Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S IV to Feature Eye-Tracking Scrolling

Galaxy S IV mockup (Source: BGR)

Galaxy S IV mockup (Source: BGR)

Samsung is set to unveil its flagship Galaxy S IV in New York City next week, and speculation has been rampant as a result. According to The New York Times, citing an individual that has tested the handset, Samsung will include a new eye scrolling feature as part of its flagship Galaxy S IV smartphone. The report elaborates on how this feature would function, details inside. 

“The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. 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.”

Screen shot 2012-12-16 at 9.20.45 PMEarlier this year, Samsung filed a patent in Europe related to this eye-tracking scrolling technology. The corporation also filed for a trademark on “Samsung Eye Scroll” in the United States that reads as follows:

“Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers.”

If this feature does materialize on the fourth-generation Galaxy smartphone, one could argue that Samsung has the one-up on Apple in terms of high-tech functionality. Apple will likely respond with a new iPhone that could feature fingerprint scrolling, although that only remains a rumor at this point. All that is known at this point is that it should be an interesting and competitive year for Apple and Samsung.

Samsung’s Galaxy S IV is also expected to pack a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 pixel true HD resolution, sporting a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch. Moreover, the handset is expected to have a quad-core Exynos processor under the hood, 4G LTE cellular connectivity and possibly a new flexible display technology that will prevent the screen from breaking. The smartphone should run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, and is expected to ship in April.

[The New York Times]

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