Patent suggests no physical buttons for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Patent suggests no physical buttons for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

There has been a huge leap in user experience between the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 thanks to the redesign of the external screen of the folder. Instead of a 4.6-inch screen on the front of the device, the large bezels of which make the smaller display difficult to use, the sequel has a 6.2-inch external display and is as easy to navigate as any smartphone screen. And now we could see another improvement on the next generation model due out later this year.

Samsung has just received a patent from the World Intellectual Property Organization (via LetsGo Digital) titled “Galaxy Z Fold Squeeze Gesture”. Because some users may find it difficult to use the buttons on the side of the phone when folded, the patent contemplates the use of gestures to replace pressing a button. The user can choose which gestures should work with certain controls.

For example, when the device is folded, the phone can be turned on by tapping the side, while users can swipe to control the volume. A squeeze gesture could also be used to replace physical buttons. As LetsGo Digital notes, the future of foldable phones will get thinner and thinner, making it imperative for manufacturers to use virtual controls. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is also expected to be released in August with the next version of Ultra Thin Glass (UTG 2.0) that could allow the S Pen to work with the device.

Various rumors include a less noticeable kink line, a periscope camera, and some water resistance. While the gesture controls for the foldable one may have to wait for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 by 2022, the same patent was pending in Korea in 2019. This means that Samsung might be ready to remove the physical buttons on this year’s model.


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