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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Skrillex, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Skrillex

    Skrillex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I have enabled gestures and finger hover (air view) but I can't seem to make them work. Any suggestions?


  2. SolApathy

    SolApathy Just another robot
    VIP Member

    I have the same issue.
  3. Skrillex

    Skrillex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I figured out that gestures will only work with some of the native apps but air view is a mystery unless my phone is defective or something. Try putting your phone down (it must be still) and wave your hand over the sensors (closer than 3 inches) on the top right of the phone... it's totally awesome!
  4. Srwilliams777

    Srwilliams777 Newbie

    I figured it out.

    My device
    Motions and gestures
    Air gestures on
    Tap air gestures to bring up sub menu
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  5. Senden

    Senden Newbie

    I was about to come on and ask the exact same thing.. if you go to the menu Srwilliams777 mentioned, you can tap on all the different selections to bring up a small tutorial and a chance to practice. I initially thought mine was broke but I just don't think it's very responsive.
  6. Poweranimals

    Poweranimals Android Enthusiast

    I have a gesture I'd like to try out at the Sprint store. And yes, my finger would be hovering. :p
  7. raheenb

    raheenb Newbie

    Air gestures are useless on mine...the only ones that work seem to be when I hover a finger over the dial pad to see who the contact is on speed dial, and on the default browser for magnification. The others don't work at all...the motions for screenshot, picture/song advancing, and even auto scrolling don't work.

    These are all pretty uselss but I paid for them :p...hmm...I wonder if I should exchange it?
  8. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    These features based upon sensitivity can sometimes require tweaking and updating by the manufacturer to iron out problems.

    When I first got my S3, the Smart Stay feature worked only intermittently, and I found myself staring at the screen with bulging eyes trying to keep the screen from timing out. Then the first software upgrade improved it and the feature worked perfectly from that moment onwards.

    It can be a matter of needing to adjust the tolerances for variations in user gestures to make sure it works in nearly all cases easily.

    The palm-swipe to take a screenshot still demands a bit of skill... ;)
  9. edward90

    edward90 Well-Known Member

    The feature only initiates when there is more then one line of text or if the contact name has too many characters to display in one tag ..
  10. dlphnfn

    dlphnfn Member

    I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised last night with the air gestures. I was sitting in the hallway outside my 3yo daughters bedroom waiting for her to fall asleep (at least enough so she doesn't sneak out of bed!). I popped my phone out and was looking through some gallery pics. I was actually just looking at one pic and mistakenly swiped my hand across the screen without touching it. It went to the next pic. Then I started trying to do it... Worked perfect! It was pretty dark too. Very impressive!
    Tried it again this morning with full light, works great!
    I'm digging the hover for the dialer too. That works great, although from what I can tell, it's not faster than just holding the number for the call. I think it's mostly intended to be used as a "reminder" for the speed dialer.
  11. RajCaj

    RajCaj Well-Known Member

    The only one I had problems with was the screen shot hand swipe.

    Otherwise, as one of the other posters mentioned, many of the gestures are only for samsung & a few google apps.

    Airview seems to work for my email app, Gallery (hovering over an album will bring up several shots from that album, and hovering over a single picture will make it a little bigger), and samsung browser (magnifying text where your finger is).

    Smart Pause seems to only work for Youtube (not Netflix or Hulu)
  12. stateishi

    stateishi Lurker

    I can't seem to get the air gesture to answer the phone to work. I tried several times and it never answers the phone call.

    Other gesture functions work ok and I do have the phone answer option enabled.

    Anyone else having this issue?

  13. Skrillex

    Skrillex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Go into settings and touch the gestures on/off piece to enter the sub-menu. You have to turn on that particular gesture.
  14. rkkeller

    rkkeller Android Enthusiast

    Did you ever get it to work? I tried and tried and still cannot take one. Not sure if I turned something off or not.
  15. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    Works fine here, would be nice if more apps supported it though.
  16. bobby2478

    bobby2478 Android Enthusiast

    That's the main problem right now. Hardly any apps support the extra sensors that Samsung installed on their device. So the hardware is well ahead of software being written to fully utilize it.
  17. rkkeller

    rkkeller Android Enthusiast

    It was my no name screen protector. :(

    I took it off and right away it worked.
  18. kyp182

    kyp182 Lurker

  19. mted558

    mted558 Well-Known Member

    I'm having same issue. Turned on all the options, still not working. Even the tutorial didn't work :thinking:
  20. Kane860

    Kane860 Newbie

    I have a weird issue. If I have the hover gesture thing on and go into my list of text messages, it will work on some of the texts and not others.. Ive I hover my finger from the top of the screen going down slowly, I see that some of the threads will hover and others wont.. any idea?
  21. N1vag

    N1vag Member

    If the text you're hovering over fits into the line it won't hover or magnify as you can already see all of the text. If the text is too big to see on the line you're hovering over then it'll magnify it so you can see the whole text.

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