Most Android handsets look pretty much alike to me. And I don’t blame the vendors for this general lack of form factor innovation. In this game of follow the leader, there’s little reward in thinking different.
But this isn’t to say there’s no opportunity to improve the block screen experience with a touch of wow here and there.
Sony’s new Xperia sola is a typical Android device from a tier one vendor. It has a 3.7-inch 480 x 854 display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and blah, blah, blah.
But Sony’s addition of “floating touch” deserves special attention that it probably won’t get. The idea of sensing by hovering has been around, but it’s nice to see what could be a sold real-world implementation. This addresses the problem of requiring a surgeon’s precision with some touch tasks, such as browsing busy pages with many small links. I suspect that “floating touch” is a feature users have been longing for.
Note also the NFC SmartTags feature and accessories which allows users to easily pair and set locale customization.
There are some sweet details here. Best of luck to Sony in making the show.