Galaxy S3 SmartStay

The Samsung Galaxy S4 launches next Thursday, Mar. 14, and the rumor mill is starting to churn. The latest unofficial reports on Samsung's next Android smartphone comes from the New York Times' 'Bits' blog, which claims to have word of a new scrolling technique used by the handset. Apparently the S4 will use eye-tracking technology to automatically scroll through articles --

"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."

It wouldn't be the first time Samsung's used this kind of tech on a smartphone. The Galaxy S3 included "SmartStay," a feature which used the front-facing camera to determine whether the user was looking at the screen and lock it accordingly. There are no specific details about how this eye-scrolling feature might work, but the Times notes Samsung has applied for trademarks of "EyeScroll" and "Samsung EyeScroll" in the EU and U.S. respectively for similar-sounding software features.

To us, this sounds like exactly the sort of feature Samsung might bring to a new smartphone -- recall the wacky "Smart Rotation" feature that debuted on the Note 2 to assist with horizontal reading. However pre-release rumors don't always reveal the full picture, so we'll have to reserve final judgment until we see what Samsung's been building next Thursday.

Source: New York Times


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Samsung Galaxy S4 to employ 'eye scrolling,' says NYT


If they can get this to work in low-light conditions, that will be nice...but how exactly is this better than using swipe gestures or a stylus?

Agreed, after using SmartStay on my GSIII, I'd expect it to work once in a while and even then, maybe only to show off to some friends (if you can get it to work at all).

Why would they, that feature came at a time when Google didn't have anything to compete with Siri, so Samsung created s-voice, and it was almost as good but not quite. After Google came with Google Now, that it is light years further than both, it is pointless to update s-voice.

I have had almost zero issues with smart stay. It's a great feature. Short screen timeout with smart stay on is what I do.

How about they add an IR sensor for the camera so you can record video at night or in very low light settings?...

March madness in full swing.

Do I go s4 or back to HTC. More than likely s4 because I get use out of all the 'gimmicks' and that will make 4 in the family (easier to support). As well as all the other goodness involved with samsung (development support, larger communities). Why yes I have no issues with plastic, it doesn't shatter when dropped.. And you cannot see it under the case anyway...

I'd have to agree. One 10 minute sitting using your thumb to page through the entire time is still less irritating than just one missed page turn because it didn't catch your eye as it gets to the bottom of the screen.

But I will be interested to see how it works. If nothing else, I'm sure you can turn it off, just like the other tweaks available on the GS3.


Doesn't matter to me if it's true, I'd turn it off anyway just like I did with smart stay on my Note 2. I just don't need nor want my phone looking at me trying to do something based on what it sees via the front facing camera. Leave that thing off unless I specifically want to use it! I'll control the phone and tell it what to do with my finger (or S-Pen). Thank you very much. :D

Simply including a removable battery and a SDcard slot wins that battle.

I do hope Samsung ditches the AMOLED, though, but it's not very likely...

Ugh. This is absolutely NOT what I wish Samsung were focusing on right now. This is just another worthless gimmick put in there for the sake of being there. I'm very skeptic it'll even work correctly.

Its smart scroll its already available in new sgs3 leak..n there will be smart pause also which pauses the video when the device detects your head moving away from the screen. .currently these are not working

There's a difference between eye tracking and "smartstay" which basically uses the camera to see if there is a face in front of the camera (much less complex than eye-tracking).

Color me skeptical.

As useful and funky a feature as Eye-Scrolling sounds, it seems more like a gimmick. Instead, I am looking forward to Samsung confirming the 1080p display rumor for the Galaxy S4. I often stream live and recorded shows on my phone during the commute to and from work at DISH, since it takes a bit of time to get there. I have the DISH Anywhere app on my phone, which lets me stream my shows from my DVR wherever I go, and it would be nice to watch my programs on a higher resolution display.