In a probably-PR-produced leak, it appears that the new Galaxy S IV flagship BYOD-toy will include eye-tracking. It'll be called Eye Scroll, we learn (iScroll?). Shame about the incredibly irritating kid in the teaser ad, though (pictured). Naturally, it'll also be fast, have high resolution, better cameras, yadda, yadda, yadda.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonders if it'll be your plastic pal that's fun to be with.
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Brian X. Chen sees the future:
A person who has tried...the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: ... The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee. ... For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom [it] will automatically scroll down.
Indeed, Samsung in January filed for a trademark in Europe for the name “Eye Scroll”...[it] has also filed for the trademark “Eye Pause.”
[The] Galaxy S III has been the company’s best-selling phone, so...its next flagship phone [is] highly anticipated. MORE
But Rik Myslewski just rolls his eyes:
[An] employee tattling..."on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media" [is] a time-honored custom of companies that want to inject buzz-building rumors into the hype-o-sphere. MORE
Regardless, Charlie Cooper goes over a barrel:
The phone is expected to be officially unveiled in New York on March 14.
Other unconfirmed leaks this week suggest that the phone will have a 5 inch, 1080p display...as well as a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. ... Samsung is understood to be anticipating sales of up 10 million...per month. [It's] expected to become available in Europe in late March or April and in the US in June. Analysts expect...Android 4.2.1...up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and possibly an eight-core ARM processor. MORE
And Roger Cheng is visibly shocked:
At a time when competitors are using glass, aluminum, and even higher quality plastics...Samsung has stuck to its guns with a thin, bendable plastic body...the Galaxy S4 won't stray too far from that design philosophy.
Y.H. Lee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business [says] it isn't just taking into consideration the aesthetic quality of the device. [It] also assesses how quickly and efficiently it can manufacture the product, knowing that it will have to ship a high volume. ... Still, Samsung's plastic GS4 will roll out at a time when other smartphones are stepping up their designs. ... Samsung has attempted to strike a balance between practical demands and the desire for a more premium-feeling product...she said. MORE
Meanwhile, Bilal Qayum looks jaded:
...is it just me who feels that the spec-war...has petered out? Screen resolution maxed out for all practical purposes at around 720p for 4.6inch screens, the power offered by SOC's can't really be utilized by most apps and with Project Butter, the familiar lag in absent in all highend handsets and most mid-range ones.
I can see inovation in niche products like phablets, in increasingly awesome budget handsets and the odd curiosity. ... But will the SIV offer much beyond a moderate spec bump and more throw-everything-at-the-wall additions? ... I really want Google to give some genuine WOW with Moto like they're promising us in 9 odd months, except, you know, sooner... MORE