The latest version of Google’s operating system Android Ice Cream Sandwich was officially unveiled this week running on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and it will include stylus support.
Google has now confirmed it will have stylus support and it will be able to tell the difference between different types of touch inputs.
‘Android 4.0 includes full support for stylus input events, including tilt and distance axes, pressure, and related motion event properties. To help applications distinguish motion events from different sources, the platform adds distinct tool types for stylus, finger, mouse, and eraser. For improved input from multi-button pointing devices, the platform now provides distinct primary, secondary, and tertiary buttons, as well as back and forward buttons. Hover-enter and hover-exit events are also added, for improved navigation and accessibility. ‘
In the future developers creating apps for Ice Cream Sandwich will be able to build them into apps, so users can draw, use gestures, draw shapes and write.
The HTC Flyer included stylus support, but runs Android Gingerbread. In addition the stylus-touting Samsung Galaxy Note which also comes with a stylus should be landing soon. Both offer fairly limited stylus support – certainly compared to Wacom tablets used by designers.