1. Screen Mirroring
You can mirror whatever is on your phone to your TV Screen. This can be done with a cable or wireless. You can watch the videos you’ve shot, remember the S4 shoots videos in high definition (HD) mode so don’t worry the videos will be clear on the screen. You can even play games on the screen with your phone acting as a controller.
2. Remote for Your Devices
You can use your S4 as a remote for most of your home devices. It’s not just a dumb remote though, the WatchON app learns your likes and preferences and suggests to you programmes to watch.
This especially came in handy for our TV whose remote has been missing for a while.
3. Air View
This lets you preview contents of an email/text or view a larger image/text on the browser. The good thing is, air view can be turned on/off and you can choose the specific items which you can use air view with.
4. Air Gestures
The air gestures let you manipulate the phone without touching the screen. Useful when you don’t want to smudge your screen with dirty fingers, particularly when receiving a call. Very cool when demonstrating it to friends 😀
5. Smart Stay/Smart Scroll
Smart Stay is a feature that lets the phone watch you as you watch it. As long as your eyes are on the screen it won’t go off, very useful if you’re reading a book and you don’t have to tap the screen each time it goes off to save power. When you look away for long, the screen automatically detects you aren’t looking at it and goes off by itself.
Smart Scroll allows you to scroll through the browser with a nod of your head. However, I’d say it’s faster and more accurate to just use your finger.
It’s not just about multi-tasking anymore. You can have more than one active window (app) on the screen at the same time. Makes things like copy pasting from one app to another much easier. Here’s how to set it up.
7. Drama Shot
Capture an action into one continuous shot. It captures a series of images in one seamless shot. Let me borrow a picture (from a fellow blogger: Nancie Mwai) to demonstrate what I mean
8. Dual Shot
Lets the ‘taker’ of a picture be in the picture too. Take one picture with both the front and back cameras.
9. Group Play
Lets you connect up to 7 other Samsung S4’s so you can share pictures, videos, documents or play games/music simultaneously. They connect over NFC. Now it’s a good thing everyone around you seems to have an S4, no?
10. Quick links
The Samsung Galaxy S4 pull-down bar at the top has more shortcuts for switching on/off functionality. Widgets/apps can also be customized on home/lock screens. Android Jellybean offers more flexibility including the option for simplistic (plain) homescreens.