Google patent could mean that future Pixel phones will sport a rear touchpad
by Alan Friedman / Jun 26, 2017, 10:59 PM
For example, if a music app is open, the rear touchpad would control music volume. If the browser was in use, the rear touchpad could allow the user to zoom in and out or scroll through web pages, all without having to touch the front screen. Photos could be looked at while using the rear touchpad to navigate the photos.
In addition, a "gesture" area on the back of the handset could allow the user to make a circle with their fingers and automatically open a certain app, run a specific feature or handle a function. The user could decide which gestures would be used for specific functions. For example, the phone could be programmed to open the camera by drawing a "C" with the fingers, while making the aforementioned circle could toggle on and off Wi-Fi. The Pixel already has a similar feature with its rear-facing fingerprint scanner. When you use a swipe gesture on the scanner, the notification shade on the front of the device can be controlled.
Google filed for this patent almost exactly a year ago, and the USPTO published it last week. Of course, there is no guarantee that this will find its way onto a Google Pixel handset, or any handset for that matter.
In other words, the PS Vita.
posted on Jun 26, 2017, 11:16 PM 7
Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015
Didn't OPPO try that a few years back?
posted on Jun 26, 2017, 11:26 PM 0
yes they did, Oppo N3, back when their designs had originality.
posted on Jun 27, 2017, 12:00 AM 1
Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015
I prefer 'squeeze the lemon' feature of The HTC... Which isn't saying much... BTW, that phone in the patents reminds me of the 'original' Google Nexus and 'ancient' Androids with FOUR physical buttons and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard... Oh well, G'Day!
posted on Jun 26, 2017, 11:52 PM 0
Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012
It's getting pretty rediculous. What's the point of have a touchscreen? Making things more complicated than necessary.
posted on Jun 27, 2017, 3:53 AM 0
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