Samsung released the latest addition to their portfolio of innovative smartphones this week with the introduction of the Galaxy S4.
Due to roll out across the UK in April, the new device was showcased at an event in New York’s Radio City Music Hall and although details of pricing were not outlined, Samsung set about singing the new gadgets praises.
A 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is just one feature in the S4’s impressive repertoire, which comes with a dual function to allow use of both the rear-facing and forward-facing cameras simultaneously.
Running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as expected (thanks to leaked images and videos), and with impressive storage up to 64GB with the option of expansion with a +microSD slot, the Galaxy S4 boasts great functionality too.
One thing that caught my eye in particular was the integration of a pedometer and a new app named ‘S Health’ – Samsung sells the phone on their website as being “there for you”.
“The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings and so much more to help improve your quality of life,” says Samsung.
Samsung revealed that scales, heart monitors and glucose meters were just some of the third party products soon to be released for use with the S4, making it a complete health and fitness tracking package. There are already sensors present that detect the humidity and temperature of the user’s surroundings, feeding such data back to the S Health app with the aim of improving quality of life.
I find these advances in technology very exciting – the idea that a phone could monitor your health and wellbeing is ingenious. I for one am guilty of always carrying my phone with me: it’s the perfect device for monitoring and analysing user-specific lifestyles.
Who knows – perhaps one day your phone might make recommendations on clothes to buy based on your size and shape? Perhaps it could influence your dietary decisions based on blood sugar levels or deficiencies? Maybe even one day your smartphone could detect abnormal cells in your blood and advise you to visit your GP?
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