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Samsung Galaxy S IV to keep the home button, touchless gesture navigation mentioned again

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Samsung Galaxy S IV to keep the home button, touchless gesture navigation mentioned again
A bit more light was thrown today on Samsung's eventual design decisions with the Galaxy S IV. It seems that a physical home button, which is the signature of the Galaxy series, will be kept for this year's edition as well. There were reports last year that Samsung had an internal battle whether to ditch or keep the physical button, and the key's lobby within the company prevailed with the argument that people like it better.

The S Pen-laden Galaxy S IV rumor, however, won't be materializing, say the Korean publication's sources, which makes sense, considering there's the Note family with larger screen sizes to take care of the stylus functionality, and an eventual S IV with an S Pen would take away from their target market.

The insiders mentioned that the speculated touchless gesture functionality will indeed be coming with Samsung's flagship in April, and that's what might have gotten folks assuming that an alternative input method means S Pen stylus, rather than the sensitive screen tech rumored to allow UI navigation without touching the display that is expected.

All the rest in the source reiterates what we've heard so far, like a 4.99" AMOLED Full HD screen, and there might be different chipsets for different versions, judging from some leaked benchmarks.

source: Ddaily.co.kr

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:36 4

1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Touchless gestures seem too gimicky.
That "slide to take a screenshot" thing just looked silly.
I'd perfer off-screen capasitive buttons beacue onscreen wastes space and physical buttons require too much force and slow things down.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:57 28

7. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


physical button reduce accidental press and also help to wake up screen.................i prefer physical button

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:50

38. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Interesting.
Never thought about it like that.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:22

43. minteke (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)


I'd say the second one is more important. And saves the screen real estate.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:09 23

9. s.mrabet (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


''physical buttons require too much force''

It's just a button.. If it takes you too much force to press it then some is wrong with you

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:54 7

28. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


His fingers might need help.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:51

40. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


They do :(

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:51

39. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Yeah, I do agree with you, that was it was a little silly of me to say something like that.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:21 11

12. MrJerry (Posts: 391; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


"physical buttons require too much force"

You made my day lol

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:51

41. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You're welcome. :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:28 10

14. JunBringer (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


The slide to take a screenshot function is actually pretty handy from my experience.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:54 6

18. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


thats right :D i prefer such thing rather than the traditional ways

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:21 3

22. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I didn't have problem with samsung's physical buttons because it doesn't get destroyed easily unlike apple's. I think, they should still put the physical button to save more space. I think.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:07 1

33. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, aren't we all suckers for small things that make the 'gadget'.
Even the tiny home screen button is making us debate like it's the world for us, lol. What a great family we have in this community! :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:39 7

2. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Been restisting the note 2 since it came out for this... Wish sammy would develop a technology to speed up time! ;-)

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:40

23. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Why? Because apple can patent that?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:41 1

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 351; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


home screen now looks outdated.better sammy puts onscreen buttons with full screen view for games & videos.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:31 3

25. cncrim (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Since you said that the wheel on car outdated more than 100 years, I think you should crawl to work since walked is outdated too. LOL.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:58

31. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Crawling is outdated too..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:48 3

4. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Good move samsung, capacitive buttons or onscreen buttons are a bit too easy to press on, especially in gaming. But please, get rid of s voice and make double-tapping the home button launch google now, hiding it in the multitasking UI is stupid.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:09 5

10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Hey, you obviously aren't up to date here.
The latest 4.1.2 firmware launches Google now with a long press of the left capacitive button!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:55 1

30. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I know that, but it's google now, it's a BIG feature of android, far more important than s voice, so it should be launched in a "special" way. Do you think that siri would work better if you had to use it with the volume button or something.
Launching google now with a long press on the menu button while (s**tty) s voice is launched with a double tap on the home button ( the one on the middle that gets all the attention) means google now is inferior to s voice, and when you launch it it goes to search instead of showing the cards.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:16 3

35. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well, I actually played around with the S voice a bit, after reading your comment.
And to my surprise, it held up pretty well.
With a very classy British accent, she can be quite amusing

- What's up?
- the sky
- how old are you?
- I am more younger than old
- do you love me?
- there's no denying it
- what's the best phone in the world?
- if you're looking for the next big thing, look up Samsung (opens up the Samsung galaxy s 3' page )

..plus it can open apps, send messages and write status updates and memo, ets
It's not bad really

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:49 7

5. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Nice! I actually like the home button. It's good to read that they will keep it in the upcoming Galaxy S device :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 06:56 5

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i wish the home button doesn't look like S3's because it looks cheap. S2's home button is more stylish.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:06

8. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If they don't at least add the support for s - pen, it would be a big mistake imo.
It would be a great, useful feature to set it apart from the competition.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:58 1

24. bparkerson (unregistered)


The whole point not to implement the S-Pen on the SIV is to differentiate it from the Note 2 , whereas the S-Pen is one of its main selling points. I like the function of the S-pen so much in fact I'm looking to purchase the Note 8 for the added screen real estate to better utilize the s-Pen functionality. IMO, Samsung would be wise to leave the S-Pen with the Note Series but create an exclusive SIV feature specifically for the SIV.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:21

11. oister85 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I wanna see the s4 already. I hope is made of glass

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:28 5

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


they wont make it with glass. it will become very heavy. and then people would say they've copied Xperia Z.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:53 1

17. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


:D i thought ur a super Sony fan, im glad ur not one of those who bash plastics hehe..
i want sammy to stay with plastic but more on the likes of htc w/c actually looks good.. glass back are more prone to destruction :D and if im not mistaken, will move away battery replaceable :D
i think xcover2 has removable back cover? so if sammy can make water&dust resistant phone but still with removable back cover and battery but not to the extent of making d phone looked really a rugged one, that myt be great :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:12 2

21. pyradark (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


plastic is good to maintain weight but urghhhh i hope S4 is more a looker than S3

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:49

27. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


of course plastic is more flexible and it makes it less prone to damage, but the glass which is used for Z is a tempered one which makes it durable enough.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:03

42. joesseth (Posts: 56; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


drop test

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:56 3

19. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


glass for front panel only :D
no for back glass..
dont want it.. and i dont want to be very careful with my phone

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:31 4

15. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


physical button... :(

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 07:42 7

16. mohammadchik (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 May 2011)


I would prefer all physical button including return and menu button. Always accidental on that button..annoy and interfere..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:04 1

20. NickNackz (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


I just want to know the specs. Confirmed specs..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:48 2

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


:@ no home buttons dammit >.<

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:55 2

29. bparkerson (unregistered)


Physical buttons seem so yesterday and unless designed correctly look cheap. Especially over time when lint, dirt, or whatever finds it's way into the crevices between and around the buttons. I try to keep my device clean and physical buttons can make this quite a chore. The Galaxy Nexus won me over on on-screen buttons in every aspect!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:36 1

32. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Good that they keep the physical home button, that give us more screen rather than screen size being reduced because of the on screen home icons. ..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:24 1

34. linas_ltu (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I hope they will make their AMOLED screen bright enough to be in the same class as LCD screens. I own GS3 and my girlfriend has One X. I am jealous of the real bright screen I would say.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:58

36. maccess (Posts: 583; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


want to make the s3 screen brighter?? uncheck the auto adjust screen inside the display setting.. then use the dynamic screen mode.. after that use bright wallpaper than compare it once again with your friend's one x screen.. you'll not dissapoint.. :)

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:07

37. becauseiamawsome (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


I like PIE

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:42

44. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


It's not like we can vote for the physical home button or not. It's too late. And let's remember, the S4 is a Samsung phone, not a Google phone.

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