New Samsung Patent Points at Gesture Method for Launching Apps, Unlocking Phone

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Samsung, similar to Apple, always prefers to stay in news all year long for one reason or the other related to either a new rumored smartphone or a similar device. And with the new year starting off with a bang for the company with the official announcement of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, it seems like the South Korean tech giant is currently focusing its time on the future.

Keeping up with its trend of being in the news all the while, according to reports, Samsung has patented a certain gesture method for its future devices that will assist while launching an app or unlocking the phone.

The new patent for the gesture method, sure to be popular with all those currently tired of pressing the home or power button on their Samsung phone to turn on the screen, enables users to unlock the mobile in a new way with the method waking up or unlocking a phone when a user draws a shape on the display with at least one intersection in it.

Sam Mobile describes the new method as an "artistic take" on the 'Double Tap to wake' feature that Nokia previously offered with its now dead MeeGo OS, before porting the feature to Windows Phone. Also, the method was copied recently by LG via its KnockOn feature, and is currently set to make its way to the upcoming HTC One successor.

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"An unlock method for conveniently releasing a lock mode of a mobile terminal includes tracking a trajectory corresponding to a touch-and-drag operation of touching the touch screen and then dragging when the mobile terminal is in a lock mode, determining whether one or more intersections occur on the trajectory, and releasing the lock mode if one or more intersections occur on the trajectory," the official patent states.

"Accordingly, a touch input pattern for unlocking a lock mode is unlimited in terms of size, location, and pattern so that a user can freely touch the touch screen to release the lock mode," it adds.

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Now it is to be seen if the patented technology actually makes its way to any future Samsung device. And although it's more than obvious that it eventually will, it is still to be seen if we will get to see the feature sometime later this year.

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