Tactile feedback on Android smartphones based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset could soon get noticeably better. Qualcomm recently announced a partnership with Lofelt to improve tactile feedback through software, not hardware.
Most Android smartphones, with the exception of a few LG devices, do not have a pleasant vibration in response to user input. In this respect, they are far from Apple smartphones, which use the Taptic Engine linear vibration motor. Of course, pleasant tactile feedback is far from the first place when choosing a smartphone, but this parameter can greatly affect the subjective impression of using the device.
Lofelt has developed an open API for smartphone manufacturers (as well as other devices, including game controllers) that allows developers to have a consistent programming interface for tactile feedback in the disparate Android ecosystem. So instead of incorporating standard tactile feedback drives into their devices, smartphone manufacturers can now take advantage of their own hardware and scalable software API that solves compatibility issues and works equally well on all devices with a supported Snapdragon chipset.
Lofelt claims the solution it has developed is capable of bringing the tactile response in average Android smartphones closer to the high standard set by Apple. Given the variety of Android devices, Lofelt software libraries are the best option for a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, the company says.
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