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Eye scrolling in the Galaxy S4? Not so fast, says Bloomberg

The news agency rebuts a New York Times report, saying Samsung's smartphone will include "more simplified" uses of eye-tracking tech, like pausing videos when a user's eyes move away from the screen.

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If you've been eager to get a glimpse of eye scrolling in the Galaxy S4, Bloomberg has a reality check for you.

The New York Times, citing sources, earlier this month said the latest version of Samsung's flagship smartphone would include technology to monitor users' eyes and translate that motion into action: "For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text."

However, Bloomberg today said that some of its sources familiar with the device disputed that claim, saying eye scrolling won't show up in the Galaxy S4. They did say it may appear in future versions of the phone and added that the Galaxy S4 will have "more simplified" uses of eye-tracking technology, like the ability to pause videos when the user's eyes move away from the screen.

Whatever Samsung ultimately unveils is sure to have quirky capabilities, whether that includes eye scrolling or not. The company has made a big push to show users what they can do with Samsung devices, but the products tend to include many features people don't know about.

Among the rumors swirling around the Galaxy S4 is that it may come with an eight-core Exynos processor, a separate eight-core graphics processing unit, a 4.99-inch Super Amoled display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capability, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and the latest version of Android, known as 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

CNET will be reporting live from the Galaxy S4 launch tomorrow in NYC, so stay tuned for all the details.