Google patent reveals the Android smartphone of the future

Google patent reveals the Android smartphone of the future
A patent issued to Google could reveal the Android phone of the future. According to the patent the phone's user will be able to navigate the phone by squeezing, shearing or splaying the device. Squeezing is obvious, but shearing to the right means sliding up the left side of the phone while sliding down the right side. Shearing to the left requires you to slide down the left side and slide up the right side. Splaying requires you to spread your fingers apart on the side of the phone.

The patent also shows which combination of gestures will be used for certain apps. In the email app, for example squeeze the top of the phone to scroll up. Squeeze the bottom of the phone to scroll down. While using the browser, squeeze the phone to move ahead a page. Splay the device to go back a page. Scrolling up and down requires the same gestures as on the email app.

There is no guarantee that Google will ever employ this technology, but it is something to think about. Soon, we might be applying pressure to our phone instead of using a finger to scroll and to move between web pages.

Thank you Anoymous Tipster!

source: USPTO, PatentBolt via



1. ohiojosh78

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

As long is there an "off" option

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Of course there is, this is Android we are talking about, best off button is called custom rom. Also, I think these will be more useful in watches and glasses. For the watch you want less touch on screen because of smaller screens (think small touch pad on laptops) which can be a pain. And on Glass, that just makes sense to activate and launch things by sliding along the rim or arm and squeezing the rim or arm.

21. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

no custom rom means no warranty, an off button is different

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Cool, cool cool cool.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol❕... Like that Zombie dude on those Sprint commercials.. LMFAO❕

7. samdsox

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Its actually Abed from the tv show community.

25. iParkos

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Whoah, let's not go putting labels on people.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31298; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My 5S does this now lol. JK guys WOOSAAAAA!!! Seriously, that sounds pretty sweet.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Nokia came up with this idea.. A few Nokia World conventions back they showed a prototype phone that can be squeezed, and flexed to change functions, like scrolling, or going back..

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Not so sure about that. NTT DoCoMo introduced "Grip UI" a couple weeks before Nokia, so I don't think this was really a Nokis idea. Check it out...

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Plus even months Earlier we also saw a device that worked similar to that with some android fork...

13. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I think Nokia Kinetic was shown earlier than both of these in 2011 and it was super cool.

12. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

actually, I thought of it first. give me credit.

10. kalpeshmistry

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Filing date: Apr. 13, 2012... why is it in the news now?

11. kalpeshmistry

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

missed a point... publishing date is Oct. 17, 2013

14. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Actually feels quite intuitive, lil changes like that pile up and make a better user experience over time! Sometimes there are dead ends but still, love those lil innovations!

15. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Just get rid of buttons already.

16. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

There was a concept touchscreen phone that was all about the pressure contol, years ago. I think it was in 2009, in GSMArena article.

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

This gets some company busy in lifting this idea, improving on this by adding few more options and get their version of this patented

18. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

This seems like a great idea hopefully it works great. But I think that squeezing the phone's top and bottom area would be easier on 4-4.3 inch phones. I tried squeezing my HTC One and it seems to big at 4.7 inch with an Otterbox defender series case on though.

19. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

What I want to know is how this will affect mobile gaming. The more interactive the phones get, the more ridiculous the games get. And people will look downright retarded trying to play some fast-paced game with their sheering ans splaying. I am very much looking forward to videotaping them.

22. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

It would make a good stress reliever! :)

23. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

So, basically a phone you'd have to take out of the case to operate? It's really annoying how lazy consumers are getting. Is it really hard to push a button and do a couple screen touches at most? You can even use a voice assistant if you want to be lazy and tell it to open your e-mail or whatever app you want. Next we're going to have them reading our e-mails to us.

24. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Why pinch to zoom when you can tap on-screen buttons. Don't be silly these are useful shortcuts. Can we do it your way? Yes, and every person with a smart phone currently does do it the way you mention. Why don't you get rid of the "smart" in your phone and carry note pads in your pocket and get a flip phone, how lazy are YOU sir?

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