Using air gesture user can control device without even touching. Samsung start introducing this cool feature to their Galaxy S4. Now Samsung Galaxy air gesture feature available all Android phones, tablet any firmware including custom ROM’s. In this post, I’m going to introduce Hovering controls free app. Using it we can apply air gesture hovering controls for most of the Android apps including third party applications.
Samsung’s air gesture functionality work with only Samsung’s applications. Such as Gallery, media player, web browser. Although this Hovering controls free app work 3rd party media players, web browser, gallery, camera and phone. If you already own Samsung’s device and wish to install AOSP ROM such as CyanogenMod ( CM ), AOKP, Omni, MIUI you miss that feature. Now it’s not an issue.
The hovering control app can identify the user gesture by using proximity sensor. It mainly identifies hover holder, slide ones and twice. Using that gestures it can open installed apps, open previous application. In addition to that, the user can silence the alarm with one slide, control media and video player, unlock the phone, control web browser and gallery.
At present most of the Android device’s proximity sensor located at the top of the phone (close to the ear piece). Just hovering or sliding your hand over the proximity sensor location this application starts the actions.
Hovering controls air gesture features.
- Control media and video player waving hand over the device (play, pause, next, previous).
- Open apps with sliding or hovering hand over the phone, tablet.
- Sliding forward or backward gallery images (only pro version, with root).
- Auto answer incoming calls.
- Automatically disable all controls when open camera or when the device in landscape mode.
- Open previously opened the app.
- Scroll up and down a web page with (with root).
- Lock and unlock the screen.
- Take photos using the camera (with root).
In its main menu user can apply open or open previous apps command. Music/video, alarm, lock screen, phone calls, orientations and camera pause, gallery slider and browser navigation options are available in its settings window.
Music/video controls can play, pause, go to the next or previous music track or video clip. User can select one media player or video player. If the user doesn’t choose music player and enabled music/video controls, hovering controls app can automatically detect the player when user hit the play button. One slide goes to the next track or video clip/file and two slide go back to the previous track or video clip/file. Hovering hold pause the player.
With lock screen quick glance option user can unlock the phone, lock the screen with hover hold. Apart from that if your Android phone, tablet has flip cover, using this free Android air gesture app, user can control the screen ON and OFF. This function can increase the battery drain speed.
Using Auto Answer option user can respond to calls without even touching the phone. When receiving an incoming call, just close or put the phone near to the ear can answer a call.
Gallery slider is one of my favorite feature in this free application. However that feature limited to the paid version. Apart from that in order to use this feature, your device should have the root permission. At present this is the only difference between free and paid version.
In its browser navigation, users can scroll down to/or up by waving your hand over the phone, tablet. One slide scroll down and two slides scroll up. This function also needs the root access and it work stock browser as well as Google Chrome (I didn’t test it with other browser). This is similar to the Samsung’s smart scroll. But in this system it uses the proximity sensor. The camera auto shot can take photos in camera with hover hold the hand.
This Android air gesture application uses the proximity sensor. Therefore hovering controls app accidentally start actions according to the proximity sensor response. In order to improve the accuracy you can enable “Stop Screen OFF” . Apart from that under the Orientation/Camera pause, it’s better enable “Pause in camera”, Pause in landscape” options.
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