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Galaxy S4's 11 New Features At a Glance

Steven Blum
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In addition to a bigger, better screen, more powerful processor, and 13MP camera, Samsung's Galaxy S4 also has a number of features which could end up being helpful for a lot of folks. From a sensor which pauses your video when you're not looking at your screen, to incredible new fitness features and camera modes, there's plenty of new innovations baked into Samsung's latest and greatest. Here are all the new features at a glance

View Cover

This new losckscreen reveals a small section of the S4's active screen, allowing users to see things like the time and notifications without lifting the cover. A small feature, perhaps, but nice to have.

New Camera Features

Samsung loves to add a ton of camera features to their devices, and the Galaxy S4 is no exception. The phone features an on-screen mode dial like the Galaxy Camera, as well as a few new scene modes including Eraser, which allows users to take a quick series of pictures, automatically deleting any object that's in motion in the shot. DualShot, meanwhile, allows you to take a photo with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously, while Drama Shot takes a burst shot and overlaps them, allowing you to see – flipboard-style – how an action scene plays out across time. 

S Translator

Like Google Translate, but for text messages as well, this service effortlessly translates your emails and text messages to and from any language.

Air Gestures

Lets you scroll through pictures or preview menu items without ever touching the screen.

Smart Pause and Smart Scroll

Track your eye movements to pause video or scroll whatever your reading, respectively. Apparantly, these features didn't work so well during initial tests.

S Health

Has a built-in pedometer, and temperature and humidity sensors to detect your surroundings and your fitness levels. You can also input how much you eat and sleep to receive personalized exercise recommendations. A companion wristband, called the S-Band, connects via Bluetooth to track your progress when you're not carrying your phone.

IR blaster

Transforms your Galaxy S4 into a universal remote and TV Guide. Just point it at your TV in order to activate this function.

Group Play

Play multiplayer games with your friends on separate phones, sync music or pictures easily, etc. all via NFC.