As the Android operating system expands as a preferred programming platform for smartphone and tablet-based applications, Android developers are seeking to push the boundaries of this open source platform. 3M recently released Android kernel patches for its multi-touch display and systems products that can allow Android developers to scale their applications for display sizes up to 46 in. and, more importantly, create new multi-user, collaborative applications based on the flexibility and familiarity of the Android operating system. Android multi-touch kernel patches for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean) and 4.4 (KitKat) are now available at the “Driver and Kernel Support” link on the company’s website.
“High-performance, multi-touch Android applications are key to expanding the reach of 3M multi-touch systems and displays,” said Diego Romeu, Global Business Unit manager for the 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “We are excited and looking forward to seeing the next generation of Android-based applications that take advantage of our large-format multi-touch displays and systems.”
3M’s kernel patches for Android OS versions will reportedly allow software designers to communicate directly with 3M’s electronics. By communicating directly to the touchscreen controller, Android applications can benefit from the ultra-fast touch response and the high touch threshold inherent in 3M’s projected capacitive technology, which is capable of up to 60 simultaneous touches.
For more information, visit www.3m.com/multitouch.