Hover me digits! Nokia bringing touchless zooming and panning to Lumias


Nokia already introduced a hovering gesture in Lumias running the Amber update, where a simple pointing with your finger close to the display wakes it up from the Glance Screen mode, but now it is taking the feature to the next level. It patented two more ways for touchless interaction with its Windows Phone devices, and we wouldn't be surprised to see those hitting Lumias soon:


source: EuropeanPatentOffice (1) (2) via NokiaPowerUser

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57 Comments

1. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Genius !

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

because its nokia. opps!! samsung will copy it 4 sure!

4. Arslan25

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

^hello apple fanboy

6. Kurai unregistered

Sony is the first one to implement hovertouch on a smartphone namely the XPERIA SOLA *facepalm*

11. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

+1 xperia sola also introduced glove mode like on lumias

41. MaxJenius

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Sweet! You mean it works like on my old Nokia N900 from 2009? The Nokia N9 also will also notice your finger above the screen without touching it. Both came out before the Sola. Hopefully the Xiaomi Mi-3 I ordered will have this.

45. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Can you show me any video about your N900 and N9???

54. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Next time if you claim something you should be able to show the proof. your N900 and N9 is not able to do what Xperia Sola can do. Because the Xperia sola super sensitive display is able to detect your finger up to 20mm above the screen.

58. MaxJenius

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I think you misunderstood me. Sorry English is not my first language. My comment was to make fun of Nokia for being so far behind linux community. Nokia had no hand in the software on these devices that allowed them to do this. They were Community hacks or projects that actually hurt quite a few of these devices. I do not like Nokia. I do not spend much time on forums. I no longer have a N9. You should do research before talking as a Android user I would like to recommend google search engine. Nokia N900 was also able to make a call to a contact with a thought in 2010. It may have been harmful to some devices but It was even available for brave consumers to test. Again Nokia who are idiots had no part in this and deserve no credit. The finger detection works like crap on N900 and is only available at idk a little over 5mm no where near 20mm. I didn't claim it worked as well as Sony. Just that it was tested on those devices. N900 also had abilty to control apps with facial detection but it worked no where near as well as on Galaxy s4. 2009 hardware had limitations. Nokia was not responsible for this as well feature as well. Sorry I do not frequent forums much just not my thing. As I said I do not like Nokia and will never own a new Nokia device. I did pre order a Xiaomi Mi-3 and it was a hard choice between that and the Sony Z-1. I like Sony hardware a lot. It makes me sad to think Apple or Samsung will get most credit for smartwatch in the future as well. :(

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

We already see this on the note

33. taikucing unregistered

So, who copies who?

12. Volcra

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sorry... But the note 3 already has these features... Hovering over text with finger to bring up an enlarged image

14. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Samsung S4 already has this. (Sort of, in Gallery and some other places like in music etc.)

17. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Nokia copied this from Samsung bruh

20. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

& Samsung copies from everyone.wait for iwatch to release & then sammy will copy it already.

23. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Wtf are you talking about? Samsung already announced their smartwatch lineup. On top of that, didn't Samsung create the first smartwatch (Serious question, if anyone can answer this for me)?!

25. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Seiko, a Japanese watch company, was one of the first to develop wrist computing technology. The first digital watch, which debuted in 1972, was the Pulsar manufactured by Hamilton Watch Company. "Pulsar" became a brand name which would later be acquired by Seiko in 1978.

26. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL! Not at all! The SonyEricsson LiveView came out in 2011, the Sony Smartwatch in 2012, and the Smartwatch 2 in 2013. While Samsung hasn't released its first smartwatch yet, Sony has just released its *third* smartwatch. Then there were some other watches like the i'mWatch and the Motorola MOTOACTV (also 2011 or 2012). All these watches have been released long before Samsung announced its smartwatch.

30. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

Oh come on Brainless iSheeep. You sure about that? Samsung is about to release their awesome Smart watch, while your Beloved certified copy cat Apple is blank about it at the moment. GO ON, Be happy with your Useless iPhone along with its Girly Laggy iOS7. hahaha

34. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yeah, mothafokas have a time machine for that sh!t!

27. yudi.nemesis unregistered

You are totaly wrong because Sony Xperia Sola is the first phone with touchless/hovertouch/sensitive display and its developed by Sony mobile and cypress tech. Samsung and Nokia uses the same technology from synaptics.

28. yudi.nemesis unregistered

And In Galaxy Note 2 Samsung use wacom digitizer.

32. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Regarding the first one, Galaxy S4 has the exact same feature already...

29. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

REALLY? Sony Introduced this first, Improved by Samsung in S4, NOTE 2 AND 3. And still Samsung copied it from Poor, Dying Nokia? Hahaha! Pathetic Samsung Jealous Haters! Goshh! Nokia is still Talking from their Grave eh? hahaha. Lame!

36. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

You're an idiot.

43. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Nokia is always a step ahead of the others in term of innovation, new technology and all of its competitors will soon be copied it (Like Wireless charging, OIS, Camera technology, Super Sensitive Touch). Every company trying their best to compete Nokia.

44. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Wireless Charging : At CES in January 2009, Palm, Inc. announced their new Pre smartphone would be available with an optional inductive charger accessory, the "Touchstone". The charger came with a required special backplate that became standard on the subsequent Pre Plus model announced at CES 2010. Optical image stabilization : In 2011 Sharp launched AQUOS SH-01D Android phones that feature optical image stabilization. Super sensitive display : In march 2012 Sony announced Xperia Sola Android phone that feature super sensitive display to allow floating touch, its developed by Sony mobile and Cypress technologies. *Lumia 920 Is announced in september 2012

47. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

OMG. Nokia is always ahead? really? hahahaha. In what part? Co'z for the last 3 years, Nokia got left behind. And now, they're gone. What's innovative to your Beloved Nokia? Their Old Crappy Name or those Lamias phones that are featureless and Boring?? Alex123 is dreaming. Just want to remind you that your beloved Nokia is lying on the grave now since the other flop company Microsoft tricked them. hahahaha

3. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

I am going to miss this company.

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Nokia is not going anywhere, they will just sell their HARDWARE division to Micorsoft.

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