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New Android unlocking app’s sneaky development

February 17, 2012 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

While Apple has threatened  lawsuits against other mobile handset manufacturers for the alleged use of its Slide-To-Unlock feature on their phones, Google has developed its own mobile unlock patent.

The new Google patent has been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (image: USPTO)

Google filed the new patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month, and gives Android users a glimpse into the new possible unlocking software.

One method Google is developing is using voice recognition to unlock the device. Another method involves users sliding an icon on the screen to a designated point on the phone’s screen.

Entitled ‘Input to Locked Computing Device’, the application claims a device unlocking method using one or more user inputs while executing a command — like calling a specific contact or opening an application,” Engadget wrote.

Google said it could be incorporated into desktop computers and laptops leaving the software open to be integrated into Chromebooks.

Charlie Fripp – Online editor

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