The Galaxy S 5 was announced just over a month ago at MWC in Barcelona on February 24th. The overall announcement was much calmer than the Galaxy S 4 announcement the year before. Samsung mostly covered the hardware and some of their newer features in their announcement, however they didn’t show the software side of the phone too much.
The Galaxy S 5 is almost set for its global launch on April 11th. Many carriers have already started pre-orders for the new device. The Galaxy S 5 comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera, a fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor on the back and a new “perforated” rear cover of the phone. Internally, the Galaxy S 5 features a 2800 mAh battery, 2 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor.
We’re just now learning that Samsung has snuck in an interesting accessibility feature into their new flagship. This new feature is designed specifically for parents with young children. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S 5 and a Gear smartwatch, then this feature will work for you. Basically, you leave the phone in the room with your child and if the S 5 detects a child crying, you will receive a notification on your watch.
Samsung does not intend for this feature to be heavily relied upon. They mention in the accessibility option that this is no replacement for human caregiving. They also don’t want you to leave your child alone in the house or building. Samsung designed this accessibility setting more as an aid to parents, rather than a babysitter. Also, it is important to note that Samsung wants the phone to be within 1m of the sleeping child for it to work in the most accurate way possible.
We’ll have to wait and see what other features Samsung has hidden in its new flagship. This baby monitor seems like it could be useful, but you’ll want to make sure that your phone is on silent, or you’ll wake your child up if you get a phone call or notification. It’s really interesting to see Samsung add these features into their phone without really mentioning them. What do you think of Samsung’s new baby monitor in the Galaxy S 5? Do you think it could be a useful tool, or is it a gimmick?