Samsung patents pressure-sensitive display, hinting at Galaxy S7 with Force Touch tech

Samsung patents pressure-sensitive display, hinting at Galaxy S7 with Force Touch tech
As if we needed more proof after the Synaptics' ClearForce announcement that the pressure-sensitive screen technology won't stay exclusive to Apple or Huawei for long, now Samsung has patented something similar that hints we might see the tech in its phone as soon as the Galaxy S7 in early 2016. 

When it announced the new controllers that support ClearForce, Synpatics said that these have been booked by many leading smartphone makers, and will be available for mass production in Q1, so there you have it.

Samsung's patent in question shows a crude diagram of a pressure-sensitive display that reacts different when tapped on lightly or pressed on in a harder manner, sensing changes in the electromagnetic field that get transformed into software commands. Couple this with the rumors in the tech blogosphere not long ago that the Galaxy S7 will have a Force Touch display, and we can be fairly certain that Samsung will its flagships next year with this new input paradigm, and the Android universe will surely follow.

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1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Ground-breaking innovation! :D

2. gecco

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

Sure, Huawei might have been the first with force touch on phones, but Samsung might have a better or more interesting approach. We will see when it arrives!

19. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Where could I purchase said phone prior Sep release of 6S?

36. gecco

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

Not sure what that has to do with the pure innovation aspect of it all. There has never been any question about Apple being the first to market, but they sure weren't the first with the innovation of the feature.

41. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Huawei Mate S with force touch released before ip6s dude.

43. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please show me where I can buy the Mate S with force touch. I will wait.

56. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

u can "announce" before any one, but not "release" before any one. be logical and rational made u a better person.

62. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While this is true, that Apple wasn't the first to innovate the feature, we do have to keep in perspective that if Apple didn't plan on using it in their phone it may not have been featured in other OEM devices. The only reason Huawei put Force Touch in their device was because it was rumored for months that Apple was going to use the same technology from their smartwatch and put it in their phones (I would say patent filings in January tipped them off more than anything else). So, like any smart business decision made by a company trying to stay ahead of the competition, they decided to work hard and create a similar feature to put in their device before the release of the iPhone. I mean you have to admit, even the announcement date of the Huawei Mate was two days before Apple's big announcement. That wasn't coincidental. But, to give credit where credit is really due, it was actually Blackberry patents that gave way to what we know as Force Touch today. No, it wasn't possible for screens to bend in 2008 as they do now that gives Force Touch the feeling it does now, but the concept was there. In fact, Blackberry is one of the leading patent holders on the technology next to Apple:

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

I actually posted something similar in an Apple related article, but someone tried to tell me otherwise. Glad to see I'm not the only one that realizes this.

78. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

I actually read your whole post in Dr. Phil's voice and by the end of it I wanted to punch my computer screen.

75. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Apple don't really design much on their own, they even have to PAY for their phone chip layout... And WE know Apple has NO production factories that they OWN. O.o

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

samsung, really? why not focus on that foldable display you already have. that would attract more buyers. stop that force touch bs. it does not add anything significantly useful.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

Samsung is huge with various R&D happening simultaneously. This in no way means they are not working with foldable displays. Force touch is not BS. It can be used as a right click. And we all know that right click is awesome.

29. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Not many people would want a clam shell phone so Samsung will just test the waters before putting anything like that on a flagship.

4. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

"Application Date: 2014.04.09"

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

erm.... time machine maybe?

30. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

44. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Yep. 2006 release

45. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Ayy lmao Read the patent. It isnt for the display but bezels.

47. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hehe is it. I guess your 2011 one is not the same either since it's for a "mobile terminal" so Samesung filled another one last year.

63. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Samsung's patent: "A pressure-sensitive degree control method and system of a mobile terminal including a touchscreen for controlling interaction degree of the touchscreen based on a pressure level of a touch are provided. The method includes detecting a pressure level of the touch made on the touchscreen, configuring an interaction degree of the user interface to be determined based on the pressure level, and controlling operations of the user interface according to the interaction degree." Apple's patent: "An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control. The device can have a sensor for determining the orientation of the device. Based on the orientation, the device can alter the areas designated on the bezel for the controls and can alter the location of the visual guides for the display so that they match the altered areas on the bezel." "What is touchscreen?" "What is bezel?" Fam, learn your stuff.

81. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

True, the first fully smartphone specific patent from Apple describing a pressure sensitive screen (rather than bezels) dates from january 2015, the Samsung one from april 2014 and that obviously wasn't the first either.

5. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

pathetic as always

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

You didn't say that when Apple implemented it. Pressure sensitive displays have been there for years. Synaptics had a trackpad with this tech a few years ago. If this patent is approved now, this means that it was applied for at least 1 year ago.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Do not argue with the ignorant/stupid one please, you're better off spending your time elsewhere

20. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you guys still dont get it. Its not about how Samsung is doing after Apple...its about their timing! They dont even give it a bit of time. They literally just wait for apple to start this year's trend and follow it a few months later.

67. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

R&D for stuff like this lasts longer than a few months. You think Samsung started work on this after Apple announced the new iPhones? No, these companies plan years into the future. That's what it means to be a technology company with a significant R&D budget. They attempt to understand the market, predict its trends, and build technology to capitalize on those trends when they gain momentum.

31. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

How many time you get banned?

82. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

how many times? I'm new here dope.

8. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Samsung should've made this available on S6. They'd be tagged as copycats once again. (,--) Apple indeed have a very tactical release dates.

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