The latest “Next Galaxy” smartphone continues to make headlines several hours after its official launch. One of the most controversial Galaxy handsets released by Samsung, the phone comes with a range of interesting applications and services.
Before we take an in-depth look on the software features of the third-generation Galaxy S, we recommend those interested in the phone’s hardware performance to check out this article for the latest benchmark results scored by Galaxy S III.
The first thing I want to point out is that Samsung has built the Galaxy S III with convergence in mind. The phone is packed with all sorts of software meant to improve the user’s experience and make it easier to take advantage of the phone’s features.
The Galaxy S III can recognize the user’s voice and understand his/her intention. The software that comes pre-loaded enhances the interaction between the device and its user.
The handset can also detect the user’s face, though this is no news. In addition, Galaxy S III is capable of detecting the user’s gestures and it can even adapt to the user’s needs in order to provide a smoother experience.
For example, with the “Smart stay” feature, Samsung Galaxy S III actively learns how the owner uses the phone and provides everything that is required for a much better experience without having to set any additional options.
The smartphone uses the front camera to identify the user’s eyes and can detect when he/she reads an e-book or browse the web, so it is able to maintain a bright display for a better experience.
“S Voice” is an advanced natural language user interface that many think it’s superior to Apple’s Siri similar software. With “S Voice,” Galaxy S III listens and responds to the user’s words.
Aside from being able to provide search results, the new feature offers powerful device control and commands. It can quickly act based on user’s voice command, so when the phone alarm goes off and you want to snooze it, just say the word and the phone will automatically recognize your voice and snooze the alarm.
The “S Voice” feature can also be used to play songs, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize an agenda, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.
There’s more to it, as Samsung Galaxy S III can recognize the user’s face and voice, so when he/she is messaging someone but decides to call them instead, they only need to lift the phone to their ear and “Direct call” will dial their number.
In addition, “Smart alert” catches any missed messages or calls as the phone will vibrate to notify missed statuses when picked up after being idle.
Last but not least, Galaxy S III comes with “S Beam,” which is an improved version of Android Beam feature. “S Beam” allows a 1GB movie file to be shared within no more than three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another Galaxy S III phone.
The same can be done with the “Buddy photo share” function, which allows photos to be shared with friends pictured in an image directly from a camera or photo gallery.