Samsung's Galaxy S III phone in pictures

Samsung's Galaxy S III phone in pictures

Summary: After weeks of build-up, Samsung has unveiled its new top-of-the-range Ice Cream Sandwich handset, which aims to take on rivals with a suite of voice control, file-sharing and collaboration features


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  • Galaxy S III rear camera

    The smartphone runs Android 4.0, the most recent version, which is also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. However, Samsung has tweaked the Google-backed mobile OS to include an overhauled version of its TouchWiz interface, as well as several manufacturer-specific apps designed to make using the phone a more hands-off experience.

    One of these features is S Voice, which lets the owner control the handset with voice commands. For example, people can tell it to wake up, place a phone call, make a diary entry, send a text message, take a photo, play music or adjust the volume, all without touching the phone.

    Another feature is Smart Stay, which detects when the user is browsing a web page or reading an e-book, and keeps the screen awake without the need to press it.

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  • Samsung Galaxy SIII comparison

    Samsung has provided several software features aimed at helping the Galaxy S III stand out from its rivals. One of these is a beefed-up version of the Android Beam sharing feature found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

    Rebranded as S Beam, the option allows users to share files such as photos, music or videos by touching the handset against another S III, without the need for Wi-Fi or a data signal. Samsung said S Beam can transfer a 1GB film within three minutes and a 10MB music file in about two seconds.

    There is also a Group Cast feature for sharing files stored on the phone. On top of this, it lets people work collaboratively on a document in real time with someone using another S III connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

    In addition, the phone can wirelessly connect to any DLNA-compatible large-screen display or TV. This means users can carry out video conferences or do full-screen movie playback, if they use an AllShare Cast dongle with the handset.

    As well as transferring files, the Galaxy S III has near-field communications (NFC) functionality for carrying out mobile payments, where supported.

    Image credit: Ben Woods

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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