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Google Patents Ability to Interact With Future Phones By Tapping the Back


We see interesting patent filings from Google every now and then, most of them are pretty forward-thinking ideas that we won’t see for a while. The next patent to add to that list is Google’s recent acquisition of the ability to interact with your phone by touching, tapping and sliding across the back of it.

Google mentions this new tech for only “simple controls” and demonstrates swiping to a new page in a document. Skipping to a new track on a song or disabling a notification would most likely be some of the first implementations of this patent if we ever see it in an Android device.

Think we could see this in a future Nexus device?

Via: Pocketnow

  • fantom007

    Hey I was reading that! Someone walked by and touched the back of my device again! People seem to be forgetting about personal space these days. Hence the drop case installed on my phone, as it gets bumped alot while out in public, while using public transit usually. Please add a disable switch for me, Google!

  • It sounds like Pantech’s V Touch? Pantech’s Vega no.6 already seems to have this feature. I guess they didn’t patent it first though…

  • I wonder how case makers are going to make their cases work with it. Hmmmm

  • S2556

    Moto did simillar things on an older android (running 2.1 i think) the backflip. I almost bought it but didn’t end up getting it.

  • Beezey

    A laptop-style mousepad would be interesting. Not sure it would work better then touching the screen, but it would be interesting.

  • Brent Cooper

    Doesnt the PSVita do this?

  • Zacharypt

    Since we are taking phones that moto has that did this. Let us not neglect the multi pixel Verizon exclusive… The citrus!!!!

  • Prime7

    Okay, but PS Vita already does this.

  • You would think that Google already owned this patent since Motorola had rear touch controls on this old Android device (The Backflip):

    • Droidzilla

      The only reason Google applies for patents like this is for protection against trolls like Apple. This patent probably is bogus in that there’s prior art, it’s obvious and iterative, etc.

      • spunker88

        ^This, all of these Google patents are for defense from Apple. Since the patent system hasn’t been reformed yet Google has to sink to Apple’s level in order to prevent lawsuits. I wouldn’t be surprised if they let Android OEMs use these patents for little cost.

        • Droidzilla

          I believe Google lets them use their patents for free, and they also don’t sue anyone infringing on their patents unless it’s in defense. I wish more companies were like Google.

  • Cheng GuanHao

    Motorola BACKFLIP and CHARM had similar back touch controls…

    • n4r

      As well as the Motorola Spice, it was called “Backtrack”. Neat idea in theory, but I turned it off within a month because it was so annoying. Too easy to accidentally touch.

  • andrew galvin

    Moto X Phone… mark my words.

    • MrJigolo

      Funny, this was rumored for the X phone. It’s not shocking that this patent is coming out now.

  • JDHokie

    Backside touch control? You’d think a strip club would have patented this long ago.

    • Yep

      Hiyooooh! 🙂

    • Upvote for being a Hokie

  • Yep

    Dude in the figure must have been a football player & got his index stuck in a few facemasks over his career. Otherwise…yeesh that’s that freaky looking index finger…

    • Adam Emshwiller

      LOL…. yea i never understood by patent drawings are also so ugly, like a four-year-old drew them.

      • JoshGroff

        There’s quite a few artistically challenged tech geeks, myself being one of them. Also, it could have been quickly drafted up as a proof of concept, it doesn’t have to look perfect.

    • michael arazan

      Actually i dislocated my middle finger just like the picture in wrestling back in high school. I got injured a lot more in wrestling than all four year of playing football. No pads in wrestling

  • Stewie

    It’s nifty, but if you use a case …

    • Yea. Although, the patent does not appear to say anything about how to capture the gesture. If it’s done by interpreting radio interference, then it’s still possible to use a thin case, I guess …

    • Shane Redman

      Nexus phones come with bumper cases now….and glass backings…that sparkle…with wireless charging. My Nexus4 envy is real **sigh**