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Samsung patents transparent screen, with front and back touch capabilities

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Samsung patents transparent screen, with front and back touch capabilities
Samsung was recently awarded a patent for a transparent screen with front and back touch capabilities. By touching the screen from behind, a user can open a folder without a finger blocking part of the screen. By using the back of the screen, users can read a hidden menu or view a hidden photograph. Videos could be controlled using the rear touchscreen, and overlapping images can be separated more easily by using the front or back screen.

Using the real estate on back of a smartphone has picked up steam with the launch of the LG G2 which has its power button and volume rocker on the rear, under the camera. The HTC One max has a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the phablet, and the upcoming OPPO N1, set to launch on December 10th, features a touch panel on the upper part of the phone's rear cover. This is expected to facilitate one-hand use despite the large 5.8 inch screen on the device.

It's unclear when we might see this patent in use on a Samsung phone, and with the current focus on curved and flexible displays, it might be sometime before a transparent screen makes its way to a Samsung handset ready for prime time.

Samsung receives a patent for a transparent screen with front and back touch capabilities

Samsung receives a patent for a transparent screen with front and back touch capabilities


source: PatentBolt via SamMobile, AndroidAuthority

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:00 2

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Bring two screens and stick with glue.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:43 3

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


Don't forget chocolate, that will also help to stick them properly. So you can lick it when your hungry, introducing the Google Lick.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:11 2

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1519; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


No one asked for it, but well, they made it. Seriously, who needs this?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:25 8

3. Dr.Phil (Posts: 928; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


People who text while walking so they can see through their phone as to where they are going.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 01:02 2

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


like the ones in the iron man movie? man, that's rad

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:49

12. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


First thing that came to mind as well, if we ever reach that level, awesome.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:45

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


This is useless, people can see what you're texting through your phone. Why not use Oppo's rear touch panel instead of this one?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:52

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


May be they are using one active screen at a time.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:20

13. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


"people can see what you're texting through your phone"....So you hold your phone right up to your face with your hands at the side of the phone so people directly infront of you are looking right at your phone which is blocking your face? Also, everyone can read backwards? Opinions are welcome, stupidity is not xperiadriod.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 01:11 2

8. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Maybe patents should be awarded WHEN a company actually makes a working prototype. Otherwise I'm going to go file a patent for a time machine right now.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 01:17 1

9. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


somebody has already done it. (I wish I was freaking joking... but it's likely) also somebody may have patented a faster than light travel method already as well.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:18

10. Humphrey.One (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


What bothers me is that one company fails to patent a touchscreen technology, and another is awarded with patent for two-side touchscreen.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:00

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


sorry, which OEM failed to patent touchscreen technology?

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