Friday, March 6, 2015

Galaxy S6 suffers from edge touch detection problems?

Samsung might have used the most efficient chips in the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge but it seems there's a slight problem detecting touch on the edges of the screen.

There's no denying we were curious to see how Samsung handled accidental touches on the edges of the screen on the new S6 Edge, but the issue that is now being reported doesn't even go that far. Apparently, even the flat Galaxy S6 can't detect touches on a small band around the edges of the screen.

[touch detection in other smarphones]

[Galaxy S6 detection, showing an "untouched" gap]

Though people report this is an hardware issue, I suspect it can simply be a software filtering done by Samsung to minimize accidental touches while holding the device - and some users are reporting previous generations of the Galaxy S family also exhibit this issue.

The important thing is that, either "bug" or "feature", this doesn't affect the day to day usage and regular gestures users are bound to make. Or else, we might end up having to deal with the S6 Edge generation being associated with a "edge-gate" problem...

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