Google patent depicts future lockscreen features on Android

February 17, 2012
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After Apple patented their "Slide To Unlock" lockscreen method, Google has been busy readying their own next-gen unlock features. Surprisingly, it looks to work just like the one used in HTC Sense 3.0. By sliding applications to the respective unlock area, users will be able to instantly access particular apps with ease.

This proposal manages to dodge Apple's patents, so there's a good chance we could see it in a later version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or even 5.0 (Jelly Bean). There were actually multiple menu elements proposed within the filing, so it's hard to say which one they will end up going with - but each implements application access straight from the lockscreen.

Figure 4 looks surprisingly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note's lockscreen. All in all, I'm sure Samsung will be thrilled once it can roll out updates to future devices and therefore avoid the wrath of Apple. They've been the target of some serious law suits and this should cut them a break.

[via PatentlyApple]


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  • Guest

    What good is the giant “press here” button????
    We will all constantly hit it by accident.
     

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    This is already the unlock screen in the latest HTC update for Desire HD

    • Asdf

       Actually, it’s the opposite.  For SenseUI, you drag the circle to the shortcut.

      This one drags the shortcut to a “hot zone” / circle.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pittspgh PittsPgh Pitts

        I have the HTC EVO3D, you can drag the icon into the circle as well as the circle to the icon. You can change which icon shortcuts there are also.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pittspgh PittsPgh Pitts

        I have the HTC EVO3D, you can drag the icon into the circle as well as the circle to the icon. You can change which icon shortcuts there are also.