Google gets patent for advanced display settings based on battery life

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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25 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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?

2. jeetster

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

10. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

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

3. Rayanx10

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

good google take android to the next level

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A patent for something that already exists?

6. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Samsung?

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 5861; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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?

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

12. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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?

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 5861; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

13. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

14. MartianMe unregistered

Oh I c ....

16. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

17. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

19. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

23. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

26. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

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