According to the New York Times, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will expand its eye tracking capabilities to include web pages; the built-in browser will scroll down as your eye descents on the page. This comes after the Galaxy S III introduced Smart Stay, a relatively efficient way to ensure your screen didn’t turn off while you were looking at the screen.
Samsung recently filed for patents related to eye-based scrolling and pausing, and while the NYTimes source would not comment on what specific technologies will power the hands-free scrolling, it’s easy to imagine it will fit into the entire TouchWIZ ecosystem quite naturally. According to the source, the Galaxy S IV, like its predecessor, will focus on software innovation rather than hardware specs, though significant speed increases are expected as well.
Recent benchmarks point to a 1.8Ghz Exynos 5210 SoC with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, a combination significantly faster than anything previously seen on the market. While it’s still possible that the North American GS4 will be powered by the less power-hungry Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, we’ll likely see an octa-core version pop up in Europe and unlocked on various online stores, as we did with the GS3.
Samsung is promising big things for its New York unveil on March 14th, which is less than two weeks away. We’ll be there to cover all the action, so stay tuned for more.