Samsung's patent

The folks over at Patent Bolt have unearthed a new filing from Samsung, one that describes a new method of dealing with icon stacks and folders on mobile devices. A look through the slides and description can be summed up pretty easily -- icon stacks will be drawn in a parallelogram shape versus a circle or square, have an accordion style animation when expanded, and use vertical scrolling to navigate through. This should be enough to keep from getting sued sometime in the future, but never say never.

In the end it's a new level of eye-candy to perform a simple function. If we ever see it on Android phones and tablets (and that's a big if -- patents are filed and not used all the time), it will be a new way for Samsung to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. We just hope they allow us to shut it off.

Source: Patent Bolt

There are 12 comments

Shadowriver says:

Hmmm.... smells like OS X stacks :p

Danrarbc says:

They can pull an Apple and add 'on a mobile device' to everything and blammo, it goes through.

Shadowriver says:

Hmmm.... smells like OS X stacks :p but good that they thinking about easy folders.

omar300i says:

^you think samsung didnt know that? osx stack isnt on mobile device so boho.
this will give one tiny reason to touchwiz hater to be rethink their hate.

Shadowriver says:

Well i don't care much about forders, they still don't let me resize ICS widgets......

deltatux says:

Just get Trebuchet or Nova Launcher. They're based on the stock ICS launcher and allows you to resize any widget.

Shadowriver says:

But we talking here about touchwiz :p

Sounds kool to me..

craigrn16 says:

Oh Samsung please don't turn into an Apple.

Shadowriver says:

Patents didn't been made to be company pokemons, it's to protect ideas. Apple won't touch it now

Hand_O_Death says:

And if all else fails, they can always use the stock way right?

Namelez says:

wait Google already has a patent similar to this when they bought a desktop replacement