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Synaptics Releases TouchExplorer a Touchscreen Testing Application

October 12, 2012

Synaptics Releases TouchExplorer a Touchscreen Testing Application

By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor

Synaptics (News - Alert), a provider of human interface solutions, released TouchExplorer a new addition to its software tool that will help smartphone designers implement better touchscreen capabilities in the devices they design. TouchExplorer can be now downloaded on Google (News - Alert) Play.

“Synaptics has added to the industry’s best designer tool box,” said Tim Bajarin, president at Creative Strategies, Inc. “Synaptics continues to improve smartphone touch performance while enabling designers to cut their design time by eliminating the time and cost of the ‘trial and error’ method of sensor design.”

According to officials, the TouchExplorer application enables touch controller performance demonstration and evaluation on a Windows Phone (News - Alert) or Android device. This acts as an optimized tool that tests all the basic features of a touchscreen such as touch points, draw, linearity and motion events.

The application provides immediate visual feedback on finger presence and movements on the device. It allows designers to assess touch performance in real-time. The finger movements are logged and accessible which can be used for further analysis.

This lets users log motion events into an SD card for testing and analysis of touch performance later. Also application updates will be made accessible via Google Play store with the next version. This is expected to be compatible with other mobile operating systems like Windows Phone, revealed officials.

“Instant feedback on touch sensor designs helps shorten the design cycle and improve performance,” said Jimmy Lin, senior product marketing manager. “Synaptics TouchExplorer is a platform that can objectively test touch performance on all Android and Windows devices, regardless of the touch solution.”

Recently, Synaptics announced that the signature HTC (News - Alert) 8X and the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 smartphones, devices that feature high resolution screens in thin and light designs, are driven by Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 solutions. The ClearPad family is capable of supporting touchscreen solutions for devices ranging from entry-level mobile phones to premium smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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