Samsung hints at stock stylus support in Android N

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 3, 2016

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Samsung may have just revealed a new Android N feature: stock stylus support. On Samsung’s developer page for its Look API, Samsung notes than the majority of the Look API S Pen features “will be deprecated in Android N”. The question must then be asked: why would Samsung remove key software features for its stylus unless stylus support was about to baked into stock Android?

On the Look API page, Samsung lists three S Pen-specific features out of four that will be deprecated in N: AirButton, SmartClip and WritingBuddy. One other feature for the edge display – Edge Immersive Mode – will also be deprecated in N. While the deprecation of existing features in future Android releases is hardly confirmation of stock Android stylus support, it’s certainly an interesting possibility.

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Rumors of stylus support in stock Android have been around for a while, but considering Samsung is the only company doing a good job with a stylus (with the possible exception of Nvidia), it seemed unlikely. Of course, Samsung sells way more Android phones and tablets than anyone else, so adding a stock Android feature for Samsung alone isn’t necessarily out of the question. Better stylus support would benefit not only the Galaxy Note phone series but also Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablets.

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Google has already committed to providing better tablet support in Android N, so adding Android stylus support would be a significant step in that direction. Taking popular features from OEMs and third-party developers and rolling them into stock Android is hardly anything new. Themes, heads-up notifications, multi-window, fingerprint recognition, power saving mode, lock screen notifications, all of these appeared elsewhere before they appeared in stock Android.

What do you think? Is stylus support coming in Android N?


    Will it get stuck if I put it in the wrong way?

    • Flavio

      Then you are a fool

    • Traian

      that’s what she said

      • Dominick Wheeler


  • Rob Earls

    There hasn’t been a proper Note tablet for a few years now.

  • Flavio

    It’s about time to have stylus support, as well as as split windows.

  • 29

    looks like android n will be all about tablets and productivity

    • Frederico Silva

      ’bout time!

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    True-black theme & USB 3.1

  • saksham

    samsung = phones
    apple = tablets
    i think we all know its true

  • Daggett Beaver

    “Taking popular features from OEMs and third-party developers and rolling them into stock Android is hardly anything new.”

    That’s why Nexus is the phone for people who want the latest Android first, and the best features last. You have to wait for Google to integrate those best features into Android from other OEMs.

  • Choda Boy

    Let’s hope this does not mean the opposite — Samsung ditching the stylus.

    • person

      They would depricate all the APIs if they were