Android Apps Now Scalable to Large-Format Multi-Touch Displays

March 27, 2014

Android kernel patches for 3M high-performance multi-touch systems and displays are now available.

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. Now, with 3M's release of Android kernel patches for its multi-touch display and systems products, Android developers have the ability to scale their applications for display sizes up to 46 inches, 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.

"High-performance, multi-touch Android applications are key to expanding the reach of 3M multi-touch systems and displays," says Diego Romeu, global business unit manager, 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."

To help enable Android developers to tap the power of 3M's high-performance multi-touch technology — for display sizes ranging from 15 to 46 inches — 3M has created kernel patches for popular Android OS versions that will allow software designers to communicate directly with 3M's industry-leading multi-touch 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, according to the company.

In addition, 3M has released a series of Linux kernel patches for developers interested in creating high-performance multi-touch applications with 3M multi-touch systems or displays. Linux multi-touch kernel patches for Linux 3.0.1, 3.0.31, 3.4.1 and 3.4.10 are available at the Driver Support link.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division, provides touchscreen systems and display solutions to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch  brands.

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