Patent might be giving us a sneak peek at LG V30's design: secondary display with a twist

Note: The image on the left is our interpretation of the patent image.

Two days ago, during Google’s I/O 2017 keynote, it was announced that the Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG’s next flagship phone will eventually support Daydream later this year. 

This was news in more than one way: firstly, it single-handedly confirmed that an LG V30 is on the way, and secondly, it heavily hinted that this one will be donning an OLED display, which is one of the hardware requirements for Daydream support. 
And it seems that right after this high-level confirmation, …


LG patent shows dual-screen phone crossing the lines between the company's V and G series

LG has patented an interesting hybrid design that looks like a combination of both its G and V series of high-end smartphones. It’s as if the LG G6 had a secondary display with the front camera in the center, alongside even thinner bezels. It’s an interesting visual for sure, even if that dead-center front cam is a little too in-your-face for our liking.

So, is this the LG V30? Hard to say. It will be a bold move for LG to introduce a phone that looks like this, as there’s truthfully nothing else out there to remotely resemble this design. And LG is cautious not …

We're one step closer to on-screen fingerprint scanners, CrucialTec obtains US patent

Biometric solution developer CrucialTec has obtained a patent for its on-screen fingerprint solution in the US, according to The Investor. 
The technology, dubbed DFS (display fingerprint solution), can enhance the touch sensitivity capabilities on a fixed part of a smartphone display panel, allowing it to scan fingerprints. 
All of the components included in the module are transparent, while the company also boasts that the production process is highly efficient, as manufacturing can be shared …

Snap shells out $7.7 million for a patent just to keep it away from Facebook

Remember Mobli? It’s sort of an Instagram competitor that launched back in 2011, but didn’t really make it that far. The Android version of the app is now officially dead, while the iOS version is not among the highest-rated apps on the App Store. The fact that it works on a subscription scheme doesn’t do it any favors, too, we suppose. Well, the app’s maker — Mobli Media — still just made a bucketload of cash by selling a specific patent to Snap for $7.7 million.

The patent in question details the idea of placing geofilters (location-based filters) on your photos. You may have noticed that …

Court of Appeals ruling means Apple gets another shot at a valid patent for pinch-to-zoom

Back on January 9th 2007, during the introduction of the Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs also unveiled muli-touch. “We have invented a new technology called multi-touch that is phenomenal,” Jobs said. “It works like magic. You don’t need a stylus. It’s far more accurate than any touch display that’s ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It’s super smart. You can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy have we patented it.”

But that didn’t seem to matter in December 2012 after the USPTO invalidated the ‘915 patent associated with multi-touch and its features such as pinch-to-zoom. …

Google debuts PAX program to avoid patent wars and bring peace among Android OEMs

Patent lawsuits in the smartphone industry have become something of a pattern in the last couple of years, as companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia and other major players have been fighting each other for supremacy.

Believe it or not, Google wasn’t to stop all this non-sense with a cross-license agreement that will have to be signed by all its Android partners. The initiative is called PAX (“peace” in Latin), and it’s been created with the help with Android OEMs.

Under PAX, companies that sign will grant each other royalty-free patent licenses …

LG is suing budget phone maker Blu over alleged patent infringement

At this point, most people should be aware of the existence of Blu, makers of a number of budget but quality smartphones, which has been steadily gaining popularity in the United States for the past few years. But it appears making it big among consumers also makes you a fresh target for patent lawsuits, one of the smartphone industry’s oldest and most cherished traditions: today, LG Electronics has announced it is suing the company for infringing upon five LTE-related patents.

The Korean giant has also requested a ban on sales of all of Blu’s smartphones …

Samsung's latest smartwatch patent puts a screen on the rotary dial

One of Samsung smartwatches’ defining features for a while has been their rotary dial (or at least it has for the circle-shaped models, anyway). So it’s no surprise the company would be looking into ways to upgrade that feature in new ways, as evidenced by a new patent application for a screen-equipped dial which is to be possibly used in a future smartwatch.

While, as usual, we advise against getting overly excited for a patent, as there’s very little guarantee such a product is anything more than a Samsung engineer’s fever dream at the moment. First …

Apple patent shows iPhone docking into a MacBook shell

Apple has made it very clear that the MacOS and iOS software will not be converging, but apparently that doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple can’t at least dream about ways to make the hardware mingle a little more. As you should know by now, Apple has a habit of patenting all the things regardless of if those things will ever see the light of day, and we’re kind of assuming at least one of these options will be left in the bin.
Not to be outdone by previous versions of the same idea, Apple has received patents for two hybrid designs that we’ve seen in various forms …

Did Microsoft receive another patent for the Surface Phone?

Back in January, Microsoft was granted a patent for a 2-in-1-device that folded from a phone into a tablet and vice versa. Since the patent was awarded to Microsoft, some people jumped to conclusions and determined that this was the mythical Surface Phone. This past week, Microsoft received a new patent for a foldable handset, and once again there are rumors that it is related to the long awaited, mythical Surface Phone.

A foldable Surface Phone would face some stiff competition from Samsung and LG. The latest rumor has Samsung ready to release thousands of prototypes to carriers and retailers …