News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday May 22, 2014.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active broke its cover yesterday when TK Tech News posted several hands-on videos with the device, and subsequent videos have revealed even more information about Samsung's upcoming phone. One interesting feature coming to the S5 Active is the introduction of an "Active key" that is a button that can launch applications. Users can set the key to open the Camera when pressed for a long time or a shorter press can launch the browser. Within the camera app, pressing the button will take a photo.
Someone can also set the Activity Key to launch the "Activity Zone" app that serves as the outdoorsman equivalent of S Health. The utility app includes a built-in barometer, compass, flash light, and stopwatch. All of these features are served by apps in Google Play, but Samsung positions the S5 Active as a phone for people to take outdoors without fear, so it makes sense that these features would be built-in. For someone going into the wildnerness, having a flashlight that can control brightness, show directions, and measure elevation might be of use.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.