Samsung Galaxy S III Makes Eye Contact, Listens Attentively

Paul Lilly

Samsung on Thursday introduced it's third generation Galaxy S smartphone at a press event in London. The Galaxy S III is "designed for humans and inspired by nature" and is unique in the way it interacts with the person holding it. Samsung spent a great deal of time talking about the Galaxy S III's "enhanced intelligence" technology, things like advanced voice recognition and the ability to detect your face and motion.

Let's start with the actual hardware. Samsung's newest smartphone boats a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280x720 resolution, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory (expandable via microSD card slot), 8MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE support, and a 2,100 mAh battery all wrapped in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Lest you mistake the Galaxy S III for just another high-end Android device, Samsung says it's smarter than the rest and is a fantastic listener.

"The Galaxy S III features 'S Voice,' the advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to your words. In addition to allowing information search and basic device-user communication, S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands," Samsung explains .

One example of how this works is saying "snooze" when the alarm goes off so you can sleep in a little longer. You can also communicate via S Voice to play songs, adjust the volume, send text messages, load the camera and snap photos, and more.

It doesn't stop there. The Galaxy S III locks onto your eyes to figure out how you're using the phone. If you're reading an eBook or surfing the Web, it will keep the display brightly lit. And let's say you're typing a text message but decide it's too long winded and a phone call is in order. Simply lift the phone to your ear and it will dial the person you were text messaging.

The Galaxy S III will be available at the end of May in Europe and roll out globally later this year.

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