Samsung Makes Big Investment In Stylus

  • Earned 5% stake in Wacom
  • Galaxy S4 could come with an S-Pen stylus
  • Keeping the stylus relevant

Samsung has brought the stylus back to life with its Galaxy Note line and now it has proven its dedication to stylus-based touch interfaces by making a $58.9 million (AU$56.4 million) investment in Wacom, makers o

  • Earned 5% stake in Wacom
  • Galaxy S4 could come with an S-Pen stylus
  • Keeping the stylus relevant

Samsung has brought the stylus back to life with its Galaxy Note line and now it has proven its dedication to stylus-based touch interfaces by making a $58.9 million (AU$56.4 million) investment in Wacom, makers of styluses and drawing and design tablets.

The investment, revealed Thursday, earned Samsung a 5 percent stake in the Japanese stylus maker. Samsung's stylus buy-in didn't come as a complete surprise, as Wacom's technology has already been used in the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and other Samsung devices.

What Samsung has demonstrated with its investment in the stylus technology company Wacom is a dedication to the stylus itself. Some people still prefer the ease of using a stylus instead of their fingers or thumbs and that's where Samsung's S-Pen-equipped smartphones come in, not to mention newer devices like the Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD, just revealed at CES.

With this latest development in the story of the stylus, it seems those options for precision-minded smartphone users aren't about to disappear. Still, it's not clear exactly what will come of the latest development in Samsung's quest to keep the stylus relevant. According to reports, even the Samsung Galaxy S4 could come with an S-Pen stylus.

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