Android Thoughts: Google Files Patent For New Unlock Methods

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Google Files Patent For New Unlock Methods

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.patentlyapple.com/patent...id-devices.html

"A new Google patent application that was published by the by the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month, reveals that Google will offer Android OEMs new options to unlock future Android devices. One method simply involves using voice recognition while a second method involves a nifty two-icon methodology."

I'll just say I'm not a fan of any of Apple's lawsuits. It's unfortunate that things have gotten to a point where Google needs to patent an idea for a lock screen just to protect themselves. I do love Google's new idea for unlocking. I'm not so sure about the voice based unlock but dragging items to a target sounds very cool to me. It seems like it would give a lot of flexibility while still making it unlikely that you'll do something accidentally.

What do you think of the new unlock screen? Do you like the idea of a voice activated unlock feature?


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