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A detailed look at the Galaxy Note III’s new software features

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note III at the IFA yesterday, and also introduced a whole new set of software features that are tailor-made to fully utilize the Note III’s 5.7-inch full-HD screen.

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Let’s quickly run down the hardware features of the Note III. The device comes with a full-HD screen, 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, 3GB of RAM, internal memory variations of 32 or 64 GB and a 13-megapixel camera that can shoot 4K UHD videos. The Note III contains a 3,200 mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean along with the latest version of TouchWiz.

As is turning out to be the case whenever Samsung launches a new flagship, the Note III also comes with a lot of new features. The device comes with a new S Pen, which when removed automatically launches the Air Command menu wheel. This menu wheel gives you a quick access to some of the new features that are added in. Other features can be launched by gestures that can be customized. Let’s take a look at what’s new:

  • Action Memo: Action Memo turns your handwritten notes into actionable items. For instance, if you write down a phone number, you will have the facility to call that number from within Action Memo.
  • Scrapbook: This feature allows you to save notes and any other content in a central location, and allows you to organize and sync that content with Evernote.
  • My Magazine: This feature is a content aggregator and is similar in functionality to HTC’s BlinkFeed.
  • Multi Window: Multi Window now gives you the ability to run two instances of the same software. For instance, you can run two different instances of a messaging client, and chat with different individuals without having to switch windows. You can also use the S Pen’s new functionality to share content like text and images across windows.
  • Pen Window: With this feature, you can outline an area with the S Pen, and then launch an instance of an app that fits in these boundaries. This is useful if you need to access the calculator when you’re in the middle of a YouTube video.
  • S Finder: This mimics the spotlight search feature that is available on iPhones. You will be able to search all the content on the device using keywords.
  • Samsung KNOX: KNOX is now available for all consumers, and offers protection against malware and viruses. Considering Android accounts for over 90% of all mobile malware, this will be a useful addition.

The Galaxy Note III is set to be available in 149 territories on September 25th, with countries like the U.S. getting the device in October.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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