Video shows off Samsung Galaxy S III gestures

Video shows off Samsung Galaxy S III gestures
The Samsung Galaxy S III had a pretty impressive unveiling last week, and showed off quite a number of pretty nice features. It also showed off a few less than impressive features, but so it goes. Now, we're getting video showing off a few phone gestures that we hadn't known about before. There are three gestures shown in the video, but we definitely like the idea and would love to see more.

The first gesture could be useful, but it didn't really work so well. By waving your hand across the screen, the phone will take a screenshot. Interestingly, although this gesture didn't work the first couple times, it did make the screen slide, so there could very well be touch-free gestures for navigation available as well. The second gesture shown is by far the most useful of the bunch. The video shows that if you are scrolling down a long list of items, like your Twitter feed perhaps, a quick double-tap on the top edge of the phone will return you to the top of the list. Scrolling on Android can be pretty fast, but the simple double-tap seems like a great solution. And, last was a gesture whereby placing your hand over the device will pause video that you're watching, including video in pop-up mode. 

Definitely nice to see Samsung thinking out of the box with gesture controls. 

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think the video pop up fits better on a tablet, that might be just me tho, many of the popup apps do seem rather nice on big devices and give you a desktop like experience on your slate.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

1) Pop-up video is designed for quick out and back, like replying to a text, not extended multitasking. For extended, sure a tablet would work better, but it still has a lot of use on a phone. 2) You couldn't at least start with a comment about the gestures which are the topic of the article?!

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't have much to say there, they all seem really nice and intuitive(and cool), don't think the site has covered all the lock screen gestures yet(or maybe i missed the article).

20. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

pop up video is useless for phones.

2. Nsaleh1

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2012

i think the first couple of times his hand was actually hitting the screen so thats why it moved

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's what I thought at first, but I'm not sure.

35. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I think it happens only when you move your hand from left to right (not right to left as it was shown initially in the video)

6. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Samsung needs more R&D on design, they are always copying.

7. NaRFL

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

Pls give me details what are the things samsung copied in this phone?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Don't feed the troll, just look at his username. He's clearly just trolling.

10. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Yes definitely. S Voice, Icon grid UI, rubber band physics effect when scrolling to the end, TouchWiz skinning of Android browser that looks like a carbon copy of iOS Safari, S cloud, Photo viewing UI. You can't deny those that is almost identical to Apple's.

11. NaRFL

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

one more ignorant to think apple creates everything n everyone else copy everything. Feel sorry for u dude. go troll somewhere else

12. chadrick0814 unregistered

I don't think apple invented any of the the things you just mentioned.

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Before this new screen shot method, it was hit the home button and the power key...... exactly like iPhone. I mean come on, they could have at least made it like menu+power instead of home+power just to be a somewhat different. Also samsung devices even have the same exact white dots at the bottom of the grid menu to show you what page you're on. And yes the bounce back effect was pretty flagrant. Copying big features like touch to focus, pinch zoom, etc is pretty understandable, but copying the nitty gritty details is pretty pathetic IMO. I didn't believe this whole Samsung copying crap until I finally owned a GSII for myself. Now I see it. All of it. As for the gestures, they're just whatever. The placing hand over the screen to pause is kinda stupid. Most people touch the displays to brighten the screen when it dims while watching videos, but since Samsungs screen never dims due to their eye sensing technology, they should have just made pausing one touch in the middle of the screen/video instead of trying to be all fancy. The swipe hand over the camera for a screen shot is a bit excessive. Its actually easier/faster just pushing the home and power button. I feel like the only useful technology is the eye sensing technology so the screen doesn't dim when you're awake. I think that was pretty genius. Everything else can join the list of gimmicks like panning and tilting gestures. At first I went crazy over the little pop out video player, but now its just meh. I mean if you're sending a text message or browsing the web, you're probably not going to be paying attention to the video anyway, lol. If you were really interested in what you're watching, you'd pause the damn thing.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually it is the power + volume down key. it was only recently built into android through ICS. if your going to complain, get it right. :)

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Nope, it was on the Galaxy Skyrocket for sure. I promise you it was home + power.

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

to be honest, I varies, depending on brand model and other stuff. charge has home and back

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't know I like the new lockscreen gestures, and honestly the mini video was not that useful to me from the start. with only video doing that. something i don't understand is that you said they should not copy the way iOS takes screenshot, but when Samsung uses a new gesture you are not ok with it. I think Samsung is thinking forward when they choose that method, new android OS has no physical buttons so eventually they will need to move to another method. and I must argue with that, samsung is rather inconstant with the screenshot thing, if you check the charge takes screen shots using home and back keys, the note uses the stylus, and their tablets have a dedicated screenshot button. maybe they want to use a way that is both unique and universal for their new models.

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm not mad about Samsung's new gestures. I just think they're not that good. But it should still be fun/work well for anyone who uses it. I was just critiquing and giving my opinion.

34. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I know :P change sometimes is hard to understand, and we must somewhat ask how this "change" will be beneficent. so your opinion is ok, just though something contradicted a bit. My opinion the video pop up thin is not useful, not on a phone and for video only, it could be useful if i could have two apps parallel one to the other. I always welcome new features tho. and I really could use the camera unlock one. and there are many "new gestures" added that have not been shown. wish we could see them all

13. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

S Voice is the same as Voice Talk in Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S2 released before iPhone 4S.

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

so then what was the point of S Voice?

23. TurkeyBacon

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2012

It was for copying/imitation haha


Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012


28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its one of those things...... they do to screw themselves


Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

We think™ you are wrong.....!?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This feature would be amazing for youtube. I would constantly be using it while responding to texts.

21. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Yep, that's what I was thinking exactly. Watching youtube while net surfing, facebooking, etc I think it's a good forward step taken by Samsung with this one, opening up possibilities of real multi-tasking.

31. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

What? As opposed to just touching it ANYWHERE with a finger, you're going to place your hand above the device in a very specific fashion? No, this is an example of a "because I can" feature. When the screen shuts off because you move a phone up to your ear and turns back on when you move the phone back down; that's an example of a useful gesture. This is just crap. Tapping on the top was a MUCH better example of usefulness, because there was previously no way to do it but scroll up, and the top of the screen is cluttered with the notifications tab, making development of a solution difficult. And the screen shot thing is also dumb. How often do you take screenshots? I do that so infrequently as to not care at all. Might as well make a Thanksgiving gesture where you bite the phone and it automatically opens navigation to show you how to get home.

14. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I dunno, I feel like it would be easier to press the middle of the video to pause it, but maybe I'm old fashioned.

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