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Samsung executive mentions “Galaxy S4” smartphone, confirms TV eye-tracking tie-up at photonics event

(ed: It appears that there has been some misinterpretation over what Kit Lam said during his keynote at Invest In Photonics, more specifically over the mention of the Galaxy S4. Consequently, this article may be amended.)

Samsung made a surprise appearance at the Invest in Photonics event in Bordeaux yesterday via one of the keynote speakers. The Korean Chaebol has a massive research and development arm called SERI (Samsung Electronics Research Institute) which is based in Slough and specialises in Mobile Phones and Digital technologies. As such, this subsidiary is responsible for choosing and bundling apps like Swype on the company’s flagship smartphones (Galaxy S3 etc).

So when Kit Lam, who is the Chief Innovation Officer at SERI, comes on stage to run through his presentation and lets slip the words “Galaxy S4” during the speech, it’s certainly worth taking note of; given that hitherto no one from Samsung had uttered anything about the follow-up to the S3.

This is the first semi-official confirmation of the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that has reached us. The name could well be a guess from Lam but given his position within SERI, it’s debatable.

Lam also confirmed that Samsung will tie up with Tobii, a Swedish company which caught our eye at Cebit back in March 2011, to delivery eye-tracking technology to its television sets - something similar to the one on the Galaxy S3. So expect to see a new range of SmartTV products launched at CES 2013 in Las Vegas with a gradual rollout over next year.

Tobii has also signed a partnership to develop eye-controlled television sets with Chinese consumer electronics giant Haier, who showcased a prototype at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin back in September.

Various rumours point to a Galaxy S4 launch in three weeks time at CES in Las Vegas, with the device possibly sporting a 13-megapixel camera and a 5in 1,920x1,080 pixels resolution screen.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.