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Samsung's Galaxy Note is an oddity. At 5.3-inches it is clearly too large to be a conventional smartphone, but it is also too small to be a tablet. Adding further to its mysticism, it comes with a stylus, something rarely seen in contemporary touch screen devices. Nevertheless, Samsung has big plans for this device evidenced by their enthusiastic release of the SDK for the S Pen.

The first version of the SDK provides developers with the tools needed to create rich apps that can fully utilise all the functions of the S Pen. Some of these features include, a CanvasView for drawing the background, a panel for adjusting the width, opacity, and line colour of the pen, an adjustable eraser, and an undo/redo option.

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The SDK can be downloaded from the Samsung Developers page.

[Source: Samsung Developers via SammyHub]

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • trevmar

    "At 5.3-inches it is clearly too large to be a conventional smartphone"

    Er, hardly, it fits well into my shirt-pocket, and has a screen large enough for me to see without reaching for a special pair of glasses... Once this drops in price it will become a very popular phone for us old-fogeys, I think :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com Abhiroop

      I did say "conventional smartphone", i.e. a standard sized smartphone, which are up to about 4.5-inches.

  • ASHOK

    ITS REALLY COMBINATION OF SMARTPHONE AND TAB. VERY NICE TO HAVE THIS PRESTIGIOUS DEVICE INTO OUR POCKET. PLEASENT TO WATCH PICS AND VIDEOS.

  • Namuna

    The Dell Streak (5") didn't fare so well, so I can kind of see Samsung's rather cautious stance with releasing the Note...But on the other hand, product life cycles in the smartphone arena are incredibly short, so Samsung needs to make a leap of faith damned soon if the Note is going to have a chance (in the US, I mean).

  • syaonline

    Benchmark Note – Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 – http://samsungmobilers.ro/post.php?id=199

  • Peter

    Doesn't ICS have its own stylus API? Why don't they work on getting ICS working on it and not bother with the S Pen API?

    • Riatsala

      Let's hope they will.. Gingerbread didn't have the pen API, is why...

  • Riatsala

    Samsung are missing the killer functionality here. Anyone who's used MS Journal or OneNote with handwriting input knows that the killer feature isn't about turning handwriting into text. It's about taking handwriting notes, and not remembering where or when you wrote those notes about "Ergonomic Mouse" (or whatever), and being able to search all your handwritten notes for handwriting that matches...
    Oh, and interoperability. I need to copy my handwritten notes to my other (windows, apple, android) devices too, and be able to do that search.. And print, too, to (ech) paper.. Or email, to recipients who have "viewer" software available.