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

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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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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:05 8

1. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

Awesome !

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:25 3

6. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

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....

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:39 6

8. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:40 12

9. tenho1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Dec 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 01:08 5

10. skyline88 (Posts: 611; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:32 3

13. wilsong17 (unregistered)

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

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 14:53

17. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14611; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:06 1

2. maherk (Posts: 4854; Member since: 10 Feb 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:25

5. Florin.T (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:29

7. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 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..

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 08:31

16. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:07 2

3. alexbword (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 00:15 7

4. twens (Posts: 1064; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:34 5

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:19

12. banglazbless (Posts: 106; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)

Somebody say. Win win win.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:34 2

14. wilsong17 (unregistered)

the only phone i use are the note from samsung

It's fast, stable and have good battery life

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 10:13

15. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2016, 03:07

18. BailRentzias (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 12 Apr 2016)

Here is another way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss


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