Samsung’s new Group Play feature

April 22, 2013

samsung galaxy s4 quick air view aa

As we start to see more features of the Galaxy S4, it looks like this thing is going to be a pretty devastating device. It’s fast, slim, and has a ton of great features! One of the coolest new aspects may just be Group Play, a feature that allows you to share files with other devices in the same group.

Essentially, you create a ‘group’ with one device, and that device then acts as the group leader, so to speak. That lead device can be used to control what is shared, which can be just about anything. The menu in the video below shows documents, music, games, and pictures/video. If you have a group of friends, all with a device capable of the feature, this can also be used to create a surround sound experience. Each phone can also be defined for a specific role. As you see in the video when a song is played, the lead device says “left speaker”. That device can also act as the equalizer for all others, and even control the volume.

Group Play is only available on the S4 right now, but Samsung is working on bringing it to other devices as well. Unfortunately, this is another example of great innovation that is only available on Samsung devices. Well, unfortunate for people who aren’t interested in their products. If they keep this type of thing up, that number will continue to dwindle.

Comments

  • hrishi

    I have groupplay on my note and note 10.1
    I use it sometimes it is pretty cool

  • Pete Patron

    This is a cool technical feat, but I really don’t see people using this feature. I can barely get my friends to agree on what phone to buy…

  • http://profiles.google.com/thunderbolt.dutta02 Sudeepto Dutta

    This feature will be used more if it gets ported on other Galaxies (devices) as well :)

  • FrazerMcIntosh

    I’m pretty sure the music payback was a headline feature of BB10…

  • Zachary Smorto

    This feature is already available on most Samsung devices, don’t report false info man! I have it on my Galaxy S3 already.

  • MasterMuffin

    This should become stock feature, sharing your devices screen withany other Android device!

  • Jason Suminski

    While this is certainly a very cool little feature, i believe Pete nailed this on the head. It will not be used. Not by the average consumer, and most likely not even by those who are a bit more technical. Unfortunately this was already proved with the clunky “S-Beam”. I was extremely excited about it, and while I thought it was so amazing and innovative to just simply tap your phone to send media, others did not. Whenever I tried to use it with anyone they would not even make it to the point of turning NFC on before they would say “Hey just E-mail it or Txt it, I dont care about doing all of this”. lol, sad but even something so extremely simple like that, would discourage simple users due to its multiple step complexity. You have to actually turn something on.

    Of course this is also considering that someone you know and want to share media with even has the exact same phone. They need to make these things Android universal, and not just located in a Samsung device. If you can’t already tell, Samsung is beginning (and well in to) their monopoly of a single style phone and tablet market just like…..dare I say it? Apple! I picked up the HTC one and leaving the Note 2 behind. Hopefully the next galaxy will be a bit different and have more to offer. Enjoy the IV! Im sure its great.

  • whoknowswhereor

    I just love touch-wiz. So many awesome features. These haters don’t know what they’re talking about.

    • http://twitter.com/ryanspahn Ryan Spahn

      Touch-wiz = cool, but Group Play is amazing

      I dug this feature so much I created a version on the web called SpeakerBlast.com; works in your desktop & mobile browser. Everyone doesn’t have to own same phone!

  • flamencoguy

    S4 is superior! Nothing wrong with high quality plastic. If you can dress up your nice living room with a HDTV but yet complain about plastic on the phone then you are just being nitpicking. Let’s see what else is plastic in your house: camera, microwave oven, laptop computer, keyboard….

  • peerdevicenet

    Check out PeerDevicenet (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xconns.free.peerdevicenet)! it allows you share pics/videos/docs/… with a group of connected deivces. The leader device chooses which network to use (wifi, wifi-direct or mobile hotspot) and generate a QR code image. Others scan this QR code and connect to leader and all other peers. You can also connect devices by multicast search. It works with Android 2.2 and above and runs on Samsung devices, Nexus, LG, Kindle fires and more.