A recent patent application revealed by the US Patent & Trademark Office illustrates that Samsung is working on new and simple TV touch controls for future Android devices. Samsung's filing also reveals that some next generation mobile devices will be equipped with a digital broadcasting receiver serving as either a satellite or terrestrial DMB receiving module.
Changing TV Channels on a Mobile Device
In Samsung's patent FIG. 2 shown below we see screenshots indicating an example of how users will be able to easily switch TV channels on future mobile devices. According to the filing, the user will simply be able to input TV channel numbers by drawing them on the mobile device's touchscreen.
In the example below we see an illustration of the user entering the number 9 via drawing it directly on the display and the system will acknowledge the request by providing a quick pop-up message as illustrated below in patent point # 215.
Recording a TV Broadcast on a Mobile Device
Samsung's patent FIG. 3 noted above illustrates screenshots of an example of how users will be able to quickly record a TV broadcast by simply drawing the letter "R" on the touchscreen of their mobile device that is displaying the chosen TV channel. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Samsung's patent application was originally filed in Korea under application 10-2011-0003941 in Q1 2011 and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office in Q3 2012.
Report Update: August 15, 2012
Yesterday we posted an extra side note to our report where we asked the question: Why Does Samsung Blatantly Copy Apple? We presented the graphic below and pointed to Apple's trademark filings (one, two) for their Siri logo which has the microphone as illustrated below.
At the end of our original side note we asked that If anyone was aware of Apple products that were blatantly copying any of Samsung's known features to send in an email. Well, someone did by the name of Eshwar, and it was a good one.
Eshwar pointed out via a video that is was actually Google's Android that first introduced the microphone based logo in January 2011 or ten months before Siri was introduced. The Siri logo was originally filed in Jamaica in July 2011, but this is still after it appeared on Android. I don't know when Google filed for the Android's microphone logo trademark, but that's not as relevant as it being first used in Google's UI.
At the end of the day, we stand corrected and we hope that the USPTO is made aware of this fact. Whether Apple will be granted this logo trademark is now in question in my view, but you never know how it will play out legally. Time will tell.
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