Styluses have been widely used on Android for a very long time, from the first tablets to the Samsung Note line of phablets. With Google releasing their own Pen with the Pixelbook, the pen attachment is also becoming more prevalent on Chrome OS. Google has joined the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) in support of a standardized stylus specification, following this trend.

Five additional companies were welcomed by the USI in the announcement reported as announced yesterday (through Liliputing ). In order to provide an industry-wide standard for interoperable communication between an active stylus and touch-enabled devices, the standards group was established in 2015.

At the highest Promoter level, which also includes businesses like Intel, Lenovo, Synaptics, and Wacom, Google joined. Following yesterday’s additions, there are currently over 30 partners, including Dell, LG Display, and Sharp.

In order to enable the usage of styluses from various manufacturers with a variety of devices, the USI 1.0 Stylus and Device Specification was completed in September 2016. A standardized two-way communication protocol that exchanges information about pressure levels, button pushes, and eraser usage makes this possible.

Android has an standard data format for connecting styluses over Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, and USB as of version 6.0 Marshmallow.

USI points out that because its technology uses the touch sensor already present in smartphones, tablets, and notebook PCs (using a technology called Mutual Capacitance), adding USI technology to these devices has no or very little additional cost.

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