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Floating Touch on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus
Floating Touch is a rather unique and impressive feature that was initially introduced by Sony on the Xperia Sola. It basically allows the user to “touch the screen without touching the screen.” Hovering your finger over the screen, the device interprets this as a touch. This is done by making use of the sensitive capacitive touch panels found on modern smartphones.
Initially developed for interaction with a specific set of live wallpapers, the technology has been ported to interact with the complete user interfaces of the Xperia Sola and Samsung Galaxy SL. Now, we can add the Samsung Galaxy S Plus to this growing list.
Having read the news on the Galaxy SL port, XDA Forum Member matorno1 has done some investigating and has managed to port floating touch to the Galaxy S Plus. As with the previous device ports, things may be a little finicky, and using it will require some practice. Some basic settings adjustments have also been suggested by atorno1 that require some trial and error. Just make sure you don’t go too far with these adjustments and end up completely disabling screen touches!
If you want to try out floating touch on your Galaxy S Plus, head over to the modification thread.
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