The S Pen has been a permanent fixture on Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup. It improves the stylus with each iteration to provide more functionality to users. In a new interview with Hyesoon Jeong, the Principal Engineer of Framework R&D Group for Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business Team, Samsung explains how it optimized the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8.
Optimizing the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8
Jeong says that when Samsung was refining the design of the Galaxy Note 8’s S Pen, it decided that rather than upgrading the technology inside it will focus more on adding new features that provide more convenience to users.
She adds that at the beginning of each year, the company holds a series of “Note Kickoff” meetings which bring together its Development, Product Planning, UX and Usability teams. Each team is asked to present brand new ideas for innovative features to be included in the new model.
They have to come up with ways to improve upon the previous device based on customer feedback. This is how the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8 got its new features. Live Message is one such new feature.
It has been very well received. Jeong says that this feature is an expansion of the Smart Select feature which was introduced with the previous Note handset. The ability to create GIFs is popular among Note users so Samsung wanted to expand this functionality.
Do check out the full interview on Samsung Newsroom to get more insights into how the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8 was refined throughout the development process. If you’ve still not made up your mind about Samsung’s new flagship, perhaps our Galaxy Note 8 review will make your decision easier.