Samsung’s Galaxy S III may not be the out-of-the-park home run some of the rumors leading up to the phone’s announcement were hyping it up to be, but we still got to see some undeniably high-end hardware coupled with some pretty interesting-sounding software features. We took a look at some of the phone’s most promising abilities shortly after its announcement but as we noted at the time, we had just begun to scratch the surface of all the neat little tweaks Samsung had thought-up for the GS3. Today we get to look at a video showing off quite a few more, highlighting the phone’s gesture recognition.
When you’re in the middle of scrolling through a long list of items, and decide you need to check something out back at the start, we’re used to making a few quick downward swipes to speed our way back to the top. On the GS3, returning to the beginning of a list will be as simple as giving the phone a little double-tap on its top edge.
Multi-touch gestures using multiple fingertips are nothing new, but it’s not often you see a gesture requiring your whole hand. The GS3 will support a screen capture mode where making a broad swipe with the edge of your hand horizontally across the screen will trigger a screenshot. The implementation looks to be a bit temperamental, but it may just be a matter of getting used to this unusual way to interact with a screen.
Finally, there will be be a way to pause video playback by holding your palm up against the GS3. While that’s a very intuitive gesture, we’re not sure it’s any more convenient than just tapping the on-screen video in question in order to pause it.
You can check out all of these gestures in action in the video below.