This week LG has “accidentally” leaked its next phablet in a G3 Beat promo video. While there wasn’t much details about the G3 Stylus except a stylus pen integration, there are now pieces of info from several sources.
It seems that LG is read to take its rivalry with Samsung to the next level. In a video that was meant to solely advertise the features of the LG G3 Beat, people watching took more notice of the end of the video, which revealed a trio of G3 branded smartphones, the very last of which is something no one had any inkling of until today: a stylus-toting LG G3 Stylus.
If you've ever wanted a truly digital notebook without much of the excess baggage of full blown tablets, then you better start crossing your fingers that Netronix makes its latest wonder device a commercial reality. Its unnamed 6.8-inch slab boasts of an e-ink screen that you can read on as well as a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus to write with.
It seems that Samsung might be eying a rather big shift in how it implements its S Pen technology. The Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service or KIPRIS has just published the manufacturer's patent application for a technology that utilizes ultrasound waves in order to pinpoint the location and state of a stylus when used with a mobile device such as a smartphone.
Qualcomm's rather unique ultrasound stylus technology currently still has no takers, but the mobile chip manufacturer is taking steps to make it a tad more enticing for device manufacturers. It has now considerably reduced the size of its stylus in order to make it more friendly for smartphones of the giant phablet kind.
NVIDIA has just put up a new video that reminds us that it has a rather interesting device under its belt. Or rather, it has an interesting stylus that goes along with it: the DirectStylus pen for the Tegra Note 7.
We were expecting NVIDIA to be fast with the updates and looks like we won't be disappointed. We're now hearing of reports that the EVGA version of NVIDIA's stylus-enabled Tegra Note 7 is now receiving an update that pushes Android 4.4.2 to the tablet.
A new Samsung patent application could mean changes to their S Pen. According to the filing, Samsung wants to cobble a microphone and speaker into their stylus. It makes a bit of sense for some utilities, but would almost certainly ask for a redesign of the hardware altogether, rather than just packing more into the currently slim stylus.
In what could be one of the strangest unions of technologies, LG has filed a patent that is practically a flexible capacitive stylus with some smartwatch functionality, or a smartwatch band with a stylus tip. It remains to be seen whether this patent actually amounts to anything, though the design does raise some interesting points.