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Samsung’s patent exposes new possibility to more pressure sensitive navigation

Nov 1, 2018, 12:00 pm

A new patent published by Samsung shows more pressure sensitive display. Samsung brings on new virtual keys with features that will enable to squeeze the Galaxy.

A patent filed in April 2017 in South Korea; titled Electronic Device And Method Of Controlling the Electronic Device Based On Touch Input, described several implementations of pressure sensitive virtual keys. The company has made such a system familiar as it has been used in devices like the Galaxy S8 and S9; the virtual, pressure sensitive home key.

Samsung Squeeze PressureSamsung steps forward trying different activities, for example, the Galaxy S9 knows whether you are tapping a key in an app, or if you want to return to the home screen.

Squeeze To Turn Off GestureWhile describing its functionalities the company brings forth the description of a pressure sensitive power key. It functions just like the virtual home key and provides different functions. Depending on how hard you press, the display switches off, the phone reboots, or an emergency mode is triggered. By measuring pressure on both edges of a display, a squeeze can be detected.

Well, these future Galaxy phones are far from being known when they will be available in the market in the near future but for now, the virtual home key already is in use. In a world of ever-shrinking bezels and growing screen-to-body ratios, Samsung still has a few UX tricks up its sleeve, as this patent application shows.

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