A detailed look at the Galaxy Note 3’s new software features

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA yesterday, and also introduced a whole new set of software features that are tailor-made to fully utilize the Note 3’s 5.7-inch full-HD screen.

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.


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