We're starting to wonder if Samsung will have anything left to announce at the London event next week - they've made three new phones and two new tablets official in the small amount of time since the event was scheduled. The latest is the Galaxy S4 Zoom, an update to both the never-ending string of Galaxy S4 variants and last year's Galaxy Camera that's been caught in the wild already.
When Samsung started expanding its "trademark" navigation control design (elongated physical home button + two capacitive buttons) beyond its smartphone range, I bet you never thought it would get this far. TechTastic has grabbed some photos of the alleged Galaxy S4 Zoom, a camera-phone hybrid based on the ubiquitous Galaxy S4. These photos roughly match the leaked press image that SamMobile showed off yesterday. This thing is real, or at least real enough that some hardware has been produced.
One more day, gentle readers - one more day until you can toss away the shackles of oppressive shift labor to fall into the sweet, silky lull of the weekend, and bask in glorious leisurely respite. Until then, here are some cheap apps.
Draw a Stickman: EPIC - $.99 (50% off)
Clone Camera - $.99 (50% off)
Magicka - $.99 (50% off)
Crazy Machines GolenGears THD - $.99 (66% off)
Call Notes Pro - $.99 (75% off)
Rebuild - Free (normally $2.99) [Amazon Appstore]
Update: It looks like the sale on Clone Camera has ended.
Show of hands, who uses CyanogenMod? Oh, you do? I've got some good news: your camera is about to become a little more interested in what you have to say. A few hours ago, CyanogenMod announced that the included camera app will integrate a voice-activated shutter mode. Judging by one of the pictures, a new time-delayed mode will be part of the package, as well. Take a look:
As you can tell, a few different words can be used to activate the shutter, currently Cid, Whiskey, and Cheese.
Sprint Galaxy SIII owners fire up your "check now" fingers – you'll be getting a software update to version L710VPBMD4 soon, bringing a home screen security fix and a few other changes.
Specifically, the update – slated to start rolling out April 24 – brings Multi-View functionality (by which you can split the screen for multi-tasking purposes), enhancements to the camera and gallery apps, the addition of Samsung's Paper Artist photo editing app, and unspecified bulk SMS enhancements.
There's no denying that wearable tech seems to be where it's at among industry analysts. Indeed, the concept of wearable devices separate from smartphones and tablets has piqued the interest of many would-be users. Pebble's smartwatch drew some pretty significant attention, and rumors of more advanced watches from both Samsung and Apple have fueled buzz for several weeks.
If you really want Samsung's Galaxy Camera (our review), but aren't into the idea of being tied down to a carrier so you can take pictures, it's your lucky day. The company just announced the Galaxy Camera Wi-Fi, which quite frankly makes a whole lot more sense, anyway.
Essentially, the Galaxy Camera Wi-Fi is exactly like its cellular-connected counterpart in terms of pure spec (and aesthetics):
- Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
- Lens: 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8 (W) ~ 5.9(T)
- IS: OIS
- Display: 121.2 mm (4.8"), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
- ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Memory: 8GB (including read-only sections such as Android operating system) ＋ memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC)
- Image: JPEG format 16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
- Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC); Full HD 1920x1080 30fps; Slow motion Movie 768x512 120fps
- GPS: GPS, GLONASS
- Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40; GPS, GLONASS; Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: 1,650 mAh
- Dimensions: 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
- Weight: 300g
Unfortunately, there's no word on pricing or availability, despite the fact that the PR states that the device is being "launched today."
Do you use AirDroid? You should. It's a fantastic piece of software. While Google tends to prefer using cloud services to manage your data, there is no central app that can access and change anything on your device. This app fills that need and does so amazingly. It's so great that we gave away 20 invites to the v2 beta recently. Now, the invite-only requirement is gone and it's available to anyone who can download it.
So, the idea of an Android-powered camera with a swappable lens intrigues you, yes? Well, last night we got a chance to play with such a device, the Polaroid iM1836... and moral of the story: execution, execution, execution. Polaroid, we think, got it wrong. While we were playing with a pre-production model, I can't help but feel Polaroid took a half-decent idea and managed to totally flub it. First, the video.