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Samsung enhancing S Pen experience with Penvatars

Samsung announces Penvatars, a way for Galaxy Note 4 owners to change the S Pen pointer icon which appears when the pen is brought near to the screen.

Published onJanuary 9, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note owners will be familiar with the little circle (pointer) that appears when the S Pen is brought near to the screen. Until now it has been purely functional, but now Samsung want to spice up the S Pen experience with the introduction of Penvatars.

Using a play-on-words – Penvatar rather than Avatar – this new feature by Samsung allows Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge users to change the pointer from a bland circle to a more interesting character, even a Marvel super hero.

It is being reported that Penvatars will only be available on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
Penvatars come with a tie-in from Marvel comics.  The demo shots from Samsung show a selection of Marvel themed icons under the category of “Marvels.” A closer look at these Penvatars shows that you can pick from a lots of different Marvel related icons including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Nick Fury, as well as things like Thor’s hammer or Captain America’s shield. In fact Samsung announced Penvatars on its Twitter feed with: “You can’t choose your super power, but you can choose your pointer with new Samsung Penvatars.”

It is being reported that Penvatars will only be available on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, and there is no word on whether Samsung will also add support for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note tablets.

Samsung has made the announcement during CES and it probably won’t be too long before they will become available.

What do you think? Good idea or gimmick?

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