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Google gets patent for advanced display settings based on battery life

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Google gets patent for advanced display settings based on battery life
This patent is a pretty cool one, because it's finally something that's at least a little bit different. It's not just a patent for something that we've all seen, but rather Google has been granted a patent for advanced display settings based on battery life. And, "advanced" is the key word here, because we're not just talking about brightness.

Google gets patent for advanced display settings based on battery life
According to the new patent granted for Google, there would be three different "operating modes" that would be implemented for OLED displays based on the battery level. On the first level, blur and animations would be disabled. On the second level, the resolution of the display would be lowered. On the third level, the display would only show black and red colors (the most power efficient colors for OLED displays).

Should be interesting to see this in action. The question now is whether or not this tech will be folded into Android's base. It seems likely that Google would put it into Android for all to enjoy, but we'll have to wait and see.

source: Google via Droid Life

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posted on 30 Mar 2013, 12:44 1

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


"On the third level, the display would only show black and red colors (the most power efficient colors for OLED displays)"

are we going back to "black and white tvs" era?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 13:04 22

2. jeetster (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


in a scenario where you have ~5% battery left and want to save it for something simple like a call or a message, its quiet useful. On the other hand if you want to watch a 1080p movie with those 5% good luck to you.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 14:46 7

10. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Duh...
Then don't turn on that setting if you don't want to, LOL...

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 13:09 10

3. Rayanx10 (Posts: 45; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


good google take android to the next level

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 13:56 1

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


A patent for something that already exists?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 14:02 16

6. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


doesn't that remind you of another company???

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 15:27 1

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Samsung?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 14:28 6

7. 14545 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Where is the so called "other patent" at? I haven't seen it. I guess mxy isn't above lying either.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:03 7

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


He is from the future, a future where all this track was invented by apple or so his paranoia makes him think

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:43

20. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You HAVE to post proof of this. This has escaped many of us on here...

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 13:58 2

5. Leo_MC (Posts: 603; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


That means Tasker should pay royalties to Google if it wants to keep it's batterry based automated functions?
Software should never be protected by patents except the code or the design.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 14:33 5

9. 14545 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


'Software should never be protected by patents except the code or the design."
--
Wouldn't that be patent protecting the software? I mean the code and design are the software?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 15:06 1

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2424; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I think he means that people shouldnt be able to ripoff the software outright, but if they can achieve similar functionality with their own unique code, it should be okay.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 15:15 1

12. 14545 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Oh, so he means that it just can't be exactly like the patented code. But if there is slight differences in the code and design, then it can't be pursued in court?

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 09:40

24. Leo_MC (Posts: 603; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


The "code" means the algorithm which makes the ideea be an application.
For instance, to find the area of a triangle one uses Heron, other uses base*height/2; the result is the same - area - but everyone gets to it in a different manner.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 14:33 1

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Very nice google make sure no one else will take it.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 15:37

13. babyk (Posts: 223; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


The first person who files it thats the only thing that matters at the moment

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 16:04

14. MartianMe (unregistered)


Oh I c ....

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:58

16. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Does PhoneArena not have any real stories to report? This one is a yawner...

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 06:53

28. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Funny....stories I think are yawners...I just dont post in them, or even read them.

It was interesting enough for you to post that comment tho...

Dont worry....they also post stories about WP, MS too.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:32 3

17. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Is it just me, or does 'innovation' always come to mind whenever the words Google + Patent appear?

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:29

18. Taters (Posts: 3606; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hopefully this is different enough from Samsung's adapt display feature. A Google and Samsung lawsuit would be just what Apple needs and Apple doesn't need anymore help.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:41 3

19. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Google went and got the patent for advanced display setting based on battery life, so that it will be implemented and used on Android by Android OEM's. Not to go sue OEM's that use it.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 02:42

23. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


If google were to put this on Android, apple would probably do something similar for iOS. the only difference is that google would give it out to OEMs to put in all android devices, while apple would probably try to keep it for itself. There are already some apps that offer something similar, but given google's history I think the consumer is the winner with this patent.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 14:12

26. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


That's right Google, patent it. If not, you will be sued by a cr@p fruit.

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