Google files patent for back panel touch controls

Google files patent for back panel touch controls
A while ago, Google realized that it wasn't making too much headway in trying to get patent law changed, or getting silly patents invalidated, so the company did the only thing that was left: it started trying to patent its own "innovations" which were probably just logical conclusions based on existing work (you know, like 99% of all patents). Well, it looks like Google newest filing is a patent application for back panel touch controls.

Before we even bother to explain the text of the patent application, we'll describe it in terms of "prior art", that silly devil that is supposed to invalidate patent applications, but often doesn't for some small reason. The patent application is basically for the touch panel that you'd find on the back of a PlayStation Vita

Of course, it's possible that this patent will be found "unique" because Google's application is for a touch panel on the back of an Android smartphone or tablet, that will allow you to perform various functions (turning an ebook page, media controls, etc), and more importantly can distinguish between normal holding contact and touches intended to control the device or app (which sounds similar to Apple's iPad mini thin bezel tech.)

Not surprisingly, Apple filed a similar patent back in 2006, before the iPhone even existed, but that patent was never approved, so maybe the USPTO won't bother with this one either (fingers crossed!)


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37 Comments

1. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Aww....now google is also going the apple way

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple uses patent too stomp competition and sue others.

36. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

As long as Google doesn't abuse this patent, I'm cool with it. It might have just been a "I'll patent this before Apple does" move, to protect Android from more Apple lawsuits over things Apple didn't invent.

8. rajagopalan.k

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

while google uses it to just stay without being sued by i-diots

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That wasn't funny nor clever.

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It sure was a serious comment so you are right it wasn't funny nor clever. Perhaps you never realized (oh do BOTS ever realize anything?) that you made a wise statement going against your "1 Infinite Loop"

27. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Taco is just jealous

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Taco? This is PA, not Taco Bell.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Too bad the Sony already has something like this with the ps vita,

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Err...yes, we read the article on which you're posting your comment. But let's face it, PS vita aint a phone nor a tablet, it's a GAMING CONSOLE (in case you don't know /s). This is a nice idea, however, i don't see a practical use of this if the device is touch enabled. Don't you people think so?

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That never stopped Apple from patenting things they didn't come up with. Besides, Motorola did it way back in like 2009.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea they do, so I agree. The world must be ending tonight..... Anyway... if Apple's patent history showed us anything....Google will be granted it. Then it will be made invalid in a few years.

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I hope not......

3. nikenturd unregistered

Well at least the way I see it, a very useful patent...quality over quantity

4. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Someone seriously needs to sue Apple..they need a wake up call..

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I have the Vita, and while the back touch controls capability hasn't been leveraged to it's full potential there are more opportunities for use in mobile devices. Still, that can complicate things with cover manufacturers and people who feel like they want/need a case for their phone. If the back-touch controls become optional, then many won't adopt it and it'll become forgotten and underutilized. Also, I imagine swiping and making gestures on the back of the phone could make your grip unwieldy. Unless they do combo gestures with the front and back so you don't get too loosey with your grip.

6. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

what an idea!!!!!!!!

7. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That could possible mean non-removable battery. Oh, I love Sammy.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well ThE Motorola back flip also had this technology.... Or something similar on that matter

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Back panel touch controls? But what will happen if I dropped the phone by accident?

11. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Did everyone just forget that the playstation vita already has this?

15. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Havent you read the article?

16. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

What a worthless biased article.

29. pixel8or

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Worthless, not so much, but biased, absolutely!! "fingers crossed" since it's Google. "We could only hope" if it was Apple...

19. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

How many people will have sore fingers using this sh!t... From mostly all the video I've seen, the person had to squeeze the phone so hard, that you could see the straining in his hand... Just to flip the page or something... I'd hardly use this. Just my opinion.

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So now Google joins the fray/ Looks like they are preparing to be next Patent Trolls when their earnings fall. Come thumb me down kids :)

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I dont see how this is preparing them to be patent trolls. Its odd tho since the Vita has back controls tho. I think a tablet from a few years ago had it too. What one does with the patents determines if they are or attempting to be patent trolls.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The tablet was the Notion Ink Adam.

22. snoopy5

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

i will concerned about if i put my phone in the way that back panel facing the table,will activate those functions?lol...

26. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Doesn't Moto backflip have this exact thing?..... oh wait! Google Owns Moto

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