S-Pen

Galaxy Note 10.1 gets a stylus bay along with processor change

Well how about that - a quad-core Exynos processor isn't the only revision made to Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. According to a couple of pre-release photos spotted by Tablet Community (no relation), it'll also get a slot for the S-Pen stylus built right into its slate body. The lack thereof was definitely noted when the device was revealed at MWC earlier this year, though it now appears that the hardware shown at the show was very early indeed.

Galaxy S III cover, dock and stylus get fondled on video

Just like all of its recent releases, Samsung is blessing the Galaxy S III with a bevy of accessories. UK retailer MobileFun got a hold of the flip cover, stand and spare battery charger and the official S-Pen for the new model. They don't actually have the phone themselves and the accessories aren't up for sale yet - they'll probably have to wait for the May 30th release date for that. At least some of these should be coming to other markets including North America.

Galaxy Note CyanogenMod 9 build adds S-Pen support

What's the point of having a gigantic, stylus-enabled superphone if you can't own at Draw Something? Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note who are also fans of the popular custom ROM CyanogenMod need no longer ask this question. The latest version of the ROM adds a few more features, including support for Samsung's S-Pen, an active digitizer stylus that uses Wacom technology for accuracy and precision. You can download the ported ROM from this XDA thread - sorry, AT&T users, it's only for the international Galaxy Note for now.

Samsung releases version 2.0 of S-Pen SDK

Just in time to prepare your apps for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung has released the first major revision to its stylus SDK to developers. The S-Pen Software Development Kit 2.0 expands on the tools first released even before the original Samsung Galaxy Note, allowing for various enhancements to pen input accuracy and new APIs for third-party applications to take advantage of. You can download the updated SDK at Samsung's Innovator developer hub.

Samsung announced S-Pen app contest to spur Galaxy Note development

A platform is only as good as the software available for it - just ask your nearest bitter WebOS fan. And while Samsung's Galaxy Note (and soon it's big brother the Galaxy Note 10.1) have been met with mostly positive buzz, there's still only a few apps in the Android Market that take advantage of its unique S-Pen stylus and active digitizer. Samsung hopes to change that, encouraging developers to create new apps for the S-Pen with the Galaxy Note S Pen Challenge. Devs, listen up: this could be worth your while to the tune of $100,000.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 official: we go eyes-on

Long live pen-based input! That seems to be Samsung's new watchword, as they're expanding the Note series from the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note to a new 10.1-inch model, based around their primary Galaxy Tab line. It's a familiar device if you've ever held a Galaxy Tab 10.1, even more so if you happen to have seen the German G-Tab 10.1N, as the new series of tablets copies its speaker-forward design. Specification wise, it gets an upgraded 1.4 dual-core Exynos processor and a new "8 Pi" S-pen works in conjunction with a Wacom digitizer and Samsung touch apps. Storage gets a new, larger 64GB option - otherwise, the tablet is identical to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2. The biggest changes to the user experience come from a series of software apps running on the Ice Cream Sandwich-TouchWiz OS. In addition to the pen-based input, Samsung is pushing its "Live Panels" series of widgets, calling the experience a Multi-Screen interface. There's a heavy emphasis on notation, with magazine, diary, flash card and sketchbook apps. But it's more than just simple input: built-in handwriting and pattern recognition can convert your words to electronic text, even for standard mathematical functions. Simple shapes can be vectorized using Samsung's proprietary software. And it isn't just Samsung who's invited to the party. The Galaxy Note 10.1 includes Adobe's Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas, a pair of apps that normally cost $10 each. They both take advantage of the digitizer and stylus to sense pressure, speed and stroke, not unlike the desktop version of Photoshop working with a Wacom digital pad. Other Samsung pen-enabled apps include Slice It! and Comic Book as well as Catch Notes, Touchnote, and Hello Crayon. Samsung hasn't said when the larger Galaxy Note will become available, or for how much. Since they wouldn't let us handle the device ourselves, we've got to assume that there's a good bit of software engineering left to do. Obviously it'll warrant a premium over the standard Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 model, but since that is (and this is being generous) a light refresh at best, there's no way to know how much that will cost when it comes to market, either. Considering the added pen-based functionality and the new Samsung processor, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can now be considered Samsung's flagship tablet. We've been keeping an eye open around MWC 2012 for that rumored 11.6-inch tablet, but so far, it hasn't appeared. [gallery]
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