The trend of the last few years in the creation of smartphones is certainly the increase in display diagonal. This is not surprising: the bigger the screen size, the greater the potential of its owner. For example, a smartphone can be equipped with a larger battery, which will have a positive impact on the time of its autonomous robot. At the same time, there are also negative consequences of the upward trend. The user’s palm diagonal remains the same, which means that with every extra inch of the display it becomes less convenient to work behind it. It seems that representatives of the South Korean company Samsung know how to correct this misunderstanding.
For many years, manufacturers of tablets and smartphones with large display diagonals have been trying to implement ways to simplify user interaction with the device. Unfortunately, this has not yielded noticeable results. The most tangible change that smartphone makers decided to make was a smaller frame around the display and noticeably more functional stylus. Even so, many users still had to swipe their fingers across the device to make the necessary touch at the top of the display.
The situation may have changed quite recently. Simultaneously with the launch of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung demonstrated a special mode designed to use the device with one hand. Despite the efforts of engineers, the chip did not take root. Perhaps the reason for this was the aesthetic component: during the mode, the interface was just scaling to the right angle, while a good third of the display space was successfully empty.
It seems that the company realized its own mistakes, so it decided to try to improve the above-mentioned regime. According to information received, Samsung registered a patent describing the new interface. The essence of it is extremely simple and at the same time logical. The patent is based on the idea of transferring the most necessary means of navigation through the space of the smartphone in the so-called comfort zone. The latter is a space within which the thumb can be moved without having to change the grip of the hand.
The patent illustrations show that the developers are going to move not only the menu icons, but also the media player controls and even the keyboard.
Unfortunately, patenting technologies is not a guarantee of their rapid implementation. Moreover, in some cases a patent can only be created to protect against competitors or simply to plan products in the future. Anyway, it is hoped that this technology will not only be implemented by a South Korean manufacturer, but will also be reflected in the devices of other companies.