While Apple is suing Android manufacturers for Slide-to-unlock patent infringement, Google isn’t sitting idle. Company recently has filed a new unlock-mechanism patent, which might become Android’s default in the upcoming versions.
Dubbed as “Input to Locked Computing Device”, this patent claims a method for device unlocking process using one or more user inputs while simultaneously executing a command (calling, opening an app etc).
Patent Filing Abstract:
The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes receiving at a computing device that is in a locked state, one or more user inputs to unlock the device and to execute at least one command that is different from a command for unlocking the device. The method further includes executing in response to the user inputs to unlock the device an unlocking operation by the device to convert the device from a locked state to an unlocked state. The method further includes executing the at least one command in response to receiving the user inputs to execute the at least one command. The at least one command executes so that results of executing the at least one command are first displayed on the device to a user automatically after the device changes from the locked state to the unlocked state.
We still have to wait for it to become a part of our Android devices, but still it is a step in right direction.