According to sources, Samsung is testing a variety of new features for the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 slated to be released later this year. The features include “Swipe to launch Motion Launcher”, “Aqua Capture”, “Multi Network for Booster”, and “Smart Fingerprint.” Apparently Samsung is already working on these different features using a Samsung Galaxy S 5 running Android 4.4.3 as the test unit.
The “Aqua Capture” is thought to be a function that allows users to take photos underwater, similar to what the Galaxy S 4 Active is able to do. This seems to imply the Galaxy Note 4 may come with some decent water resistance qualities for the device, maybe even better than the Galaxy S 5. Another feature that sounds similar to an existing function is the “Multi Network for Booster” which may be the same thing as the Download Booster feature found on the Galaxy S 5. The booster technology is intended to combine Wi-Fi and mobile data connections resulting in even quicker downloads for users, especially for large files. This has not been without controversy though as some carriers have disabled the feature.
“Smart Fingerprint” is likely an extension of the functions a user can invoke when using the fingerprint sensor, which again gives us a little clue as to what hardware will be included on the device. Finally, the “Swipe to launch Motion Launcher” sounds like Samsung may finally be getting on the bandwagon of manufacturers looking for ways to improve the initial interaction a user has with their smartphones. Since it sounds like swipes will still be involved, unlike some of Motorola’s contactless options, Samsung’s solution may be similar to what HTC has implemented for the HTC One (M8) where a combination of swipe direction and phone movement is used to trigger specific actions.