Potential Galaxy S5 software feature: multi-party conference call

by: Chris SmithNovember 26, 2013

Galaxy S5 multi-party conference call

In a document filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS), Samsung describes a multi-party conference call software feature that could be found in the future on future Samsung devices, including the upcoming Galaxy S5.

While the documentation doesn’t mention the Galaxy S5, it certainly makes sense to assume that such a calling feature will be available on Samsung’s upcoming flagship handsets should Samsung develop it. First of all, we’re clearly looking at a calling feature for Android devices, considering the image renders presented in the document.

Secondly, Samsung keeps coming up with new software features for its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, so a multi-party conference call option makes plenty of sense considering that Samsung is certainly interested in competing with similar services from the competition including iMessage/FaceTime and even Hangouts, which is still a competing chatting alternative on Samsung Android devices. After all, Samsung has just added SMS and MMS support to its ChatON instant messaging service, bringing it on par with iMessage and Hangouts in this regard. Furthermore, since ChatON does offer video calling support, it would be logical to assume that at some point it may offer multi-party video calling features.

Galaxy S5 multi-party conference call

According to these images, the user interface of this unnamed multi-party conference call feature includes the option to end the call, mute the microphone, take advantage of both cameras of the phone and switch cameras. Of course, for now this is only a visual representation that could very well change in the future.

Sadly, details about how the feature would work aren’t offered in the document submitted by Samsung (see second Source link below). However, the document identifies Samsung as the company that submitted the application, and reveals the document has been filed in late July.

We’re still months away of the Galaxy S5’s launch, and we can only assume that the rumor mill will start churning out more Galaxy S5-related rumors as we get closer to its official announcement, but this multi-party video chat feature certainly seems like something Samsung would come up with for a flagship device.

  • Shark Bait

    why do Samsung feel the need to replicate every piece of Google software. Do people actually prefer and use them ?

    • Android Developer

      Money and more customers, I suppose.

      And yes, some people prefer to use their apps.
      I prefer some of Samsung’s apps too:
      1.note 2 4.1 keyboard.
      2.contacts app (except for its speed and lag sometimes)
      3.camera (except that it doesn’t have photosphere)
      4.toggle buttons on the notification bar
      5.recent tasks menu
      7.calendar app
      8.some of the tiny features…

      • Shark Bait

        I think the camera app is better, that’s all

        I think the reason they are doing it is so if they decide they want to fork android one day they can still offer all those things

        • Guest

          The Brower is also better than Chrome, and they added a bunch of features to it. The Camera is a given. Maybe HTC and Sony are better there, but I haven’t used a Sony in a while…
          I personally like the skeuomorphism, thought I can understand why flat would appeal to some for performance reasons (less crap to process, etc.) however the performance of the S3/S4 on 4.3 kind of makes that a mute objection.
          I prefer almost all of Samsung’s replacements of Stock Apps, especially the SMS/MMS app and the email app which is actually business-useful.
          I preferred their Photo editor, but Snapseed is available. I do prefer their video editor. S Voice vs. Google Now. S Voice does more and pulls info from a better source. Google Now is [much, much] faster. S Voice integrates with Social Networks like Twitter and Facebook. Depends on how you use the phone…
          I like that Samsung phones can sync tasks from Outlook.com (or Samsung Account), and I appreciate that they actually have a memo app on their phone.
          Their Clock/Alarm app is also better…
          Samsung has almost a full ecosystem outside of Google Play. I like the thought that I can get by without a Google Account because most of my apps are in Samsung Apps, anyways (I don’t use many apps, anyways).

      • Tuấn Ankh

        This is also why I can bear Touchwiz. These added and replaced features are neat. I like 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. The calendar app looks good too, but I’ve never really used it.

      • Tom Mcbigglesworth

        Anyone else think touchwiz seems far more relevant on the note series that the s line?

        • TouchwizDefender

          With the RAM to back it up, I would never trade away touchwiz to go back to stock android. Kitkat is finally starting to get some of the features Touchwiz has had forever, but they are still way behind. Touchwiz on my Note 3 is nothing short of amazing.

          • Android Developer

            true, when you go to AOSP, you lose so many features of the note, especially with the S-Pen.
            Wonder though if there are people who don’t use the S-Pen, and what they think about going to AOSP.

  • Tuấn Ankh

    What’s up with those creepy faces? The little girl seems to be scared xD

    • Shark Bait

      Haha your so right
      Samsung marketing man : ” smile for us, we have your family”

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  • Groud Frank

    They should focus their efforts on overhauling that awful touchwiz.

    • GroudFrankISaLazySod

      Ignorant idiocy. 4.4 Kitkat is borrowing a very large pile of features that Touchwiz has had forever. Educate yourself instead of hopping on the nearest bandwagon.

      • Dan

        Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that touchwiz can’t be improved upon.

        Additionally, he never mentioned anything about 4.4 Kitkat.

        Don’t be such a hypocrite.

      • Groud Frank

        Samsung themselves admitted that they aren’t very good at making software, referring to touchwiz, in November. I don’t personally know anyone who likes the thing. Project Svelte only borrowed a few things; not nearly as much as you make it seem. I was mostly referring to the UI and how heavy and sluggish it is on “less capable hardware.” Samsung has a lot of work to do with Touchwiz.