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Google patent reveals the Android smartphone of the future

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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 Webtrek.it

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posted on 19 Oct 2013, 20:35 19

1. ohiojosh78 (Posts: 32; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

As long is there an "off" option

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 08:24

20. Finalflash (Posts: 3535; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 10:28 1

21. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 20:55 3

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Cool, cool cool cool.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 21:08 3

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 22:10 1

7. samdsox (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

Its actually Abed from the tv show community.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 11:21 1

25. iParkos (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 21:04

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 25052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 21:07 14

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 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..

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 21:17 10

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


posted on 19 Oct 2013, 22:28 6

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 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...


posted on 19 Oct 2013, 22:33 4

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 23:28 7

13. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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


posted on 19 Oct 2013, 23:16 4

12. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 22:50

10. kalpeshmistry (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 22:51

11. kalpeshmistry (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 00:06

14. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 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!

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 01:01

15. Meleagru (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

Just get rid of buttons already.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 02:42

16. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 03:08

17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 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

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 03:44

18. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; Member since: 13 May 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.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 08:08

19. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 176; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 11:22

22. nothingmuch (Posts: 199; Member since: 03 May 2013)

It would make a good stress reliever! :)

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 12:14

23. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 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.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 21:09

24. mattkl (Posts: 234; Member since: 01 Feb 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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