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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 to Feature Improved Air View Thanks to New Tech from Synaptics

January 15, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

With 2014 rolling on at full steam ahead, it’s no surprise that we’re beginning to hear more and more about what are sure to be some of this year’s biggest releases, the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4. So far, we’ve not heard that much about the Galaxy Note 4 – and for very good reason, it’s not even six months old! – but the Galaxy S5 is something we’ve been hearing a lot about recently. This time around, we’re hearing some interesting rumors about some new technology and components that should be shipping with both devices, and what that means for software experiences.

News coming from ETNews is that Synaptics will be providing new touch screen technology to Samsung for the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 in order to improve features as Air View and Air Command. If you’re unfamiliar with Air Command on the Galaxy Note 3, you should take a look at our how to. Essentially, what Air Command and Air View allow us users to do is to hover a finger – or stylus – above the screen slightly and get info on something without having to open it. It’s good for email for instance, you can get a little preview just bu hovering a finger above it. Well, Synaptics has apparently inked a deal – which is helping their stock price – with Samsung to provide new technology which would greatly improve the distance and precision with which Samsung’s screens can detect a finger or a stylus.

All of this sounds pretty good, as Air View and Air Command were some of the best features to come from Samsung last year. To see the hardware allow for a greater experience sure is nice and Samsung have a long history of partnering with others in order to do things like this. The Galaxy S5 is already being billed as a pretty big bump over the Galaxy S4 and with this improved technology from Synaptics it’s looking like it’ll live up to expectations.