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!”