Who would have thought a simple slide-to-unlock gesture would be so important?
Google last week saw a patent it filed for back in 2010 published that describes a manner in which users interact with a smartphone--or PC--to unlock the device and perform at least one command. According to the patent filing, the commands can be anything from placing a phone call to opening an application.
The publication is a key step in Google acquiring the patent, since it establishes full prior art for any other patent applications that might pop up worldwide.
Unlike typical unlocking mechanisms, which bring users back … Read more