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Samsung Galaxy S II shows off some gyroscope-enhanced features (video)

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Samsung Galaxy S II shows off some gyroscope-enhanced features (video)
Gyroscopes are amazing little gizmos! There was a time when they were a technology usually reserved for compasses and airplanes, but lately gyros have started appearing in consumer electronics as well. The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of those devices, which boast a gyroscope under their hood, and we just got treated to a video demonstration of what it can be used for besides steering your virtual car when playing video games.

As we have been already informed, the Samsung Galaxy S II will ship with the manufacturer's new and shiny TouchWiz 4.0 skin added on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Besides running smoothly and looking pretty, the latest version of Samsung's interface will also make use of the smartphone's gyroscope in a quite innovative way. Touching the device's display with two fingers now enables zooming in and out while surfing the web – bringing the Samsung Galaxy S II up closer to the user's eyes zooms in and moving it away zooms out. You have to see the video below to get a clearer idea how seamlessly this works even though the feature will be polished even further prior to the smartphone's launch.

Another use for the gyro that was demonstrated on the Galaxy S II was the ability to drag widgets through different home screens. Moving the phone left or right while dragging a widget will now switch between screens making it easier to arrange widgets according to your taste.

For now the zooming gesture only seems to work while browsing the internet, but there shouldn't be a reason why the functionality could not be incorporated in other apps such as photo galleries, for example. Feel free to check the embedded video out, and if you happen to have better ideas than Samsung's, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comments below!

source: Android Community via Engadget


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posted on 29 Mar 2011, 10:18 2

1. Johnabis (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)

this seems kind of cool and all, But where is the info on the US release dates and to what carries this will be on? Kind of surprised CTIA has come and gone without any mention of this phone..

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 10:33 1

2. jiga (unregistered)

How about some battery and GPS enhancements. All these cool 'add-ons' are meaningless if your phone doesn't last through the day or you can't use maps because it never acquiers a GPS signal!

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 11:58

3. neal (unregistered)

don't believe its the gyroscope but the accelerometer that's responsible for those gestures


posted on 29 Mar 2011, 16:50

6. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Could be a combination of the two.

In any case, my Atrix works just fine without the gyro. Just like NFC, its not something thats a bare minimum requirement when it comes to selecting handsets

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 13:40 1

4. v (unregistered)

the galaxy s2 or the htc evo 3d for my upgrade this year....very tough decision.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 14:10

5. Johnabis (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)

That's the boat I'm in as well. Waiting for benchmarks to come out. I'm definitely going with the evo 3d if the release date is near and there is still no word out on the S2.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 22:30 5

7. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)

I'm happy it didn't come to Apple first.



posted on 30 Mar 2011, 02:32

8. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Too funny cause i was thinking the same thing. Just another thing for them to be geeks abouts. Lol

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