Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Galaxy phone will talk and beam


Samsung's new Gallaxy S III Android phone, which goes on sale in about two weeks, will get a lot of attention for S Voice, a speech recognition feature similar to Siri to the iPhone.

I was more interested in another feature called S Beam, which lets users quickly transfer photos, videos and documents from one phone to another. Samsung says a 1GB movie file can be moved in about three minutes.

I remember when Palm PDAs could do that same trick using RF beams. You could also pick up documents, like meeting agenda, from a central transmitter in a kiosk.

Samsung's feature sounds promising, but one early review says it will only work with other Galaxy phone. That would be a big disappointment.

Verizon and AT&T are both accepting pre-orders on their websites. Prices start at $199 with a contract.


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