S Pen SDK

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S Pen SDK version 2.3 has been released.

What is the S Pen ?

The S Pen, introduced along with the Galaxy Note, is a new input tool that makes up for the disadvantages of old input methods.
The S Pen provides faster and more accurate input than conventional stylus pens. It is an input tool that provides a similar feel to an actual pen by detecting the pressure applied on the screen with great accuracy.
You can experience the numerous advantages of the S Pen in the various Galaxy Note series of devices.

What is the S Pen SDK ?

By using the S Pen SDK, you can easily add various S Pen features to your applications.
It provides the necessary functionality to take 100% advantage of the S Pen, including checking if the S Pen is activated, checking coordinates, sensing pen pressure, detecting the on/off status of the side button on the pen, and handling hover events, which is supported on Android Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

Also, it provides various additional features such as a drawing environment with animation support, pen, eraser and text property settings in the drawing environment, adding image objects, image processing and signature recognition. These additional features make it easy to develop various apps that are specialized for S Pen.

Every time the SDK version is updated, a variety of useful features for S Pen are added and available for you to use.

The main characteristics of the S Pen SDK versions are as follows.

New or Updated in the S Pen SDK 2.3 Release

Object-related features have been added

  • A video object insertion feature has been added, allowing a user to insert a video object into the canvas and play it directly.
  • Related APIs such as object grouping, depth controlling and stroke data controlling have been added so that the user can experience greater control when using editing objects.

Drawing-related features have been added

  • A Pen gesture feature has been added, allowing you to set various gestures as pre-define commands.
  • This allows customization of the background for a more unique user experience.

Performance enhancements and stabilization have been improved.

  • The efficiency of memory usage has been improved.
  • The Signature recognition feature has been improved using pressure recognition.

Unnecessary and duplicate APIs have been deprecated, and the names of some APIs have been changed.

  • Deprecated methods can be used in the previous 2.2.5 version and the current version, but they will be removed in future versions

Some errors in S Pen SDK 2.2.5 have been corrected in this release.

New or Updated in the S Pen SDK 2.2.5 Release

Multi Window is available on the Galaxy Note 2 by using an S Pen.

  • Multi Window and related APIs were added to improve the usability of apps that utilize S Pen on the Galaxy Note 2.
  • The screen can be split vertically or horizontally within apps that use S Pen without switching to another screen, allowing the user to display related apps on one screen simultaneously.
  • Multi Window supports data transaction using the clipboard as well as drag & drop to allow easy sharing of data between apps that use Multi Window

Galaxy Note 2 devices for some regions or carriers may require upgrading to the latest firmware to use Multi Window.

Unnecessary and duplicate APIs have been deprecated, and the names of some APIs have been changed.

  • Deprecated methods can be used in the previous 2.2 version and the current version, but they will be removed in future versions

Some errors in S Pen SDK 2.2 have been corrected in this release.

New in the 2.2 Release

The S Pen’s hovering feature has been improved greatly.

  • Hovering-related functions were only available in SCanvasView in the past, but the new SPenEventLibrary class makes it possible to use the hovering features in normal views.
  • To make it easier to set and use hover pointer icons, which are displayed when using the pen, text, color picker, and color-fill-in tools with SCanvasView, the S Pen SDK 2.2 provides predefined setting values such as the S Pen SDK Style and S-Note Style, as well as APIs. (Note: Applicable to Note 2 or later.)
  • It also allows setting and changing hover pointer icons in normal views through the setSPenHoverIcon method of the SPenEventLibrary class. (Note: Applicable to Note 2 or later.)

The S Pen Detachment Listener API has been added.

  • The SPenDetachmentListener listener for handling events that occur when the S Pen is detached from or attached to the device was added. (Note: Applicable to Note 10.1 or later.)

Drawing-related features have been upgraded.

  • In addition to the 4 types of pen brushes (pen, brush, pencil, and highlighter) that were available in the previous Pen Input Mode, the brush type, “calligraphy brush” has been added, and there are now 5 brush types to choose from.
  • A new feature for filling the inside of shape drawn by the user with a specific color picked by the user was added. The SettingView for choosing the fill color was also added.

SettingView-related features and UI have been improved.

  • A Pen Setting preset feature has been added with support for up to 12 presets.
  • An align setting feature was added in the Text SettingView and two new fonts (Chocolate Cookie and Rosemary) have been added.
  • A Mini SettingView pop-up window that shows essential features of a SettingView, such as pen/eraser/text/color fill, in a smaller size has been added.

Object-related clipboard features have been added.

  • Related APIs such as object cut, copy, paste, and clear clipboard have been added so that the user can use the clipboard after selecting the image objects that have been added to SCanvasView.

Performance enhancements and stabilization have been improved.

  • The file saving speed of the SAMM library has been improved.
  • The Pen Only Mode have been added for using only the pen and erasers from the S Pen SDK (excluding text, image, and fill objects), is now supported.

Unnecessary and duplicate APIs have been deprecated, and the names of some APIs have been changed.

  • Deprecated methods can be used in the previous 2.1 version and the current version, but they will be removed in future versions.

10 sample apps, which were provided separately for each feature, are now integrated into one sample app.

  • The sample app has been changed to one sample app that shows each feature in a list format, and shows a demo of the feature that the user selects.

Examples of new features added in version 2.2 have been added to the sample app.

  • Examples of changing hover pointers, linking hover and pop-up windows, checking S Pen Events in a normal view, applying image filters, and color filling have been added.

Some errors in SDK 2.1 have been corrected in this release.

New in the 2.1 Release

New com.samsung.spen.lib.input package :
For both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) versions of Android :

  • Can now distinguish between a touch with a finger or the S Pen
  • Side button status for compatibility

For ICS only :

  • New Hover Event for the S Pen

New com.samsung.spen.lib.image package :

  • New image filter class, API, and a sample application for easy image processing
  • Pencil Sketch, Pastel Sketch, Mosaic images and various other image processing filters

New com.samsung.spen.applistener for structural improvement of the SDK :

  • New and common listeners are grouped in the package

New TextSettingInfo class :

  • Properties such as font, text size, text color, and alignment can be configured in each class and method, and can be applied to a CanvasView or SCanvasView.

New features and improvements for the SCanvasView class :

  • Signature recognition, a color picker, and rotation for image objects
  • Improved load and save speeds

Unnecessary and duplicated APIs have been deprecated, and the names of some APIs have been changed.

  • The deprecated methods are available in the current version (2.1), but will be removed in the future.

Sample source code with new features has been added.

  • Samples for Signature recognition, Using Image filters, S Pen Event Checking, Color Picker and more.

Some errors and bugs in the 2.0.1 version have been corrected in this release.

New in the 2.0.1 Release

The S Pen SDK 2.0.1 version has been updated to support AVD Emulator.

  • The S Pen application can be simulated through the emulator of both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • For more detailed information about configuration of the AVD Manager, see : Using the S Pen SDK with the Android Emulator

New in the 2.0 Release

The SCanvasView Class inherited from CanvasView has been added.

  • Using this class and method, developers can animate their drawings and record/play audio files over it.

Special effects such as scratch, mosaic, blur, sketch, etc are supported.

SAMM (Samsung Animated Multimedia Messaging) Library Class has been added.

  • SAMM is the library encoding/decoding of multimedia data supporting drawing, text, icon, snapshot image, voice and data exchange between apps using the same SDK.

Several improvements have been made in drawings.

  • Stroke and segmentation rendering have been enhanced. Undo function after clear all has been added. Developers can now add image and text to the CanvasView.

Sample source is added for new features.
Defects in SDK 1.5 have been corrected.

  • Errors occurred when exporting the package with ProGuard have been fixed.

New in the 1.5 Release

The PenSettingInfo class has been added.

  • Using this class and methods, developers can configure the pen and eraser properties and apply changes to the CanvasView.

Zoom functions have been added for the CanvasView.

  • Magnification of the drawing screen of the CanvasView can be increased from 1x to 50x.

A panning function for the CanvasView has been added.

  • Developers can pan across the drawing screen of the CanvasView by specifying the x and y coordinates.

A background setting function for the CanvasView has been added.

  • Developers can set a background that has been manipulated with the CanvasView zooming in/out and panning functions.

New in the 1.0 Release

Basic methods for drawings are supported.

  • Canvas, Pen Setting Popup window, Eraser Setting Popup Window and other primitive methods for drawings.

S Pen SDK Download


Content available in the S Pen SDK 2.3 can now be found in the Samsung Mobile SDK as the Pen package and MultiWindow Package, which supports all the features of the S Pen SDK 2.3 and the new features of the Galaxy Note III. As a result, this SDK will be discontinued at the end of 2014.

Please ensure you download the latest version of the Samsung Mobile SDK for your next development project.

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      2. (b) by SAMSUNG: (i) if Licensee has breached any terms of this Agreement; or (ii) if SAMSUNG is required by law to terminate this Agreement or the rights granted by SAMSUNG;
      3. (c) by either party for any reason or no reason upon thirty (30) days prior written notice to the other party; or
      4. (d) by SAMSUNG if Google develops or has developed software development kit which is the same as or similar to the SDK. Licensee agrees and acknowledges that it has been advised of the possibility that Google develops or has developed software development kit which is the same or similar to this SDK when executing this Agreement. SAMSUNG will have no liability to pay compensation or damages, or to provide an indemnity, of any kind as a result of terminating this Agreement in accordance with its terms, and termination of this Agreement is without prejudice to any other right or remedy that SAMSUNG may have, now or at any time in the future.
    2. 9.2 Consequences of Termination

      Upon the termination of this Agreement: (a) all rights granted in this Agreement will terminate; (b) Licensee shall promptly stop using the SDK and return the SDK to SAMSUNG or destroy all electronic copies of the SDK and, at SAMSUNG’s request, provide written certification of such destruction to SAMSUNG. The provisions of Clauses 1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement.

  10. General

    1. 10.1 Assignment.

      Licensee may not assign the Agreement, in whole or in part, without SAMSUNG’s prior written consent, and any attempt to do so without such consent shall be void. SAMSUNG may assign this Agreement without the Licensee’s consent. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

    2. 10.2 Relationship of Between Licensee and SAMSUNG.

      This Agreement will not be construed as creating an agency, partnership, joint venture, fiduciary duty, or any other form of legal relationship between Licensee and SAMSUNG, and Licensee must not represent the existence of any such relationship, whether expressly, by implication or otherwise.

    3. 10.3 Third Party Rights

      This Agreement is not for the benefit of any third parties.

    4. 10.4 Development by SAMSUNG.

      Nothing in this Agreement limits or otherwise affects SAMSUNG's right to acquire, develop, license, market, promote, or distribute any product or technology that performs the same or similar functions as the Applications or any other products or technologies that Licensee develops, markets, promotes or distributes, or that otherwise competes with the Applications or such products or technologies.

    5. 10.5 Notices.

      Any notices or other communication made pursuant to this Agreement must be in writing and will be deemed to have been fully given or made when: (a) personally delivered; or (b) three (3) days after being mailed via commercially reputable overnight delivery service, to the following address:

      SAMSUNG:
      (Maetandong) 129, Samsung-ro
      Yeongtong-gu,Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 443-742 Korea

      Licensee agrees to receive notices and other communications to be made to Licensee pursuant to this Agreement by email and Licensee agrees that any notices that SAMSUNG sends Licensee by email will satisfy any legal communication requirements.

      A party may change its email or mailing address by giving the other party written notice in accordance with this Clause.

    6. 10.6 No Waiver.

      Failure by SAMSUNG to insist upon strict performance of any of the provisions contained in this Agreement shall in no way constitute a waiver of SAMSUNG’s rights as set forth in this Agreement, at law or in equity, or a waiver of any other provisions or the right to take action in respect of a subsequent default by Licensee in the performance or compliance with any of the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.

    7. 10.7 Remedies.

      Licensee acknowledges that any disclosure, use or misappropriation of Confidential Information of SAMSUNG in violation of this Agreement would cause SAMSUNG irreparable harm for which there may be no adequate remedy at law. Accordingly, Licensee agrees that SAMSUNG shall have the right to apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive relief and specific performance, without prejudice to any remedies otherwise available to SAMSUNG at law or in equity.

    8. 10.8 Governing Law; Venue.

      This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Korea, without regard to any conflict-of-laws rules. All disputes, controversies or claims between the parties arising out of or in connection with this Agreement (including its existence, validity or termination) shall be finally resolved by arbitration to be held in Seoul, Korea and conducted in English under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce; provided, however, that each party may enforce its or its affiliates’ intellectual property rights in any court of competent jurisdiction, including but not limited to equitable relief. The arbitral award shall be final and binding on the parties. Except to the extent entry of judgment and any subsequent enforcement may require disclosure, all matters relating to the arbitration, including the award, shall be held in confidence.

    9. 10.9 Entire Agreement.

      This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of the SDK licensed hereunder and supersedes all existing agreements and all other oral, written or other communications between the parties concerning this subject matter. If any provision of this Agreement (or any portion thereof) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected or impaired.

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