A new Google patent application that was recently published by the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals an ambitiously unique invention that's related to the construction of a future Android smartphone structure. The structure would be pressure sensitive to user-directed squeezes and other physical gestures to control applications in a more intuitive manner than by touchscreen alone.
As smartphones are now in the five inch range and beyond, the new gestures will assist users to control applications beyond the traditional use of a single hand and thumb control methodology. Each application will be uniquely tied to various specific controls via Google's new gesturing mechanism using a strain gauge that integrated into the structure of this future smartphone. In theory, Google might be unto something here.
Although Apple fans will always remain faithful to Apple's sexy iPhones, it's always good to keep up with possible future hardware trends before they come to market. Apple is considering backside controls in various forms as is Google. So there are certain trends to stay on top of as Apple and others try to bring new breakthroughs to their respective hardware lines.
For more information on one of Google's latest patent filings, see our Patent Bolt report that contains more graphics illustrating the associated gestures.