T-Mobile’s app posse includes titles like the T-Mobile hot spot, account manager, visual voice mail, and T-Mobile TV. (I had to uninstall and disable one management app whose unwanted alerts kept popping up in my notifications tray.)
Meanwhile, Samsung piles on with its chat app and the S Memo app, which I keep trying to like and which keeps disappointing me with overcomplication.
There are also hubs for Samsung’s featured programs, and the commercial music and video Hub that’s run by 7 Digital. Samsung Link looks new, but really isn’t. It’s the GS3′s All Share Play, renamed, and it, too, shares content across “smart” devices.
Samsung also includes branded versions of its own translator, a calories and exercise app, and Watch On, its TV remote-plus-video-rental app (more on all these later). A special version of Flipboard is installed; this build takes advantage of Samsung’s Air View functionality to preview content when you hover over it.
The Story Album app is new as well. You can use it to create narrative albums with photos and text, and print (buy) a photo book through the service Blurb. I’m generally a fan of Blurb and of anything that makes it easy to put those camera photos to practical use. However, I didn’t appreciate the app popping up notifications to “suggest” albums for me to create and books to buy.
I’m about to dive a little deeper into the heaps of Samsung apps and software features, so keep reading for more, or skip ahead for details on call quality, processor performance, and battery life.