The Samsung Galaxy S4 could ditch a trad touchscreen user interface in favour of touch-free gestures, as the handset-maker once again backs intuitive controls to differentiate its kits from the Android competition.
An industry insider has told Korean site DDaily that Samsung is working on an advanced control system that recognises gestures performed by fingers that are not in contact with the screen.
Instead, as with the 'floating touch' approach recently adopted by Sony, users hover their fingers above the display to flick through pages and open apps and whathaveyou.
The system has been made possible by tmaXTouch S controllers for mixed signal input from Atmel, the site claims, and represents a logical step from the supposedly nature-inspired interface innovations that Samsung debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Perhaps the pick of these was Smart Stay, which was a kind of intelligent sleep mode that used the front-facing camera to detect users’ eye movements and more accurately determine when the phone is in use.
Earlier reports from the Galaxy S4 rumour mill suggest that this kind of eye-movement detection will once again be front and centre on the company’s next flagship phone.