Select Samsung Galaxy S 4 features will be brought to the Galaxy S III

Select Samsung Galaxy S 4 features will be brought to the Galaxy S III
Did you hear? The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is here! Yup, and it brings along plenty of new features that its maker has spiced up its interface with. In fact, pretty much the entire Samsung Galaxy S 4 unveiling event was focused around new functionality and applications, with very little time dedicated to bragging about hardware specs.

Now, we know there are millions of people holding on to their tried and trusty Samsung Galaxy S III, and at least some of them are wondering if their handset will ever be able to do any of the magic its successor is capable of pulling off. To them we bring good news - Samsung has promised to bring as many Galaxy S 4 features to the Galaxy S III as it can.

Which ones will be on the list isn't clear, but it's certain that perks requiring special hardware in order to work won't make it. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has an infrared blaster allowing it to work as a TV remote. The S III doesn't have one. Air Gestures are also out of the question, and so is any functionality that relies on a thermometer or barometer - all sensors present only on the Samsung Galaxy S 4.

On the other hand, it is quite possible to see Smart Scroll and Smart Pause on the Galaxy S III one day. After all, they just need a front-facing camera and the software itself in order to work. Besides, not long ago we saw them present on an alleged Galaxy S III software update. The new S Translator and S Drive applications are also potential candidates for being retrofitted onto the S III. 

Still, that's just us trying to predict the future by throwing educated guesses on the table. Hopefully Samsung will soon disclose what Galaxy S 4 features will appear on older smartphones. 

source: PCMag via The Verge

Related phones

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)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Am I the only one who actually really likes this device?

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011


5. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Then I guess everyone's too ignorant and blinded just of the fact it's made of plastic... Replace the back with aluminum and watch everyone start drooling over it.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's not the plastic, it's the gloss. Give it a matte finish, maybe some front speakers, and I'll drool.

30. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Right dude, the glossy look makes it look like a Chinese knock off phone.

9. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

If they gonna port all the features to S3 then why the f**k people would buy S4?

12. oister85 unregistered

to keep the million and millions of people that bought the s3 happy, at the same time attracting more crowds. only this time i think samsung understimate its competitores mainly htc one following by sony z.

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Its called overconfidence mate. I am die hard fan of Samsung but this time Samsung gonna loose big time from Sony and HTC.

15. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

How is being friendly to those who bought your device and loyal to your brand overconfidence? I'd prefer that to other selfish android manufacturers who ignore their devices after a year or so.

29. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Highly unlikely. I once liked HTC, before the announcement of the s4 actually, but learning about their rather unfair bashing they did totally turned me off. That's foul play, you just don't do something like that at an event of such popularity. HTC is dead to me. Now I only support Samsung, LG, Motorola and Nokia.

31. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

why buy the S4 instead of S3?? S3 does not have... 13MP cam, 1080 x 1920 screen, IR blaster for touch free controls, and TV remote functions, twice as much ram, double the HSDPA speed, twice as many cores... IF you dont want the above, WTH do you bother ?????

10. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

Nope its great and I think the new features make up for the plastic design

16. oister85 unregistered

not man your not the only one, i liked it is just disappointing that samsung uses plastic again. i would be perfect if it was made of glass or aluminum.

18. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

i love it :D

22. GeekMovement unregistered

You're not the only one, I find it quite nice although I would have liked it better if the back was designed more beautifully.

23. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

hey i love wife gonna be so happy...s1 s2 s3 s4...mine note 1 note 2 and probably note 8.0..

3. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012 whats the point of upgrading from the s3 ..You might actually fool someone and tell them you have the s4

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Samsung galaxy S3S

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

SAME-sung :)

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh really? So what's the point of buying a new S4 when you can upgrade your S3?

8. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

hahahaha! seriously samsung? you betrayed all your fanboys!

26. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

hahahahhaaaaa no its not.....

11. insanoshaman

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Plastic. The only fuel for haters.

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

When is S4 mini and S4 Duos launching?

25. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

forget it man just buy H1 or hate it anyway....just leve it to us loyal fans.

19. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

what about the note 2?.please tell me it will get it also?.

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

note 2 will get note 3 features -- SAME-sung promise :)

24. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

isn't that great?..not like other OEM mere updates alone take them so long...while at SAME sung as you put it...even your year old device is not forgotten....will get the same treatment eventhough not all features but still....

21. rebbea

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

FYI, the S3 DOES have a barometer.

27. slashXking

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Galaxy s4 is cool but in my opinion i will stick with my note 2 rather than going for s4. I guess s4 features will also be transferred to galaxy note 2!!! finger's crossed!!! -_-

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