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New gesture controls coming to Samsung Galaxy S5?

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New gesture controls coming to Samsung Galaxy S5?
A published report on Thursday reveals that a European patent awarded to Samsung, could hint at new capabilities for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The patent covers a way to use head movements to control a device. The front-facing camera would monitor the user's head and watch for certain movements or gestures like a wink or a nod. The patent was published on Thursday, but dates back to July 2013.

Some of the features on the Samsung Galaxy S4 already use the phone's front-facing camera to monitor certain capabilities. For example, Smart Stay will freeze a video that you're watching if you turn your eyes away from the screen. With the new patent, a certain head movement will allow you turn a page on the screen. And any action that is set off by a head movement would require a nod to confirm. That would prevent you from accidentally setting oiff a feature with an unintentional gesture or movement of the head.

By the way, check out the super-thin bezels on the patent diagrams. Will this be a hint as to what to expect from the next iteration of Sammy's Android flagship? The latest buzz has the phone being launched by April, possibly containing an iris scanner.

Samsung's European patent hints at gesture controls for the Samsung Galaxy S5 using movements of the head

Samsung's European patent hints at gesture controls for the Samsung Galaxy S5 using movements of the head


source: GalaxyClub (translate) via IntoMobile

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 21:51 9

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


time to exercise our heads in the future...

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 21:53 3

2. quakan (Posts: 1176; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Air gestures are cool and some are useful, but I hope this doesn't catch on too much where it leads to users having to interact with my phone like its a kinect. I'd rather more touch based gestures be thought of. I guess we'll have to see how this plays out in the coming years.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 21:55 14

3. erikiksaz (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Meh, another gimmick.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 22:18 29

4. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Ok.... this is getting ridiculous.. this is a technology company they are in the business of improving technology and life how we do things they come up with new ideas and capabilities that your cellphone can do that people made futuristic movies about now we have them and it's a gimmick? You're brain washed into the simple apple or HTC mind that does drive innovation or the ability to reach for more.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 22:36 14

6. E.N. (Posts: 2274; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


A lot (but not all) of Samsung features are gimmicks. Air gestures aren't very useful, eye scrolling is completely useless, the list goes on. Even features that could be useful (Smart Stay and Smart Pause) don't even work all the time.

The best thing about these gimmicks is that they always make pretty good advertisements.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 03:06 5

24. tedkord (Posts: 4625; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Smartstay has never once not worked on my galaxy s3.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:34

42. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


You not taking time to figure out how things work is a great example of simple minded consumers just buy an iPhone no Change since 07 innovation is taking risks trying new things. When I show a customer the feature some times it didn't work then I figured it out and worked every time. If you want vanilla Android get that and don't complain enjoy the lack luster "smooth " experience I personally don't care for them I don't see any nexus device being mass purchased because they lack in camera all the time have poor battery and boring.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 22:44 9

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1406; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You do realise that some of these, ahem, gimmicks are a marketing ploy? and adding to that these will also be used to show off to your friends that you have this cool feature on your phone and let's face it you're going to turn off that feature when it becomes annoying and that's what makes it a gimmick. You can clearly see how Samsung potrays this whole image in it's "get the girl" commercials so it's just the typical "Everything but the kitchen sink" strategy by Samsung.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:35

43. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


You not taking time to figure out how things work is a great example of simple minded consumers just buy an iPhone no Change since 07 innovation is taking risks trying new things. When I show a customer the feature some times it didn't work then I figured it out and worked every time. If you want vanilla Android get that and don't complain enjoy the lack luster "smooth " experience I personally don't care for them I don't see any nexus device being mass purchased because they lack in camera all the time have poor battery and boring.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 23:05 4

9. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Stock Android excluding Google apps is only 295mb in size. With Google apps it's still under 500mb. Touchwiz tips the scale at 2.3gb. There's no need for that. Smart pause, smart stay and the Camera UI should stay but everything else in my opinion should go. Touchwiz really needs a major overhaul and Samsung needs to get the smoothness of the UI on par with other Android skins.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:38 7

20. saffant (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Yea but TW is 10x more functional than stock, hence the size increase.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 09:10 1

34. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


10x times more bloated. 95% percent of the stuff on the S4 I don't even use.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:52 6

23. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


You forgot smart rotation! It's very useful if you are lying in bed sideways.. it turns off the accelerometer and uses you front camera to look for you face and don't rotate you screen in landscape mode. :)

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 15:07

46. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 83; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Smart stay and smart rotation are the only two I use. The others are pretty gimmicky (for most people)... BUT, I'm not hurting for space, my phone runs smooth, and I'd rather see a company try lots of things and let me pick the ones I like. I prefer the choice to turn off rather than not having it at all.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:28 5

26. district11 (Posts: 103; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


From my experience touchwiz is by far the best android skin. IT IS SMOOTH, and it does not lag. Im speaking for my galaxy S4.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 09:12 2

35. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


We must have different S4s because my phone lags.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:36 5

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


most of the gestures are rubbish to be honest , i like samsung's ideas but most of them are just to fill up the spec sheets and banners

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 06:05

28. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


this bloatware only makes the power consumption worse

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 09:22 4

36. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Gimmick or no, everything has to start somewhere. At least Samsung has the courage to at least try to introduce new things. Every great journey begins with just one step, and these features are the first step into the future. Smart homes, Smart Cars, etc...will never be realized unless they start somewhere.

I am by no means a Samsung person at all, but at least they try to be innovative while other companies recycle the same product and slap a new label on it for multiple years and claim it's something new.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 22:30

5. mottykels (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Smart pause i think, not smart stay

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 22:59 6

8. nctx77 (Posts: 483; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Instead of taping ok I can just nod my head....yep! Samsung is out of ideas and confused. The S5 will lag to no end with all the gimmicks.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:38 3

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1406; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Nod to confirm

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 23:15 16

10. MEeee (Posts: 226; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Too bad haters can't enjoy these gimmicky features on their devices and kept on nagging like a bi1ch.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 23:26 11

11. Awalker (Posts: 276; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Those features cause the phone to lag. My Moto X and Nexus 4 run much smoother than my S4 even though the latter has much better hardware.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:39 5

21. saffant (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


It's called a custom rom, bi1ch.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:42 3

31. wilsong17 (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


my note note 2 s4 and the s3 dosnt lag wtf are you talking about

Maybe you should click development option and turn on dont keep activity

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 09:06 1

33. Awalker (Posts: 276; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I turned everything down to a .5x scale and the phone is still not as smooth as my other devices. Anyhow, why do I have to do that with a phone as powerful as the S4 and not the Moto X and Nexus 4?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 12:04 1

39. tedkord (Posts: 4625; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Because the S4 does much more. It needs the extra horsepower. A PC that runs minecraft perfectly might not run Crysis 3 worth a damn.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:34 1

45. Awalker (Posts: 276; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The S4 has the extra power and it still lags. And it looks like Samsung is going to introduce more features/gimmicks (depending on your perspective) to further bog down their devices.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 15:15

47. tedkord (Posts: 4625; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Look at the Note 3. Even with the S-pen features, it's smooth. Not all Samsung features are winners, but many are. Smart Stay is awesome. Hover is great. The stylus features are pretty amazing.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:37 1

18. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i would like a S5 with more ram to spare and no gimmick/lag

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 16:53

49. nctx77 (Posts: 483; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


We rather the phone run smooth and have features that actually work. Oh and yes ios 7.1 is smooth☺️

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 00:21 5

12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


This is where Samsung excells, gestures that are not really useful. This is where most of the people are attracted to. I can always hear people say "Let's buy this because it has a cool thing when you wave your hand, blah blah, etc."

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 12:05 1

40. tedkord (Posts: 4625; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I remember a couple of years back people saying, " let's buy this phone. When you talk into it it says cute things back." Same principle.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 00:40

13. Vireak (unregistered)


Picture someone standing in the crowd in an airport terminal using his head to interact with his Samdung phone. RRrrriiiiiiigggghhhhttttt.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:36

16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1406; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


we have a newname for it we'll call it the...wait for it.The S - nod

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:39 4

22. saffant (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


I'm sorry if you can't afford it, m8.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:15 6

25. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Samdung is not even funny bro....stoop acting like a child

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 00:53 3

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Pretty soon we will be using sign language on samsung's devices.haa.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:33

15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1406; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


+1 this is a good one lol

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 05:38

27. andro. (Posts: 1944; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Perhaps they arent even super thin bezels on the patent picture but where the screen wraps around the edges at a steep degree

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 06:22 4

29. sam3k (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Keep I'm coming samsung, you seem to be the only company driving innovation and bringing us futuristic ways to control our smart devices, jealous fan boys will call them gimmicks but these are the things that set your products apart from the rest..

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 06:27 2

30. sam3k (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 May 2013)


HTC one looks good and iPhone 5s looks good a feature a 64bit processor that we are still waiting to see put to good use, but those two devices are just the same has ever other handset before, so hats off to samsung for trying new way to control our smart devices.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 09:05 2

32. synot (Posts: 96; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I just wonder what the comments would have been like if it was Apple adding these features.Would they be labeled as gimmicks or innovations?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 12:07 1

41. tedkord (Posts: 4625; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Magical spells, more like. Remember when hover gestures were a stupid gimmick until a few weeks ago when it was revealed that Apple filled a patent on hover gestures. Then it was an exciting future tech.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:37

44. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


The world would explode and make tim cool president/king of the world, the idea of apple innovation is watching what other companies do. Then add a 64bit processer you can enjoy in two years

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 09:33 1

37. roozbeh101 (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


these gimmicks look silly right now but think of it as a smartphone can understand your nod as a confirm! samsung will be the first company that will build R2D2 like robots! I hope they won't go to the dark side of the force!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 10:42 3

38. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Its great that Samsung are trying these new features out however most are gimmicks, the reason they are like this as they just implement them and that's it. There is no improvement at all the S3 smart stay was amazing when I first tried it, then when I tried to use it in less than optimal conditions it did not work. So I thought I hope they improve on this on the S4 but no they don't (still does not work in low light). They add smart pause but you need to be in optimal light does not work when trying to watch a movie in low light etc. They need to stop throwing every possible feature at us and focus on refining the existing ones!

These are the features below that I think are not gimmicks and can be useful:
Multi window
Air gesture
Air view good for quick glances though, it's better on the note
Camera modes fun creative pics and videos
S beam
Direct call
Smart Alert
Palm swipe screenshot works almost every single time
Tilt or palm touch or mute
IR blaster pretty handy

Well that's all I can think of the rest for me are just useless!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 16:09

48. domen151 (Posts: 23; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Oh thanks god the new ones are coming, because the last ones were so useful. >.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 17:33 2

50. GoBears (Posts: 342; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I'm lol'ing at all the haters. If you don't like Sammys software, then don't buy the phone. Pretty simple and obvious solution. Gimmick to one person is a cool innovative feature to another. Stop whining and buy the Nexus 5 if that's what tickles you. People bit*h when a company doesn't change anything then they bit*h when they add new stuff. Please learn to code and develop your own roms. I'd sure love to see what you bit*hes could come up with.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 02:36

51. Awalker (Posts: 276; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Dude, the S4 is my last Samsung device. HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola are all stepping up their game and I'll purchase one of their products.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 06:45 1

52. sam3k (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Lol stepping up there game , I'm confused please explain how so, because samsung is the only company I see trying new stuff..

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 09:25

53. Awalker (Posts: 276; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Well, just one example - LG has a knock on feature which is pretty useful and is something I use quite often on the LG g pad. That feature is more useful than anything Samsung introduced with the S4. I would rather have a few useful features than a bunch of gimmicks no one uses that bogs down the phone.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:14 1

54. sam3k (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Yo sound like every one else that are criticizing without using the product , I'm always hearing people talking about lag on the s4 and I've never experienced that, only a few occasion when apps may crash and that android not the s4's fault, and obviously you have never used a note 3 because it has all the best features of every device plus more..

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