The Samsung Galaxy S 4 (and later, the Note III took it further, though with the Samsung-stylus called the S-Pen) brought new ways of interaction between the user and the smartphone: hovering your finger over certain sections of the OS was nothing new to those using the Note II, but doing it with your bare finger was something that had our geek glands drooling.
According to “industry sources” quoted by this Korean report, Synaptics, the company behind the solutions on the S 4 and Note III of 2013, will bring improved hovering detection and passive pen writing function to Samsung Electronics in 2014. According to the report, the new product will have an increased recognition range; this means that recognition will be possible from an extended distance, rather than relatively close range on current products.
What does all this mean? We’ll probably see improved Air Gesture and Air View commands on the next Samsung flagship, whenever it will be launched, in New York or London. If that’s not enough, “The new product will provide a variety of additional functions. However, its manufacturing cost will be lowered so as to decrease the burden on customers. The device usability and consumer convenience have been enhanced for this product”, said an unnamed Synaptics insider.
Whether Air Gesture and Air Command are regarded as useful features or gimmicks is another story. They key takeaway here is the improvement of current features, and pushing the envelope further, to offer a more immersive user experience.