The Samsung Galaxy S4 will not allow users to scroll through pages using eye movements after all, it has been claimed, as the handset’s BIG REVEAL edges ever closer.
For the last month reports suggested that Samsung’s next flagship phone would be home to a function dubbed Smart Scroll. This combines the handset’s front-facing camera with eye-tracking technology to enable users to scroll down web pages and documents using their eyes alone.
However, according to sources who are “familiar with the device” cited by US bidnizz bods Bloomberg, the eye-scrolling feature will not be present in the Galaxy S3 S4, but will likely debut on future Galaxy S-branded smarties.
It’s not all bad news, though. The same insiders also confirmed that the S4 will definitely offer the so-called Smart Pause eye-tracking function that’s also been a fixture of the tech rumour mill in recent weeks.
As its name suggests, this lets Galaxy S4 owners pause video by looking away from the screen, in what’s a fairly minor step up from the Smart Screen intelligent sleep mode that’s present on the Galaxy S3.
Set to debut tonight at a press call in New York’s Radio City Music Hall, complete with livestreams online and nearby Times Square, the S4’s feature set is also expected to take in touch-free gesture controls and a larger five-inch AMOLED full HD screen.
A 13-megapixel Samsung Orb camera that’s capable of 360-degree panoramic shots is also set to be on board, as is an industry-leading octa-core processor.