A few days ago, we told you that the Sony Xperia sola is getting updated to Android 4.0.4. At the same time, we also mentioned the new Glove Mode that owners of the phone will have to use. This works in combination with the "floating touch" technology on the phone and enables you to control on-screen functions even while wearing gloves. You might remember the older featurephones with resistive screens could work with gloves, but special gloves had to be used for models with a capacitive screen, like the one on the Sony Xperia sola.
The Sony Xperia sola
Glove Mode automatically turns on when you unlock the handset wearing gloves, and the thickness of them won't deter you from using the screen. In Glove Mode, a cursor ring shows you where the touch is being registered by the screen and if you decide to take off the gloves, the screen will acknowledge it as a "normal" touch allowing you to continue without disabling the Glove Mode on the device.
For those in cold weather climates, where wearing gloves is common once the cold weather arrives, this could be the difference in doing more but answering a call while out and about. The technology involved is able to differentiate your finger inside the glove from the glove itself. Check out the video to see Glove Mode in action.