Google was one of the first companies to introduce a rear facing fingerprint scanner. It first debuted on the Nexus 6P and then eventually made it’s way into the Pixel smartphones. Google introduced a few nifty tricks like swiping down on the fingerprint scanner to bring down the notification shade and more. But now, Google may take this a step further.
A recent patent filed by Google suggests that there may be an inclusion of a rear-facing touch pad for the future Pixel devices. The users can access the touch pad which reportedly would come with varied functionality depending upon the task carried out.
“It would be advantageous to have an improved touch sensitive surface that offers additional modes of operation”, mentioned Google.
As an example, the touch pad could be used to used to scroll through web pages without the user having to touch the screen. Other simple functions may include swiping through the photo library and adjusting the volume in the music app while a song is playing.
Apart from these functions, there is a gesture area on the back which can be customised to do various tasks like opening a specific app or toggling bluetooth or Wi-Fi. With larger room available, it would be easier to perform gestures and this would really enhance the user experience.
Google had filed the patent last year and USPTO has published the same a couple of weeks back. However, one must keep in mind that this is still a patent and there is a possibility that it may never see the light of day.