Google is partnering with the Universal Stylus Initiative to develop a new unified standard for styli. Essentially, the initiative aims to produce a stylus that can be used with all your devices. That’s what the Universal Stylus Initiative was made for in the first place, back in 2015. On the other hand, one wonders whether this would mean that Google plans to make styli an integral part of Android.
The Universal Stylus Initiative also includes big names like Lenovo, Huawei and Intel, meaning Google is just the most recent one to join.
The Universal Stylus Initiative also includes big names like Lenovo, Huawei and Intel, meaning Google is just the most recent one to join. A stylus built under this initiative, will have two-way connectivity between devices and their stylus. It also allows more features to be added to styli for various devices, likes colours, brushes and more.
Styli were popular among smartphones in the initial period of the touchscreen era, but some new handsets are backed by stylus. Currently, devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 come with stylus support. However, most smartphone makers haven’t really embraced the feature. On the other hand, Microsoft and Samsung both have their own versions of the “pen” for the Surface Pro and iPad Pro, respectively. If the Universal Stylus Initiative is successful, it could allow such styli to be operated with all devices.