Samsung is about to show off a new flagship phone at an event on March 14, and details continue to leak out about the new smartphone.
Samsung’s next generation smartphone — the Galaxy S IV — could include an eye scrolling feature, making it easier for users to read text, hands free.
According to the NY Times, one Samsung employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media, shared that the phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll.
For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.
There’s no guarantee it will be demoed on stage, according to the source, but the Korean company should be showing off more new software features, instead of demoing hardware advancements.
The concept of eye scrolling doesn’t come as a complete surprise.
Recently Samsung filed a trademark in Europe this past January for the term “Eye Scroll,” and it trademarked “Samsung Eye Scroll” in the US in February.
The US application describes the service as “software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smart phones, and tablet computers according to eye movements.”
The term “Eye Pause” was also trademarked in the US, but the application states only that the service is “software for smart phones and tablet computers.”
Eye tracking systems have been in development for a while. Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, already has a feature that watches you.
The feature, Smart Stay, uses its front-facing camera to know to keep the screen lit up when a person is looking at it instead of dimming it automatically.
As awesome as the Galaxy S III was, it always felt a little bit chintzy because of its round plastic body. The S IV, in these leaked pictures (which come from previously reliable @evleaks), looks a bit more solid with cleaner lines and an understated design.
The leaked picture doesn’t automatically mean that the Galaxy S IV will look like this but it seems kind of, sort of in line with previously rumored images.
The specs of the new Samsung smartphone list a Super AMOLED Full HD screen of unknown size, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and Android 4.2 OS.
A software-centric approach to an Android flagship device launch is nothing new.
HTC showed off its own new flagship device, the One, at an event in NYC last month and the bulk of the presentation focused on Sense 5.0.
Android OEMs seem keen to highlight what it is that makes the experience of using their devices fundamentally different from using the Android phones of other makers, a good strategy when each successive generation of devices seem to share more in common than not when it comes to specs and internal components.
Samsung is already teasing the Galaxy S IV with a promotional teaser video, referring to it as “one of the most amazing products to hit the market since TVs went color.”