Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Notes could use handwriting recognition to allow actions being performed from the lock screen

Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Notes could use handwriting recognition to allow actions being performed from the lock screen
One of the things that made Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones and tablets popular (and unique) is the S Pen stylus. Those who are already using a Note certainly know that features like Action Memo, Screen Write, S Note, Scrapbook, or Pen Window can come in handy quite often.

Samsung is - unsurprisingly - looking to bring even more S Pen-related features to its Notes. And one of them might be related to screen unlocking.

A recent Samsung patent application, no. US 20140038557 A1, describes a method of unlocking a screen only if the Note recognizes your handwriting. Of course, prior to doing that you have to “register” your handwriting. That's already implemented on the Note 2 and Note 3, which let you unlock the display with your signature. However, Samsung wants to take things even further, allowing its Notes to perform actions commanded via handwriting directly from the lock screen. For example, if the screen is locked and you write “call mom” with the S Pen, the device will unlock itself and immediately call your mom.


Could we see this feature on the Galaxy Note 4 (which is expected to be announced in the second half of the year)? We can’t know for now, but it would be pretty cool.

You can read the patent application in full at the source link below (if you’re into lengthy and repetitive descriptions).

source: USPTO

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18 Comments

1. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Awesome !

6. Feanor

Posts: 1366; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Awesome? Comparing to Face Unlock, TouchID, Pattern Unlock and PIN this is definitely far slower. Why would amyone want to have to pick up a stylus and scribble to unlock a screen? And considering that someone could fake your handwriting, this must be just about as safe as Face Unlock, so pretty low in safety... These are what people call gimmicky or bloatware in Samsung software....

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

at least it's a new option. let's just hope samsung didn't copy this from some university's r&d efforts.

9. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

It's not fast when you don't have the intention of using the stylus, but it's fast when you want to use the stylus apps, in 3 steps: 1. Remove your stylus 2. Write a signature 3. Start immediately with the app you want to open. so why bother if you don't use it? Other people will find it helpful in certain situations. And maybe you are so realistic. I don't need a watch, I don't need a necklace, but if you give them to me I would definitely take them! Similarly If I have a choice, I would pick a phone that can do every other phones can, and also comes with a bunch of interesting "gimmicky". It gives me a feeling of being safe, confortable, and even if some of them are not helpful to me, they would be something to amuse with.

10. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

whatever, still miles better what iLock, iUnlock, iThis, iThat, iEverysinglethingonearth

13. wilsong17 unregistered

you must have a iphone where none of the option exist you pay more and get less

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Ummm TouchID was circumvented with a fingerprint on a piece of tape. Face? Can be beaten with an actual photo. Handwriting? Well first off, the Stylus doesn't leave a trace or a print on the screen. Also you have no idea what the person may scribble. Again, what is wrong with something new? You havent even seen it or used it and already you're knocking it for other options which have been circumvented in a matter of hours.

2. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It has already been implemented since the Note 2 was introduced, it's called the Signature, and you can find it under the lock screen section.

5. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Does the Signature feature allow you to command actions as described in the patent application?

7. Feanor

Posts: 1366; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

There was a time when dumbphones would allow you to voice dial people directly from a locked screen by just saying their name. Now you have to pick up a stylus and write down what you want your phone to do.... oh well..

16. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

The critical difference is that anyone could voice dial from the phone. There was no security to it.

3. alexbword

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

This feature is already partially built into the Note 3, it has the option of unlocking your Note with your signature.

4. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The note series have so many features even phonearena doesn't know about it. Lol

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My Note experience is the best compare to all my other Android devices. It's fast, stable and have good battery life. Furthermore, S pen allow me to jot quick note and write in my native language with ease. That's why I holding onto both my note 2 and note 3. Not trading them in when I renew my phone contract

12. banglazbless

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Somebody say. Win win win.

14. wilsong17 unregistered

the only phone i use are the note from samsung It's fast, stable and have good battery life

15. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I like the idea..............lets see where this goes

18. BailRentzias

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Here is another way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss youtube.com/watch?v=lw4ueft-t_I

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