Glove Mode makes the Sony Xperia sola perfect for cold weather climates

Glove Mode makes the Sony Xperia sola perfect for cold weather climates
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

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.

source: Sony via AndroidandMe

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Xperia sola
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1320 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Thats Innovation Apple!

8. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Sony is a really good company from the not-so-distant past. I would really like to see them make a comeback. They haven't been doing well and are on the path like RIM's

2. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Apple will probably buy all the patents for gloves, and then if anyone is wearing them they won’t let them use that technology.

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

will have to use it? btw the north face e-tip gloves

4. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

hmmm.. any other handsets with this feature?

5. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Lumia 920's screen is amazing no more.

10. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

What lumia is doing here ? Take your lumia somewhere else.

13. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

My bad, I meant to say the lumia's screen got trolled by a mirdrange phone.

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I want to see a demonstration of someone typing a message with gloves on before I'm impressed.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

good job sony, now stay on top of the update game and we should be climbing the latter faster than expected

9. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I believe Sola was introduced with this technology and months old hands on videos did show the gloved hands using Sola touchscreen well. I think the news here is about making it active automatically with the new update.

11. qwertypoor

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

So what would happen if you had ur finger on the screen and another finger with a glove on the screen at the same time hm

12. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

14. sasanga

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

great!!!!

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