Still this trend isn't going away, and consumers can expect more features that use eyes, voice and gestures to control their devices, the analysts agree.
This is happening partly because as smartphones are getting bigger, one-handed operation is becoming more cumbersome. So kudos to LG for trying something different to address that challenge, Blaber said.
Ultimately, success depends on whether a user interface change truly improves the user experience or if users just see it as a gimmick, according to Nordström.
The struggles of makers of Android-based smartphones apart from Samsung are well documented. LG has been the most successful in its turnaround efforts and shipped about 12.3 million smartphones during the second quarter this year, while Motorola managed only 2.3 million. Samsung shipped over 73 million Android-based smartphones, according to preliminary estimates from IDC.
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