There’s always a reason behind why two competitors would be at loggerheads with one another over something. In the case of Google and Apple, that something is nearly always connected to tech advancement. This time it’s all about backside controls to devices especially android phones and tablets. The victor is usually the first to get its product into the marketplace.
The intention was mooted by Google in its bid to develop controls that could navigate and turn e-book pages, a web article or flick through a collection of photos plus music albums. The idea wasn’t exactly Google’s as Apple had first thought it up earlier in 2006 but then sat on it without making any headway. The move by Google has evidently jolted Apple into action and the race is definitely on.
The essential features of the invention as first envisaged by Apple was the operation of a face up smartphone as depicted in Fig 1. The previous model was the clumsy operation of a smartphone from the front that involved a front page that could be turned to the next page with a push of the ”Next” command button with a forefinger.
The right hand with the phone in its grip (#108) manipulates the operation of the device itself with the thumb (#100) for scrolling the page up or down for reading. The finger movements are repeated to achieve whatever the user has in mind in connection with the reading the text as presented on the front of the smartphone.
The invention conjured up by Google is the invention of a simple backside control or controls that will carry out a multiple of functions at the single push of a finger on the command button located at the back of the device. This simple placement of the command button enables rapid and easy access to the device for manipulating the control button to the desired result.
Another very distinctive feature of the new backside control invention is its ability to detect the torque on a computing device which indicates a point of contact that was made on the device. The element that caused the contact with the device or the input can be monitored (A). The input or contact is monitored and assessed as to whether or not it is capable of triggering an operation.
If the contact is not sufficient a preview of the operation can be provided. In that case, the device will go back to its original status and can be activated to go into motion again. According to Google will be applied to future models of future devices such as e-books and tablets as well as Chromebook plus other devices not yet on the drawing board.
Google has indicated that the new mobile device will be able to provide other features for users such as visual and audio capabilities plus features that will indicate that the tap or push action has been registered replayed in the form of a clicking sound, a beep or vibration. These sound responses will alert the user that connection has been established and the outcome realized.