1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Support - Gestures and finger hover don't work

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

  1. Skrillex

    Skrillex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    53
    Posts:
    258
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2011

    Jul 17, 2011
    258
    65
    53
    I have enabled gestures and finger hover (air view) but I can't seem to make them work. Any suggestions?
     

    Advertisement

  2. SolApathy

    SolApathy Just another robot
    VIP Member
    Rank:
     #86
    Points:
    333
    Posts:
    1,832
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010

    Jun 1, 2010
    1,832
    1,459
    333
    Male
    IT
    Ohio
    I have the same issue.
     
  3. Skrillex

    Skrillex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    53
    Posts:
    258
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2011

    Jul 17, 2011
    258
    65
    53

    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    20
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2009

    Nov 28, 2009
    20
    6
    16
    I figured it out.

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

    Senden Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    23
    Joined:
    May 30, 2011

    May 30, 2011
    23
    1
    16
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    366
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011

    Apr 28, 2011
    366
    10
    38
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    18
    Joined:
    May 31, 2010

    May 31, 2010
    18
    1
    16
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    223
    Posts:
    1,801
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011

    Aug 3, 2011
    1,801
    710
    223
    London
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    106
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2011

    Apr 11, 2011
    106
    26
    43
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    18
    Posts:
    70
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011

    Mar 4, 2011
    70
    17
    18
    I-O-What?
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    161
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2011

    Jul 12, 2011
    161
    20
    38
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    May 4, 2013

    May 4, 2013
    1
    0
    5
    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?

    Thanks
     
  13. Skrillex

    Skrillex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    53
    Posts:
    258
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2011

    Jul 17, 2011
    258
    65
    53

    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    93
    Posts:
    588
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2010

    Oct 25, 2010
    588
    105
    93
    The Dog Pound.

    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    163
    Posts:
    2,872
    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2010

    Jun 20, 2010
    2,872
    319
    163
    Works fine here, would be nice if more apps supported it though.
     
  16. bobby2478

    bobby2478 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    53
    Posts:
    294
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011

    Mar 5, 2011
    294
    82
    53
    Male
    MN
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    93
    Posts:
    588
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2010

    Oct 25, 2010
    588
    105
    93
    The Dog Pound.

    It was my no name screen protector. :(


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

    kyp182 Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    3
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2011

    Jul 26, 2011
    3
    0
    5
  19. mted558

    mted558 Well-Known Member
    Rank:
     #810
    Points:
    36
    Posts:
    178
    Joined:
    May 17, 2010

    May 17, 2010
    178
    4
    36
    I'm having same issue. Turned on all the options, still not working. Even the tutorial didn't work :thinking:
     
  20. Kane860

    Kane860 Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    48
    Joined:
    May 12, 2013

    May 12, 2013
    48
    3
    16
    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
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    65
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2011

    Jun 4, 2011
    65
    4
    16
    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.
     

Share This Page

Loading...