Samsung Galaxy S5 to sport 'multi-hovering' tech claimed to be a gamechanger for air gestures input

Samsung Galaxy S5 to sport 'multi-hovering' tech claimed to be a gamechanger for air gestures input
The Galaxy S5 is expected to house the new Synaptics technology which will improve accuracy for the finger hovering aspect of screen input that brought along features like Air View and Air Gesture.

Synaptics' fresh tech can precisely detect movements from as little as 15mm to as far as 30mm above the display, but more precision is apparently not all that's in store for the touchless gestures that will arrive with the Galaxy S5. Korean media sources claim that "multi-hovering" will be the hero of the day when Samsung's flagship lands, and it will be able to recognize part of the palm as well as fingers.

Like with touchscreens, the airy input method can now detect more than one finger at a time, which has allowed Samsung to come up with some innovative uses, which the sources claim are gamechanging for the field of gesture input. Air View and Air Gesture appear to be in the "nice to have" department, as they don't see a particularly heavy usage on the Galaxy S4s and Note 3s of this world, but the "multi-hovering" might be different, we'll just have to wait and see.

source: ETNews via G4Games

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1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Haters to come in 3... 2... 1... I think zooming in out would be a nice addition, maybe a multitasking gesture too. Maybe if it could read your fingers doing the same motion how your scroll down on your tablet there could be more accurate scrolling, a firm down motion to bring down notifications, up for recent apps. It all depends on the accurate reading of the SW.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

hmmm.....if it could show the notifications from lockscreen i.e. without having to lift the device from my desk it would be a very handy feature. I might end up buying the device just for that feature.

14. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Uh Moto X, and new Verizon Droids?

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Moto has voiceless controls. I am asking for a feature to glance my notification without having to lift the phone. Moto's voiceless control won't show notifications.

21. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Something similar exists in Samsung phones. Check "quick glance" in GS4/Note 3.

5. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

a great feature to use if you're at home. but in public......

12. Teja171 unregistered

Already arrived.

2. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

bring it on

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I wonder how many people actually use such features, not to say that it is useless but I doubt many actually even remember what features their s4 has

11. Teja171 unregistered

You're right. They are some marketing gimmicks, of which Samsung is well known of.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hover isn't a gimmick just because your company of choice didn't come up with it first.

19. Sauce unregistered

Kinda is. I have this on my iPhone 5s (jailbroken). I used this exact same stuff for a few hours and removed it off my phone. Kinda pointless imo.

6. Teja171 unregistered

Then what's the purpose of a touch screen ?

8. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

to not thouched

18. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The purpose of the touchscreen is to be touched. So you can hover over a message to get a popup preview, then actual touch to open it if you decide. If not, slide down to the next message for its preview, etc...

20. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Yes, actually things like Air View is something I really look forward to being improved immensely and being implemented as a 'standard' of sorts for flagship devices. It's something akin to holding a PC cursor over a link or say in flash when you hover over something. Unfortunately since Samsung has it all to itself they can only integrate it into the phone's stock apps so it's usefulness will be limited and only act as a demonstration as to what it can be fully capable of. Think about if it became a baseline feature for powerful phones. Using games as an example, using a 'metal detecting device' by hovering etc. Or maybe the Operation board game where you have to keep your finger close but not touch etc. Who knows? I think it has great potential, and that was just in 10 seconds for games. I feel like this feature is another key step to bringing mobile closer to feature parity to PCs.

7. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Its time to buy sammy stocks lol

13. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Better checkout for Synaptics stock. It's up 76% over last year.

9. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

yeah smartphone now make we have to ride a monster, eventhough we just need a horse

10. Avenger827

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Not going to be useful for everyone, a better offline voice assistant would be a better feature.

15. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I bet this type of technology could be used to help teach sign language. I'd sign up for that as it's a great skill to have.

22. shegzyplanet

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I want to know if phonearena is not aware of the mobile phone brand name Tecno. Tecno is emerging as one of the closest competitors to Samsung. Same OS and I heard the same company make their processor and some other hardware. I would like phonearena to include Tecno Mobile phones in the review and comparison.

23. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

This is why Samsung needs 3gb of ram on their devices. To run all the bloat ware and gimmicky features. Samsung needs help. No on wants these stupid features.

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