Samsung to launch S Pen SDK in September, eyes third party apps for remote control

The move to make S Pen more useful to enterprise apps could extend the Note 9's reach into business more.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Samsung said it will launch a software developer kit for its Bluetooth Low Energy enabled S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 in September.

The idea is to connect the S Pen, which can control apps such as the Note 9 camera, gallery, video and other tools such as Microsoft's PowerPoint. Samsung's move to open up the S Pen highlights how the company is developing an ecosystem and community around the stylus.

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Samsung's plan is to open up the S Pen SDK to developers so they can connect their apps to the stylus. Eric McCarty, vice president of mobile product marketing for Samsung's B2B unit, said the S Pen today is set to operate the camera by default, but the company wants "enterprises to customize the experience for their applications."

Inside the settings of the Note 9 the S Pen can be customized. Based on devices I saw, the S Pen can act as a remote control for apps on the Note 9 already with PowerPoint as the only third party option.

Should Samsung's S Pen developer outreach work, the stylus could have more business use cases to help pitch the Note series as a key business productivity tool. Here's a look at the settings for S Pen and where a third party app would land.

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