The next version of Samsung's blockbuster Galaxy S Android lineup, sensibly named the Galaxy S II, is shaping up to be a very impressive platform. That newest innovation we've seen from Samsung, via Android Community, is a change from the now-standard, Apple-pioneered "pinch-to-zoom" interface. Instead of pinching, you simply move the phone forwards and backwards to zoom in or out.
A little background, first: The Galaxy S II brings some new power and size to the Galaxy S platform, with a 4.3-inch (as opposed to its predecessor's 4-inch) screen, a dual-core processor, a variety of 4G and faux-4G (faux-G!) connections, and an absurdly slim profile (at 8.49 mm, it's thinner than the iPhone 4). It'll also come with the next version of Samsung's mostly-tolerated TouchWiz skin, which includes a few bells and whistles. The latest bell (or is it a whistle?) is this new zoom tool.
The phone has both a gyroscope and an accelerometer, and it's not clear which is being used (of course, it could be both). But the idea is very simple: Put two fingers on the screen, and move the phone forwards and backwards to zoom in and out. In the video, it looks super smooth, which is very important, although whether it proves to be as natural as pinch-to-zoom (which was used on the original Galaxy S, along with just about every other phone on the market) remains to be seen. Still, it's good to see some interface innovation from Samsung--let's just hope this version of TouchWiz is better-received than the last.
Strangely enough, when I move anything closer to my face, it tends to automatically zoom in and look bigger. My face has avant-garde technology!
@ septimus prime--lol
that's going to catch on really quickly >_>
considering if you move your phone close to your face, your lens in your eyes cant bend light enough for you to see clearly at such a close range.
y not just ad a scroll wheel and use that for zoom?
ppl are gonna look funny if they keep moving their hands back and forth to try to read stuff on their phone.
and for people who cant see close up, they wont be able to zoom in.
me thinks it be bad idea yo
So, any bets on how long before someone steps forward with a woefully written patent and ties this thing up in court for the next 4 years?
Wow, talking about technology for the sake of technology.
How using the whole arms' muscles plus fingers from both hands (!) is easier than pinching twice with the thumb with the only hand that you need to hold the phone?
The Apple way is great because is easy. As Samsung is unable to create easier, just stick to copying what others have invented.
I sincerely doubt if Samsung would disagree that Apple's method is better. Apple's threatened to sue over it in the past, though (despite its being completely ubiquitous and not something Apple actually came up with in the first place, even if they brought it to mass market first.)
But yes, even a scroll wheel would be better than that ridiculousness. Swinging around the phone like a Wii controller to do things that a competent UI could do without hassle isn't something I understand as a marketable feature.
From stupidity comes the absurdly useful. The feature may be the end result. Just the stuttering trip to a good feature. :)
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