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Rumor: Galaxy S4 to Feature Touchless Gesture Control

Steven Blum

Samsung is rumored to have developed a "floating touch" feature on the Galaxy S4 that will allow users to navigate their phones without ever touching the display.

The feature would be especially helpful in situations where it would be easier to wave your hand or finger above your screen than actually touch it. Samsung is reportedly using Atmel's newest maXTouch S controllers, which could allow you to quickly answer a call, see the contents of a photo gallery before you open it and scroll without ever touching the screen. 

Samsung has already premiered touchless navigation via the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 2, so they no doubt have the capacity to pull this off. But with the Galaxy S4, we assume there would be no stylus involved.

Pantech Vita also features gesture control but it does so using the front-facing camera, which consumes a lot of battery life in a very short period of time. Samsung's solution is rumored to be much more battery efficient. 

Of course, this is all just a rumor at this point. But compared to the rumors about a flexible display, this one is far more likely to end up being true.

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  • joseph mavengere Feb 8, 2013 Link

    ummmmmmm,samsung,ummmmmmmn,this is technology

  • Won Min Jae Feb 14, 2013 Link

    I'm korean and I want to tell Samsung is the worst company ever
    I use Galaxy S3 LTE version ...a month later since I bought
    , freakin' USB port doesn't work at all...and I go to Samsung A/S center 4 repair
    and they said I pay 30000 won(30 $ maybe) 4 repair..... Hahahahahaha LOL
    And my mother's Galaxy S 1 also broke USB port....
    Next time I'll buy htc's