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Google patent allows you to launch apps using pattern unlock

Based on details from a new patent filing, there may come a time when switching to a specific app from the lockscreen is as simple as extending one additional swiping action to the end of your lock pattern.
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August 6, 2013
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Exhibiting good security practices is important when it comes to keeping your Android device safe from intruders. Unfortunately, using certain security methods can also require a bit of sacrifice on the user’s end, as is the case with pattern lock.

Pattern lock might be an easy way to secure your device, but it also means that you give up the ability to directly launch specific apps from the lockscreen. Luckily, Google may soon address this problem, as evidenced by a newly granted pattern.

An extra swipe left or right could be the difference between bringing up contacts or your camera.

Based on details from the patent filing, there may come a time when switching to a specific app from the lockscreen is as simple as extending one additional swiping action to the end of your lock pattern.

In other words, you would still use the same pattern, but an extra swipe left or right could be the difference between bringing up contacts or your camera.

Unfortunately, the filing gives us little information about how customizable this method is, or whether or not it would only be restricted to a few select apps. We also have no clue when it will actually arrive to Android.

It’s possible that it could come as a minor update to Android 4.3, or maybe even as part of Key Lime Pie. It’s also worth noting that big companies like Google get new patents granted all the time, and yet many times they never actually surface into an actual product.

Still, this doesn’t seem too hard to implement and makes a lot of sense. It’s also a pretty cool idea, even if there are existing custom ROMs and other solutions out there that somewhat work like this already.

What do you think, would you like to see this feature become baked into Android?