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2/25/2014
09:35 AM

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fails To Wow

Samsung's new Galaxy 5S flagship smartphone has a fingerprint sensor, improved camera, and Download Booster, but it is evolutionary -- not revolutionary.

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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/6/2014 | 2:11:48 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Mak, 

You found it! :D When Qualcomm presented some of its AR and biomedical applications in that conference in Helsinki there were AR butterflies all over the stage. :) It was very nice. This was, I think, in 2009, or 2010.

Nice you found a nice AR app. :)

-Susan 
mak63
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mak63,
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3/5/2014 | 5:25:52 PM
Re: What did you expect?
@ Susan
Yes, the world you're describing seems plausible and hopefully not far in the future.
I found the Qualcomm augmented reality you mentioned. They call it Vuforia. Here is a link to its YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vuforia. Pretty awesome videos.

I already downloaded one app (iOnRoad) that uses augmented reality. It looks pretty neat.
 
Li Tan
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3/3/2014 | 11:55:02 PM
Re: What did you expect?
It depends on what kind of expectation you set. If you expect something really amazing and fancy, S5 may not be the one. But for a smartphone, S5 should be able to play its role pretty well. Internet of Things is future trend and the smartphone may become a handy control device but there is still sometime for that.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/3/2014 | 2:30:34 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Mak, 

Yes, the Internet of Things is going to make almost everything possible. 

The shower thing can be done with a sensor that you activate through your phone. Your coffee maker can be programmed to make your coffee at a certain time. An AI then brings the coffee to your bed and wakes you up.

The AI reads the news that you are interested in, and ignores the topics that not interest you. When you are ready to go to the shower you start it from your phone, so the bathroom is all nice and steamy when you get there. :D

"I was thinking more of a real AI on the phone and holographic images of the person we're talking to or even maps. Well, that would be neat and handy, wouldn't be?" 

Yes. You can already have Augmented Reality and holographic images on the phone. I saw this some years ago in a conference. Then I saw a commercial. It was being used for marketing. I think it was an app from Qualcomm. 

-Susan 
mak63
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mak63,
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3/3/2014 | 1:59:31 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Maybe some people expect their phone to wake them up with a ready cup of coffee, read the news, and get the shower ready while they finish their coffee.
To be honest, with the Internet Of Things around the corner, those things don't seem far-fetched to me.
I don't know how they're gonna implement the shower thing, but as revolutionary, I was thinking more of a real AI on the phone and holographic images of the person we're talking to or even maps. Well, that would be neat and handy, wouldn't be?

 

 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/2/2014 | 2:57:30 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Brian, 

Reinventing the battery is one possibility. What ever happened with Nokia's battery innovation? There is a startup in the UK working on a solar battery. 

-Susan
Brian.Dean
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3/1/2014 | 6:27:48 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Tango is an exciting frontier, someday rather than having to pick up a souvenir while on vacation, one could just scan the object using their phone to create a 3D template which could be later printed using a 3D printer. 
Brian.Dean
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3/1/2014 | 6:12:00 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Susan, yes I agree that the phone has already become massively powerful and the Cloud has given it even more capability to perform tasks, with the bar already set so high there is not much that can be done unless someone comes along and reinvents the battery -- device usage time of 100+ hours. But if an S5 is on its way then it should be an S5, not an S4 relabeled with minor touchups.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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2/28/2014 | 9:09:05 PM
Secure payment
Galaxy S5's sensor is housed in the home button s you have explained and can use to unlock the device. It also has given the capability to make secure payments via PayPal and other mobile wallets.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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2/28/2014 | 9:05:04 PM
Re: water resistance
A recent article showed that many of the Sony phones have incorporated this feature to their phones. At the same time they say it is a unique feature as far as flagship phones are concerned.
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