Samsung Galaxy S IV to introduce touchless gestures for screen navigation

Samsung Galaxy S IV to introduce touchless gestures for screen navigation
Remember the "floating touch" tech on the Sony Xperia sola, that lets you hover your finger over the screen and select links or pictures in websites without actually touching the display?

Well, the Korean DDaily publication speculates that something similar will be an added value with the Galaxy S IV, but on steroids. Samsung is reportedly using Atmel's newest maXTouch S controllers for mixed signal input to allow gesture-based navigation throughout the interface without contact with the screen.

As you can easily guess, we are full to the brim with curiosity whether this would indeed be the case when the S IV arrives, and about the possibilities such tech will open - like answering a call or shooting back a quick text while your fingers are dripping with chicken wings grease during the Super Bowl.

Pantech Vega LTE sports gesture control, but it uses the front camera, which consumes a lot of battery, whereas Samsung's solution is rumored to be very power efficient, and you can see a basic floating touch demo in the promo video for the Xperia sola below to get a rough idea what we can expect if this rumor pans out.

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144 Comments

1. luckysrinu

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Nice job Sammy! Love you !

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Ughh... Talk about technology love, you sound too "Tay" (Technology meets gay...no offence ). I like the feature though...sounds futuristic. But can't help but think, when and where do i implement it?

23. wendygarett unregistered

I always love Sammy, and managed to keep their promise to make the world most beautiful, sturdy, and most color accuracy on galaxy s3, not to mention, Sammy always be transparent and give us the accurate leak just like these features, they love their customers and we always love you Sammy :)

62. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Are you bipolar? You always praise Apple and ocasionally Android OEMs and diss Apple?

79. SleepingOz unregistered

He's just a troll.

31. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

too many sammy haters are here....

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't know...i've been observing PA for sometime and it seems like there are some groups of people painting the town red for no reason. It's not just here.

47. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Thank you...whoever gave that downer. You just proved my point.

63. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I think the pun is what's warranting all the thumbs down. No offense.

87. SleepingOz unregistered

You know what they say; baseless hatred is all about jealousy, which is just confused admiration. =]

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't see a practical purpose of it.

37. wendygarett unregistered

Sammy invented world 1st revolutionary svoice & spen, and everyone loves it ... And now Sammy released the world 1st revolutionary sscreen to show how much health care to us :)

128. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't care for svoice... As a mater of fact only camera and snooze features are nice.. I would burn the rest with fire... Snote on the other hand... Is actually cool

41. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Think about mouse. You hover over a drop-down list, an email, small print text or link, anything that holds extra information or needs extra precision, it became so easy with the S-Pen. Now you can do it without an S-Pen. It's awesome! Just navigate on this site via mouse and see the benefits, text, articles, options popping up, changing color or background, extra info on front page when hovering over top articles, think about this stuff currently, and everything it can be used for on a phone.

46. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Yep definitely. That's the whole purpose of hovering. Just goes to show the intellectual level of PA readers not being able to understand that. Look at the number of posts saying that this is a useless feature. Ridiculous.

49. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Doubt they have the ability of comprehensive reading, they are like bots looking for keywords "Samsung... new feature" vote down "iPad... update" vote down "Sony... hype" vote up. Of course they use mouse hover on this very site, they just don't understand that the article is related. ZOMG what's the point!!!!

123. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

The only one advantage I see at the moment is that you actually don't have to touch screen and it may be handy when your hands are dirty, everything else is the same as you touch screen with your fingers in usual way.

130. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Are you really serious man? or are you really this ignorant lol I'm really sorry, but it's really frustrating. Let me give you a specific example so it's very simple for you to understand. 1. Go to nba.com 2. On the top menu, it gives you menus, such as Tickets, Teams, Scores, News, etc etc 3. Now hover your mouse over 'Teams'. 4. It gives you list of NBA teams without clicking anything. Now this is not possible on smartphones, because you HAVE TO CLICK IT, AND YOU CAN'T HOVER YOUR FINGER OVER IT.

136. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sorry, I was wrong, there is some more advantages. :) +1

98. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Think of minority report

134. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

You use mouse to see where to skip to in the video. To read the full name of the file (for instance to distinguish between movie and sample video in the same folder). To read lots of unread messages without going into each of them seperately or mails without opening it. And over a period of time I believe apps will be able to use this feature. Sometimes one has to hover its mouse on an option in a website to access it, instead of clicking it. It can help. I can help to stop us from taking out our S-Pen every time for these simple exercises. And not to forget, reduced finger prints.

122. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Put this technology on Windows 8 touch screen devices. It will reduce fingerprinting and the need for strong hinges. Will also satisfy the skeptics who claim touch screens are physically taxing.

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

i don't get the point!! whats the use of this feature?

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Don't know. But consumers love extra features like these.

5. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

exactly. if it was useful, Sony would continue using it.

83. ReaperChief

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

If Sony had money they WOULD continue to use it.. Too bad they are going down..

86. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

haha, troll

142. ReaperChief

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Am I still a troll if I mention the official profit/revenue figures from Sony for 2012?

9. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

u r right! thats because accourding to a research the dumb level has doubled all over the world since 90s...

114. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

it's funny how you guys are hypo.. you are praising your laumia 920 that you can use the touch even with gloves on. dont you see that this is the alternative? your hands are dirty you don wanna touch the phone dont you see this as the best choice in such circumstances? like your hands are watery........????? trolllll go enjoy your brick with no apps on its PRIMITIVE OS

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