Samsung patents Apps Edge, a potential software section for your edgy handset

Samsung patents Apps Edge, a potential software section for your edgy handset
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.

source: Phandroid



1. dimas

Posts: 3365; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Who would expect that folded displays can help samsung recover from it's previous flops? At least with that patent, there will be less or no edge clones coming out in the future (I'm looking at you Xiaomi).

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

they still made billions from that 'flop' that you say, which is not bad. ...and trust me there will be more edge clones coming soon.

4. waddup121 unregistered

Too Edgy!

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

This entire article was covered by Sammobile a few days ago. What the hell PA?

5. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Can't wait for the note 5 / edge man. Will be changing it!

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The edge screen has many potential uses that some are just too blind to realize at this moment, probably waiting till Apple does the same. Uses including: - Quick switch/multitasking between multiple apps in a single tap, which is what has just been patented here. - Dedicated notification banner placeholder, reserving your entire main screen to the content that currently matters most. - Dedicated status bar placeholder - Dedicated media/navigation/editting controls placeholder when in the right app - Dedicated gesture surface to perform various system actions - Dedicated quick toggles placeholder - Battery saving methodology for glancing through pending notifications without turning on your main screen. - Notification light you can see regardless if the phone is facing up or down, which is all they currently advertise it's use to be... - etc Those could come with some system update...whenever Samsung gets the coding right.

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