Patent application by Google designed to help butterfingers from dropping their phone

You might recall the patent filled by Apple a few years ago that would use internal sprays of a gas inside a handset, to make sure that a falling phone would land on an area where very little internal damage could take place. But a new patent application filed by Google would prevent you from dropping a phone in the first place. That means that you wouldn't require a handset with gas canisters inside to save your phone from ruin.

The patent by Google, is for a new type of smartphone housing that includes ridges, or grips where a user's fingers can be placed to enhance one's hold on the phone. The traction would be improved, and perhaps sweat and moisture could be quickly neutralized to prevent the phone from sliding out of the user's hand.

The only downside to this patent is that you are left with a pretty ugly looking smartphone. On the other hand, it will certainly look better to the user than a phone that has been dropped repeatedly.

source: PatentlyMobile



1. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Is it Google's or Samsung's patent?

7. Alan01

Posts: 662; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Google's...sorry about that. Did you ever have one of those days? Thanks for the heads up! Regards, Alan F.

12. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This is a very ugly design and in my opinion, if I ever needed something like this I would get a case with this solution, not a phone destined to be ugly all the time... Now, the Wrist Strap attached to my Xperia works just as good and it has saved my device more than a couple of times... you just need to make it a habit to slide your hand inside it when picking the phone up. Definitely a far better solution that already exists, is cheap, effective and good looking.

16. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

this design is a copy of some chinese case maker. I have seen a case something similar to this in a china market.

17. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Right? Phone straps are the best solution you can get to save your phone while still preserving beauty of its design. It's inconceivable that there's just ONE manufacture - Sony - who still adds this little opening. (The same applies to dedicated, two-step camera buttons, but maybe that's not as important)

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

My lumia 1020 has a strap and two step camera button.

20. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

That's cool. My wife will definitely want to get a Nokia once they start making Android devices

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Nokia is out of the cellphone business. They no longer have a division for designing cellphones. They may yet release more android tablets, but their cellphone days are permanently over. Nokia has reinvented itself again as a networking company, they are developing 5G technologies.

22. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

But unfortunately they ditched it in 930 and possibly in plethora of other models - I haven't checked nor I have really an interest to do that. The same happened with low-end and mid-range Lumias - back in the day of x20 series, each of them had dedicated camera button, now it's kept exclusively for high end Lumias. So Sony is the only OEM to include dedicated camera button and strap hole in every phone they make. I wish other OEM could understand that those small additions are useful.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Get back to us when either Google, Samsung, Apple, etc, etc breaks the laws of physics.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I can use my phone to travel around time. TAKE THAT! *sarcasm

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

looks silly to me.. -coming from a butterfinger

4. KickRocks

Posts: 284; Member since: Mar 22, 2011


5. gaming64 unregistered

I am a butterfinger. It'll be more cheaper if you buy a brand new case and tempered glass instead of getting a phone that has a ridiculous build. Also, no news from Project Ara?

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

i'm honestly confused right now as to which direction the mobile tech is heading.. lol

9. HildyJ

Posts: 345; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Discounting the exageration for an effective patent drawing, I would definitely consider a phone with a scalloped edge instead of a straight one. OTOH, I wouldn't be that excited by the back indentations. The scallops could also allow switches to be built into them and potentially allow for chorded commands. One note for those who missed it, the drawing is of two different phones using two different designs.

10. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I was thinking of building a phone made of play dough myself. I knew I should've patent dat sucka!

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The UI design is really TouchWiz-like, and that hardware design feel really uncomfortable to hold to me.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Looks very ugly. Google should make this a case instead of part of the phone.

14. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Doesn't matter who patents what because Apple being able to patent a rectangle shows the U.S patent office is completely corrupt and knowing Apple they've probably "Donated" millions to help keep it corrupt.

15. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

I am working on a technology where a mobile would sense if it is fallilng and activate an anti-gravity field immediately that would let it hover without hitting anything. Also in talks with major sports goods makers to adapt that technology into skateboards.

19. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Touchwiz spotted! Are we talking about Google or Samsung?

23. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Wow. Ugliness aside, how is this any different from patenting a rectangle? Please do innovate with designs, Google, but don't lower yourself to pettily patenting them.

24. kidsdadam

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

Possible design for military or other more severe conditions usage where function overrules form?

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