Intrigued by the idea of a smartphone camera featuring multiple LED flash bulbs onboard? Apparently so is Google. In September of 2011 the company filed for such a patent, and it has now been granted by the USPTO.
According to the patent, the idea is that multiple LED flashes would allow for overall improved lightening, effectively eliminating bright spots and shadows.
Right now it is no secret that LED flashes are considerably worse than Xenon flash when it comes to quality. With a multiple-LED configuration, LED flash might finally be able to catch up and provide a similar quality without the high power consumption and extra thickness you'd find with a Xenon flash camera.
So when could we see such technology actually surface in an Android smartphone? Although we have no way of even knowing if they actively working on a phone with such technology, it certainly isn't inconceivable that a not too-distant future Motorola or Nexus device might make use of the newly patented method. Perhaps even the Motorola X could be a perfect candidate? Alright, so its probably not likely to arrive in a product that soon after being granted, but you never know.
For now, all we can do is speculate. What we do know is that Google is great when it comes to thinking outside of the box, and so we could see many unique uses for multiple-LED configurations in the future. What do you think of this new patent, when do you think we will see the first Android devices that utilize the technology?