Google files a patent for backside controls on future Android devices

Google logoAccording to PatentBolt, Google has filed a patent to bring backside controls to future Android devices. The finger swipes and scrolls could help users turn a page in an e-book, peruse through an online article, or flip back and forth between photos and shuffle through songs.

A conceptual drawing related to the patent shows an index finger scrolling through an article on the backside of what looks like a Nexus handset. To prevent any unintentional scrolling, the patent shows that the device will detect finger contact and then determine if it’s sufficient enough to trigger an action. It appears that the feature will not engage if the device is simply being held—only if it senses the index finger on the back holding down. The device may also provide visual, audio, or vibrating cues that the finger has been detected.

Google files a patent for backside controls on future Android devices

Apparently Apple filed a patent like this back in 2006 for its tablet devices, but the depiction shows two hands holding onto the tablet, with contact points on either side of the device. While the existence of a patent doesn't necessarily mean that the technology will be implemented any time soon, it will be interesting to see if Google goes this route for a future Nexus device and if it will get it on devices before Apple does.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, technologies

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 will boast a larger 10.5-inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution
The new power scheme will allow users to extract slightly more performance out of their machines
Huawei's P20 family of smartphones is scheduled for a March 27 announcement in Paris
New stats show Amazon surpassed Microsoft this week
Qualcomm and Broadcom executiveswere met in February 14
Gmail Go at its core will do what the regular Gmail app does
Qualcomm didn’t say who is building the X24 modem
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (6)