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In my opinion, one of the most appealing things about the Galaxy S III is the sheer amount of accessories made specifically for it. Never before had we seen an Android handset get as much love from all the big players, which is likely one of the things that made it such a popular handset.

Continuing that sort of add-on support, Samsung is coming out swinging with the Galaxy S4, as it has already announced a gaggle of pretty impressive accessories just for the device.

S Band

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Part of the S Health accessories, the S Band is akin to Jawbone's Up. It's a bracelet-type accessory that monitors your calories burned, distance traveled, sleep efficiency, and more. It's also waterproof, which makes it practical to wear essentially all the time.

HRM

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The HRM is, as the abbreviation may suggest, a heart rate monitor. Also part of the S Health series, this one helps you keep an eye on your BPM while working out, and it also works with the Running Mate app. Brilliant.

Body Scale

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Rounding out the S Health accessories is the Body Scale, which communicates with the GS4 over Bluetooth, allowing you to easily keep track of your weight loss (or gain). It supports up to seven users, and also works with S Health 2.0.

S View Cover

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It's a flip cover with a little window, which lets relevant info show through without having to actually flip it open. You should also be able to talk on the phone thanks to the speaker opening, as well.

Game Pad

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The amount of Bluetooth gaming controllers that have hit the scene over the last  year is mind boggling. So Samsung wants to get in on the action now with what appears to be a pretty solid-looking controller. It pairs in one touch with NFC, offers a full array of requisite buttons, and even works as a remote control for a "home gaming experience." Whatever that means.

On a side note, the unit can old devices from 4-inches up to [a very specific] 6.3. Does the latter number possibly indicate the screen size of a certain third-generation "phablet?" Guess we'll find out.

Wireless Charging Pad/Cover

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Plugging your phone in to charge is old school, man. Wireless charging is the new hotness, so it only makes sense that Samsung would bring it to the S4. While I'm not sure how this "pad" also works as a "cover," having it serve double duty is a neat idea in itself. Looks like I interpreted this one wrong – it's a cover/pad combo that enabled wireless charging on the device. That makes it sound like it's going to proprietary.

Flip Cover

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Just like the ones for the Note II and S III. Only for the S4.

Pouch

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It's a slipcase, for guys (or gals) who like slipcases. It also has an opening for the speaker, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Protective Cover+

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Better than a regular protective cover (as indicated by the "plus" sign), it offers "complete protection for the Galaxy S4." Sounds fancy.

Headset

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Earbuds. Just for the GS4. Does this one really need explanation?

Extra Battery Kit

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Looks like a second battery and nifty little charging station. For those people who need at least 5,200mAh, I guess.

That's All

It's clear that Samsung really intends on trying to live by the "Lifestyle Companion" motto for the GS4, thanks to accessories like the S Band and Body Scale. There's no word when these accessories will be available, though it's not hard to imagine at least half of them hitting the same day as the GS4 itself.

To get a closer look at these accessories, you can head over to Samsung's GS4 microsite and hit the "Accessories" button.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Derek Traini

    I'm not the biggest fan of Samsung, but I do like how they make accessories for their own products.

  • Bas

    Lol, that controller accessory looks like a Wii-Xbox hybrid.

    • Craig Simpson

      It does same a wireless controller for a home experience lol I wonder if it was made in conjunction with MS or something because I smell a lawsuit if not.

      • Bas

        It seems that lawsuits are inevitable nowadays... :/

        • Craig Simpson

          I think look alikes if not exactly like in shape function size etc should not be sueable only duplicates should be. Lawsuits are bull,

  • http://twitter.com/mrnightshade η.g.я. ☄

    That Gamepad looks awfully like a mix of a wii and xbox controller. Another lawsuit?

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    the flip cover with the window is kind of neat. my main concern about using a flip cover was what to do with it when taking pictures (which i'm not sure this answers), but nonetheless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      Wouldn't the window also allow for the lens to take pictures if flipped open? I find it hard to believe Samsung would miss that detail.

  • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

    This is why they will win..

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      I was under the impression Samsung had already won. They're just working to keep their position now.

  • Thomas’

    I have to admit - Samsung does not do things by halves here.

  • Craig Simpson

    Well they are trying to squeeze money out of their product line. I wonder how well their other divisions are doing and how much their R&D is split up between the divisions. Samsung used to be a TV name and now look at where they are now. A full blown phone company with their own chips and products. I predict Samsung will go far and in the end spread themselves to thin and then hustle back to their bread and butter.

    • Nevi_me

      Each of their industries are separate divisions/companies. Like there's Samsung Electronics, Samsung Life Insurance, Fine Chemicals, Heavy Industries, and and and. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung

      As each is operated separately, the other divisions would spend part of their own revenue on R&D :)

      • Craig Simpson

        See now thats how you run a company. I'm glad jist the heirs have to deal with the companies as a whole and ech.one.focuses on themselves. It really does help to not spread money between all of them.

  • Ionuț Leonte

    "On a side note, the unit can old devices from 4-inches up to [a very specific] 6.3. Does the latter number possibly indicate the screen size of a certain third-generation "phablet?" Guess we'll find out."

    I certainly hope not. I'm absolutely loving my Note 2 but in all honesty I don't think I can go any bigger (twss). Not for a phone that is.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I want two of everything.

  • http://www.radioshak.co.uk Shakil Shaikh

    Wireless Charging Pad/Cover - I'm reading this to mean you would have to use a (bundled) cover to enable wireless charging. Similar to what was planned for the S3.

  • HebeGuess

    I read this comment at the verge and can't stop laughing.. "why the flip cover with a hole on it not called as S-hole".

    • patapongirl

      LMAO you've made my day

  • moelsen8

    whoa. it almost makes me want to jump onboard with this phone. that's crazy how many accessories there are right off the bat.

    hey google, you seeing this?

  • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

    "While I'm not sure how this "pad" also works as a "cover," having it serve double duty is a neat idea in itself."

    Just an FYI, the S4 does not support wireless charging out of the box. so the wireless charging pad and cover are 2 seperate parts....a back cover for the S4 with the wireless charging built in, and the charging pad.

    i know why they did it this way (to get more monies) but i really wish they would have just thrown wireless charging in to begin with.

    Very cool phone BTW and i love how they throw in accessories ON TIME unlike some other *cough* nexus*cough* brands. Well done Samsung.

    • http://twitter.com/mortodestructo Mort

      On time? Time will tell, I suppose.

  • Diego!

    I remember SIII had like an Apple iPod Shuffle if I remember correctly, where is SIV pod? :(

  • CBNforum

    It is good to see them make all the accessories, as Cameron said in the post the S3 was pretty much the first Android phone that had lots companies make accessories for and this was because the phone was the same no matter the carrier. The only accessory I would have liked to see modified a little from this list are the earbuds... Change the color to match the phone or at least don't make them white, I have an S3, which came with good earbuds but when it is my pocket, I hate the fact that people think I am using an iPhone.

  • JonJJon

    Good range of accessories indeed, I wonder how many of them will actually see the light of day in the next 6 months, or at all.

  • Matthew Fry

    You'll be quite the hipster with the heart rate monitor around your waist and the sband on your wrist.

    edit: wait a minute. Where does that monitor go? On your forehead?

    • mgamerz

      I assume it goes across your chest.
      Edit: Actually where would it go...?

      • mpaliulis

        It looks similar to one I have for my elliptical and it goes around your chest. You need some moisture (aka sweat) on your skin to make it work though.

      • GraveUypo

        i assumed wrist since it's a easy place to get a pulse :O

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It's a chest strap sensor.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Chest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142037600 Pierre Beaudoin

    I just like the earbuds, not because of the quality or anything like that, juste because they have music volume control with separate keys. Yeah, volume controls on an android device (hope it's not proprietary)

  • Gnex22

    So are these accessories or, more importantly, accessories that will be available in North America? Samsung is awful about accessories coming across the ocean.

  • TonyArcher

    Hopefully some of these work with the s3. Not chargers and cases but like s-health stuff, etc.

  • mgamerz

    No car dock? Come on now... Moto already has you 1-up'd. One thing about moto was that they always had rock solid accessories.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    VERY excited by two things:

    1) The gamepad. I have been wanting Google to make one, but maybe Sammy will beat them to it and do it right.

    2) REMOVABLE BATTERY!!! I cannot express how glad I am to see Samsung sticking with this. It's the single greatest reason I haven't jumped ship and picked up a Nexus 4 yet.

  • James Jenkins

    Hate flat wireless chargers. My Charging Orb puts my nexus in a still usable angle. I plan to pick up an S4 for my wife. I am going to try my Orb and if it works I will order another for her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      I have the Orb and it works perfectly with my GS3 (with the charging back cover I bought separately, of course). I am sure it will work for the GS4.

  • http://4LadyDi.blogpsot.com/ Lady Di

    WOW, just WOW... there's nothing purple yet. Anyhow, I do like the wireless charging pad but why is it proprietary to the G4 ONLY?? Or am I reading that incorrectly?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

    Any idea of the Note 2 smart dock will work with this? It works with the i9300 GS3.

    It provides MHL, charging and USB OTG connectivity simultaneously all built in to a dock (I don't believe that there are any cables which currently offer all 3).

  • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

    Re: "Home Gaming Experience"

    My guess is that this refers to having the phone display on the TV and using it as a bluetooth controller remotely, rather than having the phone held by the controller.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

    any idea how much of this works on the S3?

  • yankeesusa

    I wonder if they will make same accessories for the note 2 or if they will just wait for the note 3. Either way Samsung is still doing good.

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