Features smartphone makers brag with, and their Android alternatives

Features smartphone makers brag with, and their Android alternatives
There are tons of things that major smartphone makers try to attract a consumer's attention with. That process usually involves quite a lot of bragging: how gynormous of a screen the company's product has, how incredibly long its battery will last on a single charge, how astonishingly good are the photos that it takes, among other hyperbole-rich statements. In addition, often there are exclusive apps and features bundled, which is another trick for manufacturers to make a buyer pick their smartphone instead of the competitor's offering. Some of these apps and features are just useless gimmicks, but others can be quite useful.

And you know what, just because a company is launching a product with exclusive features, that doesn't mean that alternative apps haven't been already made. In fact, that is what we have collected today: a handful of Android apps that emulate the functionality of features that companies like to brag with. Go ahead and check them out in the slideshow below, and as always, drop us a line in the comments in case you know any apps that should have been on our list.


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52 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Fast Burst apps were like born in Gingerbread-era *though low-res, it's good enough for Jump Shots :p.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Flip to mute" feature came long back with Symbian 60v5.

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wikitude was very good in BlackBerry!

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Notice how the iPhone doesn't even have any software innovations to tout as their own? Both Android and WP manufacturers have come up with their own things to make their individual platform unique...

14. mrcook

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and yet Samsung got sued BIG time for stealing BOOYA :D

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Go away you troll.

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, and Tim Cook also called the Surface/Windows 8 a mess and that 7.9 inch isn't counted as a 7 inch tablet... Clearly logic isn't working right in Apple town...

46. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And Apple went on knees in front of Samsung in UK ... Troll is winning only backhome in courts.

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well......one thing Samsung got accused of stealing just got invalidated by the USPTO.... that bounce back feature .....you know that feature that made me choose a Galaxy S over the iPhone... :/ Expect that 1 billion settlement to get smaller....

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ha! I noticed that too! +1

6. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Thats because its a Iphone bro. And I love the BurstShot, good for Jump shots or catching someone FAIL.

8. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

good one PA.thanks

9. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Fast Capture by Sony.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Aren't open source platforms great? I love it.

12. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I don't see this pop up play feature on my Galaxy Nexus.

18. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

you can download the app "super video" does the same thing and more

40. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Is that one the best? Because I got Popcorn Player.

30. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Or Stick it player ;)

19. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

now list the iphone special features.....none

33. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It features iLost, it shows where you are in another dimension even though Google Maps worked perfectly before.

20. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

Smartactions can do reminders based on location as well. Use it on my Razr Maxx. But, these other apps look interesting as well. I think I may give them a spin. Thanks PA!

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

so what so called innovations did the SGSIII brought to the table?...

25. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Smart Stay, Popup Play & S Beam.

26. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh yeah, Lift phone to call and Palm Swipe screen capture, as well as the first phone to have a 8MP zero shutter lag camera (Officially of cause, excluding custom ROMs for other phones with 8MP cams)

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you lost on me on Smart play and Popup Play... on the camera lag let me use it before I believe it..( it would be nice if itis true)

29. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh yeah? How so? I haven't seen it being used on any phone before the S3. As for Zero shutter lag, do you think Samsung would blatantly lie like Apple does? Or would the hundreds of reviews be lying about it too?

31. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Zero shutter lag -> HTC One X

37. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

all companies lie to sell their products don't be naive to think Samsung is any different..

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

... You're joking, right? The first 2 you listed are in the article and can be easily replaced. S Beam is just Android Beam. And didn't the One X advertise as having zero shutter lag? I could be wrong

38. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

God do you even read? He asked what innovations did the SGS3 bring. All the alternate apps that can replicate these functions only came out after the SGS3. S Beam is a combination of Android Beam and WiFi Direct, you can't transfer music and big files with Android Beam.

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