Patent application by Google designed to help butterfingers from dropping their phone
posted by Alan F. / Sep 25, 2015, 6:49 PM
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.
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Is it Google's or Samsung's patent?
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 6:18 PM 6
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Google's...sorry about that. Did you ever have one of those days? Thanks for the heads up! Regards, Alan F.
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 7:07 PM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 10:06 PM 12
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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)
posted on Sep 26, 2015, 9:30 AM 2
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2015, 12:47 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2015, 12:53 PM 1
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Get back to us when either Google, Samsung, Apple, etc, etc breaks the laws of physics.
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 6:22 PM 3
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?
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 6:49 PM 7
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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.
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 7:47 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 25, 2015, 11:57 PM 3
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2015, 12:11 AM 0
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