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Old 10-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Android 4.0 Includes Stylus Support

One of the less reported features in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be big for a certain subgroup of users. The new OS will support stylus input at the system level with features like pressure sensitivity, hover tracking, and detection of pen versus finger touch events. This should streamline implementation of this feature for OEMs, which seem to be chomping at the bit to roll it out.

Devices like the HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Note both have the ability to use stylus input, but both are based on capacitive technologies and OEM modifications to Android. The Google API demos in the Android SDK even contains a TouchPaint app that can be used to test stylus input. Of course, all this is contingent on having the necessary hardware in a device.

Both Samsung and HTC have been hoping other companies would adopt their stylus technology and internal APIs, but thatís starting to look less likely. Although, with the HTC Scribe stylus running as much as $80, that didnít seem likely anyway.

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Thank you for your post.

These two devices are the first to use this new stylus input... but I must say, the technology itself is a bit old-fashioned... hopefully, we will see some more competition in the marketplace.

Interestingly enough, the iphone itself truly revolutonized the way we approach 'smartphones' - Steve Jobs himself did not care for this stylus technology and adopted a 'touch-only' perspective.
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I agree with Raymond.
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The use of the SPen with the Galaxy Note is anything but old-fashioned. When was the last time you had a Stylus that was also a Smart Pen? Just look at the commercials where you can change the color that the pen outputs to draw pictures. Then you can use it to not only notate a document but highlight certain things as well. This is by far way beyond what was envisioned when stylus' were first thought of and released. Back then they were just a device used in place of your finger, now they can be anything you want.

It may not seem like that big a deal, but for people who have to notate and highlight documents, this is huge. Being able to do it from your device while on the go is an advantage. But then being able to send it as well. get a document, make your notations and highlights, send it back all within minutes to get the fixes needed in a more timely manner is only a plus for anyone. Not only for businesses but even the average person can make use of such things.

So while Steve Jobs may not have cared for teh Stylus himself, he wasnt that much of a visionary to see that it could be more than just a touch only device. The Note gives you the option to actually write out a message using the stylus, thus saving yourself time from playing tag with every letter on the on-screen keyboard. How much faster could you write a message or email or anything with this type of input over having to type in every letter yourself?

Not to mention that this in only the very first stage in truly finding out what can be done with a Stylus given more options. Who knows where it can go from here. The stylus has gone from an input only device to a multi purpose tool. Something that people will grow to love, just like they have the smart phone itself.
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The use of the SPen with the Galaxy Note is anything but old-fashioned. When was the last time you had a Stylus that was also a Smart Pen? Just look at the commercials where you can change the color that the pen outputs to draw pictures. Then you can use it to not only notate a document but highlight certain things as well. This is by far way beyond what was envisioned when stylus' were first thought of and released. Back then they were just a device used in place of your finger, now they can be anything you want.

It may not seem like that big a deal, but for people who have to notate and highlight documents, this is huge. Being able to do it from your device while on the go is an advantage. But then being able to send it as well. get a document, make your notations and highlights, send it back all within minutes to get the fixes needed in a more timely manner is only a plus for anyone. Not only for businesses but even the average person can make use of such things.

So while Steve Jobs may not have cared for teh Stylus himself, he wasnt that much of a visionary to see that it could be more than just a touch only device. The Note gives you the option to actually write out a message using the stylus, thus saving yourself time from playing tag with every letter on the on-screen keyboard. How much faster could you write a message or email or anything with this type of input over having to type in every letter yourself?

Not to mention that this in only the very first stage in truly finding out what can be done with a Stylus given more options. Who knows where it can go from here. The stylus has gone from an input only device to a multi purpose tool. Something that people will grow to love, just like they have the smart phone itself.
+1 Dismissing the stylus as old fashioned ignores all of the extra functionality it can bring to a device. After all people use pens to write instead of finger painting their notes for a good reason, it's faster and more precise. The Flyer and Note both offer a lot of additional functionality for note taking and adding annotations to images that simply isn't possible on a touch only device.
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