Samsung is on a patent-filing spree
, as the announcements of the Galaxy S6 edge Plus
and Note 5
are fast approaching. Just last week, July 6th, the company has filed for a so-called Apps Edge
patent with the USPTO, which, something tells us, is aimed at making a better use of the sloping display sides on the "edge" versions of Samsung's flagships.
Apps Edge is apparently “for use in organizing and allowing quick access to frequently used applications
,” which goes to show that it is a shortcut system of sorts, that will be placed on the active side screen of the phone. Now, it might be something more complicated than shortcuts, which you can now add as well, as well as have active tasks preview and other goodies.
With Apps Edge, Samsung might be planning to open the floodgates for third-party developers, who have the APIs now, but are not very active in churning out side app previews and/or basic widgets. If there is a dedicated section with apps for the edgy models, the current state of affairs might change significantly, and that's what Samsung could be aiming at with this patent filing.