Samsung opens up the new S Pen's remote button to third party app developers

Samsung opens up the new S Pen's remote button to third party app developers
The new S Pen that comes in the box with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a handy tool. Thanks to the use of Bluetooth LE (low energy) connectivity, the S Pen can double as a remote control that will activate the selfie camera's shutter, and control music/video streams for Galaxy Note 9 owners. And based on a report by XDA, more uses for the remote button will soon be on the way. This week, during Samsung's annual Developer Conference, the company announced that it will open up the new S Pen's remote functionality to third party developers.

This means that the new S Pen could eventually offer more exciting remote control features depending on whether developers build it into their apps. They will be able to take advantage of a software developer's kit (SDK) that Sammy will provide to those looking to add the accessory's remote capabilities to their apps. The more developers that follow through on this, the more useful the stylus will be for Galaxy Note 9 users. And that could make the S Pen an even bigger selling point for the handset than it is now.

With all of this in mind, Samsung believes that developers will soon add relevant features to their apps that can be activated remotely on a Galaxy Note 9. All that the user will have to do is click on the S Pen's remote button.

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

This is definitely gonna be a good thing

2. Neoberry99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Looking forward to this!

3. hopper

Posts: 78; Member since: May 08, 2017

Not sure how use full will this be

4. hopper

Posts: 78; Member since: May 08, 2017

Just like gear watch, no dev will care about it

5. akistz

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 26, 2018

I hope developers embrace this because unlike the watch, note series is a major player in the flagship category and sales prove that.

6. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 118; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Why do you keep putting a fake note 9 photo !

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The S-Pen is already the king of the stylus, this will only make it better.

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