Samsung could bundle an ‘Environmental Sensor’ on future Galaxy-branded smartphones, according to a patent spotted by the folks over at Galaxy Club on Wednesday. The component, which is believed to have been in development for a while now, measures air quality to provide users with vital information about the environment they’re in.
In polluted cities—Beijing and Jodhpur, for example—the so-called Environmental Sensor will analyze atmospheric conditions and instruct users to affix their pollution mask if it sees fit. It’ll also be useful for those traveling abroad, as they’ll be able to view details about air quality live on their handset to decide what precautionary measures to take.
Remember: It’s only a patent
As this is, of course, a patent, there’s a chance the technology will never see the light of day. There’s clearly a demand for it on smartphones launched in the Asian market—and seeing as the firm has already found a way to make it fit in a handset, it would be rash to assume that it isn’t planning on bundling it on board the Galaxy S9, though that’s far from confirmed.