Samsung shows 10 neat hidden Galaxy S4 features

Samsung shows 10 neat hidden Galaxy S4 features
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not just an extremely powerful Android device - it is also stuffed with little tweaks and options to explore. It’s been months since the device launched and it’s already become the fastest selling Android smartphone ever, but we bet that some features remain little known to even advanced users.

Now, to guide us through all its secrets, Samsung is walking users through 10 awesome hidden features of the Galaxy S4.

TouchWiz is not all about Air Gestures and other trickery you might not use all that often - it is packed with useful features as well. Take a look right below to find out what are they.



source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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43 Comments

1. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

no. 3,4 6, and 8 Note 8.0 has those feature too....

2. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Haters will still call them gimmick!

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

For the first time, I don't call these hidden features a gimmick, These are the features that they should promote and not the other useless gimmicky things like group play, s translate,pop up play and so many more

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Those features are easily marketable than these !

13. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

These hidden features are what I find useful and convenient rather than the gimmick they're promoting on commercials and advertisements. But I know that that's one of the factors that makes the phone attractive to the consumers even though they will not use them in their everyday lives

19. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Agree it's the little things about tw that I like rather than air view etc...I guess it's just easier to market features like that..

31. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

For some, they're useful features(air view, air gesture, etc). For others, they may be all gimmicks. So what? Flagship phones are supposed to have over the top gimmicks and features. Look it luxury cars(like BMW, Mercedes) or luxury items, they're full of gimmicky features such as rain sensing wipers, heated/cooled/messaging seats, automatic you name it. Do people use many of these gimmicks or features? No, but it's there. Same thing. You don't want gimmicks, then don't buy flagship phones(or turn it off), cheaper phones don't come with them.

33. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Completely agree, im all about options, give me all the features possible and may me chosose what to use or not

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh, Group play is actually one of the most brilliant features ever that people just seem to brush over. People keep on associating it as a music and speaker only feature but as far as I know, correct me if I am wrong since I haven't personally used it, you can air drop files, share power points with other samsung devices and highlights during presentations and have lan gaming set ups. It sounds quite versatile and the pinnacle of any wifi direct connection to me. I mean what's better? Air drop on it's own or group play that can do gaming, music, files, pictures etc. I am not sure if group play can do shared video or not but it's just a really advanced form of DNLA so it should be able to do it.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems like a gimmick to me.

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Of course it is a gimmick. They should include the highly productive & revolutionary wallpaper which moves in the background when we move the phone ! Imagine the endless possibility with such a innovation !

29. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

He's secretly waiting for Apple to "borrow" these, probably in iOS 9.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like Samsung did when they first launched the Galaxy line of phones?

36. SleepingOz unregistered

Because Apple 'invented' a square with round corners. Now that's innovation!

40. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

These are gimmicks until the next iphone includes these things.

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

and many says this are gimmicks... but when others make this kinda features it's cool... haters gonna hate..

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

**these

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Only the quick settings feature is useful. Everything else just feels like a gimmick.

27. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

better take your pills :)

35. av911 unregistered

Everything feels like a gimmick to you until Apple implements it. By that time, you'll call it revolutionary.

38. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Okay. Now you're just being a hater here. Touchwiz is usually the first thing I get rid of on my phone, but I have to admit some of these are useful. You really wouldn't use blocking mode? The stuff they marketed the s4 with you could have a case against. Dunno why you would knock these.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blocking mode is a ripoff of Do-Not-Disturb. If those features are useful then why do you get rid of TouchWiz?

42. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

I've played with my friend's iphone/ipad and i didn't remember if they had that thing or not, but that's not really the point; I would have mentioned it anyways. It's a useful feature (in fact it isn't in AOSP) and I wouldn't put them in the gimmick category, as are a couple of other ones. Multi-window along with the moveable keyboard has its uses. Quick access to Watchon controls from the shade will be useful to control your tv/receiver while you're using Chromecast. I'm already getting into TL:DR territory, but the other stuff mentioned is useful for everyday tasks. I didn't really make it clear, but I've kept TW on my S4. I usually got rid of touchwiz in my past devices because I found it ugly as sin and featureless so I flashed CM/AOKP/AOSP roms and got used to them. It's still ugly as hell but Touchwiz's suite of features is now good enough that I can ignore TW's tackiness.

5. android_hitman unregistered

I knew all of those "hidden/secret" features.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That why I don't mind to use touch wiz but I wouldn't buy Samsung phone because of it. It's still the hardware performance of the device will be my no.1 priority. Their note 8/10.1 and Samsung tab 3 series suck big time!

9. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

i hope these all gimmicks comes to my S3 in the 4.3 update !!!

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How are they gimmicks?

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I knew about all if them except #3. The pop up keyboard is actually a smart idea. Kudos to Samsung for that. EDIT: Was suppose to be my own comment and not a reply.. The reply system is on crack.

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1412; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Maybe you should have clicked on the"Edit" button... Reply is not on crack, cause i just used it. Edit: Just used the edit too.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think you skipped the part where in capitol letters it says EDIT. And this has happened before, so my statement still stands. Go try being a smarta-s elsewhere.

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