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I would like to know how to use a Wacom graphics tablet with an Android smartphone or tablet. I have seen that it is possible in a YouTube video, wanted to know if there is any kind of driver or app that does this, because I I just tried to connect to my tablet (Wacom Graphire 2) on my smartphone and Moto G 1st generation (also already tested on a Moto x nothing).

I cannot take my PC to other places, and if the tablet worked on the smartphone that would be much more practical.

  • So, I purchased a new USB-OTG cable to test using a graphics tablet with my phone. The new cable works and my tablet connects. The side buttons "work" as clicks and "zoom". The pen shows a "dot" cursor on my phone, but when I move the pen around, the dot always stays in the center. Pressing down on the pen causes a click(in the center of the phone screen). --- So, my first piece of advice is: If it's USB, get a USB-OTG cable. --- I think from there, I'll end up in a dead-end. I couldn't find any references to anyone using my Huion Graphics Tablet with Android. – Baronz Feb 18 '16 at 3:05
  • Locate the YouTube video and comment/ask the uploader. Best bet, since you've already seen it. But please do a follow-up if you receive any info, that way others can try also. – HasH_BrowN Feb 19 '16 at 19:23
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Summary

Just tested with an Intuos 3 model for sh*ts and giggles, and was surprised that it worked over USB-C with pressure sensitivity. Overall, there appears to be no issue on Android 7.0 and Wacom Intuos USB graphics tablets.

Tried on another device and it worked via USB-OTG.

So currently, in portrait mode, things work and are very low latency with some applications. Tested:

Autodesk SketchBook:   Very Low latency      Pressure Sensitivity
ArtFlow:               Low latency           Pressure Sensitivity
ArtRage Oils (Free):   High Latency          Pressure Sensitivity

Issues

  • When flipping phone and tablet to landscape mode, the Wacoms map to a device dependent lowest resolution fitting mode, leaving a variable right hand region that your stylus cannot reach. For the Intuos3, with its wider aspect ratio, this is approximately one-fifth of the surface on a Nexus 9. With the Intuos5 Touch, this area is much smaller, being a 16:9 to 16:10 differential it would seem.

Devices Tested

  • Nexus 5X, via USB-C to USB-A adapter.
  • Nexus 9, via USB-OTG cable.
  • Wacom Intuos3. Tablet mapped in absolute mode, including one-fifth of the right hand side of the table disabled for use, mapping to the aspect ratio of the device. Pressure sensitivity seems to work well.
  • Wacom Intuos5 Touch. Touch works. Multitouch works and SketchBook enables rotation with two fingers. Tablet mapped in relative mode, and subsequent touches and strokes pick up from where the cursor was dropped. Pressure sensitivity seems to work well.

Verdict

Autodesk's SketchBook

  • Very low latency.
  • Various canvas manipulations via touch are reasonably responsive.
  • Artistic tools might leave a little bit wanting.

ArtFlow

  • Low latency.
  • Seems to throw crashing fits on their pen input, sometimes killing the device. This is clearly an application-specific issue, as SketchBook runs quite well with no such adversity.

ArtRage

  • Very high latency on the Oils free edition.
  • Excellent artistic tool selection, but latency is nightmarish.
  • Blows my mind it's actually usable - since when did Google add drivers for this kind of stuff? +1'd. – Andy Yan Oct 2 '16 at 0:28
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    Technically it has had it forever via the Wacom Linux driver. Likely got wired up when they started taking stylus input seriously. Would be nice to see it being configurable via a compiled xsetwacom. That said, somewhat surprised that it works as well as it does with SketchBook. – troy_s Oct 2 '16 at 0:35
  • S-Pen relies on Wacom input and works for SketchBook and apps alike, I wonder if this works the same way as it. Not gonna actually try it anyway - I like pen displays better than plain tablets. – Andy Yan Oct 2 '16 at 0:39
  • I assume that it's working for you, because you have Android Nougat since I just tried with a OnePlus 3 running Marshmallow + a Wacom Intuos Draw and had no luck. I was very excited, since I have been looking for this for a while, and nothing as promising as this post has came up yet, but now I am hoping for OnePlus to release N soon, or I might get impatient and install CyanogenMod 14 Beta. – Isti115 Oct 26 '16 at 22:46
  • Technically wacom input driver is present in Linux kernel since 2.6.30, i.e. released on 9th of June, 2009. – silpol Dec 18 '17 at 1:00

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