A little background. I like to get to the office in the morning and knock out a blog post as early as possible. Except lately, this has been a lot more difficult than it has been for the past few years. Why? Because from where I am sitting, the tech world in general, and the mobile world specifically is at a standstill.
I mean, think about it. The most exciting news of the past few months has been an iPad with more storage and some new LG phones. OK, I am exaggerating but not by much. All in all, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft (despite the Surface Pro launch), and all other major mobile players have been putting me to sleep lately.
Which is why I tweeted this only to get some great suggestions, but the tweet that caught my attention was this one and so here I am.
The one rumor that might change the boring state of mobile tech is of course the upcoming announcement of the flagship Android device by Samsung, the Galaxy S IV. The phone is expected to be announced on March 14th . I, for one, am excited and here’s why.
If you have been reading my posts, you know I am on the search for a new phone. I use the iPhone 5 now out of lack of a better option. It just does not excite me like it used to. You know what excited me? My Note 2. Until it was stolen.
Other phones that populate my night table include the HTC 8X and Lumia 920 running Windows Phone. Both great phones, both with a bad notification system and few apps. I also have the Note 1, which I rooted and is now running Android 4.2.1, but the form factor is just too awkward. The Note 2 was narrower despite its larger screen so it fit better in my hand. And so, iPhone 5 it is.
Except, the S IV can change that very easily if it has the following five features:
1: Bring the Touchwhiz Down a Notch: So you know how those Nexus devices sell like hotcakes? People like Android, the way it was intended to be. If Samsung can just offer their own features without totally destroying the pure Android experience, that would be a win win.
2: Battery Life Please: We are in 2013, right? And you are telling me you cannot make a battery that easily makes it through the day, maybe two without the phone being astronomically big? Get on that, Samsung. Give me the Note 2 battery life in a form factor my mom could use.
3: An Improved Notification System: I realize you can tweak the notifications on Android with different launchers and stuff but if history has taught us anything, it is that most users do not bother changing defaults. What that means is that out of the box, iOS has a MUCH better notification system than Android. (Here come the fanboys…) A new email comes in? Tell me who sent it so I can decide what to do. My phone is locked? Let me know if I missed anything so I know whether to unlock it. And those are just two examples of many. C’mon Samsung, you can do it.
4: True Multitasking, It’s About Time! So unlike the previous three, I know Samsung can implement this because they did it beautifully in the Note 2. Except, in the Note 2, only a few apps could benefit from the multitasking bar. No reason to not open that up to all apps. Multitasking on mobile needs to evolve on all platforms and start to close the gap between what we can do on a desktop environment and what we can do on a mobile phone. There are phones with quad core processors so there is no reason we shouldn’t use them
5: Water and Phones CAN Get Along! OK, this is agreeably a little out there, but if Sony can do it, Samsung surely can. Now, I am not saying Samsung’s execution of a waterproof mobile phone has to be as amazingly awesome as this but a more durable phone that can withstand a little dropping in the toilet action is most welcome.
Well there you have it, folks. Other things I would love to see is less plastic on the phone, a camera that can finally really compete with the iPhone’s (why do I troll these Android fanboys so much?), and while we’re dreaming, how about a keyboard that gets projected out of the phone?
Samsung, I sure hope you are planning on knocking this one out of the park, because I, for one, am waiting with my mitt to catch that ball and show it to all my friends.