updated 04:21 pm EDT, Thu May 3, 2012
Unique Galaxy S III features include Smart stay, S Voice, Smart alert, more
The newly official Galaxy S III will sport a number of features that Samsung says enhance the user experience and make for a natural interaction. The Smart stay feature, for example, will use the front, 1.9-megapixel camera to adjust the display brightness based on ambient light, the user's eye position, and the task he or she is performing. If they are reading an e-book or a web page, it will optimize the display to minimize eye strain, Samsung said.
Another feature debuting on the handset is S Voice, which will let users delay an alarm simply by saying snooze, adjust the volume, send messages, or launch and take a photo using nothing but their voice. The feature will combine with a motion for other tasks as well. For example, when typing a message to a contact, but raising the handset to their ear, users can call the contact instead by simply saying "Direct call."
A Smart alert will notify users of missed calls by vibrating when picked up by a user after being idle. We assume this is only when selected by a user or when in silent mode, as alerts should be coming in regardless of whether a user interacts with the handset or not.
Sharing files and images will be fast and easy if Samsung is to be believed between Galaxy S III handsets, thanks to the S Beam. An evolution to the operating system's Android Beam feature, Samsung said it will let users transfer a 1GB movie within three minutes and a 10MB song in two seconds. This is done simply by touching the two Galaxy S III handset together and doesn't require a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.
A Buddy photo share option will send an image to a number of friends in an image. This will likely require their photos are also linked to contacts. AllShare Play will let users wirelessly play back multimedia on their compatible home theater systems or tablets. Similar is a Group Cast feature that can mirror the screen across multiple mobile devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
What sounds like a useful, PC-like feature for multitaskers is Pop up play. It will let users shrink and move a playing video to a portion of the screen while they perform other tasks, such as browse the web.