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

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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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. Johnabis

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 17, 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..

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!

3. neal unregistered

don't believe its the gyroscope but the accelerometer that's responsible for those gestures http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/29/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-shows-off-gyro-zoom-option-in-touchwiz-4-0/

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 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

4. v unregistered

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

5. Johnabis

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

7. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I'm happy it didn't come to Apple first. "OMG...LOOK WHAT MY NEW IPHONE5 CAN DO" "WOW...THAT'S COOL. I'M GOING TO BUY ONE RIGHT NOW!" lol

8. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

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

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