Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brings native stylus support

October 21, 2011
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We already know that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be getting all sorts of cool new upgrades and features. The tweaks will be many and a tip has surfaced today that those wishing for a stylus for their device will love. Google has confirmed that ICS will bring with it native support for a stylus allowing the tablet or smartphone to be controlled with the users fingers or a stylus.

Apparently, an API first spotted by Reddit can differentiate between a stylus, finger, mouse, and eraser. It will also support pens with up to three buttons. It sounds like this will be the operating system for the designers out there that want to draw directly on the Android tablet. If you are wondering the existing tablets that have pens, the HTC Flyer and the Samsung Galaxy Note both had custom pen-control software.

Google also expects that the new native support for a stylus will also boost the precision for gestures on the screen. Handwriting recognition is also possible, but Android has no native handwriting recognition engine at this time. The coming of a native stylus control system for ICS leaves questions as to what Samsung and HTC will do with their proprietary systems. Both had held their system would be adopted by devs.

[via SlashGear]


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  • Roger Moum

    I love this tbh, the fact my company now can go paperfree when signing contracts is why we adopted the Flyer in the first place. This is deffo a win for businesses.

  • FamilyIphone

    Nice! I hope they can make it more accurate than that headline image of
    course. This is one feature I would like iOS to copy/steal.