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Samsung Galaxy S IV to introduce touchless gestures for screen navigation

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Samsung Galaxy S IV to introduce touchless gestures for screen navigation
Remember the "floating touch" tech on the Sony Xperia sola, that lets you hover your finger over the screen and select links or pictures in websites without actually touching the display?

Well, the Korean DDaily publication speculates that something similar will be an added value with the Galaxy S IV, but on steroids. Samsung is reportedly using Atmel's newest maXTouch S controllers for mixed signal input to allow gesture-based navigation throughout the interface without contact with the screen.

As you can easily guess, we are full to the brim with curiosity whether this would indeed be the case when the S IV arrives, and about the possibilities such tech will open - like answering a call or shooting back a quick text while your fingers are dripping with chicken wings grease during the Super Bowl.

Pantech Vega LTE sports gesture control, but it uses the front camera, which consumes a lot of battery, whereas Samsung's solution is rumored to be very power efficient, and you can see a basic floating touch demo in the promo video for the Xperia sola below to get a rough idea what we can expect if this rumor pans out.

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posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:33 35

1. luckysrinu (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Nice job Sammy! Love you !

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:08 6

19. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4192; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Ughh... Talk about technology love, you sound too "Tay" (Technology meets gay...no offence ).
I like the feature though...sounds futuristic.
But can't help but think, when and where do i implement it?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:12 26

23. wendygarett (unregistered)


I always love Sammy, and managed to keep their promise to make the world most beautiful, sturdy, and most color accuracy on galaxy s3, not to mention, Sammy always be transparent and give us the accurate leak just like these features, they love their customers and we always love you Sammy :)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:23 30

31. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


too many sammy haters are here....

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:23 8

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't see a practical purpose of it.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:37 3

37. wendygarett (unregistered)


Sammy invented world 1st revolutionary svoice & spen, and everyone loves it ... And now Sammy released the world 1st revolutionary sscreen to show how much health care to us :)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:05 5

40. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4192; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't know...i've been observing PA for sometime and it seems like there are some groups of people painting the town red for no reason.
It's not just here.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:08 3

41. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Think about mouse. You hover over a drop-down list, an email, small print text or link, anything that holds extra information or needs extra precision, it became so easy with the S-Pen. Now you can do it without an S-Pen. It's awesome!

Just navigate on this site via mouse and see the benefits, text, articles, options popping up, changing color or background, extra info on front page when hovering over top articles, think about this stuff currently, and everything it can be used for on a phone.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:17 5

46. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Yep definitely. That's the whole purpose of hovering. Just goes to show the intellectual level of PA readers not being able to understand that. Look at the number of posts saying that this is a useless feature. Ridiculous.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:19 4

47. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4192; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Thank you...whoever gave that downer.
You just proved my point.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:29 4

49. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Doubt they have the ability of comprehensive reading, they are like bots looking for keywords "Samsung... new feature" vote down "iPad... update" vote down "Sony... hype" vote up.

Of course they use mouse hover on this very site, they just don't understand that the article is related.

ZOMG what's the point!!!!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:01 6

62. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Are you bipolar? You always praise Apple and ocasionally Android OEMs and diss Apple?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:02

63. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I think the pun is what's warranting all the thumbs down. No offense.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:53 14

79. SleepingOz (unregistered)


He's just a troll.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 12:16 2

87. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You know what they say; baseless hatred is all about jealousy, which is just confused admiration. =]

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 13:53

98. belovedson (Posts: 1045; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Think of minority report

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:08

122. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Put this technology on Windows 8 touch screen devices. It will reduce fingerprinting and the need for strong hinges. Will also satisfy the skeptics who claim touch screens are physically taxing.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:23

123. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


The only one advantage I see at the moment is that you actually don't have to touch screen and it may be handy when your hands are dirty, everything else is the same as you touch screen with your fingers in usual way.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 21:11

128. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't care for svoice... As a mater of fact only camera and snooze features are nice.. I would burn the rest with fire... Snote on the other hand... Is actually cool

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 21:31 4

130. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Are you really serious man? or are you really this ignorant lol I'm really sorry, but it's really frustrating.

Let me give you a specific example so it's very simple for you to understand.

1. Go to nba.com
2. On the top menu, it gives you menus, such as Tickets, Teams, Scores, News, etc etc
3. Now hover your mouse over 'Teams'.
4. It gives you list of NBA teams without clicking anything.

Now this is not possible on smartphones, because you HAVE TO CLICK IT, AND YOU CAN'T HOVER YOUR FINGER OVER IT.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 02:50

134. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


You use mouse to see where to skip to in the video. To read the full name of the file (for instance to distinguish between movie and sample video in the same folder). To read lots of unread messages without going into each of them seperately or mails without opening it. And over a period of time I believe apps will be able to use this feature. Sometimes one has to hover its mouse on an option in a website to access it, instead of clicking it. It can help. I can help to stop us from taking out our S-Pen every time for these simple exercises. And not to forget, reduced finger prints.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 07:07 3

136. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sorry, I was wrong, there is some more advantages. :)

+1

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:36 17

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i don't get the point!! whats the use of this feature?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:40 10

4. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Don't know. But consumers love extra features like these.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:41 10

5. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


exactly. if it was useful, Sony would continue using it.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:44 8

6. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


It actually addresses the problem where it's impossible to hover over a menu item on an website with normal touchscreens.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:52 6

9. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


u r right! thats because accourding to a research the dumb level has doubled all over the world since 90s...

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:56

11. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Unlike Apple fans we understand that one part of the year is winter and we wear gloves ;-)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:06 5

17. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


That didn't make any sense..

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:07 9

18. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


the point is this: samsung loves to copy and paste...

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