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[Gizmodo] Patent Reveals How Samsung Would Use That Three-Sided Phone Screen

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Filed back in May but just made public, the patent describes "operating functions of a portable terminal having a bended display." Essentially, it runs through a series of software applications which could make use of a screen which droops over the edges of your phone. So, let's take a look at what Samsung might just have up its sleeve.

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Attachments Appear on the Edge of Your Phone


A Very Visual Charge Meter


A Visual Clipboard to Drag Content To


An Index System-Like a Digital Rolodex


A Place For Your Bookmarks


Scrollable image index


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I kinda like it. smile.gif
We could see some interesting apps from the dev community.
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Edit : nvm. (Found out how to edit the title)
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Great ideas but completely random. Not really a feature that i would go for, not intuitive enough. Plus what happens when you scratch the sides?
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The problem I foresee is that a lot of people grasp the side of their phone while using it and with a design such as this accidental touch inputs would occur. I see this entering prototype stages but not go much further beyond.
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Obviously the implementation would make or break this.
The normal phone grip would mean we'd be constantly interacting with the edge. So maybe only actions that start/begin from the main screen and end on the edge would be registered(or vice-versa).

Notifications on the edge.
Could be a taskbar(like in windows). Minimized apps could go there.

Not revolutionary. But it could survive as a side-option.
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So now no one can use an edge screen for any of that, or else they'll get their pants sued off by Samsung.

Absolutely nobody else was thinking the same (totally not obvious) things.
Edited by Kaldari - 11/26/13 at 12:26am
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Cool idea, but seems like it will be just that. Might be useful in certain situations but just another gimmick, not many big innovations are being made in smartphones, just incremental improvement.
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I think this is a patent to prevent others from doing so.

This kind of irks me, because the patent is only a look and application of functionality not a design that could change the world. I think looks or appearances of things as well as their functionality to user should be under trademark laws not patents. Too many vague patents congest the production of innovation and stagnate society.
Edited by SpeedyVT - 11/26/13 at 12:12am
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Originally Posted by Kaldari View Post

So now no one can use an edge screen for any of that, or else they'll get their pants sued off by Apple.

Absolutely nobody else was thinking the same (totally not obvious) things.

Samsung*

And I agree. What a retarded patent. Those are the OBVIOUS functions of a sidebar.
   
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kind of like it
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