Saturday, April 20, 2013
Galaxy S4 Group Play makes sharing easier (hands-on)
Galaxy S3 users will recognize this as the feature that lets them share documents and photos with others in close range. I recently got some hands-on time with Group Play on the S4 and found some nice updates to the program. In particular, future S4 owners can share music and games along with photos and documents, and the group leader's device acts as the Wi-Fi access point connecting all the other devices. That means you don't have connect to any Wi-Fi or cellular data network -- a big change from the Galaxy S3 version, which relied on all devices being connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You also can now play games with your friends, though you all must have the compatible game loaded on your phones. I wasn't able to try out the gaming feature, so it's unclear how well that actually works. Initially, the Galaxy S4 will feature Asphalt, a racing game; Gun Bros, a shooting game; and a poker card game. Gaming sessions work the same as other sessions and are initiated from the Group Play app. Gaming is typically limited to four to six players, depending on the title.