Mobile device wrapped in electronic display. Erick Tseng’s crazy Android phone idea from 2009

Back in 2009, when Android was a scrappy, buggy mobile OS upstart, before Nexus One, before its growth surge of 2010-2011, and before Larry Page got so obsessed about own hardware, that he bought Motorola; Google’s mobile team was playing with a lot of interesting ideas. Like building, or at least designing, some crazy looking mobile phones themselves.

One such Android phone idea just popped up in U.S. patent database, in a patent granted to Google and listing Erick Tseng as the inventor. The patent is called “ Mobile electronic device wrapped in electronic display” and was filed in December 2009.

It describes a mobile phone wrapped in a bendable electronic display. Actually it has two displays – one standard touchscreen we are used on our phones. The other –flexible e-ink, or OLED, wrapping around the rest of the device body.

Android wrapper phone Eric Tseng patent

The standard phone info and stuff are where you’d expect them – on a traditional display. The wrapping then can be used to display phone or gaming console controls, additional information… Or a colorful wallpaper, so you don’t need new covers to make your phone look unique.

Sounds pretty cool, but its almost certainly one of those projects R&D types like to play with in their spare time. Even if this wrapper phone ever made it into a prototype stage, the product was shelved when Google launched its Nexus program back in early 2010, and re-focused on pushing Android’s explosive growth by playing it nice with all the partners.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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