Galaxy Note

Samsung will likely be offering some new functionality in the Galaxy Note 4, which is set to be unveiled soon enough, but the company could well be looking to add unique covers to the list of accessories. It's reported that Samsung is developing an ultrasonic cover, specifically designed for those who are visually impaired and wish to use the device.

The cover would be able to detect nearby objects and provide appropriate feedback. According to SamMobile sources, three levels of sensitivity are to be available, covering short, medium and long ranges. This won't replace physical aids available today and isn't meant to be utilized without aid from a guide dog or other means, but it's a handy option nonetheless.

Samsung isn't shy when it comes to packing as many features and interesting advances in to products as possible, but sometimes it seems as though the company really has some great ideas, this ultrasonic cover being one of them. The cover is expected to be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4, so we'll hopefully have more details at the start of next month.

Let us know what you'd like to see in the Galaxy Note 4.

Source: SamMobile


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Samsung working on ultrasonic cover for the Galaxy Note 4


While this seems like a great accessory, hopefully it will be available close to launch. Their track record of releasing all the accessories with devices isn't that great, at least in the states.

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This will be another great accessory for our Galaxy Note products. Yearly we always see something new for our Galaxy Note products.

At the end of the day it's pretty Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products they are Android nothing else matters.

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As someone who deal with this sector indirectly I hope that it is not a hit or miss kinda thing (like smart whatever) and is close to launch. 'working on' does not bode too well for that last part though

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No, it doesn't bode well. This sounds like one of Samsung's bloaty "sounds great in theory but doesn't work well in practice" features.

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It's a cover that only really has one thing to do so I am hopeful, but alas you are more than likely right

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Where is Mr Yarrell? How else am I supposed to get my copypasta endorsement of Samsung and TMobile??

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He has been mixing it up lately. Less Samsung and T-Mobile and more asshole remarks. It's getting interesting.
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The 'my phone goes naked' crowd would never go for it.

I have a USB drive/bottle opener combo that comes in handy more than I thought it would.

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When I read the original comment, I was thinking "this is the kind of thing that has to exist" - and there you go, nice find.

This DEFINITELY has more bloat in the software written allllll over it.. And of course the software needed to use it will be non removable

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It is a cover and an accessory. More than likely it is an optional app in the Samsung store.

Lose the sand, it must itch

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Why would someone with the level of visual impairment who would get use from this technology get a Note in the first place? Surely they wouldn't be able to see the screen properly, even with it being as big as it is? Isn't that a waste of money...?!

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Believe it or not, visually impaired persons do most things everyone else does albeit sometimes in a different manner. This would include talking, texting, listening to music/movies, and playing games. As for the size of the screen/device that's still just a preference. I'm sure Sammy would include the capability in other devices this may just be the first.

Anyone else really just wanting the Note 4 to be a great phone/phablet? I really don't want a bunch of gimmicks. I want a powerful phone with great hardware and a large screen surrounded by small bezels. The crazy side features seem to have a way of distracting from that.

Agreed. That's why Moto needs to stop fiddling around and release a no-holds barred phablet (ahem, 5.7"-6" phone) pronto!

Not gonna happen. They're making a killing off their X and G line. Why waste money on something you don't know if it's going to sell.

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I love how you are saying that on a Samsung phone thread. The king of spinning off phone/tablet models without evidence of viability.

So turn them off and forget them. Not to sound like Richard but right now the Note series is unbeatable in the pallet category

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My goal is not to start a flame war, and I, quite honestly, am seriously considering the note for my next phone, but I really think that Samsung could put out better devices if it didn't spend so much time messing with random features. And their software would certainly take up far less storage space.

That's a whole separate department. It's not like those same guys making those features would be good in another department working on phone specs...

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On some level, I agree. But at the end of the day (long term planning) everything in business is a cost benefit trade-off. Money spent on software additions (and marketing) is money that cannot be spent on other areas.

That's the problem. I don't see one group at Samsung taking all the other groups and actually integrating them correctly. They just throw them in randomly. There seems to be no 'one guy' with an overall vision.

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I totally agree. What good are all the fancy features if the radios suck and you can't use them. I'll wait to see what the N4 looks like. But I'm seriously considering switching to the LG G3.

I'd really like to see better radios. I was surprised that the reception on my N3 was significantly worse than on my S3. Even with the "improved" Sprint network, the reception is often spotty. The reception on my S3 was always very steady. Funny thing, too: I've dropped a lot of calls...but only to other Sprint devices.

It's like you are being punished to have a new Spark enabled phone on their network. The M8 was so bad that I left Sprint after one horrific customer service call.

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