Here’s Why the Galaxy S IV’s Features are Twists on Android

Samsung Galaxy S IVThere was one big thing missing from Samsung’s weird-yet-campy Samsung Galaxy S 4 unveiling last week: Google, the creator of the operating system the S 4 is running. While the Galaxy S 4 has Google’s latest build of Android, Google has gone largely unmentioned. At the Samsung launch event, Android was hardly even a footnote. Yet there’s a lot of overlap between Android and some of the new S 4 features that Samsung showed off. That’s because Android is an open ecosystem that allows other developers to build on top of it. But it’s not just enough to build a phone that has the stock Android features — manufacturers have to be able to take that one step further, whether that’s with their own apps and services or a unique twist on Android’s basic services. Samsung added some next-generation functions to the S 4, such as the ability to recognize fingers that hover over the screen or track whether a user is looking at the screen.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).