Samsung reveals voice, motion updates to 2014 smart TV range
updated 05:34 am EST, Mon December 23, 2013
by MacNN Staff
Finger gestures offered for rewinding content, page navigation
Samsung has revealed two updated features to the software in its 2014 range of smart televisions, just like it did last year ahead of CES. The new smart TV software will allow owners to navigate the device using "finger gestures," while the voice interaction system has been upgraded to streamline the navigation process, as well as a refined content search.
The finger gestures are an upgrade to the company's existing motion control, claims the official Samsung blog. Cited as a "significant improvement," users can change the channel, adjust the volume, and move around content by using their fingers. Suggested commands include a "rewind" and "back" control for video and pages, by making a counter-clockwise maneuver.
Voice control has removed one step from the changing channels process compared to 2013 models, with users able to just state the channel number, or stating a shortcut to an app or website by stating its name. Voice search will compile all data into one location, with a pop-up window appearing on the bottom of the screen with search results on top of the currently-viewed TV channel. Voice interaction controls will be added to another 12 markets, bringing the facility to a total of 23 countries globally.
It is not clear if Samsung will be offering the upgrade to owners of 2013-edition televisions, such as with the Evolution Kit offered to 2012-edition owners for that year's upgrades. More details are likely to surface at CES itself.