S4. Probably not apps though.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:43:09 PM
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:43:31 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:43:48 PM
    The Galaxy S4 has a navigation system built in, and S voice will allow drivers to keep their hands free. It will make calls, send messages, and even check the weather.
  • John Falcone 3/14/2013 11:44:09 PM
    Hands-on with Samsung HomeSync (from Mobile World Congress):
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:44:11 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:44:12 PM
    Dan Ackerman: "Driving jokes don't translate to a New York audience."
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:44:35 PM
    When a message pops up, the phone will alert you and let you read out the message, reply, or cancel.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:44:54 PM
    Voice recognition allows the GS4 to do everything for you, including responding to a message, Bidan says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:45:09 PM
    The Galaxy S4 wil act as your personal assistant, Bidan says.
  • sarahtew 3/14/2013 11:45:25 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/14/2013 11:46:06 PM
    So, I haven't had good experiences with S Voice's accuracy. I really hope that the new S Voice Drive mode doesn't disappoint.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:46:06 PM
    Time to talk about the Samsung Hub. The Galaxy S4 takes all of the different hubs and integrates them into one place.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:46:18 PM
    The Galaxy S4 works even when you're wearing gloves. Hey, the Lumia 920 does that too!
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:46:22 PM
    The Samsung Hub has a magazine interface that is easy to use, says the bad actress.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:46:38 PM
    Now for Knox. The Galaxy S4 will be the first device that will ship with Knox.
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:47:04 PM
    It's a suite of security services and apps, part of a program called SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise).
  • Roger Cheng 3/14/2013 11:47:19 PM
    Samsung has made in a priority to target the enterprise world and take share from BlackBerry.
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