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Samsung is pushing some features that not only require the presence of another phone; they demand that the other phone also be a Galaxy S III. They're like those opportunistic semi-friends you had in high school; the ones who will agree to hang out, but only if a certain set of other friends will be there. Also known as jerks.
Gestures in the smartphone world are nothing new, but Samsung includes a lot of gesture and motion-based interactions that make the experience of using the Galaxy S III unlike that of any other Android phone. I've done my best to put them to the test on both the international and Sprint versions of the SGS3, and I've organized them into a list for your reading enjoyment.
Here in the Android world, we're all shell-shocked about fragmentation, and gun-shy about pulling the trigger on a new piece of hardware from an OEM that forces a skin on us. The past has taught us to fear the non-stock experience. But the current crop of changes in the Android ecosystem makes this the best time ever to shackle yourself to a skinned experience. You'll like it better than before, and if you don't, escape hatches abound.
Samsung built its own back-end management site for users of Galaxy S devices, creatively dubbing it the "Samsung account." I decided to poke around in there, and see just what value -if any- the service added to my experience. Spoiler alert: there were tears.
Is it a niche product? Absolutely. Is picture-in-picture on a smartphone one of the most extravagant, preposterous features in the mobile-technology world? You bet. Is it poised to become the next must-have feature? No chance. But Samsung's Pop Up Play is absolutely one of the most awesome features of the Galaxy S III.
Before I picked up the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III, I was a firm believer in the power of stock Android, and the folly of skins. After some time with HTC Sense and TouchWiz, though, I'm starting to waver.
June 21 is the day to circle in your calendar if you are an Android, Samsung, Galaxy S III and Sprint fan. The Now Network just let everyone know that the most anticipated Android phone of the year will land on its line-up on June 21.