Sep 30 AT 3:34 PM Sean Riley 12 Comments

Sony Xperia Sola gains “glove mode” along with Android 4.0

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I’m sure most Xperia Sola owners are focused on the part of this where they get Ice Cream Sandwich, but I’m actually more interested in the addition of “glove mode.”

This new feature utilizes Sony’s existing “Floating touch” technology introduced with the Sola. Floating touch allows you to highlight links in the browser without having to actually touch the screen and while that is a neat trick I don’t know that it was going to sell anyone on the Sola.

Glove mode on the other hand could be a tremendous benefit for folks that live in less balmy climates. As a Wisconsin resident there’s a good 3-4 months out of the year that gloves are basically a necessity and as a daily bike commuter they are critical for me even a bit beyond that.

As you can see in the demo video below the addition of glove mode should allow you to peck at your screen regardless of the thickness of your gloves. It is triggered by default when you unlock the phone while wearing a glove which is clever since having to leave it on or navigate somewhere to turn it on would negate the convenience of it.

In glove mode a cursor ring will show you where the touch is being registered so you aren’t aimlessly poking around. If you decide to pull a glove off the screen will register your touch as normal so no need to disable it, although that’s just a matter of unlocking the phone again with your bare finger.

It is your finger inside the glove and not the glove itself that is being registered so this will still be far more accurate and responsive than the old resistive screens that some of us remember.

I realize this will break mostly across geographic boundaries, but does anyone else find glove mode compelling? Clearly the core feature set of the phone needs to be there, but as it gets harder and harder to differentiate your hardware I could see this being a tipping point feature for some.

Via: The Verge

Source: Sony Developer World

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Heetskore

    Say hello to the #1 phone in Canada

    • http://daniel.friesen.name dantman

      -1

      Try learning some facts before you decide that Canada is blanketed in cold weather.

      More like the popular phone worldwide once winter hits.

  • kcma

    Yes! As a motorcycle rider, I’m always in gloves. It’ll make checking map and quick text much much easier :-D

    • Cwalden21

      I second this as a motorcycle rider it is extremely frustrating not to be able to use my phone with the gloves on!!

  • VIPER

    welcome to 2010

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Not that I doubt someone was doing this in 2010, but it’s hardly a widespread feature.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    I wish more phones had this capability.

  • Vboom

    An excellent feature

    As a huge iPhone fan that was less than impressed with the current offering this quite possibly could be a huge pull feature to motorbike riders such as myself.

    Its the little things that make the difference and if the rest of the phone is as good as other leading Android offerings I may be another that just jumped from the good ship Apple.

  • marc

    Until this technology really takes off, just buy a pair of Agloves, hands down the best touchscreen gloves on the market.

  • Daniel Smedegaard Buus

    Awesome! I cut the tips off my gloves last winter since using my nose to operate the phone proved less than optimal (though, on more than one occasion obviously funny to walkers-by).

    This is definitely a selling point to me! Love it!!!

  • uzair

    you can use floating touch our whole user interface…even play games by just waving fingers up in the air….

  • ilyas

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    which we are exporting last 19 years enter to our kind customer satisfaction about quality and limited delivery timing.

    We are one of Italy Joint venture company which are promote our mutual leather products in international market !
    We warmly well come to our on-line catalogue http://www.ranaleather.com for products reviews.

    So please let us know your kind current demands about samples or send us your own samples or photo copies so that
    we could send counter samples for your evulation.

    LOOKING YOUR WONDER FULL COOPERATION EARLIER !

    Exp Manager

    Rana Ilayas

    Rana Leather Industry
    Roras Road Muzaffar Pur Sialkot 51310 Pakistan.
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  1. HeetskoreGuest 3 years ago

    Say hello to the #1 phone in Canada

    • -1

      Try learning some facts before you decide that Canada is blanketed in cold weather.

      More like the popular phone worldwide once winter hits.

  2. kcmaGuest 3 years ago

    Yes! As a motorcycle rider, I’m always in gloves. It’ll make checking map and quick text much much easier :-D

  3. VIPERGuest 3 years ago

    welcome to 2010

  4. I wish more phones had this capability.

  5. VboomGuest 3 years ago

    An excellent feature

    As a huge iPhone fan that was less than impressed with the current offering this quite possibly could be a huge pull feature to motorbike riders such as myself.

    Its the little things that make the difference and if the rest of the phone is as good as other leading Android offerings I may be another that just jumped from the good ship Apple.

  6. marcGuest 3 years ago

    Until this technology really takes off, just buy a pair of Agloves, hands down the best touchscreen gloves on the market.

  7. Awesome! I cut the tips off my gloves last winter since using my nose to operate the phone proved less than optimal (though, on more than one occasion obviously funny to walkers-by).

    This is definitely a selling point to me! Love it!!!

  8. uzairGuest 3 years ago

    you can use floating touch our whole user interface…even play games by just waving fingers up in the air….

  9. ilyasGuest 2 years ago

    How are you?

    We take opportunity to involve your kind attation that we are Manufacturer & Exporter of some specific unique leather producrs like
    WORKING GLOVES, and RELATED ALL OTHER WORKING CLOTHES, MOTOR BIKE GLOVES, AND RELATED ALL GLOVES, BOXING GLOVES,BOXING BAG,LEATHER BELT,HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING,COTTON DRILL TROUSERS,COTTON DRILL SHORT AND SHORTS,PERMANET REST,TROUSERS SHORTS,POLOAND T-SHORTS,WINDCHEATERS AND PULLOUESRS,POLAR FLEECE AND JACKETS,RAINWEARS,WOMANORKWEARS,AND OTHER PRODUCTS.
    which we are exporting last 19 years enter to our kind customer satisfaction about quality and limited delivery timing.

    We are one of Italy Joint venture company which are promote our mutual leather products in international market !
    We warmly well come to our on-line catalogue http://www.ranaleather.com for products reviews.

    So please let us know your kind current demands about samples or send us your own samples or photo copies so that
    we could send counter samples for your evulation.

    LOOKING YOUR WONDER FULL COOPERATION EARLIER !

    Exp Manager

    Rana Ilayas

    Rana Leather Industry
    Roras Road Muzaffar Pur Sialkot 51310 Pakistan.
    Tel / Fax: +92-52-3254097
    Cell: +92-300-9616965
    E-mail: info@ranaleather.com
    Url: http://www.ranaleather.com