These are the improvements I’d like to see on the next S Pen

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I’ve been using the Galaxy Note 10 for more than a couple of weeks now, and I must say, there’s very little I don’t like about the phone. It feels great, thanks to its premium build quality; it’s very fast, the display is gorgeous, and One UI 1.5 is close to perfect. But as much as I’ve fallen in love with the Galaxy Note 10, I think Samsung is capable of doing a better job in some areas. Coincidentally, one of these areas is, I think, the S Pen experience. It’s quite complete out of the box but, as they say, there is always room for improvement.A recent rumor suggests the company might launch the next S Pen along with the Galaxy S11 series, all the while replacing the Note lineup with the Galaxy Fold in the second half of 2020. Time will tell if this will come to pass. Either way, we don’t expect Samsung to abandon the S Pen. There will most likely be a new edition next year. With that in mind, there are a few aspects regarding the iconic tool that I’d like to see improved in 2020.The elephant in the room: Air ActionsSamsung’s major addition to the Galaxy Note 10 S Pen consists of an internal 6-axis gyroscope. In theory, the new hardware opens up a world of possibilities, but Samsung doesn’t seem to have pushed this fresh feature into the spotlight enough.The S Pen’s newfound abilities are demonstrated by Samsung through what the company calls Air Actions. These are gestures that can be performed with the S Pen in several apps, but overall, Air Actions is a very situational tool and a rather anemic one at that.As mentioned in our Galaxy Note 10 hands-on, Samsung did open the SDK (Software Development Kit) for Air Actions, meaning third-party app developers can technically integrate the feature into their apps. Samsung’s implementation was supposed to inspire prospective buyers and developers alike, but sadly, I don’t find Air Actions all that inspiring. The potential may be there, but in its current state, the feature comes across as gimmicky. As much as I dislike saying this, it’s difficult not to blame Samsung for this outcome.

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