Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc to Feature Unlimited Points Touch Screen

First be sure to take a peek at Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc in our hands-on video, then come back and take notice at something that may be freaking awesome - the possibility of a massively multi-touch screen handled by a Cypress TrueTouch-digitizer. This group has three kinds of digitizers in it's TrueTouch family, the CY8CTMAxxx, CY8CTMGxxx and CY8CTSTxxx. The first is a Multi-Touch All-Point which can withstand up to 32 simultaneous loading points - this is the one they found in the TGBUS teardown. Do you know what that means?

Nexus S Glove-Friendly Touchscreen is a Winter Boon

One of our staff was playing around at 2 O'Clock in the morning and he found an interesting surprise regarding the screen on the Samsung Nexus S - it works without direct contact from your finger. After we discovered the device's screen worked with the back of a fingernail, we frantically ran around testing what else the device's screen would pick up. The results: surprising to say the least. We got the device to pick up multi-touch gestures with the back of our fingernails, which led us to wonder exactly what was going on. And after the initial surprise of the sensitivity of the screen, we started testing the screen's ability to pick up input through different types of fabric. We tried both a standard polo and a thick sweatshirt and they both came out working flawlessly. This shouldn't work. Capacitive touch screens, for those who are unaware, use the conductivity of the human body to sense input. For anyone who has used an iPhone or Galaxy S device with gloves, you would have noticed that it just will not pick up your touch and you are forced to take them off and use your fingertips. We tried this with a wide array of current-generation mobile phones that we have immediately available and it seems that only Samsung devices showed any response of an input without immense pressure from the user. [vms 3806cba3f47b93af8ccb] So what is Samsung doing differently to construct such an amazing screen? We honestly have no idea. In fact, we don't even think they fully understand what is going on - or are even aware what they have done - which could be the reason we have yet to hear anything officially. For the skeptics, we have gotten this to successfully work on our 3 available Nexus S devices with the backs of our fingernails and a wide array of fabrics. It's worth noting that we still couldn't get any input from a long fingernail, which leads us to believe that it's relating to the heat produced that is transferred through the fingernail. But, even if it's the heat from the finger that's going through the gloves, it's unlike any device we have tested so far, making it worth mention.

Cowon’s Android D3 Plenue PMP packs T-DMB and HDMI

Cowon has outed its latest PMP, and as was rumored earlier in the year, the new Cowon D3 Plenue runs Android 2.1. Fronted by a 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, the D3 Plenue has WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, an HDMI port and a T-DMB digital TV tuner. It also has a huge list of codec support and, we're guessing, lives up to Cowon's tradition of audiophile-quality sound. Three versions will be on offer, in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities (with a microSD card slot if you want to add more) but there's no word on pricing or release dates at this stage. [gallery] [via SlashGear]

NEC dual-screen Android tablet & Android netbook incoming

NEC will launch a dual-touchscreen version of their LifeTouch/Smartia tablet at CES 2011 next month, though full details of the presumably clamshell device are currently unknown. According to PC World, the tablet - which will also carry the LifeTouch brand - has a pair of 7-inch touchscreens which can show different information simultaneously. There's also confirmed WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, but the version of Android NEC expects to use is unclear. The company will also be showing an Android-based netbook. Note, the image here is just a mockup. [via SlashGear]

Samsung W899 is twin Super AMOLED touchscreen clamshell

Samsung has outed a new dual Super AMOLED clamshell smartphone, the Samsung W899, running Android 2.2 on a 1GHz processor. Initially destined for China, the W899 packs CDMA/EVDO and GSM/UMTS connectivity, WiFi and mobile hotspot functionality, but its most interesting feature is the fact that it has a 3.3-inch touchscreen on both the outside and inside of the flip. That means users will be able to choose between on-screen controls or the physical numeric keypad on the inside. There's also a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and a microSD card slot. It measures 17.55mm thick, and will be available on China Telecom; no word on when - or if - the Samsung W899 might make it to North America or Europe. [via OLED-Display]

Acer Android Smartphone Unveiled, Evolves Acer UI

While Acer was busy showing off their new tablet line-up, featuring an unknown version of Android under the hood, they took some time out of their busy announcement schedule to show off a brand new Android-based smartphone, too. The new phone, which still doesn't have a name quite yet, has plenty of features, both on the hardware front and the software inside, and it could indeed be one of the high-end devices that you look forward to next year.

Pandigital’s 9-inch Novel ereader tablet goes on sale

Pandigital's new, black Novel ereader tablet has gone up for sale at QVC, though it's more expensive than originally expected. The company first said the Novel - which has a 9-inch color LCD touchscreen - would be $199.99, but the retailer is listing it for $213.80. That gets you WiFi b/g, 2GB of onboard storage and a 4GB microSD card, as well as a leatherette case. No sign of which Android OS version the tablet is running, however, nor what CPU is inside. [via The Digital Reader]

Samsung Continuum Review

Welcome to the full review of the Samsung Continuum, currently being distributed by Verizon. Inside you'll find a hard look at whether the second screen is going to be a plus, a minus, or a meh! Preview: depends on the sort of person you are. I'll show you how it works in a video, giving you a few examples of what it can do, then review the rest of the phone in turn. Take a peek!

Nexus S concave touchscreen originally intended for Sprint?

The Samsung-made Google Nexus S will feature a new, curved touchscreen the technology behind which the company has been apparently shopping around for twelve months, according to a trusted Engadget tipster. The source claims that the laterally concave display is a result of Samsung's research tipping that such a shape improves "perceived usability over a perfectly flat display." Apparently, Samsung has been showing the technology since around CES 2010 in January this year, but while Sprint was keen to bring the displays to market in time for the holidays, the manufacturer wasn't able to produce sufficient product volume in time.
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