New gesture controls coming to Samsung Galaxy S5?

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.


source: GalaxyClub (translate) via IntoMobile

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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54 Comments

50. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

51. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

52. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

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

53. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

54. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 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..

48. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

38. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

37. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 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!

32. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 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?

41. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

44. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 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

30. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 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.

29. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 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..

27. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

+1 this is a good one lol

13. Vireak unregistered

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

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

22. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

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

25. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

12. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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."

40. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

10. MEeee

Posts: 449; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

11. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

21. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

It's called a custom rom, bi1ch.

31. wilsong17 unregistered

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

33. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 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?

39. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

45. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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