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Samsung Galaxy S4's coolest new features

Al Sacco | April 19, 2013
All but one of the "Big Four" U.S. wireless carriers this week announced plans to release the much-anticipated, Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone before the end of April, along with a few additional smaller carriers.

Galaxy S4 Story Album

The new Story Album feature in the Galaxy S4 includes tools to let users select and organize images in their photo albums and create custom albums that can be turned into actual, physical photo books. Story Album also has themes and layouts that can be used to customize albums. It costs between and $10 and $30 for 10-page albums, according to Samsung.

New Samsung Galaxy S4 Tools and Utilities

 Galaxy S4 and S Translator

Plenty of translator apps are available for Android and other devices, but Samsung's new, native S Translator application may be the most full-feature and best looking of translation app I've ever seen. I haven't actually used the app for more than a minute or two, but it seems to be very well designed and functional.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and S Translator
Samsung Galaxy S4 and S Translator

S Translator currently supports nine different languages, according to Samsung, with support for additional languages in the works. Users can type or speak words or phrases in the application, and translated words or phrases can be displayed on screen or spoken back to users.

The application can also quickly and easily translate email and other messages users receive.

Galaxy S4 and S Health

Samsung's S Health service isn't brand new, but it's new to Galaxy smartphones in the United States. S Health is a health-tracking and monitoring service designed to let Samsung users get or stay healthy using a number of smartphone-based tools.

Not unlike the popular Fitbit service, S Health track steps, recommends health activities and exercise, lets you monitor caloric intake and weight levels and much more. S Health measures users' custom environmental-comfort levels using temperature and humidity sensors built into the Galaxy S4. And online health boards and other charts help track progress toward health goals.

S Health also integrates with a number of additional related accessories from Samsung, including a wireless Body Scale and a wearable Heart Rate Monitor (HRM).

Samsung Galaxy S4's New Navigation Features

Galaxy S4 Smart Scroll and Smart Pause

Two of the coolest and most innovative new features in Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone are the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause navigation features.

Smart Scroll lets users scroll up and down screens and through pages by simply tilting their Galaxy S4 devices without ever touching the displays.

The Galaxy SIII smartphone packs a feature that can determine when a user is looking at the display so the screen doesn't power down while it's in use. But the GS4 takes the technology a bit further. Galaxy S4 Smart Pause technology determines when a user looks at on-screen video and then pauses when the user looks away. Smart Pause also restarts the video when users look at their displays again.


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