USI (Universal Stylus Initiative).

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  1. siddhartth

    siddhartth Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Google is hardly the catalyst of innovation here. Google here is just afraid to be left behind. Not knowing the fact that the ship it's jumping on is rigged to sink.

    Microsoft was the real catalyst for change that broke Wacom's EMR monopoly and found talent in an Israeli AES technology and refined it. Forcing threatened wacom to establish OS agnostic USI with other android and small time digitizer makers. This also forced wavowto strenthen their own AES based technology. And also forced Wacom to refine their old EMR to the new optically bonded parallax free EMR displays, so as to put EMR at par with AES again.

    Other companies like XPen are also a catalyst here, which are honing their own EMR and directly encroaching on Wacom's turf.

    No matter how good Ntrig gets, with it's new EMR, wacom will still maintain the superiority of EMR.

    Google should have taken the hint that EMR is here to stay and instead of becoming another non-innovative AES client of wacom, it should have betted on it's EMR just like Samsung, bought it's shares, and secured itself the amazing EMR digitizer panels. There's plenty of things Google could have gained from that move-
    • Google's android is yet to show case anything that even remotely resembles 3Dtouch of iPhones. The superior range of EMR hover distance over app icons to enable secondary menus would have been an elegant answer to 3D touch.
    • Google would have saved it's first premium pen laptop the embarassment of being exposed as an inexcusably high IAF display by MKBHD on Youtube, a media outlet that Google itself owns.
    • Access to Wacom's emr software to be integrated into the Androids core. Microsoft knew it was too powerful to be stressed out by USI antics of former partners like wacom and synaptics. Wacom has WILL, with access to it, everu android phone could have recieved and sent handwriting SMS, instead of pictures of it. WILL is to real time crossplatfcros ink messaging what duo is to videocalling.

    • Windows is so omnipresent that it easily sidestepped usi with it's own Universal pen framework (upf), that it acquredaby incorporating Ntrig software into the heart of windows 10. Google had a similar position, it's the supplier of the most common operating system and cloud in the world. With EMR in the android's core, Microsoft 's existence as a productivity software and hardware manufacturer would have been threstened with every android phone and tablet supporting inking nattively at software level. If Google would have not made stupid decisions like not taking styluses seriously, Google realised the importance of styluses late (by the time of Marshmallow) and that too not fully (marshmallow supported sub-standard gimmicky Bluetooth styluses instead of proper digitizer tech like EMR).
    Imagine hooking up your cheap android phone with a simplified Cintiq tablet which can charge your phone with it's battery and also utilise the Google keep in your phone to take notes on a larger screen.

    There is a reason why windows software costs so much, there are pc builds where the cost of hardware is 2/3 and the rest of 1/3 is the cost of Windows 10 licence. User knows theres value in windows because of it's productivity features, android as a standalone system has no intrinsic value, other than the fact that it was free.

    Google set out to democratise technology and information with internet. Yes private data mining and advertising was it's main source of income, but average joe would not have mind it much if Google would have kept adding productivity features into android. Buy Google kept android barebones and lacking in features for the longest time. With windows, no matter it's a cheap tower PC for granny or highend pen computer tablet, it's the same standard welcoming start menu, that people are familiar with. But there's nothing like that on Android even on the stock one. Google let oems do whatever the hell they wanted too. Every windows user knows which windows (7/8/10), they are currently on. With Android's fractured universe that's not the case. They should have done what Nokia did, provided the stock android experience at a price accessible to every potential smartphone buyer. Nokia 3 is just ₹9000 and ₹Nokia1 will be even cheaper.

    Instead of getting it's main platform i.e. android right, i.e. google is trying to become Microsoft 0.2 when it comes to paid productivity apps like gsuite, at software level. And also trying to become Apple0.2 with it's pixel line at hardware level.

    Gsuite is not gonna beat Microsoft office even in distant future, pixels are years behind likes of samsung and apple. And even if Gsuite becomes as good as MSoffice irony is, people will prefer to use it from their surface pro, instead of a Chromebook. Even if pixels surpass Samsung or iphonex hardware, people paying near $1000 for it will secretly wish, it can sun iOS and was Spen compatible.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018

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