Floating touch enabled throughout Xperia sola UI via mod

by XB on 10th September 2012

in Videos, Xperia sola

The Sony Xperia sola’s key feature is floating touch which allows a user to navigate the phone without touching the display. Officially, only a few applications are supported, such as browsing where, for example, you can highlight a link by floating your finger over it before pressing the link. You can almost think of it as a cursor for your phone.

However, Sony has only implemented the functionality in the browser and certain live wallpapers that react to the floating touch input. Sony originally promised to expand this to other parts of the phone, but we’re still waiting on this. Thankfully xda-developer neectron has been on the case and has published a mod enabling floating touch throughout the phone.

As you can imagine, it takes practice to work properly, especially dealing with accidental clicks. Another unfortunate side-effect of having floating touch fully enabled is that it can wreak havoc when trying to write a text message. Neectron is thinking about making a change so that the floating touch is disabled when the keyboard pops up, users would then be able to type normally without threat of garbled text. Apart from that it looks great and with a bit of fine tuning it could become a key mod for the Xperia sola.

Via xda-developers.

Thanks neectron!

  • PRo

    Gud but they should make apps for it and make it distinctive product frm sony.

  • amsaKANNA C


  • moforo

    stupid CZ, speak english!!!

  • goldenblls

    Like magic!

  • Rochana

    Its Good Experiment :)
    but i thinks Floating touch is useless :(

  • PRo

    Are we going to loose warrenty with this ???

  • Sony is very poor. They promise to bring more apps and functionality for floating touch but almost 6 months passed but nothing happen. 22 days before Xperia P update with ICS and sony told U and sola is next out of door. But still no dates declare about Sola only one answer last week for P is ICS for P will be in next few weeks. So I thing we have to wait few months for Sola. When world enjoying JB we still wait for ICS update :( . Never recommeded sony for smartphone.

  • Guest

    That video is from czech site xperia.cz, why he should talk english to czech people?

  • jxPerience

    you want ICS? okay go to convenient store near to your place and buy Ice Cream,
    You act like a kid screaming for craving an ice cream.Go out and get life kid!

  • jxPerience

    it will become useful if developers support this feature. But since Sony only put this feature to weak phones so developers dont have any interest developing floating touch technology because only few people will support non-flagship model :(

  • jxPerience

    he has world wide viewers for his video. if he want it to be exclusive to his country block all viewers who watch it outside their country!

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  • I will tell him ;)

  • rafi

    Only a few device running jb currently. Its just a small step jumping from ics to jb. No need to act over xcited about that.

  • uidesigner_sony
  • if you have gb on your 2012 xperia enjoy it because believe me it is nice. I have ics on my xperia s and after the 1st week, the amazement wears off because gb on sony was so clean (ics is nice as well thou)

    The greatest improvement is the battery and the gallery, other than that sony gb is as beautiful as sony ics

  • jxPerience


  • Milen

    You can do almost everything without touching the screen. I found out that by chance and i don’t know whether this came after android 4 update. There are two ways you can unlock the screen, using the slider – touching and slide and slide without touching, just move your finger 5 mm above the screen and slide to unlock the phone. Then you can operate without touching the screen at all. If you touch the screen to unlock – the function doesn’t work.
    Milen Gerov

  • safa

    thank you! i recently got my sola and noticed that the floating touch worked only sometimes, i just unlocked my phone with the floating touch and voila! it works!

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