Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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it's all about the software
by REM2000 on Fri 15th Mar 2013 11:44 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

After watching the S4 launch Samsung get's it, it's about the software. They spent a little bit at the begining talking about the bigger screen and some new hardware like the camera, then the rest of the presentation was about the software (perhaps a 70/30 split).

Hardware on mobile devices has peeked, we have reached a point where the processors are fast enough, 2GB RAM is good enough for multitasking, the camera quaility is generally very good on smart phones, the only thing in the hardware realm is to reduce power consumption.

Mobile phones will now be relying more and more on the software to distinguish themselves from each other and i think Samsung has done a good job and looking at current and future trends.

Current trends are that the vast majority are using their mobile phone as there point and shot camera, it's convient as you always have your phone with you, so Samsung have spruced up the camera software offering interesting features and controls.

I loved the travel part, the translation etc.. i thought that was great.

The future trends are of wearable computing, we all know this is where it is heading, devices like the Nike + trainers and bands are popular, more and more people will be attaching more sensors to themselves and to their environment, the health part of the S4 is an acknowledgement that this is the future and i think it's a really good idea. You carry your phone with your everywhere, having a device that can give you a kick to become healthier is a good thing, i can see how this will be evolved and allow people to become really smart about how they live and to control the environment they are in.

Of course this might not be for everyone, but i have a nike+ fuelband personally and i will admit it does give me motivation to do more, to become healthier. I can tell at a glance that i have been a bit of a slob and need to get active on particular days, i can record this information and see how this looks over weeks, months and eventually years. so far it's working i am getting better, thus i can see this working for a lot of other people especially if it's a built in feature of their phone.

I would love to see this extended, to help people with medical conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, a smart device helping and guiding people.

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RE: it's all about the software
by chithanh on Fri 15th Mar 2013 15:17 in reply to "it's all about the software"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Hardware on mobile devices has peeked, we have reached a point where the processors are fast enough, 2GB RAM is good enough for multitasking,

2GB RAM is currently a limitation of the 32-bit ARM architecture. Theoretically it can address more but practically that is infeasible. It likely won't be 4GB until next year when we start seeing 64-bit ARM CPUs.

The CPU itself is not fast enough for certain functions. E.g. you can remove faces (photobombing) from pictures but not from videos.

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

thats true regarding removing items/people from video. However the majority i would say it's powerful enough. I have a Galaxy Note2 and a Galaxy Note 10.1 (Phone and tablet) and each has 2GB RAM and with each ive never had a problem with performance.

I switch quite a bit between Camera, email, gmail, currents, chrome, gallery, twitter, evernote and SNote and never had a stutter, that also includes when im multitasking.

I see 2GB being a good amount for a good while yet,

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someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Yes, but RAM also uses up the precious power budget. There is in fact no point in caching a whole application inside the RAM if you just need a background thread to do perform some simple, non-visual tasks such as downloading.

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RE: it's all about the software
by someone on Mon 18th Mar 2013 00:05 in reply to "it's all about the software"
someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Well, it's good that Samsung is putting more emphasis on the software side. The smartphone industry would become totally stagnant if all we see year-after-year are phones with slightly faster processors, slightly more RAM, and slightly larger screens (noting that our hands are not getting any larger). However, many reviewers have commented that the new features don't feel like a coherent whole, that Samsung seems to be throwing features at the phone to see what sticks. I think it's going to take a while before Samsung builds a coherent vision for its software platform that rivals Google's and Apple's.

Another point to be taken from the reviews is that while some of the new hardware input features on the S4 provide for some exciting possibilities, software not made by Samsung and shipped with the S4 probably won't make use of them (It doesn't help that Samsung is not pushing the feature to developers). If Apple had added something like the hovering feature to iPhone/iPad, you will start to see software taking advantage of this in a matter of weeks (I am thinking specifically of games).

On the other hand, Apple is currently not taking full advantage of their control of the full stack. They don't allow enough hooks into the native applications and services, which makes collaboration between applications unnecessarily cumbersome. Hopefully, Apple will offer a full range of XPC services to 3rd party applications in iOS 7, which will allow them to pass information to and from native applications while staying secure (through the Sandbox mechanism)

Edited 2013-03-18 00:14 UTC

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