Will the next Nexus smartphone have a sliding QWERTY?

Will the next Nexus smartphone have a sliding QWERTY?Phew, it’s patent mania at the moment, man. Recently we heard about Microsoft’s potential dual-screened beast, while an approved submission from Sony Ericsson revealed an Xperia Play-style device with two sliders.

Now we’re hearing that a recent filing from Google details a phone with a sliding QWERTY. Do not refresh your browsers; it’s May 2012.

The strangest thing about it is that Google initially dropped off the papers at the United States Patent & Trademark Office in January this year. A turnaround of three-and-a-bit months is quite unusual.

Indeed, Andy Rubin’s name is firmly attached, he being Google's Senior Vice President of Mobile.

You might recall that the first Google phone, the T-Mobile G1 or HTC Dream, had a sliding QWERTY, but we were saying it’s funny how sliding QWERTYs have all but disappeared from the Android scene.

Similarly, HTC, the chaps behind the incredibly popular Desire Z, recently revealed that they were very much focusing on touchscreen action. Boo! We want an HTC One Z.

However, Patent Bolt suggests that Google possibly spots a gap in the market, as RIM shifts its focus towards touchscreens and away from physical keyboards.

What do you think? Do you fancy a landscape sliding QWERTY Nexus? I say: “aye!”

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JanSt / MOD  May. 2, 2012 at 11:37

So, ahem... what is special about their slider? What makes it patent-worthy?

Pondlife  May. 2, 2012 at 11:52

Odd that they have so many different ways to hinge it in there. Can't say that I want one.

CTPAHHIK  May. 2, 2012 at 12:42

Not very exciting design. I would like a table with slide out keyboard. Ohh, wait, they call them laptops nowadays. Would be nice to have ultrabook or chrome laptop with touchscreen.

Pondlife  May. 2, 2012 at 13:43

Well Asus called it the EEE pad slider SL101

CTPAHHIK  May. 2, 2012 at 17:03

Yeah, it looks somewhat nice for a first try. I have not tried it with ICS, Honeycomb was Meh, keyboard was Meh, and touchpad is missing completely. It is a step in right direction, even though it's a tiny one.

krogothnx  May. 3, 2012 at 08:44

i'd love to see an android phone with a portrait sliding qwerty.

i'd love to see more phones in that form factor in general tbh. only two i can really think of are the dell venue pro and blackberry torch (the original 9800 and 9810, not the full-touchscreen ones that should have continued from the all-touchscreen storm brand...)

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 08:47

i'd love to see an android phone with a portrait sliding qwerty.

i'd love to see more phones in that form factor in general tbh. only two i can really think of are the dell venue pro and blackberry torch (the original 9800 and 9810, not the full-touchscreen ones that should have continued from the all-touchscreen storm brand...)


Me too. The HP Pre 3 was/is excellent - and that is without much support from HP! With great dev-support and a better cam it'd be a killer.

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